Satire isn’t an easy skill, as any episode of Mock the Week proves with saddening vigour, which is why Stewart Lee’s analysis of satire and animals in satire helps to identify what works.
If you haven’t seen this yet then you really should watch it.
We spent the afternoon collating his findings and can now present our ‘Cut out from the internet and keep guide to: Satire’.
- Kleenex box with a shrew in it – Not satire
- A wolf with a duck in it – Satire
- A conker with a wasp in it – Satire
- A glovebox full of elks – Satire
- A dum-dum bullet with a woodlouse in it – Satire
- A shipping container with a turtle in it – Satire
- A toilet bowl full of goats – Satire
- A limpet shell with a limpet in it – Satire
- George Osbourne’s eye with a ladybird in it – Satire
- An ostrich in a soda syphon – Satire
- A crow inside a swift – Satire
- Sausages – Not satire, but only in situations when they are by themselves. In other situations they should be considered as satire.
- George Clooney’s blood vein with a baby swordfish in it – Satire
Other areas which should also be considered satire include:
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