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Chortle Digest
Chortle Digest
No 536, February 24, 2012

Welcome to your weekly round-up of comedy news courtesy of Chortle.co.uk. As always, for more – plus listings of around 4,000 forthcoming comedy events - check the website.

Adam Riches leads the nominations in this year's Chortle Awards >>

And use these links to vote for your favourite comedians and venues >>

But the shortlists have not been  without controversy for the shortage of women on them. Chortle editor Steve Bennett responds here >>

Frank Carson
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. >>

 The first videos from our Student Comedy Awards, powered by The Sims 3, plus other clips from Cassetteboy, Rhod Gilbert, Cope & Dalton and more Click here to watch all videos.

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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 >>

Click here for details of how to contribute.

The Just For Laughs showcase at the London Comedy Store  >>

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