Nov 25 2011
I’m not sure about you guys but I’m a huge fan of satire. It’s defined as “the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.” In other words, it’s a form of humor that isn’t so cut and dry. It’s not someone hitting their head on a tree and everyone laughing.
It’s taking a spin on a subject and turning it in a way that almost confuses us but for a purpose. It’s been done over the years and has been done since the beginning of time.
But who today kicks ass at it? Below you’ll find six people that I think do satire best…..
It’s taken Louis C.K. a very long time to get to where he is but he’s finally on top. He’s had two failed shows. He wasn’t that lauded a comic for quite some time. But something kicked in. People started to “get” his humor. C.K. crosses the boundaries of real life in a way that’s nearly disgusting but so funny that you have to laugh. From talking about how he hates children (in ways that you make you pee your pants) to how outright negative he can get are all part of his act. It’s taking satire to another level. But what makes this so funny is that you know there’s a genuine belief in all his humor.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker
These guys have been at it for nearly 20 years now and if I had to crown anyone Kings of satire these guys would have to be it. What is there left to say about these two? First they did it with South Park, now they’re doing it on Broadway. What’s left? Yup, at some point these guys are going to win an Oscar and when they do it wont’ be a coincidence. Hell they were already nominated so it’s bound to happen.
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