As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women
The Minnesota senator has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it is not the first example of his attitudes about women and sexSenator Al Franken of Minnesota apologised on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing the journalist Leeann Tweeden in 2006, highlighting th... [Read More]
An American original: comic Barry Crimmins is as radical as ever
For more than 40 years, Barry Crimmins has honed his political skewering of the American dream to a fine artFrustratingly, I missed veteran US standup Barry Crimmins when he performed his debut UK tour this September. Happily, Louis CK has produced and distributed Crimmins’s first special, Wha... [Read More]
How comedians struggled to parody Donald Trump
There was no lack of jokes about the Republican nominee from Samantha Bee to Alec Baldwin – but despite comics’ best efforts, Trump put himself past satireSupport our fearless, independent journalism by making a contribution or becoming a memberThis election season has inspired acres of ... [Read More]
How comedians struggled to parody Donald Trump
There was no lack of jokes about the Republican nominee from Samantha Bee to Alec Baldwin – but despite comics’ best efforts, Trump put himself past satireSupport our fearless, independent journalism by making a contribution or becoming a memberThis election season has inspired acres of ... [Read More]
Is the 2016 presidential campaign beyond satire?
All the late-night shows have tried to lampoon a certain Republican nominee, but when real-life TV feels stranger than fiction, does satire fall flat?At its finest, satire can forever define the perception of a politician or a news story – the word “strategery” will forever be (inc... [Read More]
David Cross: Making America Great Again! review – obnoxious, cynical gags
The Forum, LondonThe Arrested Development star is undoubtedly an adept comic but his political show lacks complexity and suffers from punchlines that strain to shockTrump is bad news, US gun control policy is dysfunctional and religion is glorified superstition. I agree with most of what US standup ... [Read More]