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    • Black comedy

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    • British satire

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    • Caricature

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    • Fratire

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    • French satire

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    • Satirical games

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    • German satire

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    • Greek satire

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    • Iambic poets

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    • Indian satire

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    • Parodies

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    • Political correctness

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    • Religious parodies and satires

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    • Ritual clowns

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    • Roast (comedy)

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    • Satirical works

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    • Satire

    • Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greate ... Read »


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    • Awaze Tribune

    • The Awaze Tribune (AwazeTribune) is an Eritrean news satire organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. Based in Asmara, Eritrea. The website carries articles that may cover current events, both real and fictional, satirizing the tone and format of traditional news organizations wit ... Read »


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    • Bathos

    • Bathos (/ˈbeɪθɒs/ BAY-thoss;Greek: , lit. "depth") is a literary term, first coined by Alexander Pope in his 1727 essay "Peri Bathous", to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity (i.e., pathos). In particular, bathos is associated with anticlimax, an abrupt transition from a lofty style or grand ... Read »


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    • Berlin Express-Historie

    • Berlin-Express Historie Is a short mock-history of the city of Berlin in 42 chapters by novelist Albrecht Behmel. The book consists of 42 short chapters, most of which do not exceed a paperback page’s length. Chapters 1-6 cover the Ice-Age, pre-history and Roman Times; Chapters 7-19 are about the Middle Ages; ... Read »


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    • Burlesque

    • Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery. Burlesque ov ... Read »


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    • Cactolith

    • A cactolith is "a quasihorizontal chonolith composed of anastomosing ductoliths whose distal ends curl like a harpolith, thin like a sphenolith, or bulge discordantly like an akmolith or ethmolith." The term was coined by Charles B. Hunt, a USGS researcher, in his paper "Geology and geography of the Henry Mountains re ... Read »


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    • Satirical cartography

    • Satirical cartography is a form of art, exposing stereotypes and political messages with comical geopolitical illustrations. Satirical cartography dates back to the late 18th century and early 19th century. Hanna Humphrey and Frederick W. Rose are among the earliest pioneers in cartoon-ish maps. In some cases, satiric ... Read »


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    • Castigat ridendo mores

    • Castigat ridendo mores (Latin pronunciation: [kaˈstiːɡat rɪˈdɛndoː ˈmoːreːs]) (laughing corrects morals) is a Latin phrase that generally means "one corrects customs by laughing at them," or "he corrects morals by ridicule." Some commentators suggest that the phrase embodies the essence ... Read »


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    • Clown society

    • Clown society is a term used in anthropology and sociology for an organization of comedic entertainers (Heyoka or "clowns") who have a formalized role in a culture or society. Sometimes clown societies have a sacred role, to represent a trickster character in religious ceremonies. Other times the purpose served by ... Read »


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    • Comedy of manners

    • The comedy of manners is an entertainment form which satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class or of multiple classes, often represented by stereotypical . For example, the miles gloriosus ("boastful soldier") in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the English Restoration, or an old person pretend ... Read »


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    • Craposyncrasies

    • Written by Sorush Pakzad, Doozakhrafat, also known as Craposyncrasies, is a book of satirical pieces in Persian, which were posted on his personal blog before publication. The book includes 107 stories about gods, prophets, and angels and was published in February 2012 by H&S Media. The publisher included the book amon ... Read »


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    • Dangibon

    • The dangibon (談義本?) was a pre-modern Japanese literary genre. Texts were written in a humorous, satirical sermon-style with the purpose of educating the masses. It is type of gesaku. Masuho Zankō (増穂残口?) and Issai Chozan (佚斎樗山?) are credited with establishi ... Read »


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    • Diminution (satire)

    • Diminution is a satirical technique. It reduces the size of something in order that it may be made to appear ludicrous, or in order to be closely examined. For example, if the Canadian Members of Parliament are portrayed as squabbling, spoiled little boys and girls, this would be diminution. A diminutive satire is Gull ... Read »


