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

By Jordan Michaelides

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

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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}