‘Trump is a coward and a despot, so a Chicken Ceasar’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 10, 2021


In 2015, The Atlantic magazine posed a rhetorical question that addressed a seriously funny issue: why the British are better at satire. As the magazine is American, it’s obvious the point of comparison was Americans. Now, Americans have a very different sense of humour to the British. It’s slightly more obvious, perhaps even childlike in … Continue reading “‘Trump is a coward and a despot, so a Chicken Ceasar’”

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Will Ukraine’s president-elect see the funny side of Giuliani’s visit on Trump’s behalf?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2019


Rudolph Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has said he will visit Kiev to meet Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, and talk to him about investigations involving former vice-president Joe Biden and Paul Manafort, the imprisoned former Trump campaign chairman. Will Mr Zelensky find that funny? As a professional comedian he might. Mr Giuliani’s visit is part … Continue reading “Will Ukraine’s president-elect see the funny side of Giuliani’s visit on Trump’s behalf?”

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Indians once voted for a TV Sita. So, Ukrainians pick a TV president

by Rashmee

Posted on April 22, 2019


The last time I saw a credulous electorate embrace a television character as legislator was when Indians voted for Sita, wife of the Hindu god Ram. She drew reverence on the campaign trail. Many people seemed to believe she was invested with some of the aura of the character she portrayed. Both Sita – Deepika … Continue reading “Indians once voted for a TV Sita. So, Ukrainians pick a TV president”

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Performance art form that’s stripped down to the basics

by Rashmee

Posted on April 6, 2019 / First Post


Australian comedy promoter Simon Morley has made a career out of playing with himself. His show, which describes itself as a “grand repertoire of genital gesticulations”, has been performed in 35 countries and in five languages. Does Australia have a knack for marketing nudity as creative and cool? In the year 2012, two museums — in Hobart … Continue reading “Performance art form that’s stripped down to the basics”

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Trump and the ‘very unfair’ US constitution: Satire fails when reality keeps pace

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2017


Someone somewhere wrote a wonderful line the other day: “satirists, after all, are flummoxed by Trump because he’s a caricature himself”. Which brings me to Andy Borowitz’s side-splittingly funny account of President Donald Trump’s unhappiness with the US Constitution. If you haven’t read it, click on it here. Doesn’t matter whether you support Donald Trump … Continue reading “Trump and the ‘very unfair’ US constitution: Satire fails when reality keeps pace”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK