Nearly 200 years after "A Visit from St. Nicholas
" was written, the authorship is still in dispute
. In the years since, there have been quite a few parodies and variants of the poem written, recorded and performed, including at least two different versions of a Cajun Night Before Christmas (a recording
of the version by Te-Jules
, and Trosclair's version
[Google books preview], read by Larry Ray
, recorded from WLOX
). Snopes tracked down the history of The Soldier's Night Before Christmas
, Fifties Web collected 21 tame versions
(with auto-playing music), and Dirty Xmas
has a number of "adult" versions. Yuks 'R' Us has a large collection
, including some dated computer-related stories. Speaking of dated, you can view a vintage '98 "enhanced" version of the original poem
plus more variations from Purple Lion
(a member of the Merry Christmas Webring from 1998
). But for the ultimate collection of variants and parodies, you might recall this thread from 2002
. The link is dead, but Archive.org caught the site
around that time, with 581 versions. That was over a decade ago, and now Alechemist Matt is up to 849 versions, parodies and variants of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 24, 2013 -
An Oral History of the Insane Clown Posse Parodies. "[T]he group is enjoying a resurgence in attention, if not popularity, from a wave of Internet comedy videos poking fun at their music and their legions of harlequin-faced fans, who call themselves Juggalos... Here, Insane Clown Posse, the writers of “Saturday Night Live” and the creator of “Juggalo News” retrace the path of this unlikely media circus."[previously, previouslier] [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Go to the "Wok-Star" sauce homepage,
click "Watch the TV Spot" and you see what at first glance is one of those whacky Asian TV Ads, with whooshing graphics, over-acting, and the yelling of slogans.
The thing is, it's a fake. The ad was made in Australia, for an English-speaking market, as a parody
of whacky asian ads. The performers are Vietnamese-Australians* speaking Vietnamese in an exaggerated way.
Some people think it's insulting, some people think it's hilarious, I'm just puzzled. Are the makers assuming we'll think it's a real ad, imported from china, untranslated? Or do they think we're all so culturally literate that we're in on the gag?.
* the main guy is award-winning actor, writer and Extreme Violinist, Hung Le.
posted by AmbroseChapel
on Jun 11, 2005 -
Look around you...
The world is an hilarious place, and there's no better way to confirm that fact than by watching low-budget educational films. If your middle school experience was anything like mine, then you'll remember the intense rush of joy that you felt when you arrived at class to find a TV cart set up at the front of the room. Maybe some of you were excited about the chance to catch up on sleep or pass notes or whatever, but I watched those damn things with a passion, noting every flubbed line, analog-synth-driven soundtrack, and polyester-filled wardrobe like they were keys to a parallel universe.
Thanks to the Internet Archive's AV Geeks collection
of films, I've recently rekindled my love affair with the genre and with last night's premiere of Look Around You
on BBC America, I've been catapulted directly into geek/kitsch heaven! The series parodies 70s/80s science films and nails the look and tone of these series with such astonishing accuracy that it made my big, comfy couch feel like a cramped uncomfortable desk (with the chair attached). With this show, Coupling,
and Trailer Park Boys,
BBCA is fast on its way to becoming my favorite network! (Sorry Cartoon Network,
it's nothing personal... =)
posted by idontlikewords
on Dec 3, 2004 -
, as practiced in Birmingham U.K.
A little spoof of Baywatch, filmed around one of Brums
landmark pieces of public art.
It made me laugh anyway. (windows media player required)
posted by Fat Buddha
on May 5, 2003 -
Michael Gerber's parody of the Harry Potter series. The first chapter is available for download at the site. Well, I think it's funny...
posted by lilboo
on Jul 21, 2002 -
(Clinton News Network) to become... GNN
(Gore News Network)!!!
posted by da5id
on Nov 28, 2000 -