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Dec 19, 2013

An Australian Colbert? We’re too cruelly irreverent for decent satire

People are crying out for satire -- the local, homegrown kind. Senator Nick Xenophon

People are crying out for satire — the local, homegrown kind. Senator Nick Xenophon has lamented the lack of anything like The Daily Show in Australia. In Crikey, Peter Green called for Australia’s own Stephen Colbert to show forth. For Green it’s a point of national honour not be beaten by the Americans, because “we are a nation known the world over for an inability or at least reluctance to take ourselves seriously”.

Not so fast. Jon Stewart and Colbert get such traction, along with a raft of other late-night hosts on American TV, precisely because they take their politics and themselves so seriously.

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