File - Satirical magazine Private Eye is enjoying record sales of 230,000 copies every fortnight, while Twitter and the Internet are alive with Brexit-related gags. AFP/Carl de Souza
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Divisive, chaotic and with implications for almost every aspect of national life, Brexit has been a godsend for political satirists – giving them a wealth of material – and audiences desperate for a laugh.Britons have a long tradition of turning to humor in troubled times, and the June referendum vote to leave the European Union has inspired comedians across the country – even if most of them opposed the decision.One Friday night in the Comedy Cafe in east London, a stand-up comedian asked the crowd if anyone likes gaffe-prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner.Most comedians were among the 48 percent of voters who opposed Brexit in the referendum, but the jokes are also flowing from the other side of the political divide. For some comics such as singer-songwriter Mitch Benn, however, the jokes cannot disguise their anger at the situation.
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