June 5, 2016 |
So you say you haven't had enough politics. Well, have I got the show for you! Take a break from the bloggers and the pundits, the TV and the newspapers, and go to the theater! Hillary and Clinton , Philadelphia Theatre Company's last production of their season, couldn't be better timed - or worse, depending on your appetite for politics. In Lucas Hnath's mildly amusing, mildly insightful play is a parody of two particularly famous figures, living in pre-election 2008 in some parallel universe where these Clintons are not exactly our Clintons, but close enough to be caricatures.
April 12, 2016 |
It's a match made in nothing related to heaven: Larry Flynt vs. some guy named Donald. In a presidential election year in which candidates allude to their penis size, it seems only fitting that the Hustler founder and chairman is releasing a new parody adult video, The Donald , which he calls "a fantasized look at how the Republican Party front-runner might select his Vice Presidential running mate. " "The downward spiral of name-calling in the GOP Presidential primary campaign is a national embarrassment and an insult to the intelligence of the American people," declared Flynt, "but it's also the perfect catalyst for the debauchery that Hustler Video has concocted in The Donald . This parody is my contribution to the most entertaining Republican Party contest in recent history.
May 22, 2015
IT'S NOT that the "Forbidden Broadway" series has spent more than 30 years butchering musical theater's sacred cows. It's more like the venerable revue has tipped said revered bovines. "Forbidden Broadway" is a theater-world fixture, thanks to its playful skewering of musicals, both iconic and long-forgotten, using the music from various scores but with original lyrics written by Gerard Alessandrini , who created the concept in the early 1980s. While the songs poke gentle fun at their subjects - often the stars who sang the originals - there is little that is mean-spirited in the musical satires.
January 17, 2014 |
Fans of Mel Brooks and John Waters will love We Will Rock You , now in a touring production at the Academy of Music. Fans of Queen's music, not so much. As someone who likes both Brooks' comedies and Queen's music, I can tell you the two styles don't mix well, at least not in Ben Elton's book. The storyline draws on Star Wars , 1984 , A Clockwork Orange , and The Matrix . "Sometime in the future," tormented teenager Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) lives in a totalitarian state called the iPlanet, where everyone plugs into Globalsoft - a virtual world of video games, advertisements, and pop music.
July 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A conservative watchdog group released a half dozen movie parody videos and comedy skits Tuesday by the General Services Administration that were removed from the agency's website after an inspector general report last year revealed lavish agency spending on a Las Vegas conference. Judicial Watch, which obtained the material through a Freedom of Information Act request, said it was tipped to the videos by a current GSA employee, Linda Shenwick. Shenwick, a self-described whistle-blower, said the videos were a waste of time and money.
October 30, 2012 |
It's not easy being a national disgrace for 60 years. If you stacked all the issues of Mad magazine that grade-school teachers and high-school principals have confiscated since its 1952 debut, you might have enough paper to house-train 20 million puppies. To add insult to injury, the editors of Mad have issued Totally Mad: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity, and Stupidity (Time Home Entertainment, $34.95, Cheap!). Readers can relive some of their Maddest moments: comic-strip movie parodies like "The Oddfather," mock ads, political satire, the Mad "Fold-In," "Spy vs. Spy," "The Lighter Side" and the cartoons of Don Martin, with their dementedly inventive sound effects like "Pshchlaff!"
December 2, 2011 |
"I'm not really the heroic type. I was beat up by Quakers. " - Woody Allen as Miles Monroe in "Sleeper" Quakers aren't part of the American Anabaptist tradition. Other than a shared predisposition toward nonviolence, they have nothing in common with the Amish. Still, Allen's quip helps us think realistically about groups with reputations for fierce peacefulness. Recently, seven members of a breakaway sect were arrested in Ohio for chopping off the beards of their fellow Amish for refusing to tolerate their bad behavior.
June 14, 2011 |
Bedtime is a battleground. Just try to find a parental chore that's harder than getting an unwilling toddler down for the night. "Sleep is a hot button," says Adam Mansbach, who gives that button a push with his new book Go the F- to Sleep (Akashic Books, $14.95). The profanely titled parody is a far cry from the typical "tuck 'em in" stuff of bedtime books, but scores with moms and dads as a "children's book for parents. " It zoomed right to the top of Amazon.com's best-seller list in April, thanks to Internet buzz, even though it doesn't officially debut until Tuesday.
June 3, 2011 |
Even though it took some doing, "Weird Al" Yankovic has no hard feelings toward Lady Gaga over the struggle to release "Perform This Way," his parody of her hit "Born This Way" and the first single from his forthcoming new album "Alpocalypse. " Gaga's manager had initially refused permission for Yankovic to release "Perform This Way," but Yankovic says things changed once Gaga herself heard the song. "Even though her manager was presenting it as such, she had never once approached Gaga, so it was news to her when people were . . . asking, 'How come you're not letting Weird Al do his parody?
May 22, 2011
Bill Rechin, 80, a cartoonist known for the syndicated Crock strip that parodies life in a Foreign Legion desert outpost, died at home Saturday in Spotsylvania County, Va., of complications from esophageal cancer. In 1975, Mr. Rechin, Don Wilder, and Brant Parker created the strip as a parody of the Foreign Legion classic Beau Geste . The strip, which follows the adventures of Vermin P. Crock and an assortment of characters at a grim desert outpost, appears in more than 200 newspapers.