How to write a satire

  • Published on Jul 31, 2011
  • Learn how to write a satire. Topics include the difference between irony and sarcasm, ways to know when an author is being ironic, as well as what is and isn't appropriate subject matter for satire.
    I'm a public high school teacher near Seattle. I welcome comments and suggestions.
    The music is royalty-free, from GarageBand.
    Twitter @mistersato411

Comments • 97

  • goofy goofer
    goofy goofer 6 days ago

    can someone do it for me

  • Gabriel Martz
    Gabriel Martz Month ago +1

    Gavs anyone?

  • jelly.rollish
    jelly.rollish Month ago

    i gotta write a 20 page satire story in cursive due tomorrow. thanks

  • Dark Sev.
    Dark Sev. 2 months ago


  • ali philbert
    ali philbert 3 months ago +1

    literally doing my essay for ap lang due in four hours on the last example because i died laugh at the way he said why experience life with all the bumps and inconviences when you can PRETEND to live life on your new techno gadget ? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

  • Rengo Diaz
    Rengo Diaz 4 months ago


    BODO BODO 4 months ago +1

    One of the best materials on you tube on this subject, clean, straight forward and on point.

  • Revolution Insignia
    Revolution Insignia 4 months ago

    Satire is so difficult because it requires a few brain cells extra than the current status quo

  • Yashaswi Katailiha
    Yashaswi Katailiha 6 months ago

    I can't use satire on my principal?

    Sorry, but that is one rule I can't follow.

  • Moist Knees
    Moist Knees 7 months ago

    Thank you for making this, literally has helped me more than my teacher ever has.

  • Trevguy
    Trevguy 8 months ago +1

    anyone else find this video on their own and not because they need it for school

  • pBen
    pBen 11 months ago +1

    all youtube employees need to watch this

  • Kishalay Sinha
    Kishalay Sinha 11 months ago +2

    I am infinitely grateful to incomparable TheXvid. - G

  • Beckham
    Beckham Year ago +3

    I do this 24/7 πŸ˜‚
    My mom: β€œYo you should do chores more”
    Me: β€œOk”
    Also me: β€œChores are great cause you know you won’t do them” πŸ˜‚πŸ–•πŸ»

  • The Pickliest Pickle

    *cough* I love South Park

  • Jake Milad
    Jake Milad Year ago

    ANYONE ELSE HERE FROM MS CAMPBELLS CLASS LOL XD!!!!!!! like if you can relate.

  • 22Chris Alvarez
    22Chris Alvarez Year ago +2

    haha!! love this video especially the TV example. I hope all teachers could make learning this fun and motivating. Thank you for this :)

  • chris beyer
    chris beyer Year ago

    Isn’t irony to expect one thing but to be met with the opposite result?

    • chris beyer
      chris beyer Year ago +1

      mistersato411 Oh! I get it. Thanks for helping me understand

    • mistersato411
      mistersato411  Year ago +1

      That's situational irony. Here, I'm talking about verbal irony. I talk in a bit more detail about irony in my figurative language vid.

  • Kishalay Sinha
    Kishalay Sinha Year ago

    Adam = Krishna / Ram / Hari / Ishwar/ Allah / Bhagawan
    hippies NL (Michaelangelo/Leonardo da Vinci, Jesus Christ, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon, Napoleon Hill etc.) and PF (Leonardo da Vinci/Michaelangelo, Peter, Tolstoy, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander, "Isaac Asimov" etc.) = sons of Adam/Krishna
    WF = John = CLONE of Adam/Krishna
    (There are many good clones and evil clones of the above.)
    Satan = f. Amit. Bach.
    K.S. = God
    Kishalay Sinha [G]

  • urusmomus gayus
    urusmomus gayus Year ago

    Nice video, but it didnt tell me how to write satire

  • Rahul Gomes
    Rahul Gomes Year ago

    my high school English teachers love you

  • halavana1
    halavana1 Year ago +16

    really liking the reaction of my students when they hear someone else saying pretty much the same things I do.

  • Potater Tots
    Potater Tots 2 years ago +61

    anyone else doing this for ap lang

  • Lesson K
    Lesson K 2 years ago +2

    Thank you! Thanks to you, I think I can finish my homework in no time. Thanks

  • Cynical Trash
    Cynical Trash 2 years ago

    Most of my humor is satire but a lot of people don't seem to notice, is there a way I can improve delivery without watering down my content?

  • Jesse Dilport
    Jesse Dilport 3 years ago

    That's pretty good!

  • Calvin Brad
    Calvin Brad 3 years ago +3

    Why did dillon the hacker liked this?

