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. 

Alex Lee (Australian)

Alex Lee

Alex Lee is a writer, actor, television presenter and comedian. She’s worked at ABC News24, Buzzfeed, The Roast and appeared on The Checkout. She also plays a half-orc barbarian in a Dungeons and Dragons podcast.

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre, home of the national writers scheme The Next Chapter and the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger. She is Co-Chair of the human rights publication Right Now and sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, director of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and editor of Crikey.