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Lost/SNL parody: Dad in a box - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 12th 2007 8:23AM
lostJust when I got the original "Dick in a Box" song out of my head, it's back in a new form. Some fans of Lost have created a parody of the Justin Timberlake/Andy Samburg music video called "Dad in a Box".

Lost fans will get that title immediately and probably even snicker. It refers to a recent episode where Ben tells John Locke all about a "magic box" on the island where you can wish for something and it will suddenly appear.

The "Dad in a Box" music video is after the jump.

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Comedy website accuses SNL of stealing

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 11th 2007 4:27PM
snl trailerThe comedy website Stash Wax has declared war on Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live. The site accuses Michaels of ripping off its joke about Mel Gibson's anti-semitic tirade over the summer. In fact, it has sent an official cease and desist order to SNL and NBC to take the spoof off its website.

Stash Wax has links to both its NSFW parody and the SNL one. Stash Wax recut Gibson's trailer for Braveheart back in July when he was arrested for drunk driving. They dubbed over the voices to make it look like a war movie against the Jews. The SNL parody of Gibson was a recut of the Apocalypto trailer to make it look like an extermination of the Jews. I have to admit that I laughed harder at the Apocalypto one. Is it a rip-off? I'm not convinced. I think the Apocalypto trailer was an obvious target for comedians at the time.

Watch the two spoofs and sound off in comments.

[Via TV Tattle]

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Dog not offended by South Park parody

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 12:04PM
cartmanIf you missed the Dog the Bounty Hunter special, Year of the Dog on A&E last night, don't worry, because you didn't miss much, especially if you had been watching the last season and keeping up with the news on Duane "Dog" Chapman's recent arrest stemming from his capture of Andrew Luster. The special was pretty much a recap of the last year in the life of the Chapmans: a roller coaster that included deaths, births, Dog's marriage to Beth, and the aforementioned arrest.

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Lonely Island boys' hits in LP form

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 21st 2006 9:30PM
The Lonely IslandThe guys from the Lonely Island comedy troupe have been three of the most important additions to the Saturday Night Live family in a very long time. Andy Samberg is now one of the most recognizable faces on the cast, and Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer have lent their writing expertise to some of the most famous sketches of the past few seasons. For example, the "SNL Digital Shorts", like the wildly popular "Lazy Sunday", were these boys' doing.

Well, it sounds like the guys are thinking about putting their talents to LP form. Samberg recently said that they'd like to try to create an entire album of their now-famous style of hip-hop knock-offs. I'm not sure if I'd jump at the chance to buy a collection of songs like "Dick in a Box", but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't think about it.

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JibJab and Weird Al team up for video

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 8:03PM

weird alWeird Al Yankovic's goofy songs was the first music I ever really got into, and his sense of humor pretty much defined my own during my early impressionable years. I've always said that the success of his albums was dependent on the music and pop culture landscape of the time (it seemed that if Michael Jackson was having a good year, so would Al), but this time around I think his new album has also been helped by some great videos that have found a wider audience thanks to YouTube and other video sites.

Weird Al's latest video, a take on Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?" titled "Do I Creep You Out?" was animated by the boys at JibJab.com, and you can check it out here. Don't try to find it on television, though, the video is online only. Al plays a lonely stalker who just wants to save a girl's used chewing gum and stick her fingers in his mouth. Personally, I don't think that's too much to ask.

[via AWN]

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Robot Chicken clip: Vader calls the Emperor - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 1:04PM
robot chickenThe thing about sketch comedy is that it's sometimes difficult to judge the show as a whole, because some sketches work while others fall flat. I wouldn't call Robot Chicken a "sketch show" but I think the same idea applies. The writers and animators fire a ton of scenes at you like buckshot, and while some hit their target, others are either not funny at all, or just zip by too fast for you to catch them. In its own weird way I guess it's kind of a stop-motion Laugh-In. One of my favorite scenes from the Adult Swim series is the one where the Emperor gets a phone call from Vader after the first Death Star is destroyed. He would have called sooner but he's been flying around trying to get a signal. I'm pretty sure that's Seth MacFarlane doing the voice of the Emperor. Check it out yourself after the jump. Favorite line: "What the hell's an aluminum falcon?"

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South Park gets Lost

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 5th 2006 3:02PM

Lost ParkWe've seen what the cast of Battlestar Galactica would look like as Simpsons characters, and now, thanks to this site, you can see what all your favorite characters from the series Lost would look like if they were residents of South Park. Apparently these images are to be used in a parody called "Lost Park," as opposed to "South Lost," "Park Lost," or "Lost South," I suppose ("Raiders of the Lost Park," maybe?). Check out an image of the characters here. Seeing this makes me wonder if Matt and Trey ever plan to spoof Lost themselves. Between that and spoofing World of Warcraft, they'd have at least two episodes based on popular entertainment I know nothing about.

