2014 was a good year for satire.
Unfortunately for us satirists, politicians like Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer stole a lot of the best material, satirising themselves. And Bill Shorten wasn’t anywhere to be seen for most of the year.
But from time to time, we got our chance to satirise things too.
We’ve previously recapped some of The Tunnel’s favourite stories of 2014.
Here now are The Tunnel’s 5 most popular satire posts of 2014.
With a nod to the amazing feats of North Korean leaders past and present, The Tunnel exclusively revealed the stunning achievements of Queensland’s baby-faced Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
If this political superhero can send a stingray to jail and hit 19 holes-in-one in a row, what does it matter what some so-called “legal experts” think of him?
When Ian Thorpe announced he was gay (who’d have thunk?) it was only proper that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should set the record straight too.
Namely, that he was NOT gay and that he had the notches on the bed (and the daughters) to prove it.
One of the few times all year we haven’t doubted what Tony Abbott said.
Our most popular story of 2013 was about Campbell Newman but this year the Queensland Premier only came in at number 3. (A sign, perhaps, that he’s not the man he used to be?)
This story was about Campbell Newman’s ongoing fight with doctors in Queensland – as opposed to his ongoing fight with anyone else.
And it had one of our favourite Lego pictures with real tomato-ey Lego blood.
Before Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company announced their new artistic director earlier this year, The Tunnel broke the news that Russell Crowe and his estranged wife Danielle Spencer had got the gig.
Our announcement was big news on Russell Crowe discussion forums around the world (they exist!) and we even received requests to confirm it was definitely true. (Um, no, we’re a satirical blog.)
As it turned out, La Boite had to appoint another artistic director later in the year. And again it wasn’t Russell and Danielle.
Still, we had the chance to run the story again.
We had a long hard think about whether we could write a story involving the Malaysian Airlines tragedies.
However, the mileage that the Australian government was making from those events prompted us to write what turned out to be our most read story of 2014.
As most readers were in Malaysia, it was scary to watch the traffic numbers increase day by day. Would overseas readers understand we were an Australian satire website throwing off at the Australian government? We hope so.
In any case, for a while there, The Tunnel presents… was the most popular Australian satire website in south-east Asia.
Obscurity no doubt beckons in 2015.
So please drop by whenever you like!
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