We’ve previously recapped some of The Tunnel’s best satire stories of 2015.
Now it’s time to look at the most popular satire stories of 2015 on The Tunnel presents blog.
You might notice there is a running theme with our most popular posts of the year. (Who would have thought there was such a crossover between satire and Australian children’s TV?)
When Tony Abbott demanded that heads roll at the ABC after a controversial episode of Q&A, this raised the obvious question: Whose heads?
It seemed to us that the best heads to roll would be ones you could sew back on again.
So we wrote a story about the televised decapitation of the toys on Play School. We assume (and hope) all the readers were over the age of five.
When you’re the first person to a party, it’s usually a good idea not to be the last one to leave.
That was the thought, anyway, behind our story about Clive Palmer’s decision to quit his political party before everyone else did.
Given we predicted Johnathan Thurston’s honorary doctorate two years before it happened, don’t be surprised if Clive really does quit his own party in 2016.
In January, Queenslanders – and Queensland satire writers in particular – were shocked to learn a previously anonymous Brisbane woman had been elected the state’s Premier.
The first reaction of a lot of people was to google “who is annastacia palaszczuk”. This took them (not very helpfully, perhaps) to this satire post by The Tunnel from April 2014.
Well done to everyone who got the spelling of Annastacia Palaszczuk right. And thanks, Google, for referring all that internet traffic our way.
Ah, stupidity. Where would the world be without it?
In January, most of us stupidly assumed the LNP would win the stupid Queensland election and we would have another three stupid years of Campbell Newman. (We would have some good satire, at least.)
When a man in an “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt got arrested during the election campaign, it seemed stupid so we wrote a stupid story about it.
As it turned out, it was one of the cleverest things we did all year.
As you might have noticed, Australian television is awash with gambling ads these days. (We even wrote a very cutting story about it this year.)
As long time readers of The Australian, we are keenly aware that the rise of gambling advertising is obviously the fault of the ABC.
And so we tackled the issue in this timeless piece of satire from 2014. It still gets more reads per month than we ever got for that story about the piece of cheese shaped like Western Australia. Who’d have thought?
Here’s a tip for aspiring bloggers who want more internet traffic: People are really REALLY curious about how much ABC Kids host Jimmy Giggle is paid.
Look, you can slave away writing killer content for your blog if you like. But the fact is that people are too busy googling “jimmy giggle salary” to care.
So make sure you write a really funny story about how much the stars on ABC Kids get paid. We did and it is still paying off for us.
Thanks for reading and sharing The Tunnel’s satire stories in 2015. See you again soon!
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