I mean could you imagine Michael McIntyre as a politician?
These Beppe Grillo jokes are from The Guardian
Beppe Grillo has been a comedian since the mid-1970s. During the 80s his act turned steadily more political as he inveighed against the corruption that was steadily engulfing Italy under its then Socialist prime minister, Bettino Craxi. Here are some of his quips:
“[A politician visiting China] rang [the Socialist PM Bettino] Craxi and said: ‘Listen. There’s a billion people here. Are they all socialists?’
And Craxi said: ‘Yes. Why?’
‘Well, who do they steal from?’”
“Italy is a nation of tricksters. Yesterday I was in Rome. I got on a bus and stamped my ticket: ‘Click. Clack.’ The driver turned round and said: ‘What the fuck’s that noise!’”
“Who makes up a criminal conspiracy? If you go and look, [you'll find] they are made up of bankers, politicians, judges and, just perhaps, once in a while, a criminal.”
“An artist ought never to prostitute himself or herself – except for money.”
“They ask me: ‘Are you on the left?’ I don’t know. I’ve stood still. It’s all the others that have moved.”
And, in philosophical vein: “Life has become a show at which we are the audience – and have to buy a ticket.”
Creators Syndicate, an international newspaper syndicate, handles all reprint permissions requests for use of Gary Larson’s The Far Side® cartoons following guidelines long established by Mr. Larson and his company FarWorks, Inc. (copyright owner to all Far Side images). In short, we approve or disapprove requests to reproduce Mr. Larson’s cartoons, and carefully monitor the ways in which they appear.
We are writing on behalf of FarWorks, Inc. and Gary Larson about the The Far Side cartoon that appears on your website, http://bigrab.wordpress.com/
The cartoon we are referencing can be found here:
FarWorks has a serious problem with unauthorized uses of The Far Side worldwide. As a result, it does not allow online publication of works from The Far Side. No matter how insignificant a few uses may seem, it still amounts to making versions of the cartoons available in digital form for anyone to download, which makes it virtually impossible for Mr. Larson to control future uses, something that is very important to him.
Mr. Larson has tried to express his feelings about the digitization and reproduction of his cartoons online and why he asks that people not post his work on the Internet in an “open letter” he wrote some time ago. This letter is posted on our website (http://www.creators.com/a-note-from-gary-larson.html) and I have also included a copy of it here.
We ask that you please read the letter from Mr. Larson below, and respect his wishes by removing the cartoon from your website. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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A Note From Gary Larson
RE: Online Use of The Far Side® Cartoons
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
I’m walking a fine line here.
On the one hand, I confess to finding it quite flattering that some of my fans have created web sites displaying and / or distributing my work on the Internet. And, on the other, I’m struggling to find the words that convincingly but sensitively persuade these Far Side enthusiasts to “cease and desist” before they have to read these words from some lawyer.
What impact this unauthorized use has had (and is having) in tangible terms is, naturally, of great concern to my publishers and therefore to me — but it’s not the focus of this letter. My effort here is to try and speak to the intangible impact, the emotional cost to me, personally, of seeing my work collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control.
Years ago I was having lunch one day with the cartoonist Richard Guindon, and the subject came up how neither one of us ever solicited or accepted ideas from others. But, until Richard summed it up quite neatly, I never really understood my own aversions to doing this: “It’s like having someone else write in your diary,” he said. And how true that statement rang with me. In effect, we drew cartoons that we hoped would be entertaining or, at the very least, not boring; but regardless, they would always come from an intensely personal, and therefore original perspective.
To attempt to be “funny” is a very scary, risk-laden proposition. (Ask any stand-up comic who has ever “bombed “on stage.) But if there was ever an axiom to follow in this business, it would be this: be honest to yourself and — most important — respect your audience.
So, in a nutshell (probably an unfortunate choice of words for me), I only ask that this respect be returned, and the way for anyone to do that is to please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my “children,” of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone’s web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, “Uh, Dad, you’re not going to like this much, but guess where I am.”
I hope my explanation helps you to understand the importance this has for me, personally, and why I’m making this request.
Please send my “kids” home. I’ll be eternally grateful.
Imagine the hilarity as an ordinary wee bigoted hypocrite from Ballycastle keeps getting mistaken for a religious and spiritual leader.
The plot is not without controversy. The scene where O’Brien gets mauled by an elderly German Shepherd on the tip of an iceberg has been described as “a grotesque subversion”
He’s not a Cardinal! He’s a Very Naughty Boy!
Photo actually from politicus
The Italian Election I’m talking about.
This is Beppe Grillo
He’s leading the anti politics, anti Euro Five Star Movement. He is a stand up comedian.
Talking of comedians Silvio Berlusconi despite international ridicule still has popular support in Italy but not from these protesters who interrupted a Berlusconi rally at the weekend.
The women had ‘Basta Berlusconi’ displayed, ahem, prominently on their persons. On seeing the pics, I thought ‘fair
enough, Berlusconi is a bit of a basta’. Then I found out that the translation is in fact “Enough with Berlusconi”.
Whatever the outcome of the Election of the Eurozone’s third biggest economy, it’ll really do nothing to help anyone.
Just another step, albeit a highly significant one, in the inevitable eventual disintegration of the Eurozone and the European Union.