The Daily Mash
| You gotta spin it to win it|
|Stop the presses!|
|We want pictures|
“”"It's news to us."
The Daily Mash is a satirical "news" website founded in 2007 by journalists Paul Stokes and Neil Rafferty. Basically, it is to the UK what The Onion is to the US, or at least that is what its creators hoped for, although editor Tim Telling also cited foul-mouthed adult comic Viz as an inspiration.
Typical headlines for
stories storeys posted on the site:
- "Religious Belief Makes You Smile Like A Psycho Killer, Say Experts"
- "OK, we'll get jobs, say poor people"
- "Church of England 'an enormous waste of everyone's time'"
It has also published various books collecting Daily Mash articles in an easy-to-throw-away format, starting with Halfwit Nation: Frontline Reporting from the War on Stupid.
The Mash Report
A TV version, The Mash Report aired on BBC2 from 2017 to 2020, featuring Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris, Andrew Hunter Murray, Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen, and others. It was cancelled in 2021, amid some controversy, with claims it was being taken off air due to left-wing bias, although the BBC claimed they wanted to clear space for new comedy. Ratings for the show had not been huge, described as "sluggish" by Chortle, although there was favourable critical reaction and some attempt at generating online meme-based content for shares.
- See the Wikipedia article on The Daily Mash.
- The fake stories hitting the headlines, BBC News, 27 Feb 2016
- Self-explanatory title. Posted 18 March 2008.
- Because, you know, poor people prefer to be unemployed because living on the dole is such a sweet lifestyle. Posted 24 January 2012.
- Self-explanatory title. Posted 26 July 2013.
- Satirical news website the Daily Mash sold for £1.2m, The Guardian, 8 Feb 2019
- Digitalbox swoops for The Tab and raises £1.2mln, Proactive Investors, 1 Oct 2020
- The Mash Report: BBC satirical comedy cancelled after four years, BBC News, 13 March 2021
- BBC cancels The Mash Report in perceived crackdown on network’s ‘left-wing bias’, The Independent, 12 March 2021
- See the Wikipedia article on The Mash Report.
- Sluggish ratings for The Mash Report, Chortle, 21 July 2017