"There is currently a renaissance taking place in political satire in the United States ... [and this] newly flowering realm of politicized satire is providing many with a sense of community and purpose notably lacking from organized politics in the twenty-first century." - Amber Day, author of Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate
"The situation in Canada is pretty dire right now. We have a federal government that ignores facts, and won a majority on the slimmest of margins. Omnibus bills are anathema to the decision-making procedures at the core of our parliamentary democracy. We need someone to be poking these guys in the eye, all the time, non-stop. Sure we have Rick Mercer and 22 Minutes, but they weren't even on the air during the last federal election. The Satire Project will be going 24/7, 365 days a year -- it's a product of the internet, and serves the internet generation." - Andreas Krebs, co-founder, The Satire Project
"If you laugh at me again, I'm going to punch you in the speech hole." -Stephen Harper (OK, not really, but he probably thought it).
These may be dire times, but there's comedy gold in them there hills!
Are we going to stand here and let the Yanks take all the satire glory? We say no.
We say it is time to match the 24-hour news cycle with a 24-hour satire response. That's why we're excited that the crack team of comics at The Satire Project is going to partner with rabble.ca to whip our democracy back into shape.
From laugh out loud videos, to political cartoons, memes and blogs, The Satire Project will be Canada's hub for the best political mockery and comedic commentary from around the web.
What's that? You can't wait? Well you're going to have to. But just a little bit. Contrary to popular belief comics do need to eat (perhaps not bathe, but that is another issue) and The Satire Project needs your support to launch this thing.
Donate $10 and you get a shout out on social media from The Satire Project, plus they throw in a happy dance. Donate $25 you get a cartoon leader button of your choice (we like the "Robo-Harper"). Donate $50 and you get a stress ball with Stephen Harper's face on it. For real. Plus a cartoon leader button of your choice.
Other perks include a personal video featuring finger puppet Stephen Harper, signed prints, your name immortalized on the Satire Project ... check it out and donate here.
We could all use some good laughs and the powerful weapon of humour and satire. Please support The Satire Project today.