You know some Latin? Whoa. Ok, let's see if I can remember this...
Latin is a language As dead as dead can be, It killed the ancient Romans And now it's killing me.
VERY little, actually. I get past that and caveat emptor and I'm pretty much lost.
If Anthony Buckeridge ever made it to the 'States, I never heard about it.
Not seen Dead Ringers. May have to check it out. My last real taste of British satire of US politics is probably Spitting Image (before your time, I suspect). Their "Reagan as a clueless buffoon" was priceless.
"Does not the fire need the water? Does not the mountain need the storm? Does not your @$$ need kicking?" --Beavis
"I couldn't hear you over the sound of me $#!77ing myself."--Uncle Ruckus The Boondocks
"Go ahead, Shake. Piss him off." Meatwad Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Pretty much the definitive Bush parody here in the States is Will Farrell on Saturday Night Live, having Duhbya talk about his "strategery" and such...
They need to bring Will back. Even if it is just to host. He could do his George again and people will laugh instead of just stare at their television in confusion. SNL is just kinda going downhill. They need to revamp or get better people. Or just let Fred Armisen do more stuff because he's hilarious.
Now I'm gonna go play my Trivial Pursuit: SNL Edition while I wear my SNL t-shirt with the best cast ever. (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner and two other people whose names escape me that I feel really bad about.) SNL should really come out on DVD and not just those Best of... ones.
"You've been seeing a guy and you don't know what he looks like. Okay, it's a puzzle. No wait, I'm good at these. Does it involve a midget and a block of ice?" -Buffy
Well, I recommend that you ALL watch "Dead Ringers" if only so that I can think of more to say. It's so funny... although if you're not from the UK a lot of it might go over your head. I've heard that it's popular in America only because of Culshaw's Bush. His Blair is brilliant - I think everybody should watch it as an alternative message to Bush and Blair's propaganda.
Last night I read a brilliant poem in "Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction", in the series of books I comended a while back on this thread, but I don't know how much I might be sued for if I reproduced it here. The Latin thing is just a little ditty that people of my parents' generation made up in school, so I figured that was ok, but I don't want to get a call from Sue Townsend's lawyers. The poem is deliberately written badly as it's the work of a tertiary yet comical character, but I liked it anyway. It likens the UK to a small dog sniffing America's butt and trying to... um... mount. (Ok, so maybe it's slightly sick, but so am I.)
Later: I just read that poem again and realised it's really horrible. I laughed, but I no longer want to subject you guys to it.
"Spitting Image" was a little before my time, but I have vague memories of falling asleep in front of it when I was tiny and in the phase of refusing to go to bed. I saw a repeat of an old episode quite recently, and the funniest thing was that nothing seems to have changed. There was a sketch satirising Bush Sr's politics - he was on a famous gameshow called "Master Mind" answering questions on his specialist subject: democracy. Sadly I can't remember any of the questions - it was all, "Which country does this, this and this terrible thing?" - he kept answering "Iraq", and then was given the right answer of another communist country.
Also the queen was in that episode, and she's still around, and a famous soap character that everybody takes off who's not going anywhere. That's Dot Cotton of "Eastenders", for those of you that means anything to.