    • Stan
      Stan 3 years ago +3

      im sorry to say this but dillon the hacker's videos is satire and this video made him the satire god

    • DvD_ TheGenkiKat
      DvD_ TheGenkiKat 3 years ago +1


    • DvD_ TheGenkiKat
      DvD_ TheGenkiKat 3 years ago +1

      for the same reason he has fake teeth

    • jiraiya night
      jiraiya night 3 years ago +1

      im here because of him too

  • AdventuresnTyland
    AdventuresnTyland 3 years ago +1

    I have a few piece on my channel, by a character I made Phony Montana titled "I got errthang" feel free to check it out

  • InTheNameOfJustice
    InTheNameOfJustice 3 years ago

    The BBC denied today that the reason they fired Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of the world famous Top Gear car show program, is because he refused to sexually abuse children. A spokesperson for the BBC said in a statement, "The
    BBC has a vast array of sexual abusers working for them. The idea that we would need any more to join the ranks of our talented paedophiles is, ludicrous."
    Tony and Julie Wadsworth, the latest BBC employees to be charged over abusing little boys, said that Clarkson did not have what it takes to be a BBC child abuser. "Frankly, said Ms Wadsworth, allegedly, Clarkson failed to attend any of the courses on child abusing at the BBC and refused to read any of the guidelines authored by the late Jimmy Saville. It is clear that he never was child abuser material and the BBC would never consider him to be in our league. The allegations that he was sacked
    for something he was unqualified to do are ridiculous. In any case, he is not as gay as James May and that means young boys would be safe around him. To suggest otherwise would be homophobic.”
    195 words.

  • Shining Gaming
    Shining Gaming 3 years ago

    So this is why Dillon the Hacker became a satire

  • Michael Chambers
    Michael Chambers 3 years ago

    I showed this to my English 12 class following our reading of Ogden Nash's poem "Will Consider Situation".

  • Tanner Thomas
    Tanner Thomas 3 years ago

    I added this to one of my cherished playlists. :) Thanks

  • Vandini Sharma
    Vandini Sharma 4 years ago +27

    YOU ARE A BRILLIANT TEACHER SIR! Thank you so much. Half an hour of surfing online didn't get me as much as this video did.

    • Emi Garo
      Emi Garo Year ago

      I see what you did there

    • CAUTION !
      CAUTION ! Year ago +1

      @Oriental Adventurer calm down, the comment is 2 years old, so don't expect a reply or anything

  • PheonixWolf
    PheonixWolf 4 years ago +7

    I have to write a satire for my English class, and have been struggling to get started. This video helped immensely!

  • Meme Bump
    Meme Bump 4 years ago

    I think Adult Swims Black Dynamite is satirical.

  • Rob Moore
    Rob Moore 4 years ago

    lights are on in room; girl friend asks if all the power is on, on the main switch board, I say; ' no dear, of course not, I mean who needs electricity for the lights to be on that you see, it must surely be god who's bought light to our bulbs because he wants to save us money on our energy bills'. Girlfriend; 'so they aren't on then?' - sarcasm is present here, as well as a dumb girlfriend.

    • Zack Augustus
      Zack Augustus 3 years ago

      +Rob Moore when answering a question it seems a bit ruder

  • Rob Moore
    Rob Moore 4 years ago

    if a boy is driving his dad down the motor way (highway for usa) and he undercuts a car, then his dad yells at him to not under-cut because it's illegal and he could get a police ticket and 3 points on his license, then the next day his dad is driving down the motor way and he's pissed off with the guy in front on the fast lane driving like a snail then looks back for cops, don't see a cop then undertakes the snail driver but gets pulled by a cop in an unmarked police car, then has to explain to his wife that he got a ticket and 3 points on his license for 'under taking' and the son walks in the room and hears this then says to his dad; 'practice what you preach dad, now who's the kid behind the wheel?'. That is an ironic and funny yet predictable scenario in a comedy sketch.

  • Chip Rockefeller
    Chip Rockefeller 4 years ago

    "...or a handicapped classmate" LOL

    • Cynical Trash
      Cynical Trash 2 years ago

      Chip Rockefeller
      Make a satire about people making satire about a handicapped classmate.

  • Social Elitist
    Social Elitist 5 years ago

    a satire of the Harry Potter fanbase :P

  • Matt Life
    Matt Life 5 years ago

    Satire example:
    The warhawk Americans and their Japanese puppets continue to spread lies about the glorious DPRK after their humiliating defeat in the great Fatherland Liberation War! The DPRK, under the leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un has been able to support itself with trade between all of the great socialist nations of the world including the USSR and PRC! Even under the constant rain of slander and lies by imperialist America, the DPRK shall continue to grow and prosper under the ideals of Juche laid forth by Eternal President Kim Il Sung and expanded upon by Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un!ο»Ώ

  • isabella gregory
    isabella gregory 5 years ago

    I love this! Thanks so much, really helped me out!!!! :) :) Thanks Mr. Sato

  • Kung Blao
    Kung Blao 5 years ago +3

    This is brilliant

  • Madeleine Howard-Frank
    Madeleine Howard-Frank 5 years ago +41

    My teacher should have shone this to his class.

