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->''"Being offended by The Chaser is like going to a strip club and being offended by the nudity."''
-->-- '''Julian Morrow'''

''The Chaser's War on Everything'' was an Australian half-hour comedy show produced and broadcast by TheABC (the Australian one) and hosted by funny-men Andrew Hansen, Chris Taylor, Chas Licciardello, Craig Reucassel and Julian Morrow, collectively referred to as The Chaser.[[note]]Members of the team not usually mentioned are Dominic Knight (who prefers to remain behind the scene as a writer) and Charles Firth (who went solo in 2007).[[/note]] The show has aired in many countries across the world, from Israel to the UK, Poland to South Korea.

The Chaser began as creators of a satirical newspaper, called ''The Chaser'' (not dissimilar to ''TheOnion''). After a slow start, sales skyrocketed when they published then Prime Minister John Howard's phone number. This got the attention of Australian interviewer and TV star Andrew Denton, who got them a spot on the ABC, Australia's government-funded network; the result was ''The Election Chaser'', a short series covering the 2001 federal election and taking the piss out of everyone involved. They then went on to do the news parody show ''CNNNN'' (Chaser Non-stop News Network), mostly mocking Creator/{{CNN}} and Australian current affairs. They followed this with more coverages of elections, a stage show, and then their most famous work: ''The Chaser's War on Everything''.[[note]]Rejected names for the show include ''Hey Hey It's The Chaser'', ''The Age of Terror Variety Hour'', ''Thank Allah It's Friday'' and ''The Chaser is Right''.[[/note]]

The show was more relaxed than ''CNNNN'', extensively used parody and satire, and they didn't pull any punches either. The SevenNetwork and the NineNetwork, both the 'big' commercial stations in Australia, were frequently poked fun at, particularly with regards to their dubious current affairs reporting. They also mock the ABC, which doesn't seem to mind them poking fun at or criticising material produced or transmitted by them. (This is probably because the ABC is entirely government-funded, so there are no sponsors to offend.)

The Chaser's stunts have gotten them into trouble a few times, culminating in an incident during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) being held in Sydney in 2007: despite their expectations that the stunt would go no further than the outer boundary, their fake motorcade [[GoneHorriblyRight entered the Red Security Zone]] (the highest level security zone), despite having 'FAKE' and 'This is obviously a joke' stamped on their "passes", and with a person dressed as Osama bin Laden in one of the vehicles. Chas, Julian, and a number of the crew for the show got arrested. It was this prank alone that started international buzz and later a bidding war for American syndication, eventually won by Creator/{{G4TV}} in late 2008.

It returned to air in 2009, this time with only ten episodes. Only two episodes in, it caused controversy over a sketch about terminally ill children. This also led to questions about whether it has [[JumpTheShark jumped the shark.]] In case you were wondering, it didn't; they even managed to handle their own shame in a funny (but in no way disrespectful to the victims) way. This turned out to be their last season, for several reasons - among them, they were getting too easily recognised by the public and so, couldn't pull fast ones on them. They spent 2010 touring Australia with 'The Age of Terror Variety Hour. They also covered the 2010 Australian election with their mini-series ''[[PunnyName Yes We Canberra]].'' This was the first time their election coverage was actually ''watched'' by anybody - the previous years it was held a week before the election was held, and the week after it was over. They covered the 2013 election with ''The Hamster Decides'', a five-episode series which turned out to be just as popular as ''Yes We Canberra''.

They planned to return to television in April 2011 to cover [[TheHouseOfWindsor the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William]] - In their own words, it was to be "uninformed and unconstitutional" - but the BBC and the royal family [[SeriousBusiness put a stop to that]] a week before the wedding by amending the licencing terms of the wedding broadcast to prevent usage of the footage in comedy. [[InternetBackdraft No-one was amused.]]

In 2011, the Chaser team returned with their new show ''The Hamster Wheel'', a (relatively) low-key version of The War with more of a focus on discussion of politics and modern media rather than attention-grabbing stunts like APEC. Following the conclusion of ''The Hamster Wheel'''s first (but not only) season, members of the Chaser have gotten involved in other projects across the ABC - Chas Licciardello is currently an anchor of ''Planet America'', an ABC News 24 program discussing American politics, and most of its members sometimes sit on the panel of ''The Drum'', ABC News 24's news analysis and debate program. In 2013, Craig and Julian went on to co-host ''The Checkout'', a consumer affairs show which went on to become an unexpected hit, netting 1.2 million viewers an episode by the end of its run on the ABC (often beating out [[NetworkTen rival network Ten]] for the timeslot), with Chas on board as Producer and Script Editor.

Clips from ''The Chaser's War on Everything'' are extremely abundant on Website/YouTube. The ABC has a policy of allowing its content to be freely available, and so is more than happy to leave them be. In addition, the Chaser has [[http://www.youtube.com/user/chaserhq a YouTube channel]], which in addition to exclusive content contains clips of a majority of the content of ''The Hamster Wheel''.

