Welcome to your weekly round-up of comedy news
courtesy of Chortle.co.uk. As
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Adam Riches leads the nominations in this year's Chortle Awards >>
And use these links to vote for your favourite comedians
But the shortlists have not been without controversy for the
shortage of women on them. Chortle editor Steve Bennett responds here >>
Tributes have been paid to Frank Carson, who has died
at the age of 85.
The BBC is piloting a Twitter-based improv show, with the action being
guided by audience tweets >>
The Green Party has been forced to apologise for what it
admits was the ‘crass and inappropriate’ way it dumped a female
stand-up, saying they would rather have a transsexual woman to
‘increase the diversity’ of a fundraising night. >>
Sky 1 has snapped up the WW1 comedy Chickens, starring Somon
Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet, after C4 decided not to commission a
series based on a pilot it made >>
Him and Her star Russell Tovey could be appearing a new ITV sitcom set
in a JobCentre. >>
John Leguizamo is to be the new Del Boy in the US remake of Only Fools
And Horses >>
An aspiring comic who lost the power of speech when he was a child has
completed his first stand-up gig – using an iPad to talk. >>
And David Walliams' best-selling children's novel Mr Stink is
to be made into a comedy-drama for BBC One. >>
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A busy week in Correspondents, the section you write:
Overnight success isn't the real story >>
Don't read the reviews! >>
Is comedy really a meritocracy? >>
Why do some comedies age well, and not others? >>
Healthy mockery, or barely-disguised racism? Stand-up in Malaysia
Disliking comedy's competitive side >>
Journalists: There's more to stand-up than a single gig >>
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The Just For Laughs showcase at the London Comedy Store