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 email@example.com.
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Fri 14 December 2007
Why comedy is the best medicine
by Stephen Sinclair
14/12/2007 … I have a theory that stand-up comedy is a genuine therapy, tha works just as well as acupuncture or baths of mud.
Why don't we think women are funny?
by Dean Burnett
14/12/2007 … Despite being an aspiring (meaning ‘unsuccessful’) comedian, I am also a neuroscientist.
Thu 13 December 2007
Compering? It's war...
by Janey Godley
13/12/2007 … ‘You are a really good on stage, I loved you as an MC, maybe one day you could even do comedy.
Wed 12 December 2007
In praise of Python
by Michael Monkhouse
12/12/2007 … Describing Monty Python in a single article is rather like trying to summarise the complete works of Shakespeare in a media-friendly soundbite or spending three days in the lap of the gods and then writing a letter about it to the Reader’s Digest.
Mon 10 December 2007
Is anything off-limits?
Dan Atkinson on comics' responsibilities
10/12/2007 … A couple of months ago, a comic was booed off stage for making jokes in Liverpool about Madeline Mcann and Rhys Jones.
Thu 27 September 2007
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27/09/2007 … Chortle’s Correspondents section is a new arena for fans to share objective but opinionated views on any aspect of comedy.
Michael Monkhouse watches Sarah Kendall in Italy
27/09/2007 … It's pretty tough finding decent comedy in Italy, the country where Benny Hill is considered cutting-edge and the satirical face of Not The Nine O'Clock News has condensed into Mr Bean.