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    • Doenjang Girl

    • Doenjang girl or Doenjang woman (hangul:된장녀) is a satirical expression used in South Korea "for their propensity to scrimp on essentials so they can over-spend on conspicuous luxuries". These girls and young women are addicted to luxury and vanity. The Hangul spelling is Doenjang Nyeo (된장녀 ... Read »


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    • Dogpatch

    • Dogpatch was the fictional setting of cartoonist Al Capp's classic comic strip, Li'l Abner (1934–1977). In Capp's own words, Dogpatch was "an average stone-age community nestled in a bleak valley, between two cheap and uninteresting hills somewhere." The inhabitants were mostly lazy hillbillies, who usually w ... Read »


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    • Estate satire

    • Estate satire is a genre of writing from 14th Century, Medieval literary works. The three Medieval estates were the Clergy (those who prayed), the Nobility (those who fought) and lastly the Peasantry (those who labored). These estates were the major social classes of the time and were typically gender specific to men, ... Read »


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    • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day (or "Draw Mohammed Day") was a 2010 event in support of artists threatened with violence for drawing representations of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It stemmed from a protest against censorship of the American television show South Park episode "201", led by the show's distributor Comedy Ce ... Read »


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    • Extravaganza

    • An extravaganza is a literary or musical work (often musical theatre) characterized by freedom of style and structure and usually containing elements of burlesque, pantomime, music hall and parody. It sometimes also has elements of cabaret, circus, revue, variety, vaudeville and mime.Extravaganza may more broadly refer ... Read »


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    • Faux Faulkner contest

    • The Faux Faulkner contest was an annual parody essay contest founded in 1989 by Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of Nobel laureate William Faulkner, with her husband Lawrence Wells, and sponsored by Yoknapatawpha Press and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. It was held 16 times until 2005. The contest attracted as ... Read »


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    • Fratire

    • Fratire is a type of 21st-century fiction literature written for and marketed to young men in a politically incorrect and overtly masculine fashion. The term was coined following the popularity of works by George Ouzounian (writing under the pen name Maddox) and Tucker Max. Described as a satirical celebration of tradi ... Read »


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    • Grotesque body

    • The grotesque body is a concept, or literary trope, put forward by Russian literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin in his study of François Rabelais' work. The essential principle of grotesque realism is degradation, the lowering of all that is abstract, spiritual, noble, and ideal to the material level. Through the use of ... Read »


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    • High comedy

    • High comedy or pure comedy is a type of comedy characterized by witty dialogue, satire, biting humor, or criticism of life. Today, high comedy can be seen among sitcoms and talk shows targeted at cultured and articulate audiences. Examples of high comedy include Arrested Development (TV series), The Simpsons, The Marx ... Read »


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    • Satirical hip hop

    • Satirical hip hop is a genre of hip hop done in a sarcastic, parodic or tongue in cheek way. Satirical hip hop has been around since at least the mid 1990s. Well known satirical rappers of the 2010s include Odd Future and Tyler the Creator,Lil B,Yung Lean , Riff Raff, Lil Dicky,Mix-Master Ketchup, 3Pac and Riffi Rack ... Read »


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    • In at the Death

    • In At The Death was a sketch revue performed at The Bush Theatre, London in 1978, most notable for being the first time that future colleagues Victoria Wood and Julie Walters would work together. The show is described in Neil Brandwood's biography of Wood as an "alternative theatre company's sketch show about mortalit ... Read »


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    • Jihad satire

    • A Jihad satire falls within the tradition of political satire and can refer to a work of art that satirizes the idea of violent jihad. It can also refer to the theory that satirizing violent jihadis with the objective of making them figures of ridicule can be an effective means of defusing jihad. The musical comed ... Read »


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    • The JT Show

    • The JT Show (formerly known as The JT & Dave Show and Air Bubba) is an American talk show on Supertalk Mississippi. It is hosted by JT Williamson and produced by Ryne "Ryno" Montgomery. It premiered in August 2010. It has since featured the voices of several local, Mississippi and national politicians. The theme song ... Read »


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    • List of literary dunces

    • This is a list of literary dunces – persons, either real or legendary, who are used in literature as targets of satire. ... Read »


