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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mon 05 September 2011
Mary Bourke on what she learned on Edinburgh's Free Fringe
05/09/2011 … When you announce to your peers that you're doing the Free Fringe you'll be greeted with the same stunned reaction as you would if you announced that you've been reduced to sucking off tramps for spare change.
Wed 31 August 2011
Can there be comedy without tragedy?
Jaques Hattie wonders if his life was too easy for jokes
31/08/2011 … As I try to make my way in the world as a writer of comedy, I’ve come up against a bit of a problem; to be funny, you have to have suffered.
Tue 30 August 2011
I hate the Inbetweeners
Joe Daniels argues that it's not funny, it's bigoted
30/08/2011 … With the annual hubbub of the Edinburgh Fringe cacophonously screaming in our ears all August, it always feels a bit weird getting back to reality, and catching up on all the real life you missed.
When the show needn't go on
Ian Hawkins knows when to walk
30/08/2011 … A couple of dispiriting events happened in the last week that made me look again at my policy of 'the show must go on'.
Fri 26 August 2011
Alas poor Eric...
Martha McBrier has a tough time on the Fringe
26/08/2011 … Free shows at the Edinburgh Fringe sell themselves.
Thu 25 August 2011
Lessons from the Edinburgh Fringe
Andre King learns a thing or two
25/08/2011 … So this is it… Edinburgh Festival! A chill of anticipation grips my spine.
Wed 24 August 2011
Who reviews the reviewers?
Chris Cox on critics
24/08/2011 … As the Edinburgh Fringe draws towards its conclusion, it gives performers some time to reflect on the weeks that have passed – and one thing none of us can stop talking about is reviews.
Wed 17 August 2011
The star-t of a problem
Mark Davies says 1* reviews should be published
17/08/2011 … Last week I read with interest that Scottish what’s on guide The Skinny will not be giving any performance at this year’s Fringe anything less than two stars.