Awesome Parodies

Terrence Malick’s Zoolander

Terrence Malick’s Zoolander

Filmmaker Terrence Malick is known for creating stylish, cerebral cinema like The Tree of Life and The Thin Red Line. The guys from Slate brilliantly recut footage from Ben Stiller’s notably more silly Zoolander and turn it into one of the acclaimed writer/director’s highbrow art house films.

Basically a Tom Scott Video

Basically a Tom Scott Video

We’ve featured a number of Tom Scott’s videos over the years, and for the most part we’ve found them to be fascinating and informative. On the other hand, this parody video from comedian Matt Colbo has nothing useful to show or tell us at all.

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Bad Bluegrass

Bad Bluegrass

YouTube channel There I Ruined It is in the business of messing with popular songs and, well, ruining them by covering them in a totally inappropriate style. Their bluegrass reworking of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is so wrong that it’s right. We also chuckled at their swing version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”

How People Move in Video Games

How People Move in Video Games

As good as the graphics have gotten in video games, the character animations aren’t always as convincing. In this hilarious video from Komazawa Isolation, the protagonist walks around Tokyo’s Shibuya district just like they do in third-person action games like Grand Theft Auto. The spot-on camera work seals the deal.

Starship Troopers Honest Trailer

Starship Troopers Honest Trailer

One of life’s must-see movies has to be Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers. It’s loaded with scenery-chewing, quotable quotes, thinly-veiled societal commentary, giant alien insects, and lots of goo. What’s not to like? Screen Junkies couldn’t agree more, and offers their sarcastic take on this brain-sucking classic.

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”

Zoom in the 1980s

Zoom in the 1980s

For many of us, working from home means countless videoconferences, with Zoom being the most popular choice for big team meetings. Continuing their Wonders of the World Wide Web series, Squirrel Monkey looks back at what life might have been like if Zoom came out in 1988, and required a special dial-up adapter box to work.

Portal: The Sound of Science

Portal: The Sound of Science

The last time we got a new Portal game was all the way back in 2011, but we still keep hoping that Valve will give us Portal 3 someday. For now, this Portal-inspired machinima parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence from Harry101UK and lyricist Greg Holgate will have to suffice.

The Story of Fire Saga (Trailer)

The Story of Fire Saga (Trailer)

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in this parody movie about a washed up Icelandic musical duo who ends up being their country’s representative at the famed Eurovision Song Contest. We’re getting a Zoolander kind of vibe here, and that’s a good thing. Coming to Netflix 6.26.20.

The Office (with a Cat)

The Office (with a Cat)

YouTuber OwlKitty likes to imagine the world with more cats. In this clip, they envision a reboot of NBC’s comedy classic The Office, but with 100% more kitties working at Dunder-Mifflin. We bet that cat would use all of the paper in the warehouse as a scratching post.

eBay in 1988

eBay in 1988

Squirrel Monkey’s retro tech series “Wonders of the World Wide Web” ponders what it might have been like if eBay shipped on a stack of floppy diskettes, and ran on a late 1980s PC. It includes the most hilariously skeuomorphic user experience since Microsoft BOB.

Fast and Furious 99

Fast and Furious 99

“What is it going to take to kill Dom?.. Probably his blood pressure.” AOK envisions a day when the Fast and Furious franchise nears its 100th movie. But now that their drivers licenses have been revoked, our aging racers must take to the streets and perform death-defying stunts in mobility scooters.

We Dem Arby’s BoyZ

We Dem Arby’s BoyZ

“Manager Claudette moved with the quickness of a jungle cat… as she leapt into her burgundy Tercel to give chase.” With classic Daily Show style editing, the guys from BowserVids injected a trio of new employees into a news report about a robbery at an Arby’s with hilarious results.

