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Protesters wearing masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Are U.S. politics beyond a joke?

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.
Jason Watkins and Jane Horrocks, as Gavin and Julie in Trollied, elevate anxiety to an art-form. Sky1

Trollied: serves you (just) right

For the comic protagonist, the literary critic Northrop Frye once observed, life is something you get through. While tragic characters die in plangent splendour, and Marvel superheroes vanquish tech-spangled…
Laughter doesn’t actually cure anything – it’s used as an addition to standard health care, not a replacement. killerturnip

The lowdown on laughter: from boosting immunity to releasing tension

We start laughing at around 3 months of age. Women laugh more than men, but blokes tell more jokes. As the Melbourne International Comedy Festival begins, here's the latest on mirth.
The cast of the film ‘Spotlight’ reacts after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Oscars 2016: expert reaction

From Chris Rock's opening monologue to red carpet hits (and misses), our experts analyze key moments from this year's Academy Awards.
Jon Stewart with Trevor Noah at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles, California recently. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The Trevor Noah phenomenon: young, black South Africans are standing up

The Trevor Noah phenomenon speaks to an influential comedic revolution that is happening in South Africa. Its comics operate in an increasingly complex, high-risk and conflict-intense society.
Magda Szubanski in one of her most famous roles - Sharon Strzelecki - in Kath and Kim, with actors Gina Riley, Peter Rowsthorn, Glenn Robbins and Jane Turner. Paul Jeffers/AAP

Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski’s engaging debut memoir, Reckoning, is an exercise in precisely that: reconciling the past. It is also a celebration of the life and career of one of our greatest comedians.
Why isn’t there a Late Show with Ellen Degeneres? Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Why do female comedians disappear after dark?

Studio heads are hesitant to give a woman the reins of a late night show. Are they pandering to their target audiences?

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