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Canadian Howie Mandel is a veteran stand up comic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Comedy should punch up, not kick down

At its best, comedy can bridge, unite and heal, rather than divide, bully and perpetuate the very ills that it is uniquely equipped to help us solve.
Illustration detail from the cover of Andy Griffiths’ international bestseller, The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Pan Macmillan).

Teacher sacked for reading bum book to students: the latest conservative book ban

A teacher was fired this month for reading his favourite picture book, I Need a New Butt, to kids. It’s an example of how US conservatives are focusing on school boards as weapons in the culture wars.
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How to write a love poem

They can seem daunting to write but are wonderful to receive so here are a handful of tips to write your own love poem.
Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ will inspire viewers with more than keeping up fashionable appearances through December holidays in lockdown. (Netflix)

Will Ferrell’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ movie is the laugh we need this holiday

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.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda. Alejandro Pagni/AFP

From Mafalda with love: three lessons from the late Quino and his immortal creation

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.
Randy Rainbow’s ‘A Spoonful of Clorox’ is a savage attack on U.S. President Trump, with a full spoon of saccharine. YouTube/Randy Rainbow

COVID-19 parody songs are the spoonful of sugar we need right now

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.

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