Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on Dec 8, 2013 -
I feel like this video was something I saw on Metafilter a while back. It started out as two guys speaking in super bombastic theatrical voices but it turned out to be in some kind of video game, maybe an MMO. One of the characters died over and over. That's... all I remember. Help?
posted by selfnoise
on Jul 19, 2013 -
Years ago I read a parody of Whitman (mostly a pastiche of A Song of Joys
, IIRC) which I have largely forgotten, except for a single line: playing on WW's tendency to exhortations and his supreme self-regard, it was along the lines of "Lumberjack, fell your mighty tree! But not until I, Walt Whitman, am safely out of the way." Googling this fragment, parts of it, and variants of it avails me naught. Anyone else recall this?
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Jul 16, 2013 -
I'm writing a TED conference parody, and I'm hungry for some good behind-the-scenes info. I can't find much of anything. Which makes me hungrier. Do you know of any good blog posts, essays, articles out there?
For people who have attended or have some inside info, would you mind dropping some info here about what it was like? Particularly, unusual or annoying things. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000
on Jul 9, 2013 -
In AFTER EVER AFTER, make no doubt about it he uses the melodies and harmonic progressions of no less than five copyrighted Disney songs, slanders and tarnishes the good name of BP, and uses a lot of character names that are probably registered trademarks of a very powerful company. How legal is that? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Mar 15, 2013 -
Does anyone remember a site featuring a hilarious made up language that mashed up various European languages? (Not Esperanto!) The texts were, I believe, poking fun at the EU. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM
on Jul 23, 2012 -
I recently completed a series of art prints for an upcoming art show. I thought while I was getting them printed I would submit them to Zazzle and make them available online. But 3 out of 4 were rejected because of "A copyright complaint from the rightsholder". I think my work is a clear use of parody and would not be confused with an official product. [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0
on May 3, 2012 -
I'm in the process of formulating a story that would twist a known, beloved children's franchise setting into a violent noir. The eventual goal would be to self-publish an ebook for a few bucks on Amazon, but I'm concerned that the subject matter would get the book pulled due to copyright matters. How does Amazon handle parody and pastiche? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Most of my cohort begins taking their written exams next week, and I'd like to give them a bit of encouragement. Can you help me come up with some silly and encouraging signs to post on the door of the testing room that will give them a smile before they walk in? [more inside]
posted by lilac girl
on Mar 1, 2012 -
Looking for a viral youtube video that was a parody of "body language" instructional videos. I think it was made by some comedy troupe a few years back. There's a part where they "decode" what people are saying with their body language, e.g. someone waves at someone else and the narrator says, "I am unarmed." And I think there's a part where they show lines coming from someone's crotch and they say, "My penis is powerful!" I think it was pretty popular and had a couple million views, but I cannot for the life of me find it.
posted by Afroblanco
on Jan 24, 2012 -
Just discovered Sarah Haskins' 'Target Women' and I love it. The comedic style reminds me of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Are there any radio shows that have similar humor to her videos/TDS? [more inside]
posted by bluelight
on Jan 19, 2012 -
I'm looking for a book that I read parts of in the Hayward Gallery bookshop in London, about 2 1/2 years ago. It was a fantastically precise parody of a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy workbook. [more inside]
posted by Acheman
on Jan 5, 2012 -
Can you recommend any good, relatively clean, satirical "true story"/"Biography"-type humor writings, videos, skits, etc about Santa, and/or perhaps other Christmas characters like Rudolph or Frosty? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Dec 22, 2011 -
What is a good name for my new "Great thinker" / "Band T-Shirt" mashup website? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek
on Aug 10, 2011 -
What other groups use a religious-like structure humourously as a form of activism, art, or community? Something along the veins of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?
posted by divabat
on Aug 8, 2011 -
I cannot believe I am spending an Ask on this question. What is the original song that is being pastiched / referenced / ripped off by the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic song Cutie Mark Crusaders
? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Wizard People, Dear Reader
literally made me laugh out loud at work. What other (free!) long format audio parodies, comedies, etc. should I try? I am not looking for traditional audiobooks and I'm not looking for unscripted or conversational podcasts. I'm also not looking for stand-up comedy routines. Fan Fiction is fine as long as it is relatively well done and hilarious.
