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Op-Ed: Jeff Sessions plays a thrilling game of ‘resign, recuse, repent’

It’s time for another lighthearted look at the hard political topics of the Trumpweek that was. There’s no other way to put of it — from perjury claims to AOL emails, it was a bit of a roller coaster.

Op-Ed: Cardboard and empty chairs to primary Republicans and Democrats

This week's piece of lightweight political commentary takes a hard look at the newest craze sweeping the nation: cardboard democracy!

Op-Ed: A Melancholy Valentine for Mike Flynn

Trump's press conference late in the week did little to answer any questions surrounding Russia’s connections to the White House, so we asked the unexpectedly idle Michael Flynn for his thoughts.

Op-Ed: Don’t go making Putin calls — just stick to product placements

Once again, Digital Journal's alternative-fact-based hardliners take a look at the Trumpweek that was: First Family product lines, rocky phone calls with DOTUS and unanimous court decisions are on everybody’s mind!

Op-Ed: Pray for the Apprentice — and the President too!

Once again, Digital Journal's alternative-fact-based hardliners take a look at the Trumpweek that was: from Terminator ratings prayers to false Bowling Green nostalgia, here's a lopsided view of the politics we winced through this week.

Satirical news has significant influence on public opinion

Satirical news shows are not only entertaining, they also help reinforce or alter perception, especially in relation to political opinion. New research demonstrates the reinforcing power of the media and makes some telling points for the post-Trump world.

Op-Ed: Week one — Trump gets down to big league business

Once again, our tremendous political correspondents wade into the swamp of intrigue surrounding Washington to offer their hard-nosed softball opinions.

Op-Ed: Inauguration insights — Digital Journal's new pundits chime in

Digital Journal is happy to present the first in our hard-biting series of lighthearted commentary on the politics we find ourselves gnawing on today.

Review: Cullen scores the biggest laughs in zany Dickens spoof Special

Toronto - Charles Dickens’ works are so often viewed as boring, stuffy and antiquated these days, many don’t realize that his contemporaries actually saw him as a master of high and low comedy. Old Boz himself might even have enjoyed “Twist Your Dickens”.

Review: Married Toronto comics Baram & Sneickus keep the laughs going Special

Toronto - Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram are two of the funniest comedians in Toronto, if not all of Canada. And if their new sketch revue, “Still Figuring It Out”, seems a tad uneven in spots, there’s still plenty there to keep your funny bone occupied.

Review: Latest Second City Toronto revue tackles some thorny issues Special

Toronto - Second City rarely shies from controversial topics, but the Toronto comedy company’s new revue, “Come What Mayhem!”, seems to have thorny social issues as its mission. Terrorism, racism, rape culture, bullies – a lot of boxes get checked off.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Review: New Second City T.O. revue takes on Trudeau, Trump and more Special

Toronto - Second City wouldn’t be Second City if it weren’t topical, and the latest revue by the comedy company’s Toronto team is tightly focused on what’s current in both T.O. and Canada: everything from Justin Trudeau to Syrian refugees gets a mention.

Gawker reboots as political site, lays off employees

It's been a bumpy year for Gawker Media, but now the company is in for a really big change. Already known for its knife-edged wit, Gawker plans to set its sights on politics, especially the 2016 race for the White House.

School admin politics exposed in Ruderman's satirical novel Special

Winchester - Ian Ruderman's satirical novel, The Peculiar Grace of a Shaker Chair, pokes fun at the unspoken bureaucratic nonsense that happens within the administrative walls of an educational institution.

Review: Obnoxious, uninspired ‘Full House’ parody is a Toronto disaster Special

Toronto - The most unintentionally ironic moment in “Full House: The Musical!” comes when Tanner patriarch Danny (Perez Hilton) throws wanna-be comic Uncle Joey’s (Seth Blum) catchphrase right back at him in song: “Cut it out! / You’re just not funny.”

Review: Strindberg’s marital drama comes alive in new Toronto revival Special

Toronto - How often does independent theatre get as good as this? Coal Mine Theatre’s new production of “Creditors,” one of August Strindberg’s lesser-performed plays, is so alive with tension and piercing wit that it rarely feels like an antique.

Review: ‘Daisy Theatre’ brings its irreverent puppetry back to T.O. Special

Toronto - Puppetry ain’t kids’ stuff these days, and nobody in Canada knows this more than Ronnie Burkett. If you thought “Avenue Q” was edgy, just wait until you experience the dark hilarity of “The Daisy Theatre”, which returned to Toronto this week.

Review: Toronto production of ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ is great silly fun Special

Toronto - When “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker made a three-minute joke trailer for “Alferd Packer: The Musical” for film school in 1992, he probably didn’t imagine that it would evolve into a sellout stage show in another country two decades later.

Charlie Hebdo contributor scoops top cartoonist award

Paris - Riad Sattouf, half-French, half-Syrian and who’s regularly contributed to Charlie Hebdo, picked up the prestigious Fauve d’Or award at one of the world’s biggest cartoon festivals, held in France, last weekend.

Turkish weekly defiantly refuses to soften satirical bite

Istanbul - Vilified by conservatives at home for standing by Charlie Hebdo after the Paris attacks, a Turkish satirical weekly is defiantly refusing to tone down its biting mockery of authority.

Review: 'Harry Potter' stage parody makes glorious return to Toronto Special

Toronto - I've missed several chances to see “Potted Potter”; besides its previous Toronto run in 2012, the world-touring revue has been in London and New York at times when I happened to be in those cities. Despite the new cast, it was worth the wait.

Review: Second City/Toronto Symphony show mixes music, comedy into gold Special

Toronto - Classical music and madcap comedy may sound like a strange mix, but they do have a longstanding relationship with each other. Remember those great Bugs Bunny cartoons that introduced you to Rossini, Wagner and Strauss? Remember Victor Borge?

Op-Ed: Mike Nichols' best-known movie really shows its age in 2014

Ten days ago, we lost iconic comedian, writer and director Mike Nichols. His was a career rife with triumphs in theatre, film and TV, and he was one of only twelve people who'd made it into the esteemed EGOT club (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Tiger Woods fires back at Golf Digest over satirical article

Tiger Woods is defending himself against a scathing satirical piece penned by a Hall of Fame golf writer set to appear next month in Golf Digest.

'Flight of the Conchords' star gets vampy in latest movie Special

Toronto - 'What We Do In the Shadows' was a big hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Its co-creator, 'Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement, says naturalism played a vital part in making the movie.

Honest Game Trailers takes a jab at 'Team Fortress 2'

PC gamers and Valve fans were in for a treat over the weekend when Honest Game Trailers took a few humorous jabs at 'Team Fortress 2'.

Op-Ed: GoPro — Getting marketing right since 2004

San Mateo - I'm not sure who originally came up with GoPro's marketing scheme, nor do I know if the same person still runs that scheme today, but oh-my-God are they good.

Facebook tests 'Satire' tag to help users spot fake news stories

Facebook representatives recently announced that they will be running a spoiler style "satire" tag on fake news stories from sites such as the Onion.

Review: Toronto 'Tartuffe' has good moments, odd directorial choices Special

Toronto - It's a tricky business, trying to make an old theatre warhorse seem fresh and new. Bold or eccentric choices can spark new life into a classic, or they can massacre it. Soulpepper's new mounting of “Tartuffe” tastes both ends of the lollipop.
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