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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 steve@chortle.co.uk.
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 19 December 2014

The year when censorship won | Bobby Carroll looks back at 12 months in comedy

The year when censorship won

Bobby Carroll looks back at 12 months in comedy

19/12/2014 … 2014 has been a tough year for causing offence in comedy - highlighted by the cancellation of the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview in the face of continued industrial espionage and terror threats.

Mon 15 December 2014

Fri 12 December 2014

When the laughter dies down | John Ryan addresses his fellow comedians

When the laughter dies down

John Ryan addresses his fellow comedians

12/12/2014 … Congratulations on doing achieving what you may have dreamt of all your life, or for fulfilling a more recent ambition.

Wed 10 December 2014

'She inspired by being herself' | Jools Constant pays tribute to Sunna Jarman

'She inspired by being herself'

Jools Constant pays tribute to Sunna Jarman

10/12/2014 … I was asked to write a few words about Sunna Jarman our dear friend in comedy, who passed away at the weekend.

Mon 08 December 2014

Why stand-up is easy | Helen Keeler has it all figured out (Well, just comedy, really)

Why stand-up is easy

Helen Keeler has it all figured out (Well, just comedy, really)

08/12/2014 … If there's one amazing thing about doing stand-up, it's that people are impressed.

Sun 07 December 2014

Is Russell Brand funny? | Duncan Edwards thinks he knows better than a Sun poll

Is Russell Brand funny?

Duncan Edwards thinks he knows better than a Sun poll

07/12/2014 … ‘Sixty four per cent of people say Russell Brand isn't funny,' – says The Sun newspaper; managing somehow to sound just like some obstinate fat-bloke heckler sitting with his arms crossed in the front row of a gig.

Thu 04 December 2014

Dressing up new material | Andrew Watts learns a lesson about audience acceptance

Dressing up new material

Andrew Watts learns a lesson about audience acceptance

04/12/2014 … When I’m trying out new material, the last question I ever think of asking is: ‘Is it funny?’I don’t mean that funny is unimportant – only that the funny is the final stage, the point at which something stops being new material and becomes a ‘bit’.

Tue 25 November 2014

Tales of the door (part 2) | Richard Gadd's continuing misadventures with his venues

Tales of the door (part 2)

Richard Gadd's continuing misadventures with his venues

25/11/2014 … ‘I HAVE COME ALL THE WAY FROM ABERDEEN TO SEE THIS!’He shouts.

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