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September 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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Fri 28 September 2012

Thu 27 September 2012

Only some Lucky Fellers become sitcom stars | Dominic Frisby on his dad's forgotten series

Only some Lucky Fellers become sitcom stars

Dominic Frisby on his dad's forgotten series

27/09/2012 … If I was to tell you of an old sitcom starring David Jason about two working-class brothers living by their wits in a council flat in south-east London, one a wide-boy the other a bit simple, what do you immediately think of?Only Fools And Horses, I presume.

Tue 25 September 2012

Beyond parody? | Susan Harrison on the challenges of spoofing today's TV

Beyond parody?

Susan Harrison on the challenges of spoofing today's TV

25/09/2012 … Once upon a time a TV talent contest consisted of Brian from Winchester putting on a Tom Jones wig, having a really nice time and going home to watch his performance on VHS while eating some Angel Delight to celebrate.

Thu 20 September 2012

Why do people get offended by comedy? | Angelo Marcos has a theory

Why do people get offended by comedy?

Angelo Marcos has a theory

20/09/2012 … At a gig the other day I was asked by an audience member why so many comedians seem to be getting in trouble with jokes that 'go too far'.

Wed 19 September 2012

Their names escape us... | Robert Ross ponders why some comics get forgotten

Their names escape us...

Robert Ross ponders why some comics get forgotten

19/09/2012 … Over the last 15 years or so I've written lots of books on lots of British comedy from the Carry Ons and Benny Hill, to Monty Python and Last Of The Summer Wine.

Tue 18 September 2012

God bless America | Alex Green sticks up for US comedy

God bless America

Alex Green sticks up for US comedy

18/09/2012 … There are some things that just don't work.

Fri 14 September 2012

What I learned at school | Michael Connell on performing comedy to teenage pupils

What I learned at school

Michael Connell on performing comedy to teenage pupils

14/09/2012 … You think you’ve had tough gigs? Ever performed for the Hells Angels? Told jokes between the strippers at an Army party? Been the entertainment at a gangster’s wedding?I dream about those sort of gigs now.

Tue 11 September 2012

The audience hasn't changed – it's just got bigger | Mick Miller on how comedy has grown over his career

The audience hasn't changed – it's just got bigger

Mick Miller on how comedy has grown over his career

11/09/2012 … I think comedy has come along way in the last 30 years and that’s a really good thing.

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