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Dark humour can carry us through the darkest times. Far from making light of a crisis, a well-timed, well-aimed joke is the very thing we need to keep us hopeful. Jokes among one another help us acknowledge the dire straits we are in and release tension to give us strength.

Satire keeps its head when others are losing theirs. It goes against the grain, pricks pomposity and lampoons leaders, reminding us that power belongs to the people. Joking around our fear makes it real but manageable. Satire does not need to be laugh-out-loud funny; it makes you think, and it can make you cry. Humour never diminishes trauma or sadness, but reminds us that there is life beyond it. [https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/life/we-need-laughter-now-more-than-ever-it-gets-us-through-the-darkest-times-coronavirus-covid-19].