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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 steve@chortle.co.uk.
We reserve the right to edit pieces - although we will be careful not to change the meaning of anything - or not to use them at all. By submitting an article you grant Chortle indefinite licence to use it freely; though you retain the copyright on it to use it elsewhere.

Fri 04 November 2016

Thu 27 October 2016

The golden age of British nudie comedies | Alan Stafford assesses the genre

The golden age of British nudie comedies

Alan Stafford assesses the genre

27/10/2016 … When I completed the manuscript of my first novel, I expected to feel exhilarated.

Mon 24 October 2016

Working with Jimmy Perry was 'fascinating chaos' | Robin Ince's memories of the comedy writing great

Working with Jimmy Perry was 'fascinating chaos'

Robin Ince's memories of the comedy writing great

24/10/2016 … I can’t dance, unfortunately for Jimmy Perry, he never asked if I could.

Fri 21 October 2016

Andrew Lawrence documentary-makers weren't straight with me | By Brendon Burns

Andrew Lawrence documentary-makers weren't straight with me

By Brendon Burns

21/10/2016 … I’ve just seen the Sky Arts documentary, Outcast Comic, regarding Andrew Lawrence.

Thu 20 October 2016

Comedy's class issues | James Meehan calls for an end to stereotyping, on and off screening

Comedy's class issues

James Meehan calls for an end to stereotyping, on and off screening

20/10/2016 … Last week, comedian James Meehan took part in the Class, Comedy and Offence seminar at Brunel University, West London, as Chortle reported here.

Tue 18 October 2016

Things I hate seeing other comics do | Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

Things I hate seeing other comics do

Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

18/10/2016 … The slow death of live comedyAbout a month ago, I was offered £65 to do my first paid 20.

Mon 10 October 2016

The pioneering giants of British improv | John Dowie hails Steve Steen and Jim Sweeney

The pioneering giants of British improv

John Dowie hails Steve Steen and Jim Sweeney

10/10/2016 … For many, the first rock & roll record was Rocket 88, by Ike Turner (credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats; others argue that Bill Haley’s dire Rock Around The Clock was the first record to have any real rock & roll significance.

It's already hard to believe Comedy Vehicle ever existed at all | Stewart Lee on his final series

It's already hard to believe Comedy Vehicle ever existed at all

Stewart Lee on his final series

10/10/2016 … The DVD of the fourth and final series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is out today (Buy here).

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