March 2012 Correspondents
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Fri 30 March 2012
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
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
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...
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
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
21/03/2012 … It’s that time of the year… the deadline for Edinburgh registration is on the horizon.
Wed 14 March 2012
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…
13/03/2012 … Aristotle once said, ‘Most of us will never have an original thought during our lives.