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Old 03-26-09, 08:53 AM   #1
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In my opine, parody is a vastly underrated form of expressing ideas that may have been missed in the original work, or that might be expounded upon under the guise of comedy.

It was good enough for T S Eliot, James Joyce, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Samuel Becket, Lewis Carroll and even Shakespeare.

More modern examples might be Weird Al, the producers of films such as Hotshots, Airplane and the Scary Movie series, Mad Magazine, The Onion, certain Bugs Bunny cartoons, and shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show wouldn't exist without it, or would certainly lack in their appeal.

As a derivative art form, I can see some objecting to the lack of originality of works such as these, but is there any truer homage that can be paid to the original work than imitation...albeit with tongue firmly in cheek?

Discuss, and feel free to post your favorite examples of parody. One of my personal faves is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
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I like many of the recipes presented in Swift's "A Modest Proposal".
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Hey, let's not forget the Scary Movie series.

DOH! You didn't.
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In my opine, parody is a vastly underrated form of expressing ideas that may have been missed in the original work, or that might be expounded upon under the guise of comedy.

It was good enough for T S Eliot, James Joyce, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Samuel Becket, Lewis Carroll and even Shakespeare.

More modern examples might be Weird Al, the producers of films such as Hotshots, Airplane and the Scary Movie series, Mad Magazine, The Onion, certain Bugs Bunny cartoons, and shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show wouldn't exist without it, or would certainly lack in their appeal.

As a derivative art form, I can see some objecting to the lack of originality of works such as these, but is there any truer homage that can be paid to the original work than imitation...albeit with tongue firmly in cheek?

Discuss, and feel free to post your favorite examples of parody. One of my personal faves is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
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OK, then. Anyone ever heard of Spy Magazine?

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OK, then. Anyone ever heard of Spy Magazine?

That one?

OK, I really need someone to get into a lively debate with me so I can post a couple novels' worth of supporting quotes that prove how right I am. That way, this thread itself can become a parody.

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It's important to distinguish between wit in parody, and the 7th grade variety.
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I like many of the recipes presented in Swift's "A Modest Proposal".
Not to get pedantic.... but... thats satire, not parody.
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I think Dante did it best in Il Parodyso.
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Pffft. Shows what you know.



I never even made it to 7th grade.
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That one?
No, this one.
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Hey, Parody helped the Piranha Brothers.

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