posted by 2bucksplus
on Apr 5, 2011 -
Help me find examples of parodies, jokes, and satirical pieces that eventually became real. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright
on Feb 9, 2011 -
Please help me come up with a caption for this photo
of Andrew Wakefield holding a pair of sunglasses. I'm looking for a punny CSI:Miami sort of parody. I'm sure there is someone out there wittier than I. Thank you!
posted by lexicakes
on Jan 25, 2011 -
Name that parody tune: Around 2000 or 2001, I downloaded an MP3 of a man singing the "Greatest American Hero" theme very poorly, except he changed some of the lyrics so it was about cake, and between verses he told the story of his "super cake." What was this song and where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek
on Jan 24, 2011 -
What was the opening of Robot Chicken's Star Wars Episode III referencing? [more inside]
posted by mhum
on Dec 20, 2010 -
ObscureParodySongFilter: Searching for a parody of the Destiny's Child song "Bills, Bills, Bills" - only it was "Ribs, Ribs, Ribs." Sung by males extolling the virtues of a woman that could prepare great barbecue. The song was played in the late 90s on the radio in the Tampa, Florida area. I'd love to hear it again and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by gnutron
on Nov 27, 2010 -
Friends are looking to find a video they describes thusly: "a video clip of a bassist (or cellist) playing the jaws theme, sitting on a chair in the ocean as the tide rolls in." I can't find it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle
on Oct 17, 2010 -
Yesterday I finally got around to watching The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
. So much fun! Now I'd really like to see the old and unintentionally hilarious movies it parodies. Being completely unfamiliar with films of that age (50's low budget B-movies), I have no idea where to even begin. What titles would you recommend for cringing and laughing at?
posted by Tequila Mockingbird
on Jul 2, 2010 -
Know an author whose later writings were considered/known to be parodies of the genre they worked in earlier? [more inside]
posted by mdrew
on May 25, 2010 -
Where can I find some archetypal examples of corporate promotional material, either parody material like Idiocracy that is funny or real life examples that are bad? Ideally, I'd like something like the Photoshop Disasters blog but just focus on examples of bad design?
posted by clockworkjoe
on May 1, 2010 -
Is there a word for a piece of media (book, song, movie, etc.) that simultaneously sends up/parodies its genre and fits comfortably within it? What are some good examples? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket
on Apr 15, 2010 -
In the early 80s, I was browsing the magazines at a local grocery store and found a humor magazine that had a parody of People Weekly -- called Peephole Weekly here -- as either its front or back cover. What magazine was this? Bonus points for a date of publication. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Feb 8, 2010 -
I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki
on Dec 22, 2009 -
I give up! I know I saw a link to this silly glam rock band here or on the blue, but I can't find now and it's driving me NUTS! [more inside]
posted by maryh
on Apr 29, 2009 -
My firm has just announced one-week furloughs for most employees. What struck me as odd was that the email included an attachment labelled "Activities". When I opened it, it was a list: "Top 20 Things to do While on Furlough". Examples:
* Clean out your garage and other storage places and hold a garage sale.
* Go hiking with your pet.
* Renew your library card.
It's like management is just begging
to be parodized. Alas, I have not the comedy chops to do it well. Anyone want to suggest some good parody "activities" I could pursue whilst on furlough?
posted by zainsubani
on Mar 27, 2009 -
Subtitling that "Downfall" clip has been done to death. Are there any other great scenes from foreign films that are ripe for language interpretation? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Mar 11, 2009 -
Where can I find a copy of the Condensed Watchmen that was formerly found at scans_daily? [more inside]
posted by hindmost
on Mar 9, 2009 -
A few years ago, Amnesty International (I think) ran an awareness campaign about child soldiers by putting up posters about a summer camp where they could send their kids to be tortured, molested, beaten, and taught how to use rifles. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by Phire
on Feb 16, 2009 -
A friend is writing a play and needs profane and puerile nicknames for fast-food franchises for dialog between two wage-slave burnouts about past jobs. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods
on Dec 9, 2008 -
I am trying to find a specific internet video from a few years ago. The video is a parody of a highly technical product promotional/sales company. There is one man in a suit explaining the company's production innovation, design, etc., as he stands in front of equipment racks. About half-way through, you begin to realize that it's all just technical gibberish. My google-fu is failing me.
posted by mdpc98
on Sep 29, 2008 -