In 1927, as he watch the closing notice go up for Strike Up the Band after a few out-of-town performances George S. Kaufman observed, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night!” Despite a great Gershwin score the American audiences just weren’t ready for a musical that poked fun at trade tariffs on cheese leading to a war with Switzerland – or anything else for that matter. Hmmm…. wonder how it would work in today’s climate????
It would be funny, if it weren’t so disturbing, to see how many people, in their YouTube comments, miss the satirical intent behind these two sketches.
Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were known for “taking the piss” out of established “English values” from day one of all of their BBC series.
And satire has always been a strong suit of Canadian humour.
It has become standard practice at most cultural events – I have yet to see it at anything sports related but then when was the last time I was at anything sports-related? -to give what is called a Land Acknowledgement before the performance begins. This is mandatory if you are receiving Government funding of any sort. Unfortunately it has become almost rote, to the point that when it is being mouthed many people tune out or roll their eyes.
The performers at the CBC’s Baroness von Sketch put into words what many have thought as the cliche phrases following the admonition to turn off our cellphones are rhymed off! It is fine to mouth the platitudes but what is actually being done to rectify the problems?
November 4th is Common Sense Day which apparently isn’t all that common!