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 execpt in very rare circumstances) - with the one that's judged best each month receiving a £100 prize. 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.
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Thu 06 March 2014
Hey comedians – don't make me laugh
Mansour Chow says there's more to stand-up than the chuckles
06/03/2014 … There’s a fine line between a stupid comedian and a brave one.
Wed 05 March 2014
Are comedians funny?
Matt Green wonders...
05/03/2014 … Are comedians funny? At first glance the answer seems obvious.
Mon 03 March 2014
Are women funny?
New Zealand comic Michele A'Court answers all your predictable questions...
03/03/2014 … I have been making a living out of being funny for the past 21 years, maybe a little longer.
Sun 02 March 2014
I hate comedy courses – that's why I'm running one
by Mark Olver
02/03/2014 … I am not a fan of the comedy course.
Wed 26 February 2014
The internet will always steal your jokes. Use that to your advantage
Adapt or die, says Aid Thompsin
26/02/2014 … I read Dave Bussell's recent piece about online leeching – people stealing your work and re-publishing with no financial or creative credit afforded to the original author.
Tue 25 February 2014
Oxbridge privilege is real - and unfair
Rob Mulholland has a chip on his shoulder... and gravy on his vest
25/02/2014 … It's funny how it's only the people who benefit from privilege who claim that there isn't any.
Mon 24 February 2014
I thought it'd be cool to go to a posh uni... don't vilify me for that
Cambridge student Harry Wright defends the Oxbridge mafia
24/02/2014 … One of the routines in Stewart Lee’s upcoming Comedy Vehicle is, apparently, a riposte to a comment Lee Mack made a few years ago: that Stewart Lee was a member of the ‘Oxbridge Mafia’ who ‘wouldn’t cut it on a panel game’.
Thu 20 February 2014
Your Jaw Will Literally Hit The Floor When You See What This Comedian Has to Say About Viral Content Websites Robbing His Work!
David Bussell on the viral content leeches
20/02/2014 … OMG did you see that article on BuzzFeed/Upworthy/ClickBite/FunHub/DrollDose/LOLBlizzard/all-the-other-worthless-hyperbole-spouting-websites-that-show-up-in-your-newsfeed-every-bastard-day?!Hello.