[via CC Insider]

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No, really, Where My Dogs At?

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 12th 2006 2:03PM

where my dogs atThe animated MTV2 series Where My Dogs At? from comedians Jeffrey Ross and Tracy Morgan came under fire recently because of a segment that featured two women on leashes, a scene meant to parody an actual appearance involving Snoop Dogg with two women in tow on chains. Some insisted it was a simple spoof of a real event, while others found it misogynist and racist. This may end up being a moot argument, however, as MTV has not decided whether or not the show is going to return for a second season. As I said in my previous post, I never watched the show, and the little bit I've seen of it on MTV2's site didn't impress me very much. I didn't find it offensive, I just didn't think it was very good. A shame, really, because I like both Jeffrey Ross and Tracy Morgan quite a bit. Were any of you readers a fan of the show?

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MTV2 cartoon attacked for racial insensitivity

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 9th 2006 6:04PM
where my dogs atComedians Tracy Morgan and Jeffrey Ross' MTV2 cartoon Where My Dogs At? has come under fire from some prominent blacks for the depiction of two black women on leashes, one of which defecates on the floor. The episode, which originally aired on July 1, was meant to spoof an actually occurrence when Snoop Dogg showed up at an event with two women wearing collars and chains. Viacom chairman Christina Norman, a black woman, defended the scene as a parody of a specific event, but New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch, who is also black, denounced the episode as perpetuating a negative stereotype about black people that has been prevalent on MTV for many years. I haven't watched this show at all, but if anyone saw the episode I'd be interested to read your opinion.

Thanks to Mack Swift for the info.

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Spike Feresten brings Talk Show to Fox

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 7th 2006 3:33PM
spike ferstenWho the hell is Spike Feresten? He's a comedy writer who has written for both The Late Show with David Letterman and Seinfeld (you know the "Soup Nazi" episode? That was him). Perhaps we shouldn't get too excited about a talk show from this unknown, but let's keep in mind Conan began as an unknown, too. The new late night talk show, titled Talk Show with Spike Feresten, will have some of the elements of a "normal" talk show while simultaneously being a parody of the genre. Wait, didn't Martin Mull and Fred Willard already do that with Fernwood 2Nite in the late 70s? Well, no matter, the show sounds kind of cool. It will air only on Saturdays, opposite Saturday Night Live. This will be the first time Fox has ventured into the late night talk realm since Chevy Chase tried his hand at it. The show will debut on September 16 after MadTV.

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Stella stars present: American Schmidol

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2006 9:21AM
american schmidol stellaIf you're lucky enough to live in New York City and have an unusual sense of humor, you will totally dig this. Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain are judging a parody of American Idol, called American Schmidol. They're teaming up with Heeb Magazine and JDUB Records for a "giant-screen karaoke competition" at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday, March 13. I can't figure out which one will be the Simon character. Any of them could pull it off.

If you're like me and you don't live in NYC, but you're missing Stella and you're wondering when it'll be back (Hello? Comedy Central?)*, you can get your David Wain fix on his website. He has put up a scan of an article in Tokion Magazine called "Writing Comedy", which features Wain and David Cross. Or, you can download the audio version of the interview here.

*Thanks to commenter, Matt, who pointed out that Stella is not getting a second season on Comedy Central (despite its title as one of the best TV shows of 2005 by EW magazine). The official Stella website confirms it.

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America's Next Top Model spoof

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 6th 2006 2:04PM
top model spoofProduct Invasion, the Web site created by members of the Writers Guild of America (West) that pokes fun at the surfeit of product placement in reality programming has yet another video up on their site, this time taking more than a few potshots at America's Next Top Model and its use of product placement. But then, these are "models" aren't they? Isn't their job to serve as spokespeople for corporate products? I'm just saying. Anyway, check out the video here. I know the phrase "I can poop it out, Tyra" is going to be in my head the rest of the day.

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Drew Lachey pressured to drop out of MAD TV appearance

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 22nd 2006 8:04AM
drew lachey mad tvApparently, Dancing with the Stars does not have a sense of humor. Drew Lachey, a surprisingly good dancer on the reality competition, was reportedly pressured by Dancing producers to cancel his guest appearance on MAD TV. Page Six claims it received an e-mail stating that the producers of the show "weren't thrilled with anyone on their shows participating in a parody of any sort." So, Drew cancelled his gig at the last minute. Hopefully MAD TV will make fun of Dancing anyway.

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