When does parody spill into insensitive cultural appropriation? While Chris LIlley is probably OK to appropriate the upper North Shore culture of Ja’mie (pictured), he’s on dodgier ground with Jonah from Tonga.
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In our pursuit of a world that is safely and entirely OK, must humour be cleansed of its original sin of cultural appropriation and insensitivity? It depends whether we are 'laughing up' or 'laughing down'.
The face of mirth.
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A president who apparently never laughs, Trump inspires mockery on an unprecedented scale.
Under the right circumstances, cats’ bodies can behave like liquids.
Ig Nobels reward research that first makes you laugh and then makes you think. Investigating the internet meme of fluid felines fits the bill – and adds to the physics field of rheology.
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American comedian Larry David has drawn fire for his jokes about the Holocaust. But he draws on a long tradition of Jewish humour.
Research shows that funny people are also nicer to be around.
Emma Cooper created the show “Rape is Real and Everywhere” with fellow comedian Heather Jordan Ross.
Rape jokes are among the most controversial that comedians can tell, but a Concordia professor says laughing at the absurdity of a world that silences survivors is also an act of support and solidarity.
From Obama to street protests, humour is being used to make some very serious points.
George Vasey, The Philosophy of Laughter and Smiling (1875).
Have you heard the one about the Victorian sense of humour?
In this episode of the podcast, we take in the history of Victorian humour, why kids find poo so hilarious and whether academics should try and be funny.
Dumped after three series: Count Arthur Strong.
Traditional humour is being pushed off UK screens in favour of 'edgy' comedy.
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A recent study uncovered the words that people find the funniest. But humour differs between men and women in surprising ways.
Ricky Gervais has faced a lot of criticism for jokes perceived as offensive.
You may think a rape joke is harmless but research shows that it can have serious consequences.
A statue celebrating Monty Python’s sketch The Dead Parrot near London’s Tower Bridge ahead of a live show on the TV channel Gold.
There are ways to pin down what a country laughs at – including who they like to make fun of.
A shark bit off the rest of me.
It turns out that children as young as three can actually understand some forms of irony.
John Clarke: he particularly hated management speak.
John's conversations were full of hysterical laughter, and he had a way asking questions that drew extraordinary answers.
Still going strong in its 30th year, The Simpsons follows a strict animation style guide based on Matt Groening's own rules, and has much to teach young animators
John Clarke, who died suddenly at the weekend, called out absurd politicking and dishonest language wherever he found it.
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John Clarke gave voice to a brilliant Antipodean acerbity that has always seemed a little old-fashioned in its moral and tonal dignity. His was a magnificent achievement of focused, pitch-perfect satire.
It may be worth paying attention to what your child finds funny.
Does your child use self-defeating humour? Researchers have found it can be linked to depression.
Stop me if you’ve … actually, just stop me anyway.
Q: If you were to kill a conversational goose, what vegetable would she allude to? A: Ah-spare-a-goose! Gettit?
Enough with the charming, naughty funny-guy rants. There are too many in a new anthology of Australian comedy writing – and women display a superior comic imagination.