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 email@example.com.
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Fri 28 September 2012
Political comedy is dead. Has anyone noticed?
Liam Mullone on the state of the art
28/09/2012 … I like satire.
Thu 27 September 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
11/09/2012 … I think comedy has come along way in the last 30 years and that’s a really good thing.