Satirical Friday Fun

After last week’s rant about my disillusionment with British politics and the current election campaign, I’ve had the distinct impression that I’m actually trying to bury my head in the sand and not succeeding very well at it. Also, it simply makes me look a little ignorant and/or pig-headed to respond to “did you watch the Leaders’ Debate” with “no, I’m currently disillusioned with politics, so I’m ignoring it”.

The problem is that I am interested. That’s how I get into discussions about tactics in particular constituencies with friends at church. It’s why I got supremely frustrated with myself that I couldn’t contribute eloquently to a long and intelligent political discussion over beers a couple of days ago. [You’re searching for the ‘fun’ element of this post aren’t you? Don’t worry, I’m getting there…] I would have watched at least some of the second debate last night had it not been on Sky and had I not been busy with a focus group.

So, as is often my strategy to deal with such conundrums – I have a plan…

What I do enjoy is good satirical political comedy. Have I Got News for You is always a good distraction and fairly informative, but it’s only on once a week. This is where Radio 4 have stepped into the fray, renaming The Now Show (a stalwart of the Friday night comedy line-up) the Vote Now Show and broadcasting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the run-up to the election.

Because I’m a bit useless and only remember to sync my iPod once a week (if that), I only had one of last week’s shows and hadn’t fully realised how frequent they were going to be. Last night I re-synced and this morning chuckled away to one on the tube. My strategy is thus to keep tabs on the election campaign largely via comedy. I may have to do a teeny bit of background reading just so I can still understand what the comedy’s about, but otherwise it should be enough information – surely?

The Friday Night Comedy from Radio 4 podcast has always been a good listen, but it does need to come with a health warning. It’s often hilarious in the most surprising ways, meaning that if you listen to it in public you may not be able to control your reactions. Snorting on buses, laughing out loud on the treadmill, grinning inanely on the tube…you generally end up acting in a way that makes the general public give you a wide┬áberth.

Fun & games for Friday

After a dry patch last week, this week I’ve got a variety of things to entertain you with on the dullest day of the week. I however, will not be in need of any of them as I shall be having a mini away day at the British Library, pretending to be all academic and stuff.

First up is another Gizmodo gem, similar to one I posted a few weeks back – every week there’s a different photoshop contest and the results are usually fairly amusing. This week’s was:

There are many gems and some running themes – like various Guitar Hero related games (Lute Hero??) – not to mention a version of Tetris that should get released. It brought light to my Wednesday morning when it arrived, with images often greeted with a muttered “awesome!”.
(I wouldn’t set much of a standard by that, later the same day the discovery that a badge with my employer’s logo on fitted into the hole on a box file was greeted with the same adjective. It seems I exaggerate often.)
But favourite of them all would be this one:

And, should you still need further entertainment, the Borowitz Report is usually good for a laugh. I always forget about it until my amusement-providing friend reminds me, but with headlines like Ayatollah Warns Iranians: ‘I am following you all on Twitter’ and Wall Street Salary Caps Drive Away Assholes, who could resist?