The winners of Britain’s Funniest Class contest show us that kids can be funny. But how early can they do it on purpose?
The strong disapproval of the South African government’s handling of the pandemic is a warning that crafting persuasive pro-vaccine messages is not enough.
It may seem strange to seek humour in the face of disaster, but our need to do so is ancient.
When people who test positive to COVID-19 become subject to ridicule for their activities, it could make others feel reluctant to get tested, or reveal their movements to contact tracers.
They can seem daunting to write but are wonderful to receive so here are a handful of tips to write your own love poem.
The movie is indeed a silly look at how sharing song and media in popular culture can affect how we relate as individuals and nations but it also carries deeper insights.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
People looking for a potential partners online highly value a sense of humour but immigrants struggle with local jokes.
Donald Trump’s bizarre interview with journalist Jonathan Swan went viral this week. While some regard the US president as beyond parody, satire may be starting to bite as he slides in the polls.
The Arts Council has included comedy clubs in its recent emergency rescue package but has said stand-up is not an art form.
We all need reassurance and humour in the coronavirus pandemic. A best-of list of both biting satire and silly parody to beat the quarantine blahs.
One thing that makes the current situation unique is that it is not a single event in a specific place and time. Humour is a coping strategy.
Jokes and satire can build resilience but also spread misinformation as people don’t always know what is trustworthy and what is just funny.
Charlie Hebdo’s often biting and dark humour frequently troubles people in France, and many reactions to the attack in France were not in keeping with the values of the publication.
Gwerful Mechain was a medieval woman with a modern sensibility and her whip-smart poetry is just as rude, crude and powerful today
Donald Trump likes to poke fun too.
Studies show that humour is useful for engaging the public about climate change
Satire can skewer a pompous or corrupt politician. But history shows it can also popularise its targets.
The first serious scholarly account of the works of comedian John Clarke has just been published. Here, we consider the creative genius of his command of language.
Jon Stewart insists he is just a comedian, but his comic barbs have always had a political edge.