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March 2012 Correspondents

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Fri 30 March 2012

What I've learned as a promoter | By Salvatori Sorisi

What I've learned as a promoter

By Salvatori Sorisi

30/03/2012 … After nearly 25 years of marriage, my wife ran off with a taxi driver.

Tue 27 March 2012

Who's funnier, Bugs or Daffy? | Yianni Agisilaou asks the big comedy questions

Who's funnier, Bugs or Daffy?

Yianni Agisilaou asks the big comedy questions

27/03/2012 … Who is funnier, all-American hero Bugs Bunny, or hapless perma-flop Daffy Duck?Bugs is your textbook smart-arse.

Sun 25 March 2012

Defender of the free world | Ashley Frieze on the rift between Edinburgh promoters

Defender of the free world

Ashley Frieze on the rift between Edinburgh promoters

25/03/2012 … Do you remember the war? You know the massive schism that caused the Free Fringe to split in half and then everyone had to take sides? No? Well then, what do you feel about the fact that the charismatic idealist Peter Buckley Hill – the man known as PBH originally behind the Free Fringe – does so much for fringe performers? How do you feel about the alleged profiteering of Laughing Horse's Alex Petty, who charges £40 for inclusion in the ‘rival’ Free Festival? In short, is there a right or wrong side in this debate?Performing at the Fringe should not be a question of politics.

Fri 23 March 2012

The Edinburgh Fringe is the real pay-to-play scandal | Which is why Bob Slayer is working on an alternative...

The Edinburgh Fringe is the real pay-to-play scandal

Which is why Bob Slayer is working on an alternative...

23/03/2012 … The Funny Women pay-to-play issue has reared its head again.

Thu 22 March 2012

Feel the hate | Chris Hallam on the comics we love to loathe

Feel the hate

Chris Hallam on the comics we love to loathe

22/03/2012 … Why are some comedians hated? Consider Frankie Boyle.

Wed 21 March 2012

We're all in this together | Gareth Morinan on Fringe fees

We're all in this together

Gareth Morinan on Fringe fees

21/03/2012 … It’s that time of the year… the deadline for Edinburgh registration is on the horizon.

Wed 14 March 2012

Opening strategy | Ant Dewson on going first on a comedy bill

Opening strategy

Ant Dewson on going first on a comedy bill

14/03/2012 … Recently I have been going on first at a lot of gigs.

Tue 13 March 2012

The absurdity of joke theft allegations | Currer Ball writes about plagiarism? You might’ve heard it before…

The absurdity of joke theft allegations

Currer Ball writes about plagiarism? You might’ve heard it before…

13/03/2012 … Aristotle once said, ‘Most of us will never have an original thought during our lives.

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