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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Wed 13 June 2012
Eye of the tigermoth
Rufus Hound on his attitude to comedy
13/06/2012 … I really like Chortle.
Fri 08 June 2012
The geeks shall inherit the mirth
Ashley Frieze looks at how technology has changed the comedy business
08/06/2012 … The stand-up world seems to grow larger every year with more and more acts looking for an in-road into this highly competitive business.
Thu 07 June 2012
The measure of my success
Geoff Norcott on the concerns of the not-famous comedian
07/06/2012 … I have no idea what someone like Rhod Gilbert would view as success, the first time they - or their people - run a sales report for their Edinburgh fringe run in early June.
Thu 31 May 2012
And the award for most unfortunate tarring of a reputation goes to...
Andrew Kay of Latest Media says his Brighton gongs are a cause for celebration
31/05/2012 … This is a response to Sameena Zehra, who was told she was a nominee in Latest magazine's Brighton Fringe award – but when she attended the awards, she discovered she wasn't in the final three, as we reported here.
Sun 27 May 2012
Whatever happened to the sitcom?
Sean Mason on adapting the Likely Lads for the stage
27/05/2012 … It’s a challenge going back to something so treasured and finding something new in it.
Sat 26 May 2012
The Hollywood hustle
Yianni Agisilaou files a dispatch from the LA comedy scene
26/05/2012 … ‘How long have I got left?’ the act on the stage enquires.
Fri 25 May 2012
Was this gag really worth the lolly?
Ross Wagman on the £5,000 ice-cream joke winner
25/05/2012 … Originality is quite difficult when it comes to puns.
Why should comics pay to play Edinburgh?
Bob Slayer launches his alternative
25/05/2012 … This week, we launched the Alternative Fringe manifesto, taking a stand against the 'pay-to-play' that is rife at the festival.