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Sketch Anatomy: Lucia Aniello Goes Behind the Scenes of Above Average's "Ghost Tits"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke UCB performer and Broad City writer/director Lucia Aniello for a behind-the-scenes look at her sketch "Ghost Tits." Starring Olivia Munn and Aniello's sketch comedy partner Paul W. Downs, "Ghost Tits" premiered on Above Average back in 2012 and currently has over six million views on YouTube. [...]

Jay Pharoah Sings About Girls with Bad Breath in "Bad Kisser"

It's been a couple months since Jay Pharoah released a new music video, but Above Average just dropped a new one today that's a parody of Usher's "Good Kisser." Expect a lot of metaphors for terrible breath.

Seth Meyers Channels Don Draper in the New AMC Series 'Bad Men'

In anticipation of the premiere of Mad Men's final season this Sunday, Seth Meyers and the Late Night crew made three parody videos of an AMC spinoff called Bad Men that riff off Draper's irresistibly suave way of selling the most seemingly impossible ad pitches to clients. Click through for the other two installments in the series.

Watch Jay Pharoah's Kanye West Parody "I Am a Dog"

Here's "I Am a Dog," a new parody of Kanye West's "I Am A God" written by and starring SNL's Jay Pharoah and released via Lorne Michaels's production company's YouTube channel, Above Average. It's pretty shocking they didn't just air this as part of Saturday Night Live.

Watch Nikki & Sara's 'Blurred Lines' Parody

The internet has been awash with parodies of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video for the past month or so, but here's one that's a cut above the rest. It comes from MTV's late night show Nikki & Sara Live, which just started its second season on Tuesday, and, unlike any other "Blurred Lines" parody I've seen, it involves barn animals.

DirecTV Orders a 'Downton Abbey' Parody Starring Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso

DirecTV has teamed up with CollegeHumor's production team Big Breakfast for a Downton Abbey parody called The Britishes. Deadline reports that the eight-sketch series will star Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso and feature supporting performers like CollegeHumor regulars Elaine Carroll and Josh Ruben. Here's a full description of the series:

The Britishes revolves around the absurd, class-obsessed, extremely British residents of an Edwardian-era English estate off the fictional "coast of Knob." With roots so deep in aristocracy that their surname is actually "British," the family has fought through the decades—against progress, against technology and, essentially, against all common sense—in an effort to preserve a regal way of life. [...]

'The New Yorker' Profiles 'Mad' Magazine as an Anti-Smoking Ad Pioneer

The New Yorker ran an excellent article last week about Mad magazine's big anti-smoking push during the '60s, which resulted not only in tons of hilarious tobacco ad parodies but some fake smoker-friendly inventions that, had the industry paid any attention to the small ad-free satirical magazine, could've potentially kick-started the e-cigarette boom decades earlier. From the article:

But the truly prescient invention was the "smoke simulator": a cork-tipped Pyrex tube containing small amounts of water, which, like the metal rod, would be inserted into a cigarette. Once the cigarette was lit, the cork at one end of the tube (edible, of course) popped out, and the water [...]

'SNL's Sasheer Zamata Channels Peggy Olson in "Black Mad Men"

While we wait for Sasheer Zamata to get more screen time on SNL, here's the first episode of a new web series she's in called "Black Mad Men" written by Key and Peele's Phil Augusta Jackson and directed by Morgan Evans. Along with Jackson, Anthony Appruzzese, and Shaun Diston, Zamata plays a very Peggy-like ad exec in a scene spun off from Don Draper's famous Kodak Carousel or Lucky Strike "It's Toasted" pitches from Mad Men. The only difference on "Black Mad Men" is that Zamata and team are trying to convince their white client that Luke's Hummus is the key to unlocking true racial harmony through its irresistible [...]

Here's a Teaser for Jimmy Fallon's 'Breaking Bad' Parody, 'Joking Bad'

The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon gang is set to do for Breaking Bad what they did for Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones with the parody "Joking Bad." Here's a teaser for "Joking Bad," which debuts when Fallon returns from Labor Day vacation in September. Don't worry, the teaser doesn't have any Breaking Bad spoilers in it.

Weird Al Reveals the Secrets of Comedy

"Many parodists and satirists go for the jugular, but I’ve always gone for humor that was a little less biting and derogatory. I like to say that my parodies are more of a poke in the ribs than a punch in the face."

- Weird Al to Fast Company in a delightful and detailed interview about his song-parodying process.

Check Out 'The Huffington Psst,' 'The Harvard Lampoon's Answer to 'Clickhole'

Harvard's 138-year-old humor publication The Harvard Lampoon has created the ultimate competitor for Clickhole with a new website launched yesterday called The Huffington Psst. The Huffington Post sendup makes the Lampoon's first all-online parody and is full of fake features, lists, videos, and news reports with great headlines like "Headline Writing A Thankless Job.. These Aren't Even Fact Checked.. Great Opportunity To Say Something Racist," "Leaked Clinton Nudes Announce Candidacy," and "Joint Pain? Try Standing Perfectly Still In A Neutral Position Always," to name a few.

"The fact that the team at the Harvard Lampoon chose to spend its summer vacation exploring the deepest intricacies [...]

Ariel and Prince Eric Get the Sofia Coppola Treatment in Funny or Die's Fake 'Little Mermaid' Trailer

Here's a fake trailer Funny or Die made for director Sofia Coppola's upcoming live-action take on The Little Mermaid, which is not only filled with nods to Coppola's past films but is most likely a very accurate look at what the real film will be like. How could a movie with this many cool indie bands be anything short of amazing?

The Internet Has Created 8 (and Counting) 'Her' Parodies Called 'Him'

Ever since Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated movie Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a female artificially intelligent operating system, hit theaters last month, the internet has been jam-packed with parodies of the film. Most of them are called Him and feature a male operating system instead of a female one, and whoever had this simple idea first had probably better start suing everyone who made a similar video for plagiarism immediately.

Check out all the Her parodies called Him below:

'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' Is Doing a 'Breaking Bad' Parody

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has earned a lot of web views for parodies of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, and it looks like Breaking Bad is up next. The Late Night Tumblr released this promo image for the show's Breaking Bad parody. Entitled "Joking Bad," it'll feature Fallon as Walter White and announcer Steve Higgins as Jesse Pinkman. "Joking Bad" is set to premiere in September, assuming that the next few episodes of Breaking Bad don't totally ruin whatever they're planning.