'''Brief descriptions of the main guys:'''
* Andrew Hansen: Does the musical bits; plays the Surprise Spruiker and the Crazy Warehouse Guy; covers the current affairs shows
* Chas Licciardello: Does the insane things; covers the current affairs shows; shows his ass a lot
* Chris Taylor: Does less insane things than Chas (or at least not as frequently); generally portrayed as a bit of a CasanovaWannabe as well as an elitist snob, and a lot of the sketches/stunts he does reflect this
* Craig Reucassel: A little more normal; does many of the stunts that require a more respectable persona
* Julian Morrow: Does a lot of the more political stuff; comes up with 'fixes' for things.

(For the Korean film which [[NamesTheSame shares its name]] with the group, see ''Film/TheChaser'')
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!!''TheChasersWarOnEverything'' and other works by the Chaser provide examples of:
* AllCrimesAreEqual: Parodied with their Citizen's Infringement Notices.
* AxCrazy: Chas borders on this at times.
* BadassMustache
* ButtMonkey: Current affairs shows ''Today Tonight'' and ''A Current Affair'' provided a seemingly ceaseless source of {{narm}}ful and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer incorrect]] material to be satirised; when they dabbled in international stuff, FoxNews was given the same treatment for the same reasons.
* CandidCameraPrank: ''Lots'' of these.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Andrew in the final episode.
* ChannelHop: Averted, despite many requests from commercial efforts. Yet we all know the Chaser could not be as good as it is if it was on a commercial network; its freedom comes from how the ABC doesn't have to answer to potentially offended corporate sponsors who may threaten to pull the plug on sponsorship. Also parodied in the series itself.
* ClusterFBomb: The end of the fourth ''Yes We Canberra'' episode has this. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai4pGsOHKsI song]].
* CouchGag: The 2007 opening credits.
* CreditsGag
* CrossoverPunchline: The cast once cameoed in Ryan Shelton's segment on ''Rove'', [[LenoDevice to demonstrate what life would be like if there was no such thing as Politics.]]
--> What are we going to talk about this week?
--> Well, nothing. There's no such thing as politics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ-dpSlsOUQ]]
* CrowdSong: The "If Life Were A Musical" segments, always done for real.
* CuteKitten: Politics. ''With Cats.''
** Somewhat sadly, that's actually probably the best way to teach people about politics now.
* DeadpanSnarker: The whole group, but Andrew in particular. "[[TeensAreMonsters They appear to be...on a porch.]]"
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Parodied with Danny Nalliah's apparent prophetic dreams about the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Chas attempts to make one side of his body look like Daniel Craig and gets a tattoo of a 'Japanese character' on his upper arm. He ends up with a tattoo of HelloKitty.
* ExcuseQuestion: Parodied in a seqment about interactive late-night TV quiz shows.
--> Which I guess leads to the question, "Who are these shows aimed at?" A) Bicycles, B) The Sydney Opera House, or C) Morons?'
* ExpospeakGag: The "Detective Superintendent Clive Pugh" segments, exaggerating a police tendency to speak in a verbose and slightly non-committal manner. Parodied up to and including ''an [[TheImmodestOrgasm immodest orgasm]]'' expressed this way.
* FanDisservice: All too often. Chas and Andrew once smeared manure all over each other. In the middle of Federation Square. While wearing BDSM outfits.
** Then they made out.
** And [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking admitted to enjoying]] ''Film/{{Norbit}}''.
* FiveManBand: (Feel free to change it)
** TheHero: Craig
** TheLancer: Chris
** TheBigGuy: Chas
** TheSmartGuy: Julian
** TheChick: Andrew
** SixthRanger: Charles Firth
** NonActionGuy: Dominic Knight
* FootballHooligans: Parodied with one skit which involved selling balaclavas and (fake) knuckledusters in club colors to [[RugbyLeague Canterbury Bulldogs]] fans. This resulted in Chas being arrested.
* FunWithAcronyms
* GagSub: The first season in 2006 did this a lot with videos of Osama Bin Laden.
** Returned in ''The Hamster Wheel'' with footage of Libyan protesters 'complaining' about Sonia Kruger replacing Kerri-Ann Kennelly on some morning television series. Released footage from what would've been their royal wedding coverage did the same thing with victims of the Tohoku earthquake and their eagerness for, well, the royal wedding.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The APEC stunt.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Andrew has a different (and even more ridiculous) one every week.
* InsaneProprietor: The Crazy Warehouse Guy.
* KarmicDeath: Chris in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. "Fittingly, he died of cancer.", in reference to the "Make A Realistic Wish" skit.
* KentBrockmanNews
* LargeHam: All of them have their moments, but Chas in particular.
* LawfulStupid: The Citizen's Infringement Officer, full stop.
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: Craig during the 2007 opening credits.
