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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 6. May 28, 1947

Savage Lampoon of Yanks

Savage Lampoon of Yanks

But the lampoon has to be amusing. When it becomes merely savage and vindictive it fails. Half way through the episodic Second Act of Utopanella, the audience suddenly became very subdued. I think it was rather uncomfortable and a little bored. There had been something to laugh at all through the First Act, but now when President Bloomer, General McCarthy and a crowd of negroes appeared, the audience realised that the authors were being serious without being very funny. And, as most people are getting a little nervous about the Yanks, an indictment of them would only have been successful if it had been excruciatingly funny. A little pornography came to the rescue, and though people might have been likewise nervous about the Russians they rocked with laughter at the string of doubles entendres in the interview with Hijoe the Oracle.