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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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Maude keeps political satire alive at the Archies

Now in their seventh year, the Bald Archy Art Prize still itches to aggravate the art establishment with its shameless dig at the Archibald. Julia and Tony were among the winners, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

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Rundle: goodbye 2011, and Knut who died from coke and hookers

Giffords, Zsa Zsa, Giddings, Merkel, ******, Moran, Osama, Obama, Mladic, Joyce, Winehouse, Rupert, Bolt, Hitchens, Kim … and Knut. Your handy reminder of the year that was.

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Go see some political stand-up comedy

Political junkies are often apprehensive about stand-up comedy. Afterall, why pay a comedian to be inappropriate when Mark Latham will do it for free? Political Asylum comedian Scott Abbot says his show is different.

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Fake Fielding: my nine-point contract with the nation

(Fake) Steve Fielding missed out on the Lodge, but he still has a plan to put the nation back on track. He’s consulted widely with his wife Susan on his Nine-Point Plan.

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Sarah Palin’s other speaking contract

The Onion gives its take on the infamous Sarah Palin speaking contract found in a dumpster. A packet of string cheese for Todd and some extra red clothing? Sounds right to us.

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Crabb: The fine art of taking the piss out of pollies

From the cult of “Kevinism” to “People Skills” Abbott, Annabel Crabb explains why making a mockery of our over-inflated politicians with clever political satire is critical to a healthy democracy — both for the players and observers.

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Who gives the best Rudd? A Kruddy lookalike round-up

Anyone with a peach-coloured swimming cap and some cotton-wool eyebrows could conceivably ‘do’ John Howard. But the less distinctive Kevin Rudd poses more of an impersonator challenge.

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Pobjie: my write of passage to a right sense of balance

Desperate to see more right-wing balance in the media, Ben Pobjie says he’s ready to get up and (Phillip) Adams.

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News comedy on the rise in Oz (even if it’s not The Daily Show)

With much fanfare, The 7pm Project finally arrived last night, the latest in a series of news-based comedy shows that have been popping up on Australian screens in the last few years, writes Courteney Hocking.

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