Parody

A parody uses elements of a prior work to target the prior work itself, satire uses elements of a prior work to target some other aspect of society.

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Brian Janosch on Tech, Comedy, Bay Area Cynicism, and the Burning Man Wall

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As much as we love Burning Man and the creativity on display there, we also have to admire this piece of now-viral satire from the folks at Cultivated Wit.
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Unlike most anti-Burner temper tantrums, it doesn’t stick to low-hanging fruit-–it also pokes pointed fun at crowdfunding, techno-libertarian utopianism, and economic tensions in the Bay Area.

Brian Janosch, the Creative Director of Cultivated Wit and the star of the spoof video told us that, despite the rash of media coverage the Burning Man Wall has received, this is the first time he’s been asked for an interview about it.

What is Cultivated Wit and what does it do?

Well, one thing we are not is a comedy troupe. 😉 We’re a small company created by three of us who all left The Onion around the same time. The biggest thing we do is produce Comedy Hack Day, an event series that brings together comedians and developers to build hilarious and insane tech products. The best creations from every event get showcased in a comedy show that concludes each event weekend. Our about page is a little outdated and needs refreshing, but it has some more.

Why is Burning Man such a fat target?

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Marching to the Beat of his Own Drum

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This Heterosexual Pride Parade Could Not Have Failed Any Harder Than It Just Did
by Cavan Sieczkowski
The Huffington Post
July 27, 2015

Heterosexual Pride Parade

Heterosexuals apparently weren’t too prideful this weekend.

Blogger Anthony Rebello was the organizer behind the Heterosexual Parade at Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Saturday. Over 2,000 people were invited on Facebook to attend the event created “in the name of equality [and] equal rights … to celebrate our right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality.”

While 169 responded “yes” to the event, just one person showed up, according to Seattle Gay Scene: Rebello. Photos of him marching with balloons and a cardboard sign reading “Straight Pride” were posted on Facebook over the weekend.

Read the rest of this article here


Banksy Does Gaza

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Banksy has posted a new tourism video welcoming world travelers to the wonders of Gaza:

Some of the images:

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Watch the video:

More about this piece here.

More about Banksy here.


Mayor de Blasio’s Tongue-in-Cheek Mea Culpa

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio pokes fun at himself by doing a public reading of The Onion’s parody of his handling of the impending snow storm Juno on January 27, 2015: “NYC Mayor: ‘Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest’

Here’s his version:

via Laughing Squid

Valuable Life Lessons and Limited-Edition Boxes of Poo

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Emerson Dameron chats with Cards Against Humanity’s Max Temkin:


bullshitcahLike numerous other small businesspeople, the braintrust behind the controversial party game Cards Against Humanity ran a money-saving special on “Black Friday,” the designated consumer orgy following Thanksgiving.

First, the company pulled its flagship game offline for the day, leaving any prospective buyers with plumper wallets. In case anyone remained dead set on exchanging scratch for CAH merch, it introduced an exclusive new item: the Box of Bullshit. It sold out within hours, despite the fact that it was, as its creators explained repeatedly throughout the day, precisely as advertised.

I checked in with Max Temkin, a Chicago-based designer and the most high-profile member of the Cards Against Humanity team, to see how it went.

How did you hatch the idea for the Box of Bullshit?

We all hate “Black Friday” and the ensuing media frenzy around it, which is a problem for us because holiday sales are pretty important for our company. I’ve always loved the Black Friday culture jamming that happens, like people who run up to a Best Buy moments before it opens and U-lock the doors shut. So it just seemed right for us to parody black friday by taking part in it in completely the wrong way. (more…)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Parodies

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The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer has spawned a gazillion parodies. Here are some of the best ones so far:


Lego Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer, by Snooperking

Wes Anderson Presents: Star Wars Force Awakens Trailer, by Jonah Feingold

STAR WARS: The Force Awakens DISNEY PARODY,by Darren Wallace

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Porn Parodies from Woodrocket

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This post may not be suitable for everyone. Please proceed at your own risk!

Woodrocket porn parodies

From the Daily Beast: Gabriella Paiella delves into WoodRocket, the world’s preeminent producer of porn parodies in Inside the Greatest Porn Parody Factory: From ‘Game of Bones’ to ‘The Humper Games’.

