The new satire boom
'It's becoming cool'
Satire is booming, according to the comics performing in Melbourne.
At least 15 festival shows are self-proclaimed satires, and many more stand-ups touch on political material in their show.
Veteran Australian satirist Rod Quantock, pictured, says, "it's becoming increasingly popular, even cool."
Speaking to the city's Age newspaper, he added: "People are turning to comedy for information. In America the under-35s are getting their political information from comedians and satiric TV shows."
Fellow comic Michael Dalley agreed: "It's a good time for satire - politically we really are going through a dark arc."
Casey Bennetto, front man of award-winning cabaret group Drowsy Drivers, has both elevated and derided his hero in the jazz-funk opera Keating!
Musica comic Tim Minchin said his chosen form was a powerful way of getting the message across.
"It's powerful because it's using a format, music, that people consume all the time," he told the newspaper. "It's like putting poison in food - you can sneak your intention past their blockages."
Posted: 26 Mar 2005