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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Thu 07 February 2013
Knocking Oxbridge: The biggest taboo in comedy
Why isn't the elitism mocked? asks Liam Mullone
07/02/2013 … A year ago, Elly Nowell declined her place at Oxford University by writing it a rejection letter.
Four years in, and what have I learned?
Ted Shiress on his comedy experiences
07/02/2013 … Last Friday marked a notable anniversary: my first gig! Four years ago I took to the stage for the first time at The Drones Club in Chapter Arts Centre.
Tue 05 February 2013
By listing funny women, you're really not helping
Mike James responds to a 'reductionist' article
05/02/2013 … Chris Hallamís Correspondents article, Female comics, youíve never had it so good is essentially a list of women he likes on television.
Female comics, you've never had it so good
So says Chris Hallam
05/02/2013 … Letís face facts: there has never been a better time for British women in comedy than today.
Mon 04 February 2013
Call yourself a comic? Only if you've beaten the gong
Jonny Barrett has some words for open mic acts
04/02/2013 … The open mic circuit is mostly a cuddly affair.
Fri 01 February 2013
Dare to be hated
Chortle editor Steve Bennett on why Mrs Brown's Boys is like Stewart Lee's new project
01/02/2013 … Letís hear it for Mrs Brownís Boys.
Thu 31 January 2013
'Withering, hopeless, visceral'
Richard Tyrone Jones reviews his own self-hatred after attending an appalling anti-comedy night
31/01/2013 … Last night I had the misfortune to Ė no.
Wed 30 January 2013
Comedy saved my sanity
...And now Alfie Noakes wants to harness its power
30/01/2013 … Three years ago, along with my good friend Frank Cassidy, I launched a free open mic night in London.