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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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.

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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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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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Sing Along with Dylan

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From Erin: Interactive Video from Sony Music Entertainment of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” just released.


From Rolling Stone Magazine: “Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” which Rolling Stone named the greatest song of all time, finally has an official video. Created by the digital agency Interlude, the video is interactive, allowing viewers to flip through 16 television channels as a variety of television personalities lip-sync the lyrics.”

Click on the image or link to watch the video. Then use the arrow keys to change channels.

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Improv Everywhere: Harry Potter in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Harry Potter In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 8)

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For this week’s episode of Movies In Real Life we sent an 11-year-old actor dressed as Harry Potter into New York’s Pennsylvania Station to search for Platform 9 3/4. Harry wandered the station with a caged owl and a luggage cart and asked both strangers and transit employees how to get to the Hogwarts Express.

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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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Improv Everywhere: When Harry Met Sally in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


When Harry Met Sally In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 7)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally with 20 women in Katz’s Deli. This was staged without the knowledge of the restaurant, though thankfully they all seemed to love it.

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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

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Pranks Awards Ceremony

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As Sacha Baron Cohen was being honored November 9, 2013, at the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy, he, channeling Chaplin, slipped and pushed Grace Collington, 87, an actress who appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights at the age of five, off the stage.

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Sacha Baron Cohen “Kills” Award Presenter at Britannia Awards:

via BBC America

Improv Everywhere: Jurassic Park in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Jurassic Park In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 6)

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For our latest mission we drove a replica Jurassic Park Jeep through the streets of New York. Actors dressed like the characters from the film asked random New Yorkers for directions to Jurassic Park, eventually finding a T-Rex in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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.

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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

Banksy’s Parting Gift

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Banksy’s Nazi-Doctored Painting Raises $615,000 Online
by Katya Kazakina
Bloomberg
November 1, 2013

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A whimsical painting by elusive British artist Banksy sold for $615,000 at on online auction yesterday.

Housing Works, which provides support for homeless patients living with HIV/AIDS, said it received the painting around 11 a.m. Tuesday, when a woman walked into its thrift shop near Gramercy Park to drop off what was then an anonymous donation.

“She said the painting is worth a lot of money and that someone will contact us about it,” said Rebecca Edmondson, director of public relations at Housing Works. (more…)

Happy Halloween from The Art of the Prank!

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Edvard Munch’s The Scream photographed by Kaitlin.

Check out more Halloween Pumpkins Inspired By TV And Pop Culture Characters, from uproxx.com

via Neatorama

Improv Everywhere: Back to the Future in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Back to the Future In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 5)

For our latest mission we brought the movie Back To The Future to life in a public plaza near the Met Life Clock Tower in Manhattan. A time traveling Delorean suddenly appeared, and Doctor Emmett Brown leaped from the vehicle to warn Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker that they were about to see themselves from ten minutes in the future, the consequences of which could be disastrous. Moments later a second Marty and Jennifer (played by identical twin actors) arrived on the scene.

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

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  • Make-up Art To Die For

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    Join Me In Death, by Ignacio Espejo on DeviantArt:


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    via BoingBoing