#026: It's only a game; how satire heals the pain - Titus O'Reily

By Jordan Michaelides
August 09, 2017

Titus O'reily

Image: Titus O'Reily's avatar

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Titus O’Reily ( @TitusOReily ) is a writer, comedian, podcaster and commentator who specialises in satire, with a focus on sport. Titus is your perfect marriage of the larrikin aussie with Douglas Adams; a self-deprecating sense of humour, peppered with undeniably dry wit. Late comedian George Carlin is known for ‘sitting at the front row to the freakshow’ of life which is a great representation of Titus’ musings. I feel that you will see that Titus’ particular focus on the AFL, opens up a unique insight to the fabric of Australian society, and our collective obsession which could be described as a religion. Titus’ persona is so adequately stated in the best piece of merchandise mug I’ve ever seen: ‘Don’t have faith in yourself, have faith in how bad other people are’.


Here are the discussion points I think you’ll enjoy the most:

  • Who is Titus O’Reily?

  • Content distribution

  • Being a ‘content creator’

  • How he writes

  • The AFL and the media circus

  • On the current state of the Saints & Dees

  • Footy, indoctrination & belief

Enjoy the episode,

Jordan & Lauren


Show notes

  • Bio and background {05:50}

  • Influences {09:30}

  • [De]motivation {10:32}

  • Who is Titus O’Reily? {14:20}

  • On content distribution {22:28}

  • On being a ‘content creator’ {30:05}

  • On the restrictions of big business {45:25}

  • How he writes {49:56}

  • The AFL and the media circus {58:48}

  • On the current state of the Saints & Dees {01:06:55}

  • Footy, indoctrination & belief {01:08:27}

  • Plans for the future {01:11:47}

  • What he would change from his past {01:15:35}

  • Morning rituals and habits {01:19:03}

  • Lessons learnt from his parents {01:21:44}

  • If he could have a billboard anywhere {01:23:08}

  • Something that seems obvious to him but not to others {01:23:40}

  • What he’s reading at the moment {01:25:35}

  • The fluffiness of top companies {01:26:47}

  • Best purchase under $200 {01:28:20}

  • If he had to do a TEDx talk not on sport {01:30:05}


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