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 email@example.com.
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.
Fri 27 March 2015
In And Out Of The Closet
Ian Hawkins on the relationship in Miles Jupp's sitcom
27/03/2015 … Miles Jupp's sitcom In And Out Of The Kitchen has made the journey from radio to television, and it's always interesting to see how the original idea adapts to its new home.
Mon 09 March 2015
There's no such thing as canned laughter
...but a laugh track is different, Michael J. Buchanan-Dunne explains
09/03/2015 … Good sitcoms are ruined by ‘canned laughter’.
Fri 06 March 2015
Why I'm joining Equity
And all other comedians should too, says Paul Ricketts
06/03/2015 … Comedians (me especially), love to moan – in cars, onstage, backstage, on Twitter & Facebook, Chortle and most recently at meetings.
Thu 05 March 2015
Embrace the niche
Kate Fox on how she avoided chasing the mainstream
05/03/2015 … I make my living as a performance poet but stand-up comedy is my first love.
Fri 13 February 2015
Lorcan Mullan on who should take a top telly job
13/02/2015 … It's the question on everyone's lips.
Wed 11 February 2015
£450 for a photoshoot? Let me put you in the picture..
Idil Sukan on the economies of publicity shots
11/02/2015 … A huge Edinburgh production company is budgeting £450 for their photoshoots.
Mon 09 February 2015
International comedy is harder than Eddie Izzard says
By Giacinto Palmieri
09/02/2015 … An interview with Eddie Izzard in The Guardian last week was a great testimony to his commendable efforts to demonstrate that comedy can cross borders between cultures and languages.
Fri 06 February 2015
If you're not funny,you're nuts
By Joe Deez, who was punched on stage by an open spot
06/02/2015 … Most comedians choose this career to make people laugh.