parody

"Fifty Shades" parody gets into dungeons… and dragons

Article: "Fifty Shades" parody gets into dungeons… and dragons

The web is littered with Fifty Shades of Grey parodies, but we think that “Fanny Merkin” (a.k.a. Andrea Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love) is the first one to get out a book-length parody. Yes, he wrote an entire novel that’s pretty much a line-by-line parody of Fifty Shades — it digs fun at the sex scenes, at the brand-name dropping, at the writing, at the murmuring, at the meandering inner monologues and most especially at Anastasia’s various inner voices. It’s called Fifty Shames of Earl Grey and, yes, there’s a grey tie on the cover.

Visit to MAD Magazine headquarters

Article: Visit to MAD Magazine headquarters

While growing up, MAD Magazine was one of my favorite things to read. I loved its take on pop culture events and topical sense of humor, and I particularly admired the hilarious illustrations in each issue. For better or for worse, all those hours lying on the floor of my bedroom consuming the latest Spy…

Jeff Tweedy's (of Wilco) son writes awesome math-related song

Article: Jeff Tweedy's (of Wilco) son writes awesome math-related song

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 14-year-old son Spencer wrote and recorded “Single Digits (Put a line on it),” a brilliant math-related spoof of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for his Algebra class project. There’s so much geekiness in this. I love it. Five on your left and Five on your right and Ten on your lit­tle bitty toes…

A semi-alphabetical listing of Black actors with speaking roles on Friends

Article: A semi-alphabetical listing of Black actors with speaking roles on Friends

This rap video helpfully titled “A semi-alphabetical listing of Black actors with speaking roles on Friends” is one of the best video mash-ups I’ve seen this month. To paraphrase a YouTube commenter a version about Asian or Latino actors would be a shorter version.

Werner Herzog reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

Article: Werner Herzog reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

I previously blogged here about Ryan Iverson who “has been casting a shadow over the Internet’s collective warm memories of books from our childhood with his droll parodies” of Werner Herzog “reading” classic children’s books. He’s back this time with Werner Herzog chillingly reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Werner Herzog reads childhood books and analyzes Waldo

Article: Werner Herzog reads childhood books and analyzes Waldo

Ryan Iverson has been casting a shadow over the Internet’s collective warm memories of books from our childhood with his droll parodies of Werner Herzog reading “Curious George” and “Madeline.” Most recently, he explicates “Waldo” or rather “Voldo,” as Herzog ponders the dilemma of “a man unstuck from place and time…his only lifeline to his…

"Not Monday Night Football XXX": A porn parody too far?

Article: "Not Monday Night Football XXX": A porn parody too far?

For the past few years, porn parodies of popular sitcoms have been increasingly big business–and for good reason, too. With rampant piracy decreasing the adult industry’s market share, porn companies are eager to latch on to anything that sells: and, not surprisingly, the age old formula of taking a popular TV show and getting the…