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.
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.
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.
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.