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.
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.
Wed 15 September 2010
What's the point of comedy critics?
Ed O'Meara gives zero stars to the reviewers
15/09/2010 … The wonder and frustration of comedy is that you never really know whatís going to happen.
Tue 14 September 2010
Green is good
Geoff Rowe on plans to cut comedy's carbon
14/09/2010 … Comedy is a serious business.
Mon 13 September 2010
A thief, in anyone's language
Giacinto Palmieri on the Italian comic stealing English material
13/09/2010 … Few things in life make you feel sadder than being disappointed and betrayed by your heroes.
Thu 09 September 2010
To coin a phrase...
In his bid for immortality, Dave Cohen settles for mundanity
09/09/2010 … In his bid for immortality, Dave Cohen settles for mundanity.
Wed 08 September 2010
Love in this club
Donna Scott challenges the image of working men's clubs
08/09/2010 … In the spring of 2009, my partner and I got involved with organising comedy nights for a local village festival.
Mon 06 September 2010
Before we were cynics
Matt Price is reminded of the simple joy of stand-up
06/09/2010 … I donít want to be cynical.
Never mind the buzzkills
The Fringe is still a magical place, says Bob Slayer
06/09/2010 … In times gone by we would happily throw our turds into the street Ė that was until those meddling Victorians decided to build a sewerage system that efficiently took our waste away.
Sun 05 September 2010
It's tough for all new comics (especially the girls)
Funny Women's Charlotte Browne sticks up for their ethos
05/09/2010 … Regardless of whether you're a man or a woman, starting out in stand-up is, as anyone who's experienced it or has a decent and empathetic enough imagination, a terrifying prospect.