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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 04 September 2015

Don't worry, be happier | Dave Twentyman on anxiety in stand-up

Don't worry, be happier

Dave Twentyman on anxiety in stand-up

04/09/2015 … I've always been fascinated with the opinion expressed by many fellow comedians that fear and the resulting nerves are positive for performers.

Wed 02 September 2015

Can Corbyn make Britain love satire again? | Ben Morgan hopes for a revival of political comedy

Can Corbyn make Britain love satire again?

Ben Morgan hopes for a revival of political comedy

02/09/2015 … He came out of nowhere, just scraping enough nominations to become a Labour leader candidate, and he now leads a competition that the public wouldn't normally pay attention to.

Fri 28 August 2015

I don't like comedy, but I do love it | Liam J Stratton on what drives him to keep performing

I don't like comedy, but I do love it

Liam J Stratton on what drives him to keep performing

28/08/2015 … With the Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close after another record year live comedy could yet survive crumbling economies and global terrorism.

Fri 21 August 2015

The burden of sexiness and how to deal with it | Elf Lyons has some tips

The burden of sexiness and how to deal with it

Elf Lyons has some tips

21/08/2015 … It’s a blessing and a curse for many comedians.

Wed 19 August 2015

The Edinburgh Fringe experience | Jimmy Bird shares his...

The Edinburgh Fringe experience

Jimmy Bird shares his...

19/08/2015 … You've packed three pairs of pants, seven socks, one pair of scruffy jeans, a few whacky tees, your desktop computer, a year's supply of Nutri-Grains and 5,000 flyers cause you forgot to get them delivered to the venue.

Mon 17 August 2015

The freedom to offend – and to be offended | Donnchadh O Conaill joins the debate

The freedom to offend – and to be offended

Donnchadh O Conaill joins the debate

17/08/2015 … Tom Slater's broadside against 'the PC war on comedy' contained some valid points, mixed with a certain amount of hyperbole (see the reference to 'the PC war on comedy').

Sun 16 August 2015

The honest truth about dishonest practices | Colin Cloud gives the lowdown on fellow magicians

The honest truth about dishonest practices

Colin Cloud gives the lowdown on fellow magicians

16/08/2015 … Ladies and gentlemen, roll up, see animals vanish before your very eyes, signed cards being found in impossible locations and secret thoughts being plucked from the deepest recesses of your mind… It must be Edinburgh Festival Fringe time.

Fri 14 August 2015

Fear is comedy's greatest motor | If you're not afraid, you're not taking risks, says Lucie Pohl

Fear is comedy's greatest motor

If you're not afraid, you're not taking risks, says Lucie Pohl

14/08/2015 … After shows people always ask me: ‘Oh my god! How do you do it? I.

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