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    • Literary dunce

    • A dunce is a person considered incapable of learning. The word is derived from the name of the Scholastic theologian and philosopher John Duns Scotus, also referred to as Doctor Subtillis, or "Subtle Doctor", whose works on logic, theology and philosophy were accepted textbooks in the universities from the fourteenth c ... Read »


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    • Low comedy

    • Low comedy, in association to comedy, is a dramatic or literary form of entertainment with no primary purpose but to create laughter by boasting, boisterous jokes, drunkenness, scolding, fighting, buffoonery and other riotous activity. It is also characterized by "horseplay", slapstick or farce. Other examples include ... Read »


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    • Lower Slobbovia

    • Lower Slobbovia (also sometimes called Outer, Inner, Central, Upper or Lowest Slobbovia) is a term used in conversation to denote a place which is underdeveloped, socially backward, remote, impoverished or unenlightened. First coined by Al Capp in 1946, the term has also been used by Americans to refer in an informal w ... Read »


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    • Menippean satire

    • The genre of Menippean satire is a form of satire, usually in prose, which has a length and structure similar to a novel and is characterized by attacking mental attitudes rather than specific individuals or entities. Other features found in Menippean satire are different forms of parody and mythological burlesque, a c ... Read »


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    • Metaparody

    • Metaparody is a form of humor or literary technique consisting "parodying the parody of the original", sometimes to the degree that the viewer is unclear as to which subtext is genuine and which subtext parodic. The American literary critic Gary Saul Morson has written extensively on the topic: In texts of this type, ... Read »


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    • Satiric misspelling

    • A satiric misspelling is an intentional misspelling of a word, phrase or name for a rhetorical purpose. This is often done by replacing a letter with another letter (for example, k replacing c), or symbol (for example, $ replacing s, @ replacing a, or ¢ replacing c). Satiric misspelling is found particularly in info ... Read »


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    • Mock-heroic

    • Mock-heroic, mock-epic or heroi-comic works are typically satires or parodies that mock common Classical stereotypes of heroes and heroic literature. Typically, mock-heroic works either put a fool in the role of the hero or exaggerate the heroic qualities to such a point that they become absurd. Historically, the mock ... Read »


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    • Nacirema

    • Nacirema ("American" spelled backwards) is a term used in anthropology and sociology in relation to aspects of the behavior and society of citizens of the United States of America. The neologism attempts to create a deliberate sense of self-distancing in order that American anthropologists might look at their own cultu ... Read »


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    • News satire

    • News satire is a type of parody presented in a format typical of mainstream journalism, and called a satire because of its content. News satire has been around almost as long as journalism itself, but it is particularly popular on the web (for example on websites like The Onion or Faking News), where it is relatively e ... Read »


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    • Newspeak

    • Newspeak is the language of Oceania, a totalitarian state ruled by the Party, who created the language to meet the ideological requirements of English Socialism (Ingsoc). In the world of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published by George Orwell in 1949, Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limi ... Read »


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    • Parody

    • A parody (/ˈpærədi/; also called a spoof, send-up, take-off, or lampoon) is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target—by means of satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, "parody … ... Read »


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      Pasquino or Pasquin (Latin: Pasquillus) is the name used by Romans since the early modern period to describe a battered Hellenistic-style statue dating to the third century BC, which was unearthed in the Parione district of Rome in the fifteenth century. It is located in a piazza of the same name on the southwest corne ... Read »


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    • Political correctness

    • The term political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct; commonly abbreviated to PC or P.C.) in modern usage, is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. In mainstream political discourse and media, the term ... Read »


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    • Political satire

    • Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden. Political satir ... Read »


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    • Problem Solved

    • Problem Solved is a controversial slogan on a t-shirt designed by Route 66 Attitude, a clothing line sold by major U.S. department store Kmart. The shirt depicts a male stick figure and a female stick figure arguing in the first frame (captioned "Problem"), and in the second frame, the male pushes the female out of a w ... Read »


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    • Kozma Prutkov

    • Kozma Petrovich Prutkov (Russian: Козьма́ Петро́вич Прутко́в) is a fictional author invented by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy and his cousins, three Zhemchuzhnikov brothers, Alexei, Vladimir and Alexander, during the later part of the rule of Nic ... Read »


