July 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 execpt in very rare circumstances) - with the one that's judged best each month receiving a £100 prize. 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 email@example.com.
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Tue 31 July 2012
How the Fringe could compete with the Olympics
Ben Morgan says tickets are too pricey
31/07/2012 … The Olympics have finally begun and after witnessing the glorious opening ceremony our apathetic nation can now settle down and watch every single minute of action whilst frantically tweeting a strange mixture of disdain and pride.
Mon 30 July 2012
That could have been me up there...
But Tony Schumacher accepts his on-off comedy career
30/07/2012 … ‘You mate is on the telly.
Sat 28 July 2012
Carol Spencer on what it's like to have a comedian – Diane Spencer – as a daughter
28/07/2012 … The question was: What is it like being the mother of a comedienne? And my answer is: The same as being the mother of an astronaut.
Fri 27 July 2012
Chris Hallam on the often dreadful big-screen sitcom spin-offs
27/07/2012 … With Leigh Francis’s character Keith Lemon about to hit the big screen and the success of The Inbetweeners film leading to US remake, perhaps it is finally time to ask: has Britain finally got the hang of exporting its TV comedies to the cinema screen?It has certainly been a long struggle.
Thu 26 July 2012
What happens when there’s actually a rock god in the room…
Felicty Ward gets awestruck
26/07/2012 … With the advent of arena comedy tours, comedians can sometimes mistake themselves for rock stars.
You never forget your first time...
Nathan Willcock has a reality check for his Fringe debut
26/07/2012 … If someone had told me five years ago that I would be taking a show up to the Edinburgh Fringe, my mind would have been filled with images of me being held aloft down the Royal Mile in a golden carriage, carried by my comedy idols all clambering to get the chance to kiss my shoe, because during my stint at the fringe I had revolutionised comedy with my own unique style.
Wed 25 July 2012
Can you make a business from the open-mic circuit?
David Allison thinks he can...
25/07/2012 … During these tough economic times, we all need to find somewhere to go, somewhere to forget our woes… I chose the London open mic comedy circuit.
Mon 23 July 2012
Brendon Burns: Why I've taken up DIY
Releasing a DVD yourself is the way forward
23/07/2012 … There’s a lot of griping going on right now that comedy’s becoming too mainstream – but the honest truth is there’s never been a better time to be a niche guy.