Theatre is able to create a space for discussion about how and why women experience physical and emotional violence.
Friends has made audiences laugh by breaching what we expect to happen when people speak.
It may seem strange to seek humour in the face of disaster, but our need to do so is ancient.
Funny poems get a bad rap but their humour can provoke interesting conversations and reach a wide demographic.
In this episode of Don’t Call Me Resilient, host Vinita Srivastava and scholar Cheryl Thompson dive into the meaning of the n-word and the 150 years of racism embedded in it.
A professor of comedy examines holiday cards in times of struggles. They aren’t all sad.
This 2013 film has a lazy script and crude humour – but Melissa McCarthy’s high camp performance of outrageously dressed, highly coiffed femininity is a delight.
What has happened to political TV satire? It used to be sharp but this election it missed it mark.
When it comes to TV comedy Schitt’s Creek is a comfortable pair of slippers: safe and familiar.
Opening traditional theatres and smaller venues may not be physically or financially viable. But with winter coming and the arts industry floundering, something needs to be done.
For a film that was destined to do so much wrong, this does a surprising amount right. And in an era of relentlessly ‘clever’ films and knowing reboots, Face the Music has a refreshingly light touch.
What people find funny about politics depends largely on who is in power.
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.
If it’s escapism you’re looking for, watch Schitt’s Creek or The Good Place. But if you want a dirty dive that makes the real world look good by comparison, try It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Charlie Brooker shouting at the TV is the comic relief needed in the pandemic. The return of The Wipe is as pointed as it is hopeful.
With no in-studio audiences, the Laff Box should be used more by comedy shows.
It isn’t wrong to laugh at coronavirus comedy. Rather a chortle here and there will help us through the crisis, and it may even help spread vital information and give comfort to those in need.
Invisibility has been used to indulge fantasies of good and evil, level social critiques or warn of the dangers of power in the wrong hands.
Algorithmic forces fuel cancel culture. Paradoxically, they’re also used to rehabilitate those who have been canceled.
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.