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Comedy is a defining element of the Australian culture.

An outward expression of culture and social activity; it can be the creator of conflict, or control. The very essence of comedy can reveal anxieties, tensions, and aspirations of individuals as well as challenge a nation¶s conventions and social prohibitions. It holds the ability to create and re-create new social norms and can change the values of a nation¶s culture. Described by some as dry witted, impertinent and iconic, it also holds a withstanding style of self-mockery- a tradition carried throughout the history of Australian media. Not only does the nature of Australian comedy stage in laconic form, it serves to provide a unique window into self identity of Australian citizens idiosyncratically and as a collective whole. The insecurities, trepidations and desires of individuals can be expressed, or even concealed in humor. Many of Australia¶s comedic artists often play along the borderline of tastelessness, and although not always politically correct, Australian humor holds the inclination to highlight cultural differences, a common theme that has remained a long tradition in Australian comedy and media. Australian comedy is an eclectic combination of sources from around the world. Embracing British comedic productions, such as Faulty Towers and The Office along with American television productions such as US The Office and M.A.S.H. From 1997 film, The Castle, to the suburban sitcom Kath and Kim, to Chris Lilly¶s "mockumentary" Summer Heights High, ³the most merciless parodies on modern Australian life´ (BBC News, 2011), to recent television stints such as The Chasers and Thank God Your Here Australian, comedy has developed over time to be an iconic element of the Australian identity