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.
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Tue 16 October 2012
Don't blame us open spots... you created us!
Sean Hartnett hates the insecurities of established comics
16/10/2012 … Go to any open mic night half an hour early and you'll hear the same conversation playing out among comedians like Groundhog Day: That the bubble of stand-up is about to burst.
The screws on free speech are tightening
Liam Mullone on the laws that let the gut rule...
16/10/2012 … As a friend of reason and, I hope, Dave Cohen, my instinct on his perfectly well-reasoned Correspondents’ piece was to let it lie.
Mon 15 October 2012
Third time's a charm...
Chris Hallam sings the praises of Blackadder The Third
15/10/2012 … ‘I want to be remembered when I'm dead.
Sun 14 October 2012
Freedom of speech? The line's in the right place
Dave Cohen holds his nose and steps over to the dark side
14/10/2012 … The imprisonment of Matthew Woods for putting sick jokes on Facebook, and the community service sentence given to Azhar Ahmed for saying ‘all soldiers should die and go to hell’ has understandably brought an energetic response from comedians and comedy writers.
Fri 12 October 2012
Hallelujah! I've found Pod
Paul Martin expands his comedy listening
12/10/2012 … Being a tech head, I find most of my comedy fixes on the internet.
Wed 10 October 2012
Freedom of speech? It's not as simple as that...
Lorcan Mullan joins the debate
10/10/2012 … Freedom of speech is a right that any democratic country prides itself upon and is usually one of the most prized and envied freedoms of any country under genuine fascistic rule.
Tue 09 October 2012
When did being a dick become a crime?
Liam Mullone tests a vital freedom
09/10/2012 … Fuck this stupid country.
Is anyone watching this?
Polyanna McGirr on the open mic circuit
09/10/2012 … Pay to play.