Satire can skewer a pompous or corrupt politician. But history shows it can also popularise its targets.
John Clarke: his tinkering involved prolonged fiddling with words to get tone, rhythm and meaning exactly right.
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 (R) with former NYPD bomb squad detective, Louis Alvarez (L) as they are sworn in before a House Judiciary Committee hearing, June 2019.
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Jon Stewart insists he is just a comedian, but his comic barbs have always had a political edge.
Dame Edna Everage at Melbourne Town Hall in 2006 after being presented with the Key to the City.
Public taste has changed and that is that. It's not just the references that date in topical satire. Audiences are powerful, and if they feel insulted they can shut down a comedian.
Zelensky: Ukraine’s stand-up president.
Humour can diffuse tension, foster creativity and help build a team.
Chris Lilley as Gavin: an Instagram lord.
There is no writer working today with better grasp of the contemporary Australian vernacular.
Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'.
Charlie Pickering may be a witty and intelligent young man, but he’s too reassuring a presence compared to surveyors of the edge of chaos.
Today's screen satire frequently preaches to the converted. Fortunately, there are some notable exceptions that can skewer even the most progressive of viewers.
The term 'political correctness' is often used to imply that those who resent racist comedy just lack a sense of humour. But First Nations people are using humour to speak back, especially on social media.
Siblings have one of the most enduring relationships which can help them enjoy the funny things in life.
The Yes Men in 2009 handing out spoof editions of the ‘New York Post’ with the lead story ‘We’re Screwed’ outlining how “climate change is threatening the lives of New Yorkers — especially those who take the subway to work.”
Still from the documentary by Laura Nix and the Yes Men
For media activists The Yes Men, hoaxes have emerged as a proven tactic to generate public discourse on social justice issues that are not generally given space and time in mainstream news media.
Comedians are being told to avoid joking about some things – and that's not funny.
The way you and your partner use humour can shape your relationship, and even break it up.
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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Comrade Cheetolino, Mango Mussolini, Agent Orange ... just a few of Trump's fake tan induced nicknames.
Take off time.
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The changing aesthetics of protest allow many more voices to be heard.
There are many reasons why those who laugh and can make others laugh are attractive mates.
Why are we so serious about not being too serious? The philosophy of humour has the answer.
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.
Racist 'jokes' embed negative stereotypes. Here's why it's not humourless to refuse to join in.
Comedy performers suffer more health problems, a new study has found.