About Friday Mash
Poking fun at politicians is one of the most valuable gifts bestowed by free speech. It is in everyone’s interest that this freedom is sustained through Satire of ever higher quality.
FridayMash aims to create political satire which is a source of amusement even to its targets. This online publication pursues a style which chides and lampoons but never belittles or excoriates and always opts for witticism above criticism. It pushes no political barrows nor provides profound political commentary. It is on-line entertainment.
There’s a very fine line between satire and cynicism yet there’s a huge difference between them. Avoiding the temptation to cross that line is a constant challenge for Satirists.
Politicians are especially susceptible to satire because their peccadillos are constantly on show to the public. However they can’t reasonably expect to be taken seriously all the time and it can be argued that satire lends them a certain palatability.
FridayMash was established in 2008 yet has only recently structured itself to become a major online player. Australia is its main market and there is strongly growing support in the UK and US. To date we have amassed over 2,000 articles with close to 1,000 cartoons created by the Friday Mash team.
The Friday Mash satirical product evolved from the genre created in the UK in the 1960s.
It’s not so much a matter of satirical humour but rather what sort.
Friday Mash is about a certain style; we caricature and chide but never belittle.
We push no barrows, no political agendas and we reject outright the notion that vilification and prejudice are endemic to satirical humour.
Everyone is equal before Friday Mash to embrace it or become a subject of it.
As the serious side of life increasingly threatens to take over, Friday Mash keeps you in touch with the funny side.
We simply help maintain a balanced perspective on things.
So, what is Political Satire & Humour?
The Friday Mash satirical product evolved from the genre created in the UK in the 1960s. Private Eye magazine and the TV show That Was the Week That Was created a style of humour which brought an hilarious new perspective to people’s political perceptions and blew away all the established inhibitions and taboos. They were an inspirational breath of fresh air.
The Saturday Night Live TV show in the US followed the UK’s lead but of course added abrasive American characteristics.
The Chaser team’s TV series led the way in Australia. Their outrageous style shocked as much as amused and resonated particularly with younger audiences. The original UK style of political satire was pursued with great success on Australian radio especially by Mike Carlton.
Friday Mash aims to remain true to a style similar to the original UK model. It has no desire to shock and outrage merely to amuse. Its appeal is much more to baby boomers than the more aggressive styles aimed at younger age groups but it strongly believes there are no age barriers to good humour.
Want to get involved?
If you wish to try your hard at either writing satire or cartooning – please send us your submissions at editorial at fridaymash.com
It is Friday Mash’s policy to create humour with no intention of impugning any reputation or causing offence.
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