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.
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Fri 04 December 2009
Friends... or guinea pigs?
Blake Anderson on testing your new material on mates
04/12/2009 … It may be possible that in the future, technological advances will have created a machine capable of giving an objective reading of a stand-up routine.
Comedy IS art... but keep the Arts Council out of it
Andrew Watts on the 'Stockhausen Syndrome'
04/12/2009 … If you're on Facebook, you've probably received an invitation to join the group Comedy IS Art.
Tue 01 December 2009
The Pythonesque world of Guantanamo
Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni reveal the inspiration for their new Comedy Showcase
01/12/2009 … Since October 2001, 775 detainees have been brought to the prison facility at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.
Sun 29 November 2009
The office jokers
Danny Robins on the comedy venue in a disused office block
29/11/2009 … I’m about to do a show in a very unusual venue.
Fri 27 November 2009
So why did I start stand-up?
by Chris Spann
27/11/2009 … Since I decided back to take the plunge into stand-up, back in August, people have been asking me ‘what made you do that?’, and I've not been able to give them an answer other than: ‘Dunno, like tellin' jokes an'at, dunn-I?’.
Tue 24 November 2009
Bigger isn't better
Keep comedy out of arenas, says Matt Taylor
24/11/2009 … For live music, August 15, 1965 was what Americans might call a 'game-changer'.
Sun 22 November 2009
Comic Matt Price sends an open letter to a punter
22/11/2009 … Dear Punter,Thank you for coming up to me after last night's show and explaining your well intentioned heckle.
Mon 16 November 2009
Why won't publshers take comedy seriously?
David Viner on the lack of heavyweight comedy books
16/11/2009 … This Christmas, as usual, the book shops will be full of books on and by comedians.