John Oliver presents Last Week Tonight. Is he merely preaching to converted?
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We may be living in a golden age of satire, but comedy has always struggled to communicate across political divides. Much of today’s satire may be preaching to the choir.
The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they’re served.
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Today's media consumers are being bombarded with bias and sensationalism – and could use a dose of Mad's media literacy.
The Death of Stalin is about the chaotic political drama that followed the Russian leader’s demise in 1953.
Speaking with: satirist Armando Ianucci on The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci, the satirist and director behind the film The Death of Stalin spoke with Associate Professor Stephen Harrington, an expert on political satire.
The face of mirth.
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A president who apparently never laughs, Trump inspires mockery on an unprecedented scale.
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Politics Podcast: Rob Sitch on Utopia and political satire.
Rob Sitch, Utopia's co-writer and star, says he's had no need to draw on covert leaks and insights from bureaucrats for material for the show.
Charlie Chaplin’s character Adenoid Hynkel was a not-so-subtle nod to Adolf Hitler.
Chaplin's 1940 film 'The Great Dictator' mocks Hitler’s absurdity and overweening vanity, while highlighting Germany's psychological captivity to a political fraud.
The UK needs more US-style political news satire. Sadly broadcast rules are making that difficult.
The US president's use of Twitter usually appears bonkers. But was there method to his madness?
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.
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.
Twain was an opinionated, prolific commentator on the personalities and political issues of his day.
He probably would have been amused by – and maybe even befriended – Trump the entertainer. Trump the president? Not so much.
Fifty years of poking fun and holding power to account.
As newspaper circulation continues to founder, sales of satire and weekly news magazines have never looked healthier.
Taking physick – or – the news of shooting the King of Sweden!, by James Gillray (died 1815), published 1792.
British society takes monarchy far more seriously than they did two centuries ago. Far too seriously.
Protesters wearing masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. But no one seems to be laughing anymore.
The people in a democracy can be likened to the cells in a jellyfish.
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If democracy were an animal, which one would it be? This short play, set in an Australian pub, explores this question to contrast ways we understand democracy and our roles within it.
Our political system might lend itself to mockery, but are satirists stepping up?
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As any political observer could tell you, sometimes you need to laugh to keep from crying. But as another federal election wraps up, Australia's political satire landscape looks a little grim.
President Barack Obama laughs during comedian Larry Wilmore’s routine at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner.
When comedian Larry Wilmore called President Obama 'my n-gga' during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner, what was he really saying?
Why we should criticise Charlie Hebdo’s latest satirical take on racism.
People wait in line for Stephen Colbert’s debut on The Late Show.
In shedding the caricature of a conservative pundit, Colbert can have more substantive conversations with his guests, while still employing his unique brand of satire.
Off to another gig
Stewart's final message to viewers – "the best defense against bullshit is vigilance. If you smell something, say something" – were true to his unique brand of political satire.