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Sun 11 March 2012
Not exploitation, but genuine experience
Nadia Kamil defends the News Quiz 'trial writers' scheme
11/03/2012 … Chortle this week ran an ‘exposé’ of the News Quiz, with their anonymous source apparently furious that a long-running, well-established and respected radio comedy show would offer a work experience opportunity for new writers.
Fri 09 March 2012
Stop analysing - and just be funny
Says comic Mike Sheer
09/03/2012 … 'Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle.
Wed 29 February 2012
It's not new comics vs old... it's good comics vs bad
Liam Mullone on the lionisation of Frank Carson
29/02/2012 … Roger Lewis recently wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph on how Frank Carson was brilliant.
Why don't comedies win Oscars?
Chris Hallam says the genre needs more respect
29/02/2012 … Why don’t comedy films win more Oscars?This may seem like a strange time to be asking this question.
Comédie, Egalité, Sororité
Marcel Lucont offers a personal, Gallic perspective on the sexism in comedy debate
29/02/2012 … While the debate rages once again about women in comedy, with reference to the Chortle and Funny Women awards, it seems to have almost gone unnoticed that I, a French man, have once again been omitted from both of these awards.
Sat 25 February 2012
Shall I compere thee...
Ted Shiress learns a lot from MCing
25/02/2012 … I remember my first few gigs, I’d go on stage with a list of funny ideas with a vague idea how to waffle up a narrative between them.
Fri 24 February 2012
We didn't have a gender agenda
Chortle editor Steve Bennett on the dearth of women on our awards shortlist
24/02/2012 … It’s a storm we never saw coming.
Thu 23 February 2012
Overnight success isn't the real story
Marc Blake on the reality of stand-up
23/02/2012 … A month ago I was approached by a PR company to ‘train’ five journalists who had never performed before to each do a five-minute set for the Dave channel at the Leicester Comedy Festival.