What international satirical programmes are available to watch online?
December 6, 2011 12:35 PM   Subscribe

What international satirical programmes are available to watch online?

I'm from the UK, whilst in the US during indecision 08 I got addicted to the Daily Show and I've been watching that and Colbert ever since. I've realised that I probably know far too much about American domestic issues now and realised maybe seeing satire from other countries would be a really passive way to learn about politics in other parts of the world.

I watch/listen to a lot of the stuff here in the UK, The Now Show, HIGNFY etc. I just wondered what the equivalents are in other countries.

There is of course a caveat, they need to be subtitled in English - but I'd be interested to hear about other ones too.
posted by pmcp to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: 22 Minutes on CBCtv in Canada?

This reading of Justin Bieber's autobiography converted me. A lot of clips from this show are on youtube. I'm an American. Hopefully a Canadian will come along with more information.
posted by vincele at 12:53 PM on December 6, 2011

Best answer: The Chasers War on Everything. It's an Australian show, while there is no official online access (that I can find) to it you can find a lot of their stuff on YouTube. Good News Week and The Glasshouse were also two good Aussie shows along those sort of lines, but again you'd be looking at searching Youtube for clips, but well worth the effort.
posted by wwax at 1:59 PM on December 6, 2011

Best answer: For Canada, aside from 22 Minutes there's also the Rick Mercer Report which is less skit based and the interviews are played a little more straight rather than in character.

If you're fine with audio only, there's a podcast called The Comedy Factory which does a nice job, although it may rely a little more on people already up to date on who's who and what's what in Canada.
posted by thisisnotbruce at 3:32 PM on December 6, 2011

Best answer: Les guignols de l'info.
posted by TheTingTangTong at 3:48 PM on December 6, 2011

Best answer: There is Jay Hind! from India and Pillow Talk from Pakistan. Also, Parazit covers Iran and is modeled after the Daily Show. El Bernameg from Egypt is also modeled after the Daily Show, but I'm not sure if it is available anywhere with English subtitles. Here is an episode of the satirical Australian TV program Newstopia (in English of course).
posted by jihaan at 6:31 AM on December 7, 2011

Sorry this is correct link for Newstopia. This link is a list of other Australian satirical programs.
posted by jihaan at 6:34 AM on December 7, 2011

How about the onion news ? Absurd, satirical, hilarious.
posted by that_guy at 10:49 AM on December 7, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks everyone, Les guignols de l'info looks brilliant I wish my French was a little better though. I'm just checking out your links now jihaan, Newstopia looks a lot like The Day Today but without Chris Morris' acidic wit.

I was thinking as far as English speaking countries go where would be particularly interesting. Is there anything about in South Africa? (I know describing it as English speaking isn't technically accurate but you could say the same about Canada...)
posted by pmcp at 10:50 AM on December 7, 2011

Response by poster: I'm aware of the Onion, I was looking particularly for shows outside the UK and US, thanks anyway.
posted by pmcp at 10:51 AM on December 7, 2011

Alright, there's an egyptian fictional newspaper. It's no show, but I think it's worth mentioning anyway.
posted by that_guy at 10:59 AM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

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