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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 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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Tue 31 July 2012

How the Fringe could compete with the Olympics | Ben Morgan says tickets are too pricey

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

Sat 28 July 2012

Mother's pride | Carol Spencer on what it's like to have a comedian – Diane Spencer – as a daughter

Mother's pride

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

Technicolor yawns? | Chris Hallam on the often dreadful big-screen sitcom spin-offs

Technicolor yawns?

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

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

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...

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

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.

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