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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 except in very rare circumstances). 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.
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Sun 22 May 2016

BBC Scotland has contempt for its comedy audience | Colin Edwards attacks condescending and narrow-minded commissioners

BBC Scotland has contempt for its comedy audience

Colin Edwards attacks condescending and narrow-minded commissioners

22/05/2016 … It was a few years ago and after producing The Franz Kafka Big Band for BBC Radio Scotland and The Atrocity Machine for Channel 4 Radio, I was asked by BBC Scotland’s comedy department to submit a sitcom script that could be considered for Scottish TV.

Tue 10 May 2016

These Upstart Crow critics shouldn't be given credibility | Steve Bennett on the reaction to Ben Elton's sitcom
© BBC/Colin Hutton
© BBC/Colin Hutton

These Upstart Crow critics shouldn't be given credibility

Steve Bennett on the reaction to Ben Elton's sitcom

10/05/2016 … The BBC launched a major new sitcom last night… let’s see what the newspapers verdict was.

Thu 05 May 2016

Is this routine lazy? | Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

Is this routine lazy?

Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

05/05/2016 … This week, I wrote a short routine which I was really happy with.

Wed 04 May 2016

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube | Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube

Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

04/05/2016 … This month brought the return of Britain's Got Talent, which, as we all know, is a shiny-floored, over-lit sausage machine that transforms the fame-hungry into the world-weary, at the behest of the botoxed and talentless, and for the amusement of those who should know better, but are too jaded or cynical to remember that they should.

Sun 24 April 2016

How we did the Business on the Fringe | Joe Hollingworth on a unique festival experience
© Bryony Jameson
© Bryony Jameson

How we did the Business on the Fringe

Joe Hollingworth on a unique festival experience

24/04/2016 … ‘Business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business.

Thu 21 April 2016

Victoria Wood: An artist of the everyday | Gareth Entwistle remembers a comedy great

Victoria Wood: An artist of the everyday

Gareth Entwistle remembers a comedy great

21/04/2016 … I can remember the specific time that I first ‘got’ comedy.

Wed 13 April 2016

An open letter to Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon | From fellow/rival Edinburgh promoter Bob Slayer

An open letter to Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon

From fellow/rival Edinburgh promoter Bob Slayer

13/04/2016 … An open letter to Karen Koren, artistic director of Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon,When I first read the news that the Gilded Balloon were taking over a Free Festival venue I just wanted to put my head under a sheet and shout: 'Leave the Counting House alone.

Mon 04 April 2016

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