political satirist


Today I have learned that there is a political satirist in the UK named Tom Walker, who since late last year has become known for his newsman character Jonathan Pie.

Jonathan Pie is an ordinary news reporter who, in lengthy on-camera “outtakes,” has sharp, angry, one-sided US- and UK-politics conversations with never-seen colleague Tim.

He’s like John Oliver with less staff and more swearing, and I hope he becomes more and more popular in the States.

Here he is speaking to Tim about how Donald could have possibly been elected. (Spoiler: “because of people like me.”)

Patrick Jake “P. J.” O'Rourke (/rʊərk/; born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist at The Daily Beast.[1] In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s.

He is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O'Rourke’s articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a libertarian perspective.

The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

O'Rourke’s original reporting, irreverent humor, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject.[2]

His Parliament of Whores is a scathing yet humorous indictment of the U.S. Federal government best summed up by the quote “if government were a product, selling it would be illegal.”


Being a political satirist is hard because you have to try and find a way to make human rights abuses and jailing people who speak out against sex abuse funny and also you are painfully aware that these are issues your country encourages. It’s like a challenge. The government sees how terrible it can get and I try and see if I can still laugh instead of spiraling down into alcoholism to drown my sorrows…