6.8. Satire Lads, Lads, Lads: Gulliver, Gregg & The Grossmiths (& A.I.)


Jo and Adam celebrate their 60th episode by each taking a deep dive into a work of satire very deep to them but that they’ve never discussed at length on the podcast before. For Jo, it’s the funniest book of all time, George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody (1892), which unleashed upon the world the character of Charles Pooter, the godfather of so many sitcom characters, ranging from Homer Simpson to Alan Partridge. And for Adam, it’s Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, one of the most unfairly misrepresented texts in the literary canon thanks to almost immediate bowdlerization as a children’s classic. The full novel is horrific, scandalous, fantastical and hilarious. Jo and Adam also discuss Gregg Wallace’s recent interview in The Telegraph and the satirical responses it provoked, and ponder the mechanics of the Radio 4 sketch show We Forced A Bot To Write This Show.

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