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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.

Op-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.

Pastafarianism now an official religion in Poland

The Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster is now accepted as an official religion in Poland after a 2013 ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

Review: Emmy-Award-winning series VEEP heads into its third season on HBO Special

HBO's political comedy VEEP begins its third season on April 6 at 10:30 PM, and its writers are keeping the show fresh by introducing some new, intriguing (and very funny) plot twists.

Op-Ed: Alaska may legalize pot but Palin is already puffing

Fairbanks - Alaska may become the third state to legalize marijuana. I thought it already was, based on former governor Sarah Palin’s stoner-like remarks.

Op-Ed: 'Dr. Strangelove' – Still hilarious and potent after 50 years

Could present-day Hollywood produce a satire as bold and subversive as Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece, “Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”? Not bloody likely. And there are several reasons for that.

Op-Ed: When tasteless humor goes awry — 'The Assam Rape Festival'

I must confess that I have been a big fan of dark, distasteful humor all my life. It is something of a guilty pleasure for me, as it is for many people.

Steve Carell to direct comedy pilot 'Tribeca' for TBS

Los Angeles - Steve Carell graced the small screen for years in 'The Office.' Now, he's venturing back into the television world with TBS, but this time he'll be behind the camera.

Review: 'Syrup' is a shady business Special

A slacker marketing graduate conceives a million-dollar idea, but must trust his attractive corporate counterpart to get the concept off the ground.

Op-Ed: Gun phobia

A New York elementary school was invaded by a SWAT Team earlier today. The team was working off a tip from the school's administration that one of the students may have had a gun.

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.

Review: Toronto's Soulpepper fills Stoppard classic with energy, flair Special

Toronto - “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is a play in danger of becoming overly familiar, another “modern classic” ruined by time and too many revivals. It takes an energetic cast and vision to make Tom Stoppard's great tragicomedy seem new again.

Review: Canadian debut of 'The Arsonists' a mixed bag of musical satire Special

Toronto - It's hard to believe that Max Frisch's darkly comic parable “The Arsonists” has never been staged in Canada before. The Toronto debut of the 1958 play captures Frisch's absurdism nicely – but also adds a rock-and-roll edge that doesn't really fit.

Review: Colbert's new book rich with sharp, if uneven, satire Special

There's a simple reason why Stephen Colbert – or rather, the blustery, egocentric, reactionary, right-wing pundit character he plays on TV – is so lovable, despite all the reprehensible things he says and believes. The secret: You can't hate a baby.
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