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Enter the Zombie Apocalypse

Written By: - Date published: 5:12 pm, January 5th, 2014 - 22 comments
Categories: humour, Satire, us politics - Tags:

Ah, heard this on weekend radio on radio NZ this afternoon. Perfect satire for the last election in the US.

Beware the zombie apocalypse.

Filmmaker Joss Whedon explains why voting for Mitt Romney was such a good idea. Time for the kiwi comedians to step up to this mark.

22 comments on “Enter the Zombie Apocalypse”

  1. Zorr 1

    In much the same way that 7 Days failed to reach the levels of Mock The Week… yeah, I ain’t holding my breath

    New Zealand has a real problem with labeling anyone who appears on a funny show to be a comedian, despite an obvious lack of incisive commentary or wit

    • Disraeli Gladstone 1.1

      It’s a sad state for Kiwi comedy when it can’t even be compared to the bottom of the British barrel (Mock the Week).

      Now, Have I Got News For You? I could watch Hislop and Merton tearing into the establishment for hours.

    • felix 1.2

      Jesus Zorr, I can’t imagine why more kiwis aren’t queuing up to entertain you in your precisely mandated fashion on a regular basis when you’re obviously such a good humoured cunt.

  2. Philj 2

    Do we have any political comedians in the MSM in NZ? Who, where and when? I thought thought they had given up trying. No funding for making fun of the ‘ government’. Eh?

  3. Will@Welly 3

    Give the climate we’ve lived in – 9 years of P.C. Helengraid – and then the cuts to arts and broadcasting, is it any wonder the satirists have given up. Even the movie budgets today are dominated by the big moguls from overseas, who are never going to tell New Zealand stories, or laugh at ourselves.

  4. philj 4

    Well, given, apparently we don’t have any political comedians in The MSM, we really are stuffed.
    SECOND thoughts, we don’t really have a MSM

  5. Craig Y 5

    I protest! Zombies are media icons and although confusing them with neoliberals is commonplace, given that neoliberals also cause rampant destruction of essential infrastructure, devour human lives and foment misery in their wake, zombies are actually far more popular. Especially when it comes to the ACT Party!

    • lprent 5.1

      Can’t see the difference myself. I think that the Act party were also largely fabricated as media icons by the money of a few well-heeled corporate raiders chasing easy money from government asset sales.

      The only active part always appeared to be Act on campus. But I’m pretty sure that was mainly hapless and unthinking nerds looking for exclusively well heeled sex.

  6. Rosie 6

    Nice delivery. Smooth without trying.

    I often wonder if the silencing of satire in NZ has in some way contributed to the population taking the govt too seriously, and without question. Satire can provoke thought and reflection on a topic and without satire there is no mirror held up the rogues that govern.

    Poli’s need their ego’s kept in check by satirist and currently those ego’s continue to expand like helium filled balloons.

    The UK shows mentioned above, “Mock the week”, “Have I got News for You” (and what about “Live at 10” with Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell and Lauren Laverne?) do a great job.

    We need shows like that here, right now.

    • greywarbler 6.1

      Brit satire hasn’t raised enough awareness in Britain to prevent swingeing political roundhousing there.

      • Rosie 6.1.1

        Possibly due to different cultural norms? They have the experience of centuries worth of satire aimed at the monarchy and at politicians. Their comedy appears irreverent where as we are anxious to please, unsure of ourselves, perhaps.

        And, at least, unlike us they haven’t given up

        • KJT

          I was going to say “kiwi’s the passionless people”.

          Then had the afterthought. We have sort of proven that false on here lately.

        • greywarbler

          Rosie –
          kjt Just said it! But yes passionate speech without being drunk, or about rugby, is seen here as verging on madness, people will start edging away. And change, improvement, suggest that on a website for instance, and you are told the ways of getting round the problem. Not thinking of TS at this moment.

          The idea of suggesting an improvement in the system, is the last case scenario, if it ever is considered at all. So accept and think, that’s the way it’s meant to be don’t knock it. Who do you think you are! I have seen this on this site just recently.

  7. captain hook 7

    I think the whole zomby thing is a metaphor for the new poor.
    get ’em before they get you!

    • greywarbler 7.1

      Is that because they are the great unwashed?? That’s the thing with zombies, they smell don’t they. The poor to become invisible, and keep themselves safe from the zombie-hunters therefore would do well then to keep up their washing, showers, shampoos and deoderants. That’ll fool them.

    • Craig Y 7.2

      Well, one of the leading zombie film auteurs, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Survival of the Dead) did intend the current incarnations of zombies to critique consumer capitalism through creating ‘disposable people.’ One of the movies is set in a deserted mall, while another features a cossetted elite while hyperpoverty exists at street level (Land of the Dead). The original Night of the Living Dead was intended to critique the Vietnam War and featured an African-American protagonist, while its update featured a strikingly feminist female protagonist.

      To paraphrase the Eleventh Doctor, zombies are cool and open to leftist reinterpretation :)

  8. Tracey 8

    A week of it was pretty good.

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