Useful Resources

A basic search of Oliver using the search terms “Comedy” &/or “Satire provides a comprehensive list of resources relating to the genre.

Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie:

Shakespeare and Hamlet

Monty Python: 

Constitutional peasants

The argument Clinic

The Parrot Sketch

The Simpsons:

Click here to watch “The Simpsons” episodes for great examples of satire

Simpson’s satire for the classroom: Provides a brief explanation of what defines satire. (The initial commentary is a bit dull, however, the examples provided are interesting and informative).

Learn how to write a satire: Topics include the difference between irony and sarcasm, ways to know when an author is being ironic, as well as what is and isn’t appropriate subject matter for satire.

Satire History : A useful site providing a brief, concise history of “Satire” together with handy links including a guide on “How to write satire”

The Advocate is a satirical, ficticious newspaper that reports on topical events in the news

Kate McClymont Learns She Can Only Investigate Dodgy Tradies, Hoons And Neighbourhood Disputes From Now On

Related text activity A comparative table

Useful Resources

Print resources available in Oakhill College Library:

Available through Wheelers ePlatform:

Other freely available resources:

Gulliver’s Travels 1939 (Full Movie, no ads; animated – 1hr 12 mins

Jonathan Swift lecture (9 mins. Explores Swift’s critique of the English landlords, and the popularity of pseudo-science in the 18th century)

Jonathan Swift, Satire, and Gulliver’s Travels Lesson (12 mins. Provides brief biography, satire definitions and examples, background of Gulliver’s Travels)

Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (30 mins. Provides an overview of Gulliver’s Travels and Swifts view of the world)

Freely available resources:

How accurately does Blackadder reflect history?: Useful BBC article providing a brief overview of the history behind the development of the Blackadder series.

The complete Blackadder series on DVD. Available through Hornsby Central Library 

The true history of the Blackadder: An extract from the book of the same name by J F Roberts focusing mainly on the WWI Blackadder series.

A search of Youtube using the search term “Blackadder” yields a multitude of Blackadder video clips.  

Good Luck Everyone – Blackadder – BBC

Animal Farm

Animal Farm: Movie 1hr 12 mins. (1954) Full 1080p HD

Resources available through Oakhill College Library:

Other freely available resources:

Honest, decent, wrong: The invention of George Orwell. An interesting article about the author behind Animal Farm

enotes: Animal Farm analysis. A helpful guide to understanding Animal Farm

GradeSaver: Animal Farm. Analysis, summary and overview of Animal Farm. Also provides useful in-text links to individual character summaries.

Aristophanes and Comedy

Print resources available in Oakhill College Library:

Aristophanes: comprehensive research and study guide EXP 882 ARI:B

Other freely available resources:

Classical Literature : A useful website providing a brief biography of Aristophanes and his literary works. Links at the bottom of the page provide access to further information about Aristophane’s various plays.

Classical drama and society; Ancient Greek Comedy – Chapter 8: Early Greek Comedy and Satyr Plays: a comprehensive and useful website providing information relating to Greek comedy and Satyr plays.

An introduction to Greek comedy and satyr drama (Duration: 5 mins – overview of the history/evolution of Greek theatre)

Spark notes: Lysistrata/Aristophanes