Parody, when done well, can illuminate the reality of a world that is almost too perfect.
Drawn Together aired on Comedy Central from 2004-2007. A sort of animated The Real World, the characters come from different cartoon genres. There is the super hero, the Disney-esque Princess, the chiseled hero from an action cartoon, etc. But, the different between these characters and their stock character predecessors that audiences have gotten used to watching.
Though it only lasted three seasons, Drawn Together was perfection while it was on the air. It took the the cartoon characters that we know and love and turned them on the head. It was funny, slightly sarcastic and perfectly mocked the genre in which it is based on.
Let’s face it, the news can be dull at moment. But comedy has a way of elevating the news by making us laugh and making us think.
The Daily Show premiered in 1996 on Comedy Central and has been a staple of the channel since then. Originally hosted by Craig Kilborn, then by Jon Stewart and currently by Trevor Noah, The Daily Show is is part news program and part stand up comedy routine.
The thing that I love about The Daily Show is that it speaks to the viewer who is bored or turned off by traditional news outlets, but still wants to be in the know about what is happening in the world.
The premise of the book is that the fictionalized version of you know who has decided to put his Presidential Archive together while he is still in office. The premise of the book is a series of satirical and fictional interviews and recordings taking the reader from his early days in Queens to his current position as President Of The United States.
Written in the same voice that Anthony Atamanuik uses on The President Show, this book is hilarious. It also helps the reader, at least from my perspective, to release any tension or anxiety they may have about you know who.
An extreme comment from an adult can often cause controversy. An extreme comment from a child can often makes the adults stop and think.
South Park premiered in 1997 and has yet to leave the air. Airing on Comedy Central and created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the focus of the show is four foul-mouthed 4th graders living in fictional South Park, Colorado. Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny go on out there adventures. While going on these adventures, they come into contact with a variety of other characters who only add to the hilarious and sometimes contentious situations.
I’m not a huge fan of South Park, but I can appreciate show’s impact. It’s nice to see a television program take on cultural and political issues in a way that points out the hypocrisy without hitting the viewer over the head while making them laugh.