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Too many satirists on social media misunderstand that it is humour designed to provoke change, not merely direct ridicule.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, detailing the grim fate of Protestant clerics Latimer and Ridley, is one clue as to why Baldwin hesitated before publishing his irreverent book.
In the mid-16th century, William Baldwin wrote a satire on Catholicism but waited a decade before publishing it. Sensible man.
Still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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Is anyone still interested in Monty Python? Surprisingly, yes.
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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.
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In an era of fast news, The Simpsons' slow satire continues to reveal new truths about America.
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.
Netflix hit, Black Mirror, follows in the footsteps of other forward-thinking sci-fi storytellers.
The stunning hoax of The Shed at Dulwich, deceived millions and showed how willing we are to consume an appetizing story.
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The Shed at Dulwich reached TripAdvisor's No. 1 spot for restaurants in London before it was revealed to be a hoax. The stunt showed how easily we are fooled. The lesson learned? Trust no one.
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.
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.
Franklin’s lifelong quest was spreading scientific knowledge to regular people.
Franklin advanced a scientific – not supernatural – understanding of astronomical events such as eclipses. His satirical character 'Poor Richard' mocked those who bought into astrological predictions.
Donald Trump Jr. has been compared to Fredo Corleone in The Godfather. But that's not good casting.
The UK needs more US-style political news satire. Sadly broadcast rules are making that difficult.
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.
There are fears a new bill that seeks to criminalise hate speech in South Africa might infringe freedom of expression.
The growing incidence of racism on social media in South Africa suggests that there are consequences. Whether there ought to be criminal sanctions remains an ongoing debate.
A picture of Bill Leak supplied by The Australian on Friday, after news of his death.
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Bill Leak divided his audience, image by image. Causing offence was a KPI for him, not a risk.