August 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We reserve the right to edit pieces - although we will be careful not to change the meaning of anything - or not to use them at all. By submitting an article you grant Chortle indefinite licence to use it freely; though you retain the copyright on it to use it elsewhere.
Mon 29 August 2016
What comedy and variety can learn from wrestling
Mat Ricardo's 1,300 words of reality
29/08/2016 … Recently, I was watching some pro-wrestling.
Sat 27 August 2016
Making kids' comedy funny for parents
By Malia Walsh of Children Are Stinky
27/08/2016 … Seeing children’s shows can be a slow painful death for parents.
Fri 26 August 2016
Doing mainstream character comedy at the Fringe
By Anna Morris
26/08/2016 … British comedy has produced an array of brilliant and memorable comedy characters.
Thu 25 August 2016
Don't ruin the Assembly Rooms as a Fringe venue
The Stand director's open letter to Edinburgh rival
25/08/2016 … Earlier this week, a row broke out over the digital festival being run at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.
Wed 24 August 2016
Brexit: At least we’ll have better music, or comedy... I suppose
Ed Aczel on the big issue
24/08/2016 … I love a good bit of what psychologists call global thinking: the more binary the better.
Tue 23 August 2016
Flyering tips for introverts
Ian Lane shares his wisdom
23/08/2016 … After reading a few articles on how to flyer successfully, I ran out into the streets of Edinburgh like a driver who'd just finished their speeding awareness course at the Marriott Hotel, eager to put my newfound knowledge to good use.
Mon 22 August 2016
'My vagina gives me problems on stage'
Helen Duff on being a female clown
22/08/2016 … At the time of writing, I’m suffering from a cricked neck after simulating a full-body blow job-cum-Circle Of Life Lion King homage during my first gig at Glastonbury.
Sun 21 August 2016
Can the over-70s cut it in comedy?
Lynne Jassem says ‘yes’!
21/08/2016 … Is Edinburgh a young man’s game? Surely you jest! It takes an ‘alta caca’* to understand the human heart.