    • PheonixWolf
      PheonixWolf 4 years ago

      I get what you're trying to say.

    • Nate Smith
      Nate Smith 4 years ago +6

      @mistersato411 Sounds like somebody's teacher didn't do their job.

    • mistersato411
      mistersato411  5 years ago +37

      @Dion Beals "Should've have?"

    • DJ
      DJ 5 years ago +14

      He should've have also "shone" you how to spell "shown"

  • Kancho
    Kancho 6 years ago +23

    I disagree with his distinctions between irony and sarcasm.
    Irony has to be unintentional and/or unfortunate. Whether describing something that is not true but should be, or saying something that *you* should not say - is ironic.
    For example, passing a law that infringes on gay rights, only to discover that your son is gay - that is irony. Paris Hilton arguing for higher inheritance tax without realizing it will hurt her personally - that is delicious irony.
    "Poetic justice" also fits that category.

    • Joan Campbell Luley
      Joan Campbell Luley 2 years ago

      Thank you for making that clarificatinon. This is exactly what I was thinking.

    • Kancho
      Kancho 3 years ago +3

      OOhhh ! Very nice. Thx

    • mistersato411
      mistersato411  3 years ago +11

      +Kancho There are at least 3 kinds of irony: verbal (the one I'm talking about), situational (the one you're talking about), and dramatic (where you know something the characters don't -- like Romeo thinking Juliet is dead).

    • Richard Dybowski
      Richard Dybowski 3 years ago +1

      +Kancho - Irony is like the truck that decided to break the height limit last year in Mamaroneck, New York, and crashed into a bridge, on the side of his truck the slogan was "On the road to success, there are no shortcuts". That is Irony

    • BTMVideos37
      BTMVideos37 4 years ago

      It's more like coincidences

  • Mimi Rogers
    Mimi Rogers 6 years ago

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  • Reeree Zwolak
    Reeree Zwolak 6 years ago

    Lil wayne steals everything doesn't he ;-;

  • Hakeem Ali
    Hakeem Ali 6 years ago

    Thank you, very informative

  • Undyingsquirrel
    Undyingsquirrel 6 years ago

    I don't know why, but this reminded me of a meme of annoying Facebook girl

  • Naomi Lesley
    Naomi Lesley 6 years ago

    Satire is the hardest comedy genre ..

  • davidofchinkov41
    davidofchinkov41 6 years ago

    You should be introduced to British satire more - 3-
    So dark, yet hilarious

  • No Wife Happy Life
    No Wife Happy Life 7 years ago +1

    This was good. It's a good starting off point for those trying to get a grasp on what constitutes satire. Now I can move on to more in depth sources.

  • Sludgehammerz
    Sludgehammerz 7 years ago


  • Alisa Mckinney
    Alisa Mckinney 7 years ago

    I was having trouble grasping the idea about a satire. I searched at the library, read all of my teachers handouts, but nothing seemed to work! I finally found your video, thanks for posting it. The video cleared up several blank spots I had about writing a satire. I think I finally have a grasp on what I need to do!!

  • Raymond van Zyl
    Raymond van Zyl 7 years ago

    1 person does'nt have a keyboard

  • cronknews
    cronknews 7 years ago

    I'm overjoyed to find this! Many of our aspiring writers could use your video to better understand the delicate art of ridicule. My unhelpful editorial suggestions of "You're being too nice" or "You're being too mean" are nothing compared to this succinct how-to. MisterSato411, I tip my hat. ~Leah Wescott

  • Flames of B Bad Boy
    Flames of B Bad Boy 7 years ago

    Hi, there.
    Wonderful video!! Is it at all possible to get a copy emailed to me for my classroom? My students are studying satrical works right now, and their final project is to create their own satire. Please let me know when you have time.
    Thanks so much,

  • Jacqui Carroll
    Jacqui Carroll 7 years ago

    GREAT job! Your video has helped me so much in the development of MY FIRST (fake) UNIT PLAN ever! I am still a student, so hopefully I will be able to use it one day.

  • Rafaelia Handoko
    Rafaelia Handoko 7 years ago

    thank you! that's really help. You're better than my teacher! She makes me more confuse to understand about satire.

  • stargirlsusan
    stargirlsusan 7 years ago

    mistersato411@ well, the essay is not written in satire form, it's pretty conventional, and I added a little humour at the end which I am a bit scared to keep because it changes the whole tone of the essay. Is it a good idea to mix this two things? And if so, how would one introduce the humour and not let the reader confused.

  • mistersato411
    mistersato411  7 years ago

    @stargirlsusan Check with your teacher, but in a literary essay, many teachers like one or two sentences at the end that explore how your essay's main ideas can be relevant in the real world. This can sometimes be more personal in tone than the rest. In a satire, on the other hand, you can be pretty colorful in every line.