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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Mon 08 October 2012
Spring Day on how to avoid comedy competition scams
08/10/2012 … All new comics want and need validation of their talent and ability to work and get paid.
Fri 05 October 2012
Charity, comedy and the Big Society
Rob Deering gets all altruistic
05/10/2012 … Like many a comedian, I sometimes do gigs for charity; they’ll be for good causes, but the decision to do them is not altogether altruistic – often they’re on in lovely venues to play, like the Bloomsbury Theatre or the Comedy Store, you’ll often be on a bill with top acts you might not necessarily gig with otherwise, and, if you’re like me, and I suspect many of you are, you’d just rather be doing a gig than not on a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday night.
Thu 04 October 2012
Mike Sheer explains the article that caused such a storm
04/10/2012 … So now that I have everyone’s attention, I’ll just say it:Frequent visitors to sites like this are constantly bombarded with various articles debating whether or not women are funny.
Are rape jokes funny? Yes, sometimes...
Says Sheila Graham
04/10/2012 … It’s my sad duty to report to you, people, that one in three women will be exposed to a rape joke.
Wed 03 October 2012
Are men funny?
Elise Bramich worries about the poor dears
03/10/2012 … Are men funny? Not as a whole, but individually, yes.
Tue 02 October 2012
Women or rape: Which is the less funny?
Mike Sheer on comedy's big debates
02/10/2012 … Unless you've been living under a rock, or are interesting, you're aware of the ongoing ‘Are women funny?’ debate.
Mon 01 October 2012
Further education for comedians...
Sarah Slack's dos and don'ts of university gigs
01/10/2012 … Professional comedy nights are as much a part of the student entertainment circuit as big-name DJs and booze-sponsored balls.
Is dramatising old comics' lives in the best possible taste?
Chris Hallam thinks it's all in the performance
01/10/2012 … Kenny Everett has a slightly awkward reputation.