UK Satire

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

Marc Paterson | Posted 17.04.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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.

Do We Have a Right Not to Be Offended in Our Religious Beliefs?

Varun Bhanot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Varun Bhanot

The attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have once again thrust open the freedom of expression versus freedom of religion debate in our society. Where does one freedom end and the other begin? And perhaps more crucially, should this latest attack force us to reconsider our limits?

Ahmed Merabet: Protector of Charlie Hebdo, Enemy of Violent Extremism

Suraj Lakhani | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Suraj Lakhani

I cannot speak for Ahmed Merabet, but as a Muslim he may well have been offended by some of Charlie Hebdo's material. Regardless of this, he still gave his life to protect their right to free speech. In my opinion, this attitude is something we can all learn from.

Je Ne Suis Pas Un Vrai Charlie

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A quick challenge. Imagine, for a moment, that a satirical magazine like Charlie Hebdo had been based in Saudi Arabia. Having trouble? Me too, because it's unimaginable...

News Punch Christmas Special 2014

Marc Paterson | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Christmas is coming, like the relentless wave of immigrants that UKIP keep threatening us about, and News Punch is back with a festive special! So drink and be merry, the way Nigel Farage does every single working day.

'Double History': New Satire Blog Takes a Gleeful Poke at the Purists

Amy Licence | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Amy Licence

While the Horrible Histories series for children has been recognised as fitting within the Roald Dahl tradition of humour, it seems that the adult version, which Double History offers, is simply too opaque for some. Yet what exactly is being satirised here?

Richard Dawkins Letter to Santa

Dale Shaw | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Dale Shaw

You singularly warp the weakened minds of infants into some vision of unquestioned worship, with the obtaining of mince pies and sherry as your one, despicable goal. How do you sleep at night?

Learning From Budget Cuts

Ben Clarke | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

BUDGET CUTS. The headline has been blasted on the front pages of every newspaper (apart from the tabloids obviously, who opted for more cultured titles such as 'BUDGET CUTS MORE DIFFICULT TO EXPERIENCE THAN THIS VIDEO OF A PREGNANT HAMSTER' and 'PAGE 3 GIRLS USE QUOTES BY PLATO AND ARISTOTLE TO DESRIBE GEORGE OSBOURNE').