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    • The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem Call'd the Lady's Dressing Room


    • The Rutles

    • The Rutles (/ˈrʌtəlz/) are a rock band known for their visual and aural pastiches and parodies of the Beatles. This originally fictional band, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes for 1970s television programming, became an actual group (while remaining a parody of the Beatles) and toured and recorded, releasin ... Read »


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    • Satire boom

    • The satire boom is a general term to describe the emergence of a generation of English satirical writers, journalists and performers at the end of the 1950s. The satire boom is often regarded as having begun with the first performance of Beyond the Fringe on 22 August 1960 and ending around December 1963 with the cance ... Read »


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    • Satirical ostraca

    • Satirical ostraca are a category of ostraca, (singular: an ostracon), that represent the real world in unrealistic, impossible situations–a satire. The common example portrayed which helped create this categorization, are animals which take reversed roles, for example a vertically–walking cat, with ducks on t ... Read »


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    • Shmoo

    • The shmoo (plural: shmoon, also shmoos) is a fictional cartoon creature created by Al Capp (1909–79); the character first appeared in its classic comic strip Li'l Abner on August 31, 1948. A shmoo is shaped like a plump bowling pin with stubby legs. It has smooth skin, eyebrows and sparse whiskers—but no ... Read »


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    • Smelfungus

    • Smelfungus is a name given by Laurence Sterne to Tobias Smollett as author of a volume of Travels through France and Italy, for the snarling abuse he heaps on the institutions and customs of the countries he visited. The term "" (pl. "smellfungi") thereafter passed into broader use to describe a grumbling traveller, a ... Read »


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    • Taking the piss

    • Taking the piss is a Commonwealth term meaning to take liberties at the expense of others, or to be unreasonable. It is often used to mean (or confused with) taking the piss out of, which is an expression meaning to mock, tease, ridicule, or scoff. It is also not to be confused with "taking a piss", which refers to the ... Read »


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    • Talking statues of Rome

    • The talking statues of Rome (Italian: statue parlanti di Roma) or the Congregation of Wits (Congrega degli arguti) provided an outlet for a form of anonymous political expression in Rome. Criticisms in the form of poems or witticisms were posted on well-known statues in Rome, as an early instance of bulletin board. It ... Read »


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    • Tongue-in-cheek

    • The tongue-in-cheek figure of speech is used to imply that a statement or other production is humorously or otherwise not seriously intended, and it should not be taken at face value. The phrase was originally meant to express contempt. By 1842, however, the phrase had acquired its contemporary meaning, indicating tha ... Read »


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    • Translation (rhetoric device)

    • Translation as a rhetorical device is a form of parody, where a sarcastic paraphrase of a source quotation is given to mock its author; to enhance the irony, it is furthermore stated that the version being given is merely a translation into the speaker's language, implying that the original speaker was unduly obscure o ... Read »


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    • Trickle-down economics

    • "Trickle-down economics", also referred to as "trickle-down theory", is a term associated with laissez-faire capitalism in general and more specifically supply-side economics. The term is often used to criticize economic policies which favor the wealthy or privileged, while being framed as good for the average citizen. ... Read »


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    • The Unbroadcastable Radio Show

    • The Unbroadcastable Radio Show was a monthly live comedy show performed at the Comedy Store, Manchester. The show took the format of the recording of a radio show, featuring topical comedy written up to (and occasionally during) the day of performance. The show has been nominated for "Best Writing" and "Best Touring S ... Read »


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    • Victorian burlesque

    • Victorian burlesque, sometimes known as travesty or extravaganza, is a genre of theatrical entertainment that was popular in Victorian England and in the New York theatre of the mid 19th century. It is a form of parody in which a well-known opera or piece of classical theatre or ballet is adapted into a broad comic pla ... Read »


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    • Vyangya

    • In Hindi literature, Vyangya means satire. Vyangya writings includes the essence of sarcasm and humour in Hindi literature. Some of the better known writers in this genre are Harishankar Parsai, Sri Lal Sukla, K. P. Saxena, Suryakumar Pandey, Sharad Joshi, etc. ... Read »


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