Helping make jokes racist again?
Rowan Atkinson was part of a new wave of comedians who pushed racist comedy to the margins. So why is he defending Boris Johnson now?
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony.
BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but plastic straws are ruining the ocean.
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The undercover comic has been criticised for tricking public figures into saying stupid things – but that doesn't mean they didn't want to say them.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series is based on 12 months of undercover interviews.
The British comedian's sly docu-comedy format is perfect for helping people understand and navigate the proliferation of fake news.
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.
Die show muss weitergehen!
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Many thousands of Germans got through internment by performing farces, dressing up as women and clapping along to the can-can.
Racist 'jokes' embed negative stereotypes. Here's why it's not humourless to refuse to join in.
Roseanne Barr at an event for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this year.
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The decision to cancel the series – and remove it from air in Australia – demonstrates there is a clear line that even money can’t cross.
How the female memoir helps to celebrates women’s voices.
How funny women are turning to ‘femoir’ to promote female empowerment.
Comedy performers suffer more health problems, a new study has found.
Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void.
When it debuted in 1988, Roseanne was a breath of fresh air against the conservative middle class family sitcoms then on air. Its reboot in 2018 feels just as relevant.
Netflix hit, Black Mirror, follows in the footsteps of other forward-thinking sci-fi storytellers.
What does it mean for free speech if a comedian is successfully sued by her ex-husband over the material in her act?
A philosopher's take on what makes jokes funny.
Humour doesn't often age well. But some comedy can adapt to changing social mores.
While improv comedy in the classroom might nurture your child’s stage talent, it’s also a highly effective way of teaching literacy. Pictured here, La Ligue d'Improvisation Montréalaise.
In the elementary classroom, improv can nurture a collaborative and creative climate in which even reticent kids want to participate.
Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp.
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Charlie Chaplin changed the worlds of film and comedy forever. He deserves a lasting tribute and London's Cinema Museum – the UK's only Chaplin museum – must be rescued.
Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
It can be a tough gig as a female comedian.
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'.