Miles Apart

Columnist Miles Kington engages in a deeply revealing interview of an entertainer from a not so distant culture to examine the humour and satire of their country.


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France's Antoine De Caunes. Miles talks to the actor, film director and presenter of Eurotrash.

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is an Italian satirist and impressionist whose 2005 film Viva Zapatero exposed the corruption and fear at the heart of Italy's state broadcasting company RAI, while also shining an uncomfortable light on former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's media empire.

The film has propelled her to global notoriety, yet she remains faithful to the Italian tradition of Comedia del'Arte - using disguises and masks to create characters and the profound historical roots of Italian satirical tradition, that stretch all the way back to Juvenal, Boccaccio and Dante Alighieri

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Harry Shearer is probably best known in the UK for his outstanding voice work on The Simpsons, and as the moustachioed bass player Derek Smalls in the godfather of all spoof documentaries, This Is Spinal Tap.

But Shearer was active in the late 1960s as part of an emerging troupe of radio satirists called The Credibility Gap, who began as a trio of satirical daily newscasters on Pasadena rock station KRLA-AM. He continues to broadcast a satirical programme weekly from KCRW in Los Angeles, called Le Show.