North Korea provides internet comic fuel

June 24, 2009

Despite the seriousness with which the world takes North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, the isolated country remains a rich source of humour for cartoonists, satirists and comedians around the world.


The diminutive, bouffant-haired leader, Kim Jong-il, has already been the star of a satirical full length cartoon, plaintively singing “I’m so ronery” in Team America, while plotting to blow up the world.


These days, it seems, every time North Korea rattles its sabres, the noise can be heard via the Internet.


Kim and North Korea are most frequently a subject of discussion on the various late night TV chat shows so popular in the United States.


“According to Kim Jong-Il’s biography, they say he has been constantly accused of dishonesty, drunkenness and sexual excess. So if he lived here, he could be in Congress,” Jay Leno said on his show.


“North Korea conducted a nuclear test and the blast was so small that many scientists are saying it was a dud. Apparently, the nuclear bomb didn’t work well because it was made in Korea,” jibed Conan O’Brien.


And with news wires buzzing that Kim, who succeeded his father, Kim Il-sung, may in turn be succeeded by a favourite son, David Letterman said: “”North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il may be stepping down. Experts in the State Department say he could be replaced by his son, Menta Li Ill.”


But it isn’t just professional comedians having fun at the expense of North Korean and its dear leader, the Internet is full of keen amateurs doing the same.


Facebook, for example, has over 350 profiles and groups dedicated to Kim, listing his hobbies (films, nuclear experiments, torture), friends (Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad).


One group is set up to list achievements genuinely reported by the Korean Central News Agency, which frequently ascribes miraculous events to Kim, such as causing flowers to spontaneously bloom or even influencing the weather.


A not entirely more ridiculous Facebook group does the opposite, listing what he should be credited with: “There is no such thing as evolution, just a list of animals Kim Jong Il allowed to live”; “Kim Jong Il has two speeds: Walk and Kill”; “Kim Jong Il can slam a revolving door.”.


But perhaps the most popular resources of North Korean humour and satire on the Internet remains NK news, which has as a mission statement: This site aims its satirical lens solely at the regime of Kim Jong Il, and certainly not at the long-suffering people of North Korea, Korean culture, or Korea in general, North or South.


Its random insult generator draws on years of bellicose statements from the north. None of them are made up, apparently. The latest offering: “You sycophantic aggressor, your accusation against the DPRK is no more than barking at the moon!”


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Posted by moha | Report as abusive

Lol. Menta Li Ill. North koreans have indeed commited lots of bizarre crimes including kidnapping a south korean movie director and his ex wife, a formal actress, and wants them to start making TV dramas.

Its funny to make fun of them. And again, only to the North Korea regime, not the people or culture.

Posted by yen tan | Report as abusive

I don’t believe it wise to laugh at North Korea so much.

Posted by Glen | Report as abusive

The fact is the US cannot do anything to stop this Kim of North Korea from doing what he wants to do.

It is never the US but it is KIM who always dictates the rules of the game. The US will silently obey his demands on just about anything, but always has to beg for help from China to calm down Kim when he gets excited and starts test firing missiles over what ever nearby nation it wishes to do so.

This is why the cartoons. This is how they are trying to ease their frustrations.

See, they did the same thing to Bin Laden after 9/11, they captured and beat him up in the cartoons.

However, they are still struggling desperately to catch him in the real world, killing thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan in the process

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Posted by North Korea provides internet comic fuel – Reuters | News From America | Report as abusive

The Americans always laugh at their own suicides…Besides, North Korea is only the foreplay…then China and Russia are going to move in on the act.

Posted by Katherine | Report as abusive

Things are running wild now between the US and NKorea. When one knows that the Korean economy seems doing better in the World financial downturn, see ( ), series of measures aiming to halt North Korea dangerous attitude concerning military threats, might have much consequences on the trades between North Korea and other countries, mainly the US.

Posted by robcitations | Report as abusive

Americans just don’t give a damn. We don’t really have any respect for anybody. Kim is talking about blowing the US to dust & were still cracking jokes about his buzz cut. lol.

Posted by twitter;goddessrica | Report as abusive

If North Korea were to ever unleash a nuclear missle towards the US.. all bets should be off. No Geneva Convention…nothing. Pearl Harbor ring a bell? Worse…. It take a strong country to threaten a country in two wars.

Posted by hmmmmm | Report as abusive

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Posted by Kim Jong-il Provides Great Material for Comedians | ROK Drop | Report as abusive

He kind of looks like Marty Feldman, now that’s funny. But seriously if America really wanted to take this guy out, we could do it. Why don’t we offer him an olive branch by, oh I don’t know, maybe we could offer him a deer hunting trip in the woods. We can explain to him that in order to hunt a deer, he will have to dress like one. Now that would be funny. Maybe his good friend Osama can go too. Two crazed lunatics for the price of one.

Posted by qj7gn0 | Report as abusive

Atleast Kim is beaten in Cartoons.

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