Punch, the satirical weekly founded in London in 1841, will produce its last issue this week. It is losing too much money to be funny.
Punch was irreverent, sardonic, mild, subtle, gentle, tasteful and upper class. Humor is alive and well but it tends to be vulgar, crass, loud and insistent, as well as irreverent, sardonic and cutting. Punch could not compete on those terms and be Punch. Some said it ceased being Punch years ago.