Archive for the ‘Parodies’ Category

Claude Funston thought …

June 28, 2015

Today’s Zippy, with a parody of (part of) Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, from the (mostly political) dreaming mind of Claude Funston:

The parody reproduces the recurring /ɪŋz/ rhyme of the original, once as /ɪŋz/ (the things of the original), three times as /ɪŋ/.

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Screaming for ice cream

June 20, 2015

On the front page of the July 2015 Funny Times, this cartoon by Mary Lawton:

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The visuals: a parody of Munch’s The Scream, in and around an ice cream truck. The text: the song/chant “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” (a pun on ice cream / I scream, depending on word division).

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Shifty Grades of Fey

May 30, 2015

Today’s, groan, Bizarro:

An elaborate play on the title of E. L. James’s 2011 erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, with a rhyme substitute for each of the content words — shifty for fifty, grades for shades, Fey for grey — with the whole business worked into a fresh scenario.

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Earworms, snowmen, and parodies

May 30, 2015

In the June 1st New Yorker, this cartoon by Bob Eckstein:

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Not the first posting on this blog about earworms.

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Drag mashups

April 12, 2015

In the March-April 2015 issue of The Gay & Lesbian Review, the piece “Ryan Landry of the ‘Make ’Em Laugh’ School”, in which Jim Farley interviews Landry. From Farley’s intro:

A comic playwright and impresario of drag theater, his parody productions of classic movies, fairy tales, TV shows, and plays have long been a staple of Provincetown and Boston entertainment. More recently, along with his company, the Gold Dust Orphans, Landry has expanded his satiric reach to New York and beyond.

While he acts and often sings in most of his shows, Landry’s major gift is the ability to turn out hilarious camp burlesques with a punk attitude, sort of like Charles Ludlum crossed with Courtney Love. The titles of his bawdy pop culture mash-ups — of everything from classic films to classic rock — perhaps say it best: Phantom of the Oprah, Silent Night of the Lambs, Mary Poppers, Pornochio, Snow White and the Seven Bottoms, and on and on.

Wonderful titles, reminiscent of the language-play titles that are so popular with makers of porn flicks — on (some of) which, see my posting “Porn titles” of 3/21/11, where you can find, among others:

Catcher in the Fly, Fist and Shout, Terms of Endowment, Field of Creams, Blond Leading the Blond

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Ode to Almond Joy

February 24, 2015

Today’s Zippy, with a candy-bar parody of Schiller’s Ode to Joy (An der Freude), used by Beethoven in the last movement of his Ninth Symphony:

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Almond Joy, Mounds, Mars bars! Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

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Anti-vaxxer Family Circus

February 5, 2015

On Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog, a parody of Family Circus:

Measles has been much in the news recently, about objections to the vaccine for it and the spread of measles to unvaccinated children.

The standard MMR vaccine covers three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (“German measles”). In the parody, Dolly maliciously proposes moving on from measles to rubella.

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Set of three

December 27, 2014

A crop of three comics for today, on three very different topics: a One Big Happy with an inventive reinterpretation of an expression; a Zits on the evolution of writing systems; and a Zippy with another Xmas parody:

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One by one:

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Zippy Eve

December 26, 2014

Parodies of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” are all over the place this time of the year. Here’s the Dingburg version:

From chard in fur on a sled to Vindaloo curry. And more.

Snowy lanes

December 21, 2014

For the Winter Solstice, a snowy parody starring Zippy:

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Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, taken into many strange places: Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, Skeeball, Fleer’s Dubble Bubble gum, a gondolier, William Blake’s poetry, a strip mall, Joe Biden (Vice President of the U.S.), and a laundromat.

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