Category Archives: Comedy special: 2017 in satire

From the time Trump’s tweets disappeared to David Davis’s Brexit diary: satirists take on the news

Joe Lycett, Ayesha Hazarika, Gráinne Maguire and Nish Kumar take a fresh look at the year as part of our comedy special

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On 3 November 2017, President Donald J Trump’s Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes. For those moments, the world had no idea what he was thinking or feeling or watching on Fox.

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‘Lost without her system operators’: a year in the life of the Maybot

John Crace charts an extraordinary 12 months for Theresa May as part of our satirical look back at 2017

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“The Enemies of the People”, aka the supreme court, rule that parliament should have a vote on triggering article 50. Theresa May is outraged. She hadn’t taken back control only to give back control to the British parliament. The Conservatives then draw up a bill to go through the Commons that Jeremy Corbyn says his party will back. Theresa May is again outraged. How dare the Labour party attempt to thwart the will of the people by voting with the government?

Towards the end of January, Theresa spells out her vision for Brexit in her Lancaster House speech. Britain will be leaving the single market and the customs union, though very much hoping that the EU will give us all the benefits of both, without either having to pay a penny or being obliged to abide by any of its regulations. The EU is understandably bemused, but praises the prime minister for the clarity with which she described her confusion.

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‘Satire has had a busy year’: how to laugh at the year that was

From Trump to Brexit, 2017 has been both a gift and a curse for comedians. Andy Zaltzman looks back

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Barely a year goes by these days without some kind of major news event occurring. Time was, not so long ago in the grand scheme of things, when nothing much would happen for a couple of centuries. Some historians (OK, Wikipedia) note that in the year 1317, there were only four events. It must have been a testing time to be a newsreader or topical panel show comedian; but was the planet happier, unencumbered by things that were happening, and people’s reactions to things that were happening, preoccupied as they were by humble pursuits such as avoiding death? Who knows.

Now, however, news never sleeps (which might explain why it has become so short-tempered and erratic). As the first year in history in which the most powerful person in the world has been an internet troll with access to a Twitter account, 2017 has been even more newsically unrelenting than its predecessor, role model and inspiration, 2016.

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