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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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.

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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.

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“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.

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John Oliver’s Political Parody Ads

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Last Week Tonight, John Oliver’s soon-to-debut new comedy show, took aim at the GOP’s new ad campaign aimed at “hip” young Republicans on their YouTube channel. Here are two videos parodying their look-alike counterparts, which can be seen here and here.

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More info:

  • Republicans Are Going After Dissatisfied Hipsters, Minorities, and Women in a New Ad Campaign, Slate
  • First on CNN: RNC makes play for unhappy Obama voters in new ad buy, CNN
  • Stephen Barnwell’s Capital Offenses

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    From Antarctica Arts:


    Capital-Offenses-200Capital Offenses is a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell. Barnwell’s work often blurs the lines between political activism, humor, and observation. This first edition is a ten-year retrospective of his unique satirical prints.

    As an artist, Barnwell considers no subject off-limits. He feels that political correctness and political extremism are destroying our national discourse. Using satire to explore controversial ideas and forbidden subjects, he subverts the language of power to criticize power.

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    Capital Offenses, published by Antarctica Arts, has a publication date of May 1, 2014.

    Special Pre-release Offer:
    The first 50 books of this first print run will be signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    Related links:

  • Artist Stephen Barnwell Designs Official OWS Protest Currency
  • Stephen Barnwell’s Bailout for America
  • Springsteen & Fallon Born to Run Together

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    Bruce Springsteen & Jimmy Fallon: “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam” (“Born To Run” Parody)

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    Hitler Gets Trapped in Sea Ice

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    From Miso:


    Hitler sails to Antarctica to prove that there is no ice there and finds himself stuck in ice.

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    CEO Prankster Deceives Walmart Shoppers

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    CEO Pulls Bogus Stunt In Attempt To Discredit Walmart Workers
    Huffington Post
    December 17, 2013

    o-SCHIFF-200Walmart usually speaks for itself just fine. But that hasn’t stopped a wealthy Wall Streeter from taking up its cause, protesting against higher wages for Walmart workers.

    Peter Schiff, the wealthy, libertarian CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a Connecticut brokerage firm, recently passed some time berating shoppers outside an unnamed Walmart, as you can see in the video, which Schiff released on Monday.

    Pretending to act on behalf of Walmart workers asking for higher wages, Schiff asked shoppers to fork over 15 percent of whatever they had just spent at Walmart in support of a $15 minimum wage for Walmart workers. He even created a fake name for the group he pretended to support, “15 for 15.”

    Schiff’s real motive apparently was to convince these shoppers that paying higher wages to Walmart workers — an idea many of these shoppers supported — would drive up the prices at Walmart by 15 percent. Walmart workers on Black Friday staged protests around the country seeking higher wages, though not necessarily $15 an hour. One actual pro-worker group, OUR Walmart, is seeking a $13 minimum wage for Walmart workers.

    In any event, Schiff’s claim that prices would have to rise 15 percent to cover a $15 wage still doesn’t exactly line up with, how do you say, economics.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs

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    Dubai holding US man over spoof video, activists say
    BBC News
    28 November 2013

    A rights group says a US man is being held in a maximum security prison in UAE accused of endangering national security after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai.

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    Watch the full video here

    Read the full article here

    GMCLA With Bells On (Kmart Joe Boxer Parody)

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    To attract people to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Holiday Spectacular, December 14-15, 2013 at the Alex Theatre, GMCLA parodies the KMart “Show Your Joe” ad.

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    The Original KMart Ad:

    CooL Row The Drunken Clown & His Side Show of Freaks

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    From secrethombre:


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    Written & Performed by Cool Row The Clown & A.D. Mentia

    Improv Everywhere: A Christmas Story In Real Life

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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    A Christmas Story – Movies In Real Life (Episode 10)

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    For our latest mission, we recreated the famous “triple dog dare” scene from A Christmas Story on an NYC subway car. Instead of licking a flagpole, our character licked a subway pole. Using a prosthetic tongue with a magnet inside, we were able to get his tongue to appear stuck to the pole, much to the surprise of New Yorkers on the train.

    This project is the last installment in our 10-part fall series, Movies in Real Life. We hope to make more in the future!

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    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

    For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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    Improv Everywhere: Spartacus in Real Life

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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    Spartacus – Movies In Real Life (Episode 9)

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    For our latest mission we staged the iconic “I am Spartacus!” scene from Spartacus in a Manhattan Starbucks. I ordered a drink and gave the name “Spartacus.” When the barista called the name, a group of 20 men stood up one-by-one proclaiming to be Spartacus. The real punchline arrived at the end, when a man dressed as a Roman slave arrived to claim the beverage. The scene was produced without the knowledge of the Starbucks.

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    This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

    For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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