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.
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.
Thu 14 January 2010
A tirade of racist, sexist, borderline-psychopathic bile
Bethan Richards experiences Jerry Sadowitz for the first time..
14/01/2010 … It was with nervous anticipation that I took my seat, prudently near the back of the room, to watch the infamous Jerry Sadowitz perform his 90-minute set at The Old Queens Head, in Islington, North London, in preparation for his forthcoming run at the Leicester Square Theatre.
Wed 13 January 2010
Emails from the edge
Catie Wilkins gets inside the psyche of an insecure comic
13/01/2010 … Hey Dave,Good to meet you the other night.
Sun 10 January 2010
Comedy needs its limits
Jack Cooper wants a break from offensive gags
10/01/2010 … It’s almost becoming old hat hearing comedians defending what is considered ‘offensive comedy’ in the aftermath of Sachsgate and Adlingtongate.
Sat 09 January 2010
Why doesn't comedy have its own magazine?
Toby Martin is itching for a new publication
09/01/2010 … If comedy really is the new rock and roll, there is one area in which it does not match its musical counterpart: magazines.
Thu 07 January 2010
Creation vs procreation
Is parenthood the enemy of good comedy, asks Alan Gernon
07/01/2010 … ‘There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,’ wrote British critic Cyril Connolly in 1938, alluding to the death of creativity when one becomes a parent.
Tue 05 January 2010
Ho Ho Bloody Ho
Bethany Black on the nightmare of Christmas gigs
05/01/2010 … Christmas gigs.
Wed 30 December 2009
Everyone's a critic
Stella Graham wants web reviewers to reveal their favourites
30/12/2009 … At the end of many webpages, especially newspaper articles and online magazines; you often see those fateful words: ‘Post a Comment’, ‘Have your say’ or ‘Add a review’.
Wed 23 December 2009
Double Edged Words
Diane Spencer imagines three very different comedians
23/12/2009 … In the upstairs room of an old pub, a man sits behind a black curtain, his unkempt hair curling slightly over his furrowed brow, his silently moving mouth, rehearsing, remembering.