Is there a combined word in English that illustrate the meaning of humor and criticism?

For example, I want to say that I watch TV programs, which criticize wrongdoings of politicians in a humorous way. Is there any word that can substitute criticize avoiding the need to write in a humorous way because it completes the meaning?


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I'd go with Political Satire.

Satire can be serious in intent, but is usually without a specific agenda, merely lampooning politicians & current affairs for comedic effect.


The commonest is: sarcasm. The other phrases include tongue in cheek and satire. They may all be used depending on the context. But largely, you can tell things in a sarcastic way to sound serious, funny, and equally with irony.

In your context, you like to watch TV series with sarcasm on politics. If there is a specific dialogue you can certainly call as a tongue in cheek remark that would show both -irony and humor. You can also have sarcastic TV series.

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    I found an answer at ell.stackexchange.com/a/130155/44846. I guess I must use which because that is more common.
    – Charlie
    Aug 1, 2018 at 6:32
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    I'd use that @Charlie I watch the programs that sarcastically present politics or whatever.
    – Maulik V
    Aug 1, 2018 at 6:34
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    "Pun", "sarcasm" and "satire" can all be used to describe types of humour, but they're quite different.
    – psmears
    Aug 1, 2018 at 13:30
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    @MaulikV: I saw that, but since you also say "they all mean almost the same" just before, I think the answer is misleading. You can have puns and tonguie in cheek comments in political satire, but they're quite different forms of humour.
    – psmears
    Aug 1, 2018 at 13:43
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    I don’t think sarcasm, satire, pun, and tongue-in-cheek mean the same thing at all. This has examples of puns: ell.stackexchange.com/q/164695 They are just a form of word play joke, and don’t have anything to do with criticism. Sarcasm is more often just plain mean criticism than actually funny, like the examples in these answers ell.stackexchange.com/q/44733/9161 Satire is really the only one of those words that implies both humor and criticism.
    – ColleenV
    Aug 1, 2018 at 15:56

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