Watch one of their NSFW teases:
SpongeKnob SquareNuts – The XXX Parody trailer

Cross Fit by Jesus

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From the Kloons: The NEW Cross Fit WOD. With our patented 100% mahogany Holy Cross, all you have to do is strap it to your back and the cross does the rest!

Watch the video:

thanks Mark Borkowski

Chainsaw Massacre Hoax

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Watch the video:

Read about the hoax here

How’d they do that?

Watch Behind the Scenes with Vitaly Zdorovetskiy:

Barbie Iconography

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Two Argentinian artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, will present their take on popular culture with “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” on October 11 in Buenos Aires. Read more here.

Plastic prophets: Barbies become religious icons 5

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via BoingBoing

True Detective’s New Cast Has Big Shoes to Fill

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From Funny or Die: Tiny Detectives with Kate Mara and Ellen Page


The internet was unhappy with the casting of ‘True Detective’ season 2, so the creators have started from scratch with an entirely new show.

Watch the video:
True Detective new cast

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The Dangers of Parody in Peoria

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The Police Raided My Friend’s House Over a Parody Twitter Account
by Justin Glawe
Vice
April 18 2014

Jon Daniel

Jon Daniel woke up on Thursday morning to a news crew in his living room, which was a welcome change from the company he had on Tuesday night, when the Peoria, Illinois, police came crashing through the door. The officers tore the 28-year-old’s home apart, seizing electronics and taking several of his roommates in for questioning; one woman who lived there spent three hours in an interrogation room. All for a parody Twitter account.

Yes, the cops raided Daniel’s home because they wanted to find out who was behind @peoriamayor, an account that had been shut down weeks ago by Twitter. When it was active, Daniel used it to portray Jim Ardis, the mayor of Peoria, as a weed-smoking, stripper-loving, Midwestern answer to Rob Ford. The account never had more than 50 followers, and Twitter had killed it because it wasn’t clearly marked as a parody. It was a joke, a lark—but it brought the police to Daniel’s door. The cops even took Daniel and one of his housemates in for in-depth questioning—they showed up at their jobs, cuffed them, and confiscated their phones—because of a bunch of Twitter jokes.

Now Daniel’s panicking. Read the rest of this article here.


via: Peoria Mayor and Police Violate The 1st Amendment Over Twitter Parody; Twitter image: TheStoopKids


2014 Ig Nobel Awards!

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The venerated Ig Nobel Prizes for 2014 were announced today…


Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds
by Mark Pratt
AP
September 18, 2014

2014 IG Nobels, Harvard

BOSTON (AP) – There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds can stop the hemorrhaging, a discovery that won them a 2014 Ig Nobel prize, the annual award for sometimes inane, yet often surprisingly practical, scientific discoveries.

This year’s winners honored Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine included a team of researchers who wondered if owning a cat was bad for your mental health; Japanese scientists who tested whether banana peels are really as slippery as cartoons would have us believe; and Norwegian biologists who tested whether reindeer on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard were frightened by humans dressed to resemble polar bears. ” target=”_blank”>Read the rest of this article here.

6th Annual Air Sex Competition

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You Cannot Unsee The Air Sex World Championships (NSFW VIDEO)
by Andy Campbell
Huffington Post
August 30, 2014

The 6th-annual Air Sex World Championships reached its climax in New York City Thursday, when a handful of New York’s biggest libidos drank enough beer to get on stage and simulate sex. Alone. With (most of) their clothes on. Read the whole article here.

Watch the video:


“All By Myself” in an Airport with an iPhone

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From Erin:


Man gets stuck in airport overnight, makes spectacular music video
by Christopher Hooten
The Independent
July 13, 2014

When hit with flight delays, most of us tend to just idly wander around the departure lounge staring blearily at oversized bars of Toblerone and deciding whether to blow the last of our trip money on a U-shaped neck pillow that will in no way improve the chances of sleeping on the plane.

But not Richard Dunn, when stuck overnight in Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport he busied himself making a music video for Celine Dion’s “All By Myself”, complete with improvised dolly tracking shot and bottom of the escalator ‘fall to knees’ for the crescendo. Read more here.

Watch the video:

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