Just Add Satire

Hi friends


We’ve been thinking about humour a bit lately–which is not always easy to do in this political climate. We feel that if comedy is performed properly, it can be a very effective way to speak to political issues. Take John Oliver, for example, host of the US TV Show, Last Week Tonight. He is quite brilliant at using humour to break down political rhetoric, and at providing new and clever ways to discuss American politics.


Last night we had the pleasure to see former Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Fraser, speak to 1800 Melbournians interested in volunteering for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The night was chaired by comedian, writer and actor, Corinne Grant, who is adept at balancing her political passion with her ability to make a crowd laugh.


What do you think about the use of comedy to discuss contemporary politics?


Here’s Australia’s Shaun Micallef using a bit of ol’ fashioned satire to change the asylum seeker conversation on ABC’s  Mad As Hell.