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Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

We’ve all seen those ads for Masterclass, with their haughty explanations of skills to be taught by leaders in their respective fields. Jim Cameron is an expert too. But he’s not the guy who made Terminator or Avatar. Nope, he’s just Kathleen Cameron’s dad – and he knows the one right way to load a dishwasher.

Tiger King Honest Trailer

Tiger King Honest Trailer

If you missed out on the Tiger King craze, it’s never too late to watch. And if you still need convincing, perhaps Screen Junkies‘ take on the insane Netflix docuseries will push you over the edge. And if you’ve already seen it, welcome back to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

Coronavirus Rhapsody

Coronavirus Rhapsody

The COVID-19 pandemic is nothing to laugh about, but that doesn’t mean should lose our sense of humor. Musicians Samuel Fu, Matthew Van Ness and Marin Drake, and lyricist Dana Jay Bein offer up a parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” about self-isolating, washing your hands, and the other challenges of living in these trying times.

Highway Man

Highway Man

Comedian Henry Phillips pokes fun at cheesy TV dramas of the 1980s with his proposed web series “Highway Man,” a show about a lonely drifter who pops in on people in their moments of need, and basically has nothing useful to offer at all. The future episode synopses on his Patreon page sound thrilling!

Butt-cleaning Robot

Butt-cleaning Robot

With hoarding surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been quite the run on toilet paper here in the U.S. While add-on bidet toilet seats are always an option, Mike of Useless Duck Company thinks he’s got a more thorough solution – though his approach might be just a little more painful. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Every Student Film Set

Every Student Film Set

If you’ve ever been involved in a student film – or any amateur film shoot, you’ll easily relate to Gus Johnson’s parody sketch. He perfectly captures the frustrations of the day, from the lack of direction, to the terrible production techniques, to the endless waiting around due to poor planning.

SNL: Airport Sushi

SNL: Airport Sushi

John Mulaney rounds out his Diner Lobster and Bodega Bathroom trilogy with another thing none of us should ever do – eat raw seafood at New York LaGuardia Airport, or for that matter, even fly out of the place. This time, Jake Gyllenhal and David Byrne come along and take that ride.

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Knives Out Honest Trailer

Knives Out Honest Trailer

(Spoilers) Rian Johnson’s surprise hit mystery-comedy Knives Out offered a fun take on the whodunit formula, with its ample mix of quirky characters and plot twists. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t have its share of foibles… and Screen Junkies is here to point them all out as usual.

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

From 1917 to Joker to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the 2020 Academy Awards has some pretty solid contenders. But regardless of how good a movie might be, Screen Junkies is always ready to roast it. So without further ado, enjoy their very special Oscars edition of Honest Trailers.

Google Stadia in the ’90s

Google Stadia in the ’90s

“Some games even require a Pentium microprocessor!” Google’s Stadia streaming game service hasn’t exactly been off to a great start. But that didn’t stop Squirrel Monkey from envisioning how much worse it would have been had it been released sometime around 1995, cranking out 320×240 graphics at 6 fps.

1917: Spongebob Edition

1917: Spongebob Edition

It’s the animated undersea World War I epic nobody was asking for. But that certainly didn’t stop Carnage-Boy from spending way too much time cutting together this hilarious trailer for a version of 1917 that plays out in Bikini Bottom instead of Pas-de-Calais.

Pete Holmes’ Badman: Complete

Pete Holmes’ Badman: Complete

(PG-13: Language) CollegeHumor gathered up all of the clips from Pete Holmes‘ classic Batman parody series, and smooshed them together into a single compilation. Block out the next 51 minutes on your schedule for a hilarious sequence of marble-mouthed scenery-chewing and ridiculous crime-fighting action.

That Song That No One Likes

That Song That No One Likes

“I’m sure they’d cut it, but the leads are backstage changing, and they need a lot of time…” If you’ve been to the theater to see a musical, you know exactly what Upright Citizens Brigade performer Sarah Smallwood Parsons is singing about in her hilarious parody of that one song that nobody cares about or remembers.

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