My new favourite TV show

… isn’t even on US TV. It’s an Australian comedy program called “The Chaser’s War on Everything”, and they bill themselves as follows:

George W. Bush waged a war on terror, but only The Chaser has had the vision and courage to wage a War On Everything. Over 27 weeks, from February 17 at 9.45pm, no target will be spared in the satirical team’s new comedy show on ABC TV. The hitlist is comprehensive: John Howard, Telstra, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Kim Beazley, Simone Warne and – most of all – those annoying people who write feeble hyperbole in TV press kits.

With the blessings of government-funded television, you can download recent episodes for free as a vodcast from the ABC website or via iTunes. Better yet, good bits from older episodes are available at the official site or on YouTube (just search) as bite-size 1-3 minute chunks, perfect for those interstitial moments in the day. My favourites so far: taking in full-size Trojan Horse to restricted areas (apparently, no-one but the Turkish Embassy has learned the lesson of history); boarding a flight under the name “Al Kayder” (where only the Virgin Atlantic agent notices the homophonic irony).

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