Satire

Twenty years on, Brass Eye is still the best – as this film of unreleased material proves

3 November 2017 18:10

‘Drug use among children has for many an education and with obvious alarm for both parents on the increase almost…

‘I’m not marching towards some utopia, I’m marching towards my Oscar’: Jonathan Pie interviewed

1 November 2017 17:02

At some point in the early 21st century, comedy stopped being funny. Politics became the biggest joke on earth, thanks…

Have our thin-skinned times killed off satire for good?

20 October 2016 13:43

Is satire dying? Zoe Williams asks in the Guardian whether the shrinking of permissible speech is killing comedy. To make her point,…

Brexit Britain needs a large dose of proper political satire

4 August 2016 10:39

After Brexit, satire is well and truly dead. Now we have Boris Johnson answering questions at press conferences about how he’ll…

Why I won’t be celebrating Have I Got News For You’s 25th anniversary

1 October 2015 13:59

America, we’re told, has been enjoying a golden age of news satire. This is largely attributed to Jon Stewart and…

I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

24 January 2015 14:40

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put…

Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little…

Charlie Hebdo: the truths that ought to be self-evident but still aren’t

7 January 2015 21:50

Religious murderers gunned down European freedom in Paris today. Tonight everyone is defiant. I am just back from a ‘Je…

David Frost 1939-2013: a video tribute

1 September 2013 17:55

Sir David Frost died of a heart attack this morning, aged just 74 Here are a few videos from his…

Tom Sharpe nearly killed me

7 June 2013 12:13

I was on a train when it happened. I was bent double with my head between my knees, gasping for…

Shelf Life: Anne Enright

25 July 2012 11:47

Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Anne Enright is on this week’s Shelf Life. She tells us which book…

The delights of sin

23 July 2012 10:47

Epigram 7 from The letting of humours blood in the head-vaine ‘Speak gentlemen, what shall we do to day? Drink…

Darth Vader 1 Goldman Sachs 0

14 March 2012 12:03

Much twittering today about the New York Times op-ed in which a Goldman Sachs executive announces his resignation. Iain Martin,…

Everything Changes and Yet Everything Remains the Same

11 January 2012 13:51

Today’s commentary on the independence referendum kerfuffle is out-sourced to the Daily Mash: As Scottish first minister Alex Salmond set…

An assault on humour

3 November 2011 17:45

On Tuesday night the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was firebombed, presumably by Islamic terrorists, for naming the Prophet Mohammed…

Satire is dead

23 November 2009 18:11

I laughed more at the Antiques Roadshow than I did at The Thick of It. In fact, finding the louche…