Sometimes a joke is really just a joke, not an attempt to overturn civil society
His successive election victories led to Turkey being held up as a beacon for Islamic democracy. Now Erdogan has become impregnable
A German law which prevents citizens insulting a foreign head of state could come into conflict with European human rights legislation, which values freedom of political expression
In my piece, several stark-naked Xhosa teenagers suggest our British narrator is oppressed because he's wearing trousers, and remove them
‘Les Guignols’derided as 'too obsequious' after return from enforced six-month break
British satire isn’t dead so much as sleeping - someone give me a nudge when it wakes up
Another leading Charlie Hebdo dissident, Zineb El Rhazoui, spoke of a “deep malaise” at the magazine
On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
From drunken nights out with a llama to testicle-eating fishes, it’s a mixed bag of stories you’ve been sharing on social media in 2013.
Among the top twenty Independent articles you’ve been tweeting and posting on Facebook this year, there are serious reports, ferocious comment pieces, astounding research and a fair few articles that pay tribute to the adage ‘the truth is stranger than fiction.’
An entire class of children was evacuated from a swimming pool after a prosthetic leg was mistaken for a paedophile.
More than a million pictures have been scanned from texts published in the 17th to the 19th centuries
Superficial but fun, this satire describes life for Chinese old money and nouveaux
There are two kinds of classic: those whose themes are so universal they speak to every age, and those which are a canvas on which any age can write its own story. Accidental Death of an Anarchist is the latter.
It could be called ‘Gouge-Eye 2’ or ‘Stab-Leg 2’, but this sequel is more moral than its prototype
When David Beckham turned up at the Royal Wedding, many were baffled by the friendship between the footballer and the future King. What on earth could they have to talk about? Grammar and hair products, for a start. At least that's how William Gaminara imagines it in his witty new comedy, The Three Lions.
Given that I'm currently embroiled in a bitter political battle against my local council (albeit with the hearty support of my MP) I might be Steve Richards' toughest audience member tonight, somewhat resistant to the idea that politicians are human beings, insecure and tortured by dilemma.