If you haven’t seen the surreal madness that is Too Many Cooks, do yourself a favor and watch it now, and come back.
Yeah, I know, amazing, right? While it seems to come from a deep well in the subconscious, there are several comedy progenitors to run-on T.V. theme songs. Here are three that were pointed out in the excellent Reddit AMA with “Too Many Cooks” creators Casper Kelly and Paul Painter…
MadTV: One for the Road
Scott Gairdner: Family Matters “Room 4 U Remix”
Family Guy: “And Then There’s Maud…”
Clearly the idea of show openings that just keep going has been in the ether, but as Casper Kelly told Rolling Stone “I thought, I need to throw every notion I’ve got into this. Even when you start switching genres, and it turns into, say, a cop show — that joke may be funny for a few extra minutes and then that’s going to wear off. And as soon as people get tired of that, I have to hit them with something else.”
Well done. The end credits of 22 Jump Street also agree.
If you like this sketch, then you’ll love the sketch about people who like this sketch. And also the sketch about the sketch about people who like this sketch!
If you’re looking for more humor related to the true crime podcast from the producers of This American Life, you might like to read the elaborate theory of how host Sarah Koenig actually planned the whole thing.
There are also these “Bonus Episodes” created by (to rush to judgement from the thumbnail photo) a 12-year-old boy. (Is it Neighbor Boy? Before he became Neighbor Man?) Topics covered include:
- The Best Buy Employee
- The Phone Call
- The Investor
From The Weekend Pilots, a music video that might have been lost in the 1980’s or early 90’s, when jazzercizing all day and all night was fueled by copious amounts of pure Columbian. It has a simple message, which might be summed up thusly: You need more (cocaine).
If that’s isn’t message that would make Nancy Reagan spin in her coffin, I don’t know what is. I had no idea cocaine could provoke spontaneous lesbianism, but then again I guess k.d. lang can, so maybe it isn’t out of the realm of the possible.
This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?
Most TV ads are on the verge of parody, anyways. With a few simple sound or visual edits, the folks at r/CommercialCuts have been able to tip them all the way over.
Here’s the current top-rated remix of a commercial on the site, one for Wendy’s that takes a decidedly more believable approach to their “defining moment” slogan:
The annoying Princess Cruises add gets the Commercial Cuts treatment. A personal favorite:
Here’s a popular one that takes footage from Trainspotting and mixes it with a very different Ewan McGregor voice over:
Some strategic bleeping turns an AT&T commercial into a filthfest:
Last but not least, enjoy the prestidigitation performed upon this classic Dyson commercial:
The nation’s premiere parodist, Weird Al Yankovich, has been releasing entertaining videos for his new album every day this week. My favorite so far is this take on Lourde’s “Royals” which starts like it could be any song on the Food Album.
Of course, as you may guess from the title, “Foil,” it takes a tin-hatted, tin-potted left turn. Patton Oswalt makes a cameo as the Assistant Director of the Food Network show that’s gone off the rails on a crazy train. Stick around after the song finishes for a final beat from Oswalt, who reveals just how at home he is with Land of the Lost trivia.
As near as I can tell, this Reddit thread is what began the new meme of mashing up Jurassic Park with nature’s loveable long-necks.
The parodies began simply enough, like this crude remix of the Jurassic Park trailer:
But soon ranged from handsomely-composited…
Note: Not to be confused with the real life safari park of the same name, which is sadly closed.
Here are a few more from the meme. As long as aspiring After Effects artists have access to nature documentaries, I’m sure they will not be the last.
A perfectly auto-tuned set of news clips. Who knew B-dub Williams had such unstoppable flow?
The Jimmy Fallon show has the unique advantage of having access to the whole NBC clip library. Still, this is an impressive bit of editing. I have a feeling they had to create some syllables. For example, just how often, do you think, does Brian Williams happen to report on “bitches in the living room getting it on”?
If you are unfamiliar with the original Snoop Dogg rap, here’s the video:
And yes, in a battle of hairstyles, Snoop is the clear winner. Sorry Brian W-I-double-L.
A Vine compilation of comedian Aristotle Georgeson scaring his hot blonde girlfriend way more than any sane dude would ever scare his hot girlfriend. No person is harmed… but I can’t say the same for a certain pastry.
If someone did this to me I would probably develop PTSD. In fact, just watching it I may have developed a serious case of nerves.
I bet this gave the girl, Craydrienne (if that is her real name), some serious fight-or-flight adrenaline bursts. Good luck surviving next time she gets jumped by a wild tiger!
I can’t believe the one he did while she was driving. Dude has a deathwish, and not just in that clip. Some of the other ones I seriously believed she was going to shove that cameraphone up Stotle’s rectle portle.
Ever wondered what our nation’s president would look like as a pretty pretty woman? Wonder no more.
And for those who have long wondered whether it was Laura or George W. who wore the pants in the Oval office…
Even macho Russian strongmen need to let their hair down and tart up from time to time.
More here. [via reddit, of course]
This “parody about nothing” manages to fuse the two unlikely cultural touchstones: the characters from Super Mario and the cast of Seinfeld.
Not only has the animator nailed some of the mannerisms, the casting is spot on. Mario is Jerry. Luigi is Kramer. Toad with glasses is George…
… I was really hoping to see The Princess as Elaine. And who is Newman? Bowser?
My favorite exchange:
“Luigi, why do I have to go?”
“You’re player one.”
*whiney* “But I don’t want to be player one.” *crosses arms*
Who would you cast in Mario Seinfeld? What plots would you like to see? I’d love to see “The Contest” re-made as a competition to see who could avoid using green pipes the longest. (Or maybe playing with their warp whistle.)
You might think it would be easy to do a shot-for-shot remake of a low-production-value 1980’s music video. But admire the care with which this group of Journey fans(?) undertook to re-create the video for “Separate Ways”. Part of the fun is watching the split-screen for what is exaggerated in the comedic version… or, often as not, not exaggerated.
My favorite moment might be the vertical playing of the keyboard, which is somehow attached to a corrugated tin fence. (Huh?)
What’s your favorite moment in this spoof? What other 80’s hair band music videos would you like to see get the remake treatment?