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November 2012 Correspondents

Chortle's Correspondents section is an arena for fans to share their views on any aspect of comedy. We invite general comment pieces about particular aspects of the comedy scene (although reviews of individual shows or performers tend not to be suited to this section except in very rare circumstances). Contributions should be at least 500 words in length, in a similar tone to something you might read in a broadsheet newspaper, and emailed to steve@chortle.co.uk.
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Fri 23 November 2012

Thu 22 November 2012

I can save comedy | Mr Drayton's rules for stand-ups

I can save comedy

Mr Drayton's rules for stand-ups

22/11/2012 … Comedy is in crisis.

Wed 21 November 2012

It's all in the jeans... | Carl Donnelly strides into the 'cool comedian' debate

It's all in the jeans...

Carl Donnelly strides into the 'cool comedian' debate

21/11/2012 … There has been a lot of talk about ‘cool’ comedians – but all this is distracting from the most important factor on modern comedy: jeans.

Tue 20 November 2012

Who cares what's cool? It's funny that counts | 'My haircut does me no favours at Jongleurs' says Matt Richardson

Who cares what's cool? It's funny that counts

'My haircut does me no favours at Jongleurs' says Matt Richardson

20/11/2012 … I have never written a Correspondence piece for Chortle before.

Mon 19 November 2012

'Cool' comedians leave me cold | Dave Bailey is tired of style over content

'Cool' comedians leave me cold

Dave Bailey is tired of style over content

19/11/2012 … For nearly 20 years now I have loved comedy, from my first glimpse of Fist of Fun at the age of 11 which led to me creeping downstairs in the middle of the night and watching Kids In The Hall on the lowest volume level I could, to not wake a sleeping house.

Wed 14 November 2012

We need to keep our comedy nights fresh | Alan Irwin offers his take on the tough times

We need to keep our comedy nights fresh

Alan Irwin offers his take on the tough times

14/11/2012 … I was interested in Chortle’s articles on the London comedy debate, not because I thought it was a great idea, but because the whole thing felt like a re-enactment of some sort of Middle East peace summit.

How to tell if comedy is for you | Dave Cohen describes the giveaway signs

How to tell if comedy is for you

Dave Cohen describes the giveaway signs

14/11/2012 … Comedy clubs in crisis, the BBC in crisis.

Mon 12 November 2012

What's acceptable? | Comic Alfie Moore on comedy's bad-taste goalposts

What's acceptable?

Comic Alfie Moore on comedy's bad-taste goalposts

12/11/2012 … The subject of race and religion is never far away in the modern comedy arena, which got me thinking where the goalposts are sited in respect of all things ‘sensitive’.

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