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August 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 28 August 2012

The future of the Fringe? Think smaller | Chortle editor Steve Bennett speculates...

The future of the Fringe? Think smaller

Chortle editor Steve Bennett speculates...

28/08/2012 … So – officially – it wasn’t as bad as everyone feared.

Mon 27 August 2012

An idiot's guide to the Edinburgh Fringe | Nick Page takes stock

An idiot's guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

Nick Page takes stock

27/08/2012 … Many of us will spend the next few weeks excitedly explaining just how great our Edinburgh experience was, and how bad it was for everyone else.

Sun 26 August 2012

'He’s a killing machine.  We can’t take him anywhere.' | Taylor Glenn on her worst audience member

'He’s a killing machine. We can’t take him anywhere.'

Taylor Glenn on her worst audience member

26/08/2012 … It seems fitting that a penultimate Fringe show should come with a bit of drama.

Wed 22 August 2012

If the Fringe needs to change, we can change it | Alan Sharp says comics can create the festival they want

If the Fringe needs to change, we can change it

Alan Sharp says comics can create the festival they want

22/08/2012 … Five years ago I wrote a Correspondents piece for Chortle on my experiences of being a first timer at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tue 21 August 2012

It'll all end in tiers | Kate Fox on why the comedy scene is so narrow

It'll all end in tiers

Kate Fox on why the comedy scene is so narrow

21/08/2012 … The person of certainty will respond to any criticisms about the limited range of backgrounds of those in stand-up with pursed lips, folded arms and the statement intended to refute any wishy-washy relativism: ‘At the end of the day, funny is funny,’ they’ll pronounce.

Man vs heckler | Andrew Doyle takes a stand...

Man vs heckler

Andrew Doyle takes a stand...

21/08/2012 … Hecklers never cease to fascinate me.

Sun 19 August 2012

Of course you can do comedy about rape | Just make sure the context is right, says Taylor Glenn

Of course you can do comedy about rape

Just make sure the context is right, says Taylor Glenn

19/08/2012 … For eight years before becoming a stand-up comic, I was a psychotherapist.

Stewart Lee's bringing rap feuds to stand-up | Geoff ‘G-Dizzle’ Norcott on how comedy's going hip-hop

Stewart Lee's bringing rap feuds to stand-up

Geoff ‘G-Dizzle’ Norcott on how comedy's going hip-hop

19/08/2012 … I’ve just got to the Fringe for a week of my show, and enjoying the benefits of this low commitment approach – including the advantage of knowing a bit about how things have been going at the festival before even getting on the train.

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