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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Wed 16 April 2014
I've made it! I'm playing a venue with a door...
Richard Gadd on going from the Free Fringe to the West End
16/04/2014 … Is the football shown in here?Does it look like the football is shown in here? There's a TV at the back of the room.
Sat 12 April 2014
The Posthumous Playlist
Died on stage? Evelyn Mok has some songs for you...
12/04/2014 … It happens to all of us, the best of us, the mediocre of us and especially to the worst of us.
Mon 07 April 2014
Comedy is art.. let's act like it
Ruth E Cockburn
07/04/2014 … I have recently been scouring funding applications so that I can do a rural tour taking a couple of Edinburgh Fringe shows to small venues that would ordinarily never get a chance to see stand-up comedy in this way.
Fri 04 April 2014
Kickstarter has its place in funding projects
The Infidel's producer Arvind David answers critics
04/04/2014 … There's been debate about whether Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns offer backers a raw deal.
Thu 03 April 2014
Comedy and wrestling make great tag-team partners
Lorcan Mullan on his twin obsessions
03/04/2014 … When I was six years old two different stories greatly affected the rest of my life.
Wed 02 April 2014
24 things Denmark taught me about being a comedian
Copenhagen-born Sofie Hagen shares her tips
02/04/2014 … Denmark is paradise, if you want to start doing comedy.
Fri 28 March 2014
How not to be racist
Daliso Chaponda offers a guide to would-be satirists
28/03/2014 … Stephen Colbert has been accused of racism after his line ‘I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever’ went viral on Twitter.
Wed 26 March 2014
A millionaire with a begging bowl?
Alan Varley has some questions about a comedy fundraising project
26/03/2014 … The pounds of the crowdAlan Varley has some questions about a comedy fundraising projectLast week, David Baddiel wrote about turning his film The Infidel into a musical.