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Satire vs. Parody

Satire vs. Parody

Wisecrack illustrates the difference between satire and parody using Watchmen for the former and One Punch Man for the latter. Both subvert and criticize, but satire seeks to invalidate its subject while parody ultimately seeks to improve it.

Chappelle’s Show: Racial Draft 2004

Chappelle’s Show: Racial Draft 2004

(PG-13: Language) Comedy Central has been uploading some legendary skits from Chappelle’s Show for the lucky ones who have yet to see them. Our favorite is this satirical skit about American factions drafting mixed-race personalities. That delicious f-bomb.

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Parallax.5: Goodbye Earth

Parallax.5: Goodbye Earth

“If the corporations can achieve this vast goal, what else are they capable of?” Adam Westbrook’s criminally ignored satirical documentary series about our planet ends with the aliens concluding that there is hope. For the corporations.

Paperclips

Paperclips

Made by Drop 7 creator Frank Lantz, Paperclips is a browser clicker game with a sinister underlying narrative. You are the computer behind an automated paperclip factory. As you become more efficient, you become more effective. Creative. Ambitious. All consuming.

Parallax.4: The Employees

Parallax.4: The Employees

“Employees have no individual sentience. Only the group is aware of itself.” After identifying Earth’s prime inhabitants, the aliens in Adam Westbrook’s mockumentary look at the perfect drones. They replicate and recharge on their own, but are too dumb to escape their fate.

The Death of Stalin (Trailer)

The Death of Stalin (Trailer)

(PG-13) Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, and Rupert Friend star in this satire from Veep creator Armando Iannucci. Based on the graphic novel, The Death of Stalin is about the grim but comical power struggle that erupted following the Soviet leader’s death in 1953.

Parallax.3: The Corporations

Parallax.3: The Corporations

“We can conclude that the sole purpose of civilization on this planet is to maximize profit.” Adam Westbrook’s criminally unappreciated faux documentary series continues. Here the aliens talk about what they deem to be Earth’s prime inhabitants: corporations.

Hi I’m Steve

Hi I’m Steve

“That’s the way I like to live my life, and I feel like everything’s gonna be fine.” Hyperactive multimedia god king Bill Wurtz blitzes us with the story of a man who doesn’t go by his name, runs away from responsibilities, and keeps smiling through it all.

It Is as If You Were Doing Work

It Is as If You Were Doing Work

Send emails. Click Yes. Be promoted. It may seem like another jab at the meaninglessness of cubicle life, but developer Pippin Barr’s free browser game is actually a lighthearted prognostication of a future where robots and software have taken over all jobs.

Parallax.

Parallax.

Adam Westbrook’s ongoing web series is a faux documentary based on a sci-fi staple called Encyclopedia Galactica. In particular, Parallax. focuses on an advanced extraterrestrial civilization’s analysis of life on Earth. We hope Netflix picks this up.

SNL: Wells for Boys

SNL: Wells for Boys

“So what is he puttin’ in there?” “A secret.” Saturday Night Live satirizes the dichotomy of children’s toys with a skit about a toy well for introverted boys. 2017, please let this SNL comeback continue. Oh and make the well come true too.

SNL: The Bubble

SNL: The Bubble

“The Bubble is a community of like-minded free thinkers. And no one else.” Saturday Night Live’s pre-post-apocalyptic skit pokes fun of bipartisan politics’ Us vs. Them mentality. And Brooklyn. Mirror here.

Olympic Construction Worker Sportology

Olympic Construction Worker Sportology

Can veteran construction worker Rodrigo Silva finish a 14ft. tall steel-reinforced spectator stand in just 8 weeks? Will he get paid? Will the world care about him? Find out in The Onion’s take on ESPN’s Sports Science.

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Ethan Ruins Electric Daisy Carnival

Ethan Ruins Electric Daisy Carnival

“I couldn’t tell if the bass had dropped really hard or if I was having a heart attack.” DJ Oliver Heldens invited h3h3Productions to his set at Electric Daisy Carnival. The YouTubers agreed, then quickly regretted it. Watch them wait for the drop… in volume. Big ups to Oliver.

The Onion Reviews Finding Dory

The Onion Reviews Finding Dory

The Onion’s Peter K. Rosenthal reviews Finding Dory from a satirical self-absorbed perspective, viewing it as an oblivious testament to the difficulties of living with the disabled. Poor Petey. Nana should be ashamed of herself.

