Is Mock The Week satirical?

Mock The Week. Dara O Briain. Copyright: Angst Productions.

Mock The Week

Topical panel show taking a satirical look at the week's news. Hosted by Dara O Briain with regular player Hugh Dennis


His Own Devices

  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 12:32pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 126 posts

Now don't get me wrong, it's quite an entertaining show, some of the recent series have had some good moments, but I do wonder whether or not it can actually be considered satirical?



  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 2:23pm
  • Nowhere, England
  • 9,468 posts

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.[1] Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.

A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm-"in satire, irony is militant"[2]-but parody, burlesque, exaggeration,[3] juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing. This "militant" irony or sarcasm often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to attack.

Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, and media such as lyrics.





  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 5:15pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,563 posts


Is it particularly clever or incisive satire? Very rarely.


William Purry

  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 5:15pm
  • England
  • 443 posts

I think the key point is that simply saying that Tarquin Tory, MP is a tw^t is not satire.



  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 5:21pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

This country needs some proper satire like Bremner, Bird and Fortune. Something that angers, informs and still amuses.



  • Saturday 29th December 2012, 5:39pm
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  • 36,348 posts
Quote: Aaron @ December 29 2012, 5:15 PM GMT


Is it particularly clever or incisive satire? Very rarely.


The show pretty much consists of the panels recycled stand-up routine and is particularly formulaic. X + Y = David Cameron.

True satire is clever, biting, incisive and relevant. Mock The Week is the equivalent of drawing Hitler moustaches on all the photos in the newspaper.


Michael Richards

  • Tuesday 12th February 2013, 8:41am
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • 30 posts

I seem to be the only one who likes the show.

I don't really mind the fact that a lot of the material is copied from their stand-up routines - I'm still chuckling from Chris Addison's joke from last night's show: "my personal best in the 100 metres is 80 metres".



  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 7:16pm
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • 8 posts

I love the show.

If it's a sort of stand up highlight reel, what's the harm in that? The one thing I'm not that fond of is the "whoever shouts the loudest" kind of format, which according to people I know who've been on the show is a bit of a pain (to put it mildly).

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  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 7:59pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,718 posts

The poor man's Have I Got News For You.