UK Satire

LEAKED: DWP's Official Definition Of 'Fit For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Comedy

Following startling revelations that 4,010 people died within six weeks of being deemed fit to work by the Department for Work & Pensions, many of us ...

What If the Internet Went Down... FOREVER

Ben Morgan | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Ben Morgan

On July 2nd, 2017 the internet stopped working. For 24 hours people furiously pressed 'refresh' over and over again but to no avail. Come the next mor...

Thatcher Drops Out Of Labour Leadership Race Over Fears She Is "Too Left-Wing"

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Kieran Turner-Dave

Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.

News Punch: Election 2015 Special

Marc Paterson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

With the election looming this week, News Punch is back like the proverbial Renegade Master. But the ill behaviour is coming from Richard Littlejohn w...

The Past Five Years Under The Tories, In Less Than Three Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Comedy

In which we look back at the Conservatives' 'triumphs' over past five years... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Handface and David Schneider) ...

Why Satirical Dismissiveness Dominates Political Imagery

Kevin J. Hunt | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin J. Hunt

While politicians are often regarded as verbose - especially in their attempts to answer the question they would prefer to have been asked rather than the one actually posed to them - the media that surrounds us is increasingly visual. Within the final week of campaigning it is interesting to consider the type of imagery, both official and unofficial, that seems to have dominated the 2015 election.

Five Best Satirical Songs About Ukip

Penelope Friday | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Penelope Friday

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the wonderful, surreal world of satirical songs with my five favourite You Tube hits looking at UKIP. They're all not only political but quite good fun as well.

Newzoids: Can Any ITV Satire Exorcise the Spectre of Spitting Image?

Marc Paterson | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marc Paterson

Newzoids debuted on ITV on Wednesday 15 April and brought with it the return of puppetry to our screens. In place of latex, Newzoids has marionettes, ...

Heterosexual Married Men: A Redundant Species

Katie Beswick | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Let me make this quite clear to those married men who might be reading: when we're all dolled up, out on the tiles with our cleavage packaged alluringly in satin, clutching an expensive cocktail in our newly manicured paws, we do not want to talk to you.

Satire in 2015: Any Room for Outsiders?

Katy Gregory | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Freedom of speech, that most elusive subject. Lately it has been a very contentious topic. The murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists, as well as other...

Six Reasons Why I'm Quitting Stand-Up Comedy

Ben Morgan | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Ben Morgan

Set up your own 'comedian' page on Facebook if you like, but until you are writing 'comedian' in your passport it's just a hobby. It's an expensive one too. Getting to gigs isn't cheap, and if like me you live outside of shitty London and are permanently skint it rules out a lot of opportunities.

Five Rules on Satire

Jacob Turner | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Jacob Turner

These rules aren't instructions on how to be funny. They certainly won't stop anyone taking offence. These rules are, however, a statement of what I hope is a reasonably clear moral position which preserves the right to criticise and caricature in such a way that the ideals of a liberal society are still upheld.

How to Be in the Moment

James Moran | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Comedy
James Moran

I'll try to put this in a way that can get through to you, given how much you are struggling. You know other moments? Yeh, well forget about them. Be in the moment.

What Would Hitchens Do

Brian John Spencer | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Brian John Spencer

Standing in the shadow of the attack on Charlie Hebdo and western norms we need to learn from and implement those principles of free speech that Hitchens advocated.

Je Suis The Pub Landlord: When Satire Kills (In Memory of Al Murray)

Gareth Ellis | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Gareth Ellis

Hopefully one day we will hit on the one thing which will cause our art to transcend mere folly and become a flighty dove of pure satire. One day I hope to be as great as Al Murray.

'The Comeback': The Most Underrated Comedy of Modern Times

Ed Cripps | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

The territory with the least appreciated melancholy, perhaps, is reality TV. One of The Office's masterstrokes was it tapped into the (at the time) growing, Warholian trend of shows from which people became famous for being themselves rather than playing a fictional character.

Is It Hobson's Choice Between Religious Beliefs and Free Speech?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Surely, we do not have to view them as a Hobson's choice? What we should focus on instead is the harder - and much harsher - question of whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

83% of Articles Uploaded 'Without Websites Even Checking Content'

James Moran | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy
James Moran

Research suggests that as long as interesting, but probably factually inaccurate subheadings are used, writers can get away with putting irrelevant or even dangerous content on the internet.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It is worth remembering that satirical artists should be ever mindful of the need to root themselves with care and intelligence in the fast-shifting political landscape of the 21st century so that their pictures might clearly speak the phrases that we sometimes cannot.

You Are Charlie, We Are Not

Charlie Simpson | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

The shootings in Paris have reaffirmed the importance of free speech. No one should have to pay such a high price for simple mockery. Though it has left me wondering, would people my age have printed the cartoons of Mohammed in the first place?

Five Types of Lesbian NEVER To Date

E J Rosetta | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

It's a battle field out there. The LGBT dating scene is infinitely more exclusive straight dating, so here are the 5 types of Lesbian/Bi woman to be avoided at all costs.

Brutal, Bilious, Offensive Cartooning Is What We Do and Have Done for Centuries

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Charlie Hebdo was categorically correct to publish the prophet on its front cover. To ask cartoonists not to draw Mohammed would be like cartoonists to ask Muslims to give up their prophet...

Why I'm Not Charlie Hebdo

Madeleine Fry | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Madeleine Fry

Yet it's probably fair to say that half the people outside of France writing 'Je Suis Charlie' on their twitter feeds had not heard of the magazine before last Wednesday, and I was certainly one of them.

The Fox News Guide to the UK

Stephen Liddell | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Following the tragic events in Paris last week, an alleged terrorist expert by the name of Steven Emerson appeared on Fox News over the weekend and proclaimed that there were areas of London that had Muslim gangs patrolling the streets to enforce an Islamic dress-code as well as incredibly writing off entire cities such as Birmingham as being entirely Muslim.

Charlie Hebdo: They're Not Racist Just Because You're Offended

Lliana Bird | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Lliana Bird

I don't doubt many people would have found the Charlie Hebdo cartoons extremely offensive, and I'm not here to tell you that's wrong, but the insinuation that insulting/offending people may have invited this horrific tragedy on any level is tantamount in my eyes to the old age adage that a rape victim "asked for it" by wearing a short skirt. It's victim blaming at its very worst, and especially against people who fought in many ways for the rights of those who attacked them. So long as offence remains within the bounds of what is legally acceptable, then it is just that - acceptable - whether you personally like it or not.