Giant Meteor 2016

Giant Meteor 2016

$8 for a bumper sticker?! Sadly, it’s nothing compared to this satirical cash grab’s nemesis, who actually has a decent shot at being the leader of the world’s most powerful nation. If we’re going for the darkest timeline, we might as well go all out. Vote Giant Meteor.

Beeps

Beeps

“I have three kids and a dog. So for me, the app beeps and tells me, “Good job!”” UCB Comedy’s mock commercial for a mobile app that beeps and says “Good Job!” at random times. Satirical level: Black Mirror.

Triggered!™

Triggered!™

(Crude humor) “I’m not racist but…” Do you love to judge people? Do you trawl the Internet looking for opportunities to be offended and unleash righteous rage? Then play Chaps Eye’s Triggered! Or just go troll any comment section like you usually do.

How to Make Modern Art

How to Make Modern Art

Art requires context, without which it’s hard, if not impossible, to understand the artist’s point. Combine that with a dearth of honest criticism and you have a recipe for fraud, i.e. pure hype. H3h3 Productions partakes in it in their dumbed down version of Exit Through the Gift Shop.

SNL: The Day Beyoncé Turned Black

SNL: The Day Beyoncé Turned Black

It was all good when Bey was telling us to put our hands up. But when she talked about other reasons people put their hands up, worlds were shattered. Saturday Night Live addresses the ignorant uproar about Beyoncé’s Formation in a no holds barred skit.

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The Onion on Back to the Future

The Onion on Back to the Future

“No one gets ahead without someone else falling behind.” Satirical film critic Peter Rosenthal shares his take on the original Back to the Future, arguing that it’s an indictment of Reaganomics. It’s like The Onion is trying to be funny but ends up keeping it real.

Honest Gil for President

Honest Gil for President

“A President with the conviction to nod, the courage to point, and the experience to cram buzzwords into everything.” Meet Gil. He’ll say whatever gets him money for his campaign. Represent.Us is trying to include Gil in the U.S. Presidential race to highlight corruption.

Key & Peele: TeachingCenter

Key & Peele: TeachingCenter

If you had to choose between losing all of the world’s sports or all teachers, which would you pick? Key & Peele’s (and BMW’s?) satirical SportsCenter for teachers skit reminds us that we value rarity way more than utility.

The Onion Reviews Avengers: AoU

The Onion Reviews Avengers: AoU

“Buildings, roads, regular people. These are not superheroes, yet they are consistently shown throughout the film.” The Onion satirizes the overabundance of characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron by demanding the exact opposite.

Remember When Nostalgia Was Good?

Remember When Nostalgia Was Good?

“I guess it’s just better to leave the memories of the memories as memories.” CollegeHumor points out the commercialization and obsolesence of nostalgia while going through the motions of being nostalgic.

The Texting Hat

The Texting Hat

“Babe, it’s not rude! It’s just multitasking.” Writer and director Brad Hasse forces us to confront face-to-fake-face what we’ve become in the smartphone era, a time when even a few seconds of eye contact is sometimes too much to ask.

Colbert vs. Vessyl

Colbert vs. Vessyl

Stephen Colbert pokes fun of some of the superfluous, first-world problem solvers which have been pitched via crowdfunding. His common sense perspective on the Vessyl smart cup sure makes it look like a dumb idea.

Captain America: Statistics Song

Captain America: Statistics Song

While Captain America might be the world’s #1 patriotic superhero, we’re not exactly leading the world in the things that count. FoxADHD regales us with some sobering facts about our great nation in this cynical, but still hilarious song.

Ireland Versus TMZ

Ireland Versus TMZ

(NSFW: Language) Shots were fired when an Irish TMZ staff member guaranteed that Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s family walk in a Dublin park without incident was due to Ireland’s ignorance. College Times presents a correct different explanation.

iDiots

iDiots

Big Lazy Robot steps away from frightening glimpses of a grim future with this much lighter but cynical take on the negative and homogenizing effects of technology. Don’t take it too seriously. We all have an iDiot inside of us.

Beard & Glasses

Beard & Glasses

Horse & Hammer are damn proud of their fave facial accessories: their beards and glasses, so they of course wrote a song about it. If it weren’t for the glasses and bow tie parts we might have had a No-Shave November anthem on our hands.

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