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New adult Ladybird books on The Hipster and The Husband fall flat.
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.
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?
Studio heads are hesitant to give a woman the reins of a late night show. Are they pandering to their target audiences?
Actors with visible and audible disabilities challenge us to rethink conventional notions of ‘acting’.
This year's Melbourne Fringe Festival program features an array of performances by artists with disabilities. Their work tells its audience what the mainstream looks like from the margins.
Letting off steam.
Positive stories about the mainstreaming of female comedians could become a smokescreen for an industry getting ever less diverse across a number of areas.
Back in the game.
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The 21st century spy movie is typically a pretty serious affair, but Ritchie's film shows that there are still bountiful satirical possibilities.
English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III.
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They're rude, crude and uncouth. So what makes farts so funny?
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.
Rom-com with a twist?
The recently released Les Combattants is just the latest addition to a fast-expanding body of Hollywood-style rom-coms to come out of France.
As always, funny young people are busy self-curating extreme carnival.
In Australia, from its beginnings, humour and irony have been small weapons in the armoury of the oppressed, the outcast, or those simply fed up with cultural uniformity.
The Lemmings cast. Left to right: Garry Goodrow, Peter Elbling, Chevy Chase, Chris Guest, John Belushi, Mary-Jennifer Mitchell, Alice Peyton.
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Most of us are familiar with the National Lampoon films of the 70s and 80s. But this documentary offers insight into the magazine of the same name and the questionable dynamics of modern satire.
A cartoonist’s impression of Trollope in 1872.
The Victorian author has a lot more to offer than you might think. Find out where to get started.
You don’t always have to be serious to be a successful academic.
The pathway to academic success is not always about the number of papers you've published. Some have found that a sense of humour can be just as useful.
Blue steel has never looked so good.
It’s okay, even desirable, to let the fashion "poker face" slip every now and again.
Constantina Bush flips Australia’s history on its head for laughs during Blak Cabaret.
Opinion is rife as to what Aboriginal and Torres Islander humour is, even though Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been delivering it on a platter for centuries.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.
On January 11 1999, when Jon Stewart took over as host of The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn, no one could have predicted that, 16 years later, Stewart would become an icon of satire. Under Kilborn, the…
Feisty, fearless and fleecy.
Over a decade ago I had no real interest in politics and current affairs. But all that changed when I unintentionally found myself watching The Daily Show for the very first time. The show was unlike anything…
Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show may ultimately be remembered more for how he skewered the mainstream media than for the laughs he generated.
Jon Stewart’s Tuesday night announcement that he’ll be leaving the Daily Show garnered an audible cry of disbelief from his live studio audience. Stewart himself was visibly emotional: “What is this fluid…
Laughter and violence have two things in common: they’re both non-verbal and they both occur when words fail.
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It should come as no surprise that comedians would feel threatened by the attack on Charlie Hebdo: the freedom to offend is the source of their livelihood, and many who have offended have been threatened…
We can now know whether this rendition of Miley Cyrus is (legally) parody.
You probably don’t tend to consider any legal issues while watching Rita Ora’s recent parody of Beyonce’s 7/11 or the Chatroulette version of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball. But there are limits to the extent…