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I don't know about Australia, but the UK has tons of panel shows that satirise current affairs or discuss funny and fascinating facts. There are also ones that are just pure nonsense, such as Would I Lie to You? Do you watch comedy panels? Do you have a favourite panelist?
We have one in Canada called This Hour has 22 Minutes, and it's only partly a panel, it's more like a sketch comedy that focuses on current affairs. I rarely watch it but every now and then This Hour comes up with something that is just really funny.
Yes. They are great. And we have a great tradition of them in Australia - don't know what that person jonaj is talking about? The Project is fantastic sure it's not just comedy but thats also why it is so good.