Satire

Up there with Succession and Chernobyl: The White Lotus, Sky Atlantic, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Every now and then, you see a new series — Succession, say, or Chernobyl or To the Lake — which…

A mighty contest from trivial things — the quarrel between Alexander Pope and Edmund Curll

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Rapid technological advance, a dark underworld of uncensored publishing, a threatened rupture with Scotland, even fears of a new outbreak…

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Praise be to our benevolent Big Tech Overlords

11 January 2021 4:11 am

It is done. The Dark Lord has been vanquished. His threatening aura has been purged from Twitter, along with many…

A conciliatory P.J. O’Rourke is not the satirist we know and love

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was an acidic bravura and beauty in P.J. O’Rourke’s early journalism and a gleefulness in the ease with which…

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Letter from the online trenches

25 November 2020 4:22 am

November 7, 2020 To my dear parents, Victory. Uttering the word feels strange after four long years of battle. But…

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1's Roadkill reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a…

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Antifa for Biden

12 September 2020 4:28 am

Hey folks, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood antifa ringleader. You may recognize me from such news clips as ‘Small group…

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What stunts should we expect to see at future State of the Unions?

10 February 2020 2:47 am

The State of the Union is like that annual meeting where the boss says it was a triumphant year as…

Fabulous and enthralling: Parasite reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the Bafta for best foreign film and is up for six Oscars and it is an…

The art of pregnancy

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Pregnancy has always been a public spectacle – and as the Foundling Museum’s new exhibition shows, a dangerous one

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My evening with the Bernie Bros

17 January 2020 7:10 am

The stench of beer and cheap deodorant filled the bar in which the ‘Bernie Bros’ were meeting. The scene looked…

Dave Eggers’s satire on Trump is somewhat heavy-handed: The Captain and the Glory reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A feckless moron is appointed to the captaincy of a ship, despite having no nautical experience. The Captain has a…

Letters: How to squash a Speaker

9 November 2019 9:00 am

No special protection Sir: Rod Liddle’s joke that the election might be held on a date when Muslims cannot vote,…

Ian McEwan’s anti-Brexit satire is a damp squib

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Kafka wrote a novella, The Metamorphosis, about a man who finds himself transformed into a beetle. Now Ian McEwan has…

Earth dying in five billion years I can deal with, but not a world-weary Brian Cox

1 June 2019 9:00 am

When you see the opening caption ‘4.6 billion years ago’, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re watching a programme…

A tease for #MeToo

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Titania McGrath is the alter ego of the schoolteacher Andrew Doyle. A perpetually enraged ‘activist, healer and radical intersectional poet’,…

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Fun at the EU’s expense: The Capital, by Robert Menasse, reviewed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Stendhal likened politics in literature to a pistol-shot in a concert: crude, but compelling. When that politics largely consists of…

‘A Voluptuary under the horrors of Digestion’, 1792, by James Gillray

From ancient Egyptian smut to dissent-by-currency: I object at the British Museum reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,’…

Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t funny – especially when he’s mocking the powerless

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest series Who Is America? isn’t funny. But then, nor was his terrible 2016 movie The Brothers…

What’s the point of Philomena Cunk?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Because I’m a miserable old reactionary determined to see a sinister Guardianista plot in every BBC programme I watch, I…

Cover illustration for the magazine Garm 1944, by Tove Jansson

A chance to see the Moomins’ creator for the genius she really was: Tove Janssons reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Tove Jansson, according to her niece’s husband, was a squirt in size and could rarely be persuaded to eat, preferring…

The many sides of satire

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

Torn between envy and contempt

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Arriving at boarding school with the wrong shoes and a teddy bear in his suitcase, the hero of Elizabeth Day’s…

Andrey Kurkov’s The Bickford Fuse is a satirical masterpiece

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Whimsy, satire and deadpan humour: welcome to the world of Andrey Kurkov. If you know Kurkov’s work, The Bickford Fuse…

Talk of the Devil: Kit Harington in ‘Doctor Faustus’

A literary lap dance: Doctor Faustus reviewed

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Great excitement for play-goers as a rare version of a theological masterpiece arrives in the West End. Doctor Faustus stars…