Welcome to a world where the news could be confused for satire, and the White House Press Secretary thinks The Onion is real news. What’s the role of a satirist when the headlines read like a bad joke? Charles Firth is the editor of The Chaser Quarterly, Rebecca Shaw is the author of No To Feminism, and Alex Lee is a comedian, actor and satirist. Hear them reflect on the challenges facing satirists in 2017.
Rebecca Shaw (Australian)
Rebecca Shaw is a Twitter icon and queer-about-town who has been on the writing teams at Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Get Krack!n and The Weekly, and is currently working on ABC’s Hard Quiz. She was deputy editor at SBS Comedy and was contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings. She has written for The Guardian, Pedestrian, Ten Daily and most other places you can think of, including an ongoing popular The Bachelor recap series at Junkee. She has essays published in the 2018 book Queerstories published by Hachette and the 2019 anthology Growing Up Queer published by Black Inc. Her parody twitter account @NoToFeminism was developed into an illustrated book with Affirm Press and in 2018 a song she co-wrote won the ARIA for best comedy release.
Alex Lee (Australian)
Alex Lee is a comedian, television presenter and actor with a background in journalism. Alex worked on ABC News 24 and was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery as a political reporter for BuzzFeed Australia. She has been a regular comedy guest on the triple j Drive program and the Free To A Good Home podcast.
Alex can be seen onstage several nights a week at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre performing in a variety of shows. She also plays Dungeons and Dragons live on stage as the half-orc Philge in the hit comedy podcast Dragon Friends, which has twice sold out shows at PAX Australia, toured to Seattle, Melbourne and Adelaide and has over 5,000 subscribers worldwide.
Alex’s television credits include ABC TV’s The Checkout, The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Roast, Media Circus, Story Club, Saturday Night Rove and SBSVICELAND’s The Feed.
Sophie Black (Australian)
Sophie Black is Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has headed up the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast scheme Signal Boost, and the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger. She writes regularly for The Guardian and was previously editor-in-chief at Private Media and editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.