The Hamster Wheel
is an Australian satirical news and current affairs show produced and broadcast by The ABC
(the Australian one), starting in 2012 and hosted by comedians Andrew Hansen, Dominic Knight, Chas Licciardello, Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel, and Chris Taylor, collectively known as The Chaser.
- Ax-Crazy: Chas.
- Butt Monkey: Current affairs shows (to use the term very loosely) Today Tonight and A Current Affair provide endless amounts of material.
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: In a segment about social media in the media, an analysis of how internet trolls are portrayed by the media uses footage from Troll 2, a movie that, infamously, is actually about goblins and has no trolls in it.
- Credits Gag: after some observations on The 7:30 Report solution to a not-quite-long-enough program.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: tarsier comentary on "the dignity of the Parliament".
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone. All the time.
- Dude, Not Funny!: the team was so nervous that the head of the ABC, Scott Morrow, would take this line over the obituary they aired for him that they spent several days avoiding him.
- Excuse Question
- Expospeak Gag
- Fan Disservice
- Gag Sub: North Korea mourns.
- Godwin's Law: referenced whenever someone declares something to be the worst thing ever. Complete with Andrew Hansen in a Hitler costume and a computer-game screen advising how many seconds into the skit the reference took place. 21 seconds!
- Hypocritical Humor: One of the "outrages" in this clip is comedians making "inappropriate" jokes. After the headline "Craig Reucassel apologises for insulting Bali victims", "+ is a scrawny gap-toothed prick" is added in.
- Large Ham: Chas excels in this.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Parodied with obituaries of people who are still alive. Including the head of the ABC, the Federal Leader of the Opposition and the sitting Prime Minister. The first few were prefaced by one of the team supposedly discovering an tweet reporting said person's death, and the obituary would be retracted the following week. By the fourth episode of the series, they stopped bothering.
- News Parody