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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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

    Art-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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    From Buzzfeed, by Jessica Misener:


    17 Brilliant Art History-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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    For more visit here.

    No Woman, No Drive

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    From Naomi:


    ‘No Woman, No Drive’ Is This Year’s Best Saudi Driving Protest Song
    by Michael Ballaban
    Jalopnik.com
    October 26, 2013

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    Saudi Arabia has some of the most repressive laws against women in the entire world, prohibiting them from even sitting behind the wheel of a car. Today, brave women across Saudi Arabia are protesting those laws by simply by driving, and brave comedians are protesting by making absolutely hilarious songs.

    It’s not strictly illegal, per se, for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but they just won’t let you get a driver’s license unless you have what they consider to be the requisite equipment between the legs. So that makes it illegal, to the tune of ten lashes. Yes, ten lashes.

    Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh posted the excellent “No Woman, No Drive” today to bring more attention to the plight of women in the Middle Eastern country. It’s not only sarcastic and sharp, but relevant as well, with references to the new and absurd claim that driving might damage one’s ovaries.

    Read the whole article here.

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  • Saudi Ministry Warns Women Not to Defy Driving Ban
  • If Women Drive They’ll Damage Their Ovaries, Says Stupid Saudi Cleric
  • Fake Banksy Art Sells to Fake Art Collectors

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    From Marcy LaViollette:


    Artist Holds Fake Banksy sale, Sells Out in an Hour
    by Andy Cush
    animalnewyork.com
    October 21, 2013

    Banky’s Central Park art sale presented an unusual opportunity: works of art worth thousands of dollars, on sale to the public for $60 a pop. For those of us who didn’t get in on the action (the sale was unannounced and only eight paintings sold), watching the action play out on YouTube was positively maddening. It was tempting to go out and look for more even though the artist explicitly stated the stunt was a one-off.

    That’s where artists Dave Cicirelli and Lance Pilgrim came in. A week after Banksy’s fire sale, Cicirelli and a group of collaborators took to the street, setting up a nearly identical stand in the same location and selling “fake Banksys” –imitation works of art that were explicitly labeled as such–also for $60 each. Forty of the bogus works, which even came with notarized “certificates of inauthenticity,” sold out in an hour.

    “We wouldn’t have sold any, if not for the media hype around Banksy,” Cicirelli told ANIMAL. “That was kind of the point—we wanted to complete his statement about the nature of hype and the value of art. Banksy’s stunts have created a haze of uncertainty around everything, and we created ‘Fake Banksy’ within that haze.”

    Cicirelli is no stranger to stunts like these: in September, he published a book about using Facebook to fictionalize his own life, and he says he’ll invest the money the team netted into upcoming projects.

    “Also,” he adds, “I’m buying a Banksy.”


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  • Improv Everywhere: The Matrix in Real Life

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    From Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere:


    The Matrix In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 4)

    For our latest mission we sent Neo from the Matrix into Macy’s in New York City to shop for a new “man dress.” As Neo talked to a confused sales associate in the mens suits department, over 30 “Agent Smith” clones suddenly appeared, pouring out of elevators and escalators surrounding the area. An entirely unauthorized slow motion battle ensued, similar to the famous fight scene in The Matrix Reloaded. It’s the Matrix sequel you’ve always wanted: Macy’s Reloaded.

    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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    Kraken Rum Edible Autopsy

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    Eating a marzipan kraken corpse, riddled with delicious candy maggots
    by Cory Doctorow
    BoingBoing
    October 18, 2013

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    Miss Cakehead sez, “The Kraken Rum Edible Autopsy saw guests feast on the (rum cake) corpse of a recently captured Kraken in the shadow of the now derelict Redsand Forts found nine miles off the UK coast. The remains of the creature will be displayed at Feed The Beast – an extreme pop up cake shop opening in London next week – with guests having the chance to feast on the (marzipan) maggot riddled flesh themselves.”

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    Read more here and here.

    Sam Hyde’s 2070 Paradigm Shift

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    From David Strom:


    Comedian Gives TED Talks The Pranking They Desperately Deserve
    by Adrian Chen
    Gawker
    October 10, 2013

    Everyone is annoyed by TED Talks these days, those vacuum-sealed idea nuggets. So comedian Sam Hyde sneaking onto an (independently organized) TEDx program at Drexel University last weekend and delivering this incomprehensible 20 minute talk on the “2070 paradigm shift” must be seen as a symbolic victory in the war on bullshit, even if it gets kind of old after minute 10. (Which is, I think, part of the joke.)

    The best part: “What inspire me, is teaching African refugees how to program Javascript. What inspires me is finding out how to use MagLev trains to get resources to the moon. These are the challenges that tomorrow’s going to face.”

    How did Hyde, who is a fairly notorious weird comedian and part of the sketch troupe Million Dollar Extreme, get on the program?

    Read more here.

    Conan Makes a Mockery of the Media

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    From Felipe: Watch Conan O’Brien’s remix of the nation’s media all reading from the same cultural cue card:


    Local News Anchors React to Mike Myers’ Baby Announcement

    Calling Out Banksy

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    New Yorkers Are Calling Out Banksy
    by Nina Strochlic
    The Daily Beast
    October 18, 2013

    Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD, an anonymous New York artist’s collective, and a community of graffiti writers make strange bedfellows. But the disparate groups have one thing in common: they’re calling out beloved street artist Banksy as he prowls New York City on a 30-day tagging quest.

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    Steve (not his real name) is the founder of TrustoCorp, an anonymous New York-based guerilla art group known for its subversive signs and other pieces meant to highlight “the hilarity and hypocrisy of human behavior.”

    And that’s just what he set out to do on Monday, when he installed two street signs in New York City pointing out the irony of Banksy as a world-famous multimillionaire maintaining the persona of a rebellious street artist. Each sign cited a parody sponsor by “CitiBanksy” and “Banksy of America,” and featured twists on the elusive tagger’s own work. (more…)

    Improv Everywhere: Lord of the Rings In Real Life

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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    Lord of the Rings In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 3)

    For our latest mission we recreated the famous “You shall not pass!” scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, placing Gandalf the Grey on Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge. Rather than facing off against a Balrog as he did on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, this time Gandalf faced an even more daunting foe, Central Park tourists. The tourists proved to be too powerful for Gandalf, as nearly every one was able to successfully pass.

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


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