* MistakenForExhibit: The Chaser attempted to demonstrate that it was possible to dump all kinds of junk in an art gallery without people noticing: tree clippings ("Lord of the Plants"), an old computer, a broken vacuum cleaner (unsucessfully), an old mattress (unsuccessfully, though one woman spent some time admiring it) and two garbage bags ("Fun Dip").
* MoodWhiplash: Both averted and parodied.
* NewsParody
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Deconstructed - in song, no less - with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU17zYt6nBQ The Eulogy Song]]".
* NoIndoorVoice: The Crazy Warehouse Guy.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The Middle East TV segments carried the disclaimer "All translations independently verified by the ABC" to let people know [[PoesLaw it]] wasn't a GagSub.
* PhotoshopFilterOfEvil: Averted and played straight.
* OnlyInAmerica
* OperatorFromIndia: Parodied hilariously with the segment being "outsourced to India" with Indian cast members offering mango chutney to handing out Citizen's Infringment notices for bad turbans and the credits in Hindi accompanied by sitar music.
** Also, Julian once called tech support in India and wound up flying there to get hands-on assistance with his mobile phone.
* OscarBait: Parodied with a fake movie trailer with this title featured everything you expect to see in one of these movies.
* ParodyCommercial: Quite a few.
** An especially memorable one is for a fictional car called the JI Extreme. The ultimate in car-bombing luxury.
* ParodiedTrope: Note how many examples here are parodies of the trope in question. They ''really'' like to do this.
* RattlingOffLegal: Parodied. "I'd talk slower than this but my car is parked in a tow away zone."
** Taken further in the election specials in 2007, where Andrew and Chris played voiceover people.
* ReligionIsMagic: Parodied with faith healers who push people over to make them better, and The Secret to get what you want.
* RidiculouslyLoudCommercial: Two words, the Surprise Spruiker.
** Also parodied with the Crazy Warehouse Guy. If you've ever wondered what the announcers for those ads are like out of the studio, here's your answer.
* RuleOfFunny
* SelectiveStupidity: Possibly the best example being asking Americans about the 9/11 attacks and them getting pieces of information wrong that even an Aussie who doesn't watch much news knows.
** Particularly, getting the date wrong, which raises the question, what did these people think 9/11 was named for?
*** The 9th of November?[[note]]:from an Australian perspective, [[DontExplainTheJoke this is what the date "9/11" looks and sounds like to those unfamiliar with the day itself[[/note]], though Americans don't have that excuse]]
** Also, the "This Person Votes" clips during the election specials.
* ShowWithinAShow: These included:
** PointAndLaughShow
* SoundEffectBleep: Used in the Eulogy Song; while they probably could have gotten away with actual swearing, the general opinion was TooSoon. Also, using the sound effect only serves to make the song funnier.
* SpookyPhotographs
* StronglyWordedLetter: A recurring character in the final season was an angry letter writer continually offended by the show. Ironically, the character debuted in the same episode as the "Make a Realistic Wish Foundation" sketch, but that wasn't the segment he was objecting to.
* StylisticSuck: The Making of Politics With Cats, probably to appease [[FanDumb complainers.]] Averted with the caption at the end, which claimed that "6387 cats were harmed during the making of this series."
* TakeThat: Between [[IdiotBall A Current Affair]], [[{{Narm}} 60 Minutes]] and especially [[ButtMonkey Today]] [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Tonight]], The Chaser team [[CluelessAesop copped a lot of flak]]. Their [[HilarityEnsues responses to said flak]] were of course satirical, and were better received by audiences compared to their {{Narm}}-powered critics' attempts to discredit them, which verged on StrawmanHasAPoint in some cases.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: APEC motorcade. Enough said.
* ThoseWackyNazis: ''Housefrau Hitler''. No, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7K5y9sL3mU go on]].
** Also, a "What Have We Learned From History?" segment which involved the Chasers entering a Polish nightclub dressed as [[{{Lederhosen}} stereotypical Germans]], then dressed as [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Wehrmacht/Waffen-SS troopers]], and then Andrew Hansen entered while dressed as '''Hitler himself'''. Complete with swastika armband. He got in. [[note]]The DVDCommentary notes that he was asked to remove the armband, but it got cut from the actual footage.[[/note]]
* TrailerSpoof: Quite a few.
* TrojanHorse: It's amazing how many places will let someone towing a giant wooden horse onto their premises without checking it.
** The guard at the Army Land Command lets them through, luckily someone else tells them to look inside first, cue guys in faux greek armor.
*** Points to the Turkish Consulate for NOT letting them in [[TheTrojanWar (this time that is)]].
* TruthInTelevision: Many of their skits are actually set up but a handful are done for real. Everything they do is cleared by the ABC lawyers first though.
* ViewersAreMorons: Played straight and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] many times.
* WallCrawl: Andrew during the 2007 opening credits
* WittyBanter
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Season 3 ended with a parody.
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