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February 2012 Correspondents

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Wed 29 February 2012

It's not new comics vs old... it's good comics vs bad | Liam Mullone on the lionisation of Frank Carson

It's not new comics vs old... it's good comics vs bad

Liam Mullone on the lionisation of Frank Carson

29/02/2012 … Roger Lewis recently wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph on how Frank Carson was brilliant.

Why don't comedies win Oscars? | Chris Hallam says the genre needs more respect

Why don't comedies win Oscars?

Chris Hallam says the genre needs more respect

29/02/2012 … Why don’t comedy films win more Oscars?This may seem like a strange time to be asking this question.

Comédie, Egalité, Sororité | Marcel Lucont offers a personal, Gallic perspective on the sexism in comedy debate

Comédie, Egalité, Sororité

Marcel Lucont offers a personal, Gallic perspective on the sexism in comedy debate

29/02/2012 … While the debate rages once again about women in comedy, with reference to the Chortle and Funny Women awards, it seems to have almost gone unnoticed that I, a French man, have once again been omitted from both of these awards.

Sat 25 February 2012

Shall I compere thee... | Ted Shiress learns a lot from MCing

Shall I compere thee...

Ted Shiress learns a lot from MCing

25/02/2012 … I remember my first few gigs, I’d go on stage with a list of funny ideas with a vague idea how to waffle up a narrative between them.

Fri 24 February 2012

Thu 23 February 2012

Overnight success isn't the real story | Marc Blake on the reality of stand-up

Overnight success isn't the real story

Marc Blake on the reality of stand-up

23/02/2012 … A month ago I was approached by a PR company to ‘train’ five journalists who had never performed before to each do a five-minute set for the Dave channel at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Wed 22 February 2012

Don't read the reviews! | They won’t always give your spirits a lift, says Al Cowie

Don't read the reviews!

They won’t always give your spirits a lift, says Al Cowie

22/02/2012 … I believe it was Andy Warhol who said ‘don't read the reviews, count the column inches’ The debate about whether or not to read my own reviews hadn't been one I'd particularly had to think about before, but I've now had my first proper taste of what that meant, by way of Twitter.

It's not who you are, but who you know | Paul Rickets wonders whether comedy really is a meritocracy

It's not who you are, but who you know

Paul Rickets wonders whether comedy really is a meritocracy

22/02/2012 … I am going to start off this article by saying this is NOT a competition.

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