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Nathan Fielder Reveals Himself as the Mastermind Behind Dumb Starbucks

Over the weekend, the internet was abuzz with news of a new Los Angeles coffee shop called "Dumb Starbucks," a near-fully functioning Starbucks that 1) was blatantly not affiliated with the company and 2) used the company's name and logo "for marketing purposes" but adds the word "dumb" in front of everything to protect the business under parody laws. Dumb Starbucks, which had its windows tinted to prevent passersby from looking inside, didn't charge money for coffee and pastries, instead giving away free cups of coffee featuring the Dumb Starbucks logo.

Since it opened Friday afternoon at 1802 Hillhurst Ave in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood, the legally questionable establishment attracted [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Is Writing World's First Spy Spoof Ever

Sacha Baron Cohen is working with Cedar Rapids scribe Phil Johnston on a parodical take on James Bond films. In their version the serious spy type "is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan." Cohen said he isn't necessarily going to be in the movie but it sure seems like he would be. The question is: Which role would he play? The more frightening question is: Would he play both brothers? Either way, it will be nice to see him play a British person again.

Comedy's Love/Hate Relationship with Garfield

When I was younger, there was no greater pairing than the holiday season and Garfield. I’d watch wide-eyed as he'd float down 5th Avenue in the Thanksgiving Parade; I’d pop in our VHS recording of A Garfield Christmas, and I’d adorn our tree with Keepsake ornaments of that lovable fat cat dishing out Christmas cheer. But this love affair with Garfield was over as quickly as it began, and soon I was off to bigger things like Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and Webelos.  But I never forgot about Jim Davis’ cartoon cat, and considering the rise of strange, dark, and incredibly funny material the internet has created about Garfield, [...]

Weird Al's "Another Tattoo" Has Already Replaced B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" In Your Mind

The best part about Weird Al's "Another Tattoo," a parody of B.O.B. ft. Bruno Mars' "Nothin' On You," is how your children and your children's children will mistake it for the real thing until they are in ninth grade and realize with an icy swell of horror that they have been singing the Weird Al lyrics out loud, in front of their friends, this whole time. At least the video is cool. Augenblick Studios is behind the delightful animation, which is like getting a visual sneak peek at your high school reunion.

The Most Emailed 'New York Times' Article Ever

It’s a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking. While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she’s hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools is doing research for a paper about organic farming in the West Bank, whipping up a batch of vegan brownies, and, like an increasing number of American teenagers, teaching her dog to use an iPad.

For the last two weeks, Anna has been spending more time than usual with José de Sousa Saramago, the Portuguese water dog she named after her favorite writer. (If José Saramago bears an uncanny [...]

Jimmy Fallon Turns to a Life of Joke Crime in 'Joking Bad'

Last night, Jimmy Fallon continued his march to the Tonight Show with this incredible Breaking Bad parody, as Jimmy realizes he only has six months left…at Late Night. He decides to dive into the high-stakes world of black market joke selling, where he encounter Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk, Colin Quinn, and a certain one-eyed pink teddy bear. It's a bit spoilery if you're not at least caught up with last year's Breaking Bad, but is worth watching to see Steve Higgins say "bitch" a whole bunch.

Talking with Matt Besser About 'Freak Dance,' improv4humans, and the Upcoming UCB Book

Freak Dance, the musical/dance movie parody written and directed by UCB's Matt Besser and co-directed by Neil Mahoney, follows a rich ballerina named Cocolonia who meets a ragtag group of street dancers named Funky Bunch, Sassy, Barrio, and Egghead who are forced to save their run-down studio after it gets shut down by the fascist building inspector for not having an egress (the original UCB theater was shut down for the same reason in 2002). While there are plenty of slickly shot dance scenes featuring winners from America's Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance busting their moves, the comedy is provided via UCB [...]

The Muppets Takes A Parody Trailer Victory Lap

Every great series of parody trailers needs its grand finale, and The Muppets is no exception. The latest gets in shots at Pus in Boots, Twilight, Happy Feet and Paranormal Activity. Seriously, the advertising for this movie has been Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce good. I like to imagine Jon Hamm drinking scotch and saying sternly, "They aren't just puppets. They're promises. The promise of an escape, from the pain of being misunderstood, from being strung along…[ten minute stare out the window]…from becoming puppet versions of ourselves."

Lady Gaga Kills Off Weird Al's For-Charity Parody of "Born This Way"

For someone who dresses so ridiculously, Lady Gaga sure takes herself seriously. So seriously, in fact, that she refused to give her blessing to Weird Al's new single and parody of "Born This Way," "Perform This Way." Which is her right, sure, but she also insisted that he record the song before she made her decision — reading the lyrics wasn't enough.

So after spending his own money to record the song — the sales of which were to be given to the Human Rights Campaign — she said no without any explanation. Al recounts the whole ordeal on his blog:

Really Misusing the Power of Inception

The power to enter someone else's dream wasn't exactly used for selfless purposes in Inception, but they weren't as baldly self serving as they could have been. See the above example for how to use Inception to do things you just can't get away with normally.

Citizens Untied: Parody in the Age of Corporate Media

For 20 years now I’ve been locked in a test of wills with corporate publishing, trying to produce books that are just as funny as TV and movies. That should be possible, right? One would think. Sometimes I win (international bestseller), sometimes they do (they commission books, then don’t pay me). I tell myself it’s David versus Goliath…but it’s probably just Joe Versus the Volcano.

Comedy being 90% confidence, there’s often a rough equivalence between a media’s swag, and the quality of comedy found in it. But weakness and decay can yield fruit as well — Garrison Keillor on the radio, for example, or The Onion rising from the ashes of [...]

The Muppets Parody Trailers Live to Fight Another Day

We've missed you so much, Muppets parody trailers. We don't even mind that this time, you're only an ad for the March 20 DVD release of a movie we've all already seen. And we definitely don't mind that you're making us seriously consider what an all-Muppet Hunger Games would be like. I mean, Miss Piggy would be the clear sole survivor, but who would be her biggest competitor? Kermit is not cut out for violence; he'd be gone in a second unless he Peeta Mellark'd his way through on Miss Piggy's coattails. Animal's got the rage but not the cunning. My money's on Gonzo for second place – [...]

New Muppets Trailer: Pig With A Froggy Tattoo

The Muppets' crack marketing team continues their reign of trailer parody awesomeness with a spoof of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's trailer. They certainly nailed the "one gigantic word at a time" approach to trailermaking and also include a dragon/draggin' pun, so there's really no complaining about this one. As much as November 23 can't come fast enough, I think we'll all be a little bummed when the movie's out if it means no more parody trailers. (Unless the movie is just two hours of parody trailers? Think about it, Disney!)

The UCB Is Putting Out Freak Dance, a Musical Parody Movie

The Upright Citizens Brigade, formerly of the Comedy Central sketch show and currently of NYC and LA improv and sketch theaters and schools, is putting out its first full-length movie. Called Freak Dance, it was written and directed by original UCB member Matt Besser and features the other three original members (Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh) as actors. Here's the first trailer.

The parody genre has not had a great run for the past decade or so, thanks in part to the tsunami of lowest-common-denominator shit from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Epic Movie, etc.). The only other regular parody-makers of late have been the Wayans brothers, [...]