39 episodes

An award winning* podcast in which Drs Adam J Smith and Jo Waugh talk about the form, function and future of satire. They also talk about the history of satire, but that doesn’t alliterate.

Adam and Jo are joined by a series of special guests who will also talk about satire.

* 'Best Pedagogical Project', The YSJSU Awards 2019

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An award winning* podcast in which Drs Adam J Smith and Jo Waugh talk about the form, function and future of satire. They also talk about the history of satire, but that doesn’t alliterate.

Adam and Jo are joined by a series of special guests who will also talk about satire.

* 'Best Pedagogical Project', The YSJSU Awards 2019

    EP.26. Satire, Comedy & Mental Health

    EP.26. Satire, Comedy & Mental Health

    Do you ever wonder... what's the point? Liars and cheats prosper and gain power, the hypocritical, the criminal, the venal, the self-interested, the arrogant and the cruel seem to get away with whatever they want. Statistics and figures are cynically manipulated for cynical ends. The average person has no voice and no power, no real chance to change anything or be heard. Everything gets worse and worse, we’re all afraid, nothing really seems stable, and nobody with power can be trusted. Well, satire can help! Adam and Jo are joined by Dr Dieter Declercq, author of Satire, Comedy and Mental Health: Coping with the Limits of Critique, to talk about the extent to which satire can help sustain good mental health in a trouble socio-political world. We mention:

    1984

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    A Modest Proposal

    Alexander Pope

    Animal Farm

    Balms

    Bernard Williams

    Bon Jovi

    Boris Johnson

    Brass Eye

    Brexit anxiety

    Catharsis

    Climate change and climate grief

    Covid

    Depression

    Dominic Cummings

    Dustin Griffin

    Hello Tushie Bidets

    Horace

    John Dryden

    John Wright

    Jonathan Swift

    Juvenal

    Medical models of satire

    Michael Gove

    Mock the Week

    Nietzsche

    Political burnout

    Rain

    Rishi Sunak

    Satire and magic

    Satirical poetry

    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Theme tunes (US sitcoms)

    Trump blimp



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP.25. Satire: Left Wing & Right Wing

    EP.25. Satire: Left Wing & Right Wing

    Is satire fundamentally left wing or right wing? Does the BBC now have a right wing agenda? Can right wing comedy actually be funny? And was all this really the reason The Mash Report got cancelled? Jo and Adam talk about all of this and more (including their own shocking Political Compass Results!!!) in this all new episode, also featuring a chat with recovering stand-up comic and scholar of comedy, Seb Bloomfield.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP.24. Satire On International Women's Day

    EP.24. Satire On International Women's Day

    Jo and Adam #ChooseToChallenge this International Women’s Day by seeking out and celebrating some of their favourite female satirists from literary history: Mary Leopor and Stella Gibbons.
    Especially devoted listeners may also choose to stick around after the closing music for an extra treat.
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    • 55 min
    EP.23. How To Live Well The Satirical Way (with Oli Grant)

    EP.23. How To Live Well The Satirical Way (with Oli Grant)

    Stop talking about Valentine’s Day and start talking about Smith & Waugh Talk About Satire Day! That’s right, this episode marks exactly two years since the first episode dropped on 14 February 2019. For this very special anniversary episode Jo and Adam are joined by author Oli Grant to discuss his book How To Live Well The North Korean Way, a satire on the nature of self-help books and their efforts to selectively appropriate, repackage and commodify aspects of other cultures. They also ask whether or not Jo has any authority here or if Adam has read the script and understood it.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP.22. Satire: Social Media, Identity Politics and Woke Ideology Part 2 (with Andrew Doyle)

    EP.22. Satire: Social Media, Identity Politics and Woke Ideology Part 2 (with Andrew Doyle)

    In the second part of this wide-ranging interview with satirist, comedian and cultural commentator Andrew Doyle , conversation turns to touch on cancel culture and the culture wars as Andrew explains what is at stake in his satirical project. Jo and Adam also take time to reflect on Charlie Brooker’s latest production, the Netflix mocumentary Death to 2020, and Jo reveals her clever idea for a new kind of national service.

    • 48 min
    EP.21. Satire: Social Media, Identity Politics and Woke Ideology Part 1 (with Andrew Doyle)

    EP.21. Satire: Social Media, Identity Politics and Woke Ideology Part 1 (with Andrew Doyle)

    18 months after he first appeared on the podcast (Episode 8. Satire: Woke Politics and Political Tribalism), Jo and Adam welcome satirist, comedian, writer and cultural commentator Andrew Doyle to discuss life as the man behind Titania McGrath during 2020, and to discuss Titania’s latest book: My First Little Book Of Intersectional Activism. Access the full show-notes here. 

    • 1 hr 12 min

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