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Help me find examples of parodies, jokes, and satirical pieces that eventually became real.
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Trading Spouses, a Dave Chappelle sketch that was written as a parody of the show "Trading Spaces" was made into an actual tv show (with a few modifications).
Keanu Reeves is shown doing Shakespeare in an episode of the Critic. Keanu Reeves would go on to be in Brannagh's Much Ado About Nothing and star in a stage production of Hamlet in Toronto. Also, the Critic had a reference to "Rocky 6" as a joke, based on the idea that there would never be a Rocky 6. There was.
The title of this question refers to an SNL ad AND an Onion article, the first advertising a fake "3-bladed razor" and the latter a fake "5-bladed" razor. Both 3- and 5-bladed razors would later be manufactured in the real world.
Another SNL ad featured a "couples' toilet", two toilets beside each other facing in opposite directions. I believe there was a Metafilter link to someone who made this IRL.
Famously, an Onion article entitled "Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Finally Over" written after the election of George Bush featured a scarily accurate prediction of the coming eight years.
XKCD featured a comic where someone creates a program that purchases from ebay and sends the items to themselves. Another Metafilter link featured someone who made this IRL.
Etc. Etc. Etc. I'm looking for things intended to be parodies, satire, or jokes that became real actual things.