January 8, 2013 |
BallerballFilms has posted a YouTube clip pleading with teams around the NBA to trade for Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol. Set to the Sarah McLaughlin track "Angel," the clip parodies her campaign to prevent animal cruelty. "Please trade for Pau Gasol, he's miserable in Los Angeles and needs your help," begs the video. Gasol is currently sidelined with a concussion suffered in the Lakers' loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Lakers last year tried to trade Gasol for Chris Paul.
December 21, 2012 |
NASA's purpose and vision might be a mystery to some, but the agency's top official says there's a quick primer on the space agency's mission and accomplishments. And it's done Gangnam style. “I find, as I travel around, not very many people know what we do today,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Wednesday to a National Research Council committee that is reviewing the agency's human spaceflight program. Luckily, he added, there's a solution. Created by interns at Johnson Space Center, “NASA Johnson Style” spoofs South Korean pop star Psy's viral hit, “Gangnam Style,” while waxing lyrical about the Houston center that's home to NASA's astronaut program.
December 3, 2012 |
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, confirmed on Monday they were expecting, and already there were parody tweets from the yet-to-be born royal highness. Just minutes after the announcement, social media sites were alight with the news of the pregnancy. The hashtag “royalbaby” was trending on Twitter, and several parody handles, including @royal_fetus, the British-spelled @royalfoetus, and @IamRoyalBaby had sprung to life and gained thousands of followers. One American comedian snagged Twitter real estate @RoyalFetus more than a year ago, and first tweeted on April 29, 2011, the couple's wedding day. Today, after months of radio silence, it tweeted simply - “I EXIST!
November 29, 2012 |
You know your parody worked brilliantly when someone -- ideally a big someone -- doesn't have a clue that it's a parody. The Onion did not, in Lincoln's phrase, fool all of the people all of the time. But it evidently fooled more than a quarter of a billion people for some of the time -- the subscribers and Web readers of China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, with more than 3 million subscribers worldwide and tens of millions of daily hits to its website. This organ of well-scrubbed “information” reported as sober fact the Onion's parody of People magazine's “sexiest person alive” listing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as its own sexiest man alive.
October 15, 2012 |
"Saturday Night Live" parody of the vice presidential debate got a little help at the end from Olympics 100-meter gold medalist Usain Bolt. It happened near the end of the segment, when Taran Killam, playing Paul Ryan, claims he won the 100-meter race at the London Olympics. After Jason Sudeikis, playing Joe Biden, says he did not, Ryan asks his training partner, Bolt, to come out and verify his claims. Without spoiling it for those who want to watch it above, let's just say Bolt doesn't exactly stand by Ryan's claims.
October 8, 2012 |
In 2008, five years after the close of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," four years after the end of "Angel," and the year before "Dollhouse," their creator Joss Whedon took it upon himself to make a short series for the Web, the three-act musical tragicomedy, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. " Widely available these four years online and on home video, it finally comes to television Tuesday, as Whedon may have hoped all along - it is conveniently about the length of an hour of television, with the commercials taken out - on the CW, the network that undoubtedly would have been the home of "Buffy" and "Angel" had it existed when those shows were on, or those shows existed now. But let me return from that parallel universe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2012 |
At the end of the night, the El Monte lifeguards who were fired for making a video spoof of a South Korean pop phenomenon did not win their jobs back. But they did make a splash that continues to be felt in the San Gabriel Valley city. "The city is the laughingstock of the nation," observed political consultant Xavier Hermosillo during a lengthy council meeting Tuesday that ended with city officials ordering a review of the mass firing. He suggested the city "do the right thing" and hire back the guards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 |
It went viral, all right. But in all the wrong ways. Now 13 city lifeguards and their supervisor in El Monte are fighting to get their jobs back - after being fired for making a video spoof of a widely popular Korean pop star's song. The "Lifeguard Style" video - a takeoff on the YouTube sensation "Gangnam Style" by rapper Psy - rocketed across the Internet, watched by more than 1 million YouTube viewers. Yet the audience that counted most - city officials - took a dim view of it. "We thought it was hysterical and we wanted to try something fun," said Michael Roa, a University of La Verne student who worked at the El Monte Aquatic Center for seven years.
September 10, 2012 |
Any day now the announcement that "Jaws the Musical" is heading to Broadway will appear in my inbox, ringing the death knell for the commercially desperate American theater. But until that apocalyptic moment, let's savor the revue-style ingenuity of "Silence! The Musical," a singing sendup of that pulpy yet polished 1991 blockbuster "The Silence of the Lambs," winner of a disproportionate number of Academy Awards for a movie in which body parts are there for the filleting. A cult hit in New York, the show opened Saturday at the Hayworth Theatre in a production that preserves its New York International Fringe Festival roots.
August 30, 2012 |
The Oregon Duck is no quack. He did a parody of "Gangnam Style," a song that has gone absolutely viral, drawing more than 76 million views. (See the original video below.) The Duck's version is equally hilarious. It features the same awesome dance moves, which must have been really fun to do in an animal suit equipped with webbed feet. The Duck's version, which was posted Thursday, will surely inspire many other parodies. Just look at the Harvard baseball team's parody of "Call me Maybe," which already has nearly 16 million views and led to a slew of other colleges producing similar videos this summer.