Created By: Routerie on February 17, 2012 Last Edited By: Routerie on January 28, 2013
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Parody Shout-Out

A parody references a work in lieu of making a joke

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We're splitting this off from Parody Failure and Narrow Parody, which are confusing pages that we discovered include several unrelated things - this, Spoofed The Ironic Film Seriously, Spoofing Spoofiness, Spoofed With Their Own Words and RedundantParody.

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In between jokes that exaggerate or mock a subject, parodies will often simply reference a different subject. The parody assumes that the audience will laugh out of recognition.

Critics of this technique note the difference between references and jokes, claiming there's nothing humorous about simply mentioning something. Nonetheless, some viewers enjoy the references, interpreting them as ShoutOuts or homages. These elements may also appear funny simply through their insertion in an unrelated setting, through the incongruity, even without the parody mocking them.


Examples

[[folder:Film]]
  • The spoofs of Seltzer and Friedberg have received a lot of flack for this. The Soup suggested their next movie should be called "Reference Movie"; a Cracked article marveled at how they contain "no jokes. Just things we recognize as things."
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[[folder:Magazines]]
  • More Mad "TV satires" than not ended with the sudden appearance of another show's characters. Sometimes, this drew a comparison between the show being parodied and a superior show (or a bad show) or to make some other point. Other times, the characters would have no connection to the parody and no joke existed other than their existence.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Robot Chicken often simply includes bits of pop culture in place of jokes. Family Guy mocked this when their own Brian and Stewie entered the Robot Chicken universe:
    Brian: Whoa!! This is trippy.
    Stewie: I should say so. We're in the "Robot Chicken" universe.
    Peter: Will you guys move!? You're blockin' the TV!
    Chris: Look!! (action figures of a Thunder Cat, GI Joe, He-Man, and a Transformer walk into the room)
    Chris: GI Joe, Transformers, Thunder Cats, He-Man!! Yay! Those shows existed!!
  • Family Guy itself often uses that formula, as they lampshaded during a similar Take That, Us moment in "It's a Trap!"
    Chris: Uh, Dad, one question: what do you got against Seth Green?
    Peter: Uh, tch, I just think he's a douche. You got a problem with that?
    Chris: Well, we're all entitled to our own opinion. For example, me, I think Seth Macfarlane's a douche.
    Peter: What's that now?
    Lois: Yeah, I don't like him either.
    Meg: Yeah, me neither.
    Stewie: Wait a second, I hear he's a pretty nice guy.
    Brian: Yeah, good-looking guy. Talented, young.
    Chris: Talented? He ripped off The Simpsons.
    Lois: Yeah, he watched TV in the 80s. We get it.
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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 17, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ... So this is basically Shout Out But For Parodies?
  • February 18, 2012
    Routerie
    More like References Arent Jokes but neutral. It will be on our Parody Failure index.

    This is for parodies that offer shout-outs to a subject in lieu of real jokes or actually spoofing it. With non-parodies, there's no expectation of spoofing at all, so all examples are simple shout-outs.

  • February 18, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I get the point of this, but there also has to be a way to tell between a genuine shout out in a comedy, and a shout out passed off as a joke.
  • February 20, 2012
    MorganWick
    This trope is more than "a shout out IN A PARODY!", and the title and laconic should reflect that. A better laconic would be "Hey, here's a reference to something you've heard of! LAUGH DAMMIT!" or even "It's funny 'cause I've heard of it!"
  • February 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Family Guy, in a parody of Robot Chicken, parodies Robot Chicken's tendency towards this:
      Brian: Whoa!! This is trippy.
      Stewie: I should say so. We're in the "Robot Chicken" universe.
      Peter: Will you guys move!? You're blockin' the TV!
      Chris: Look!! (action figures of a Thunder Cat, GI Joe, He-Man, and a Transformer walk into the room)
      Chris: GI Joe, Transformers, Thunder Cats, He-Man!! Yay! Those shows existed!!
    Family Guy also had a similar Take That Us moment in "It's a Trap!"
    Chris: Uh, Dad, one question: what do you got against Seth Green?
    Peter: Uh, tch, I just think he's a douche. You got a problem with that?
    Chris: Well, we're all entitled to our own opinion. For example, me, I think Seth Mac Farlane's a douche.
    Peter: What's that now?
    Lois: Yeah, I don't like him either.
    Meg: Yeah, me neither.
    Stewie: Wait a second, I hear he's a pretty nice guy.
    Brian: Yeah, good-looking guy. Talented, young.
    Chris: Talented? He ripped off The Simpsons.
    Lois: Yeah, he watched TV in the 80s. We get it.
  • March 21, 2012
    TBeholder
    looking at these wxamples... what's the difference between this and "complaining about references you don't like"?
  • March 28, 2012
    Routerie
    You're welcome to include references you do like.
  • September 11, 2012
    Routerie
    Maybe we should expand this to humor in general rather than just parodies.
  • September 28, 2012
    johnnye
    ^^ Who's realistically going to do that? The trope is complain-y by its very existence. You're taking a line from a work, claiming (a) "this is intended to be a joke" (subjective, just because a work is a comedy doesn't mean every line is meant as a joke) and (b) "it's not a joke, it's a shout out" (subjective, some people might think it's funny because it's incongruous with its context).

    I mean, it's hard to defend the "humour" in any of the examples given, because generally I agree they aren't funny. But "here are some jokes that aren't funny" isn't a trope, and the line between "not funny" and "not a joke at all even though it was meant as one" is, if it exists at all, subjective to the point of meaninglessness. On top of which, I question whether "here are some things that aren't jokes" is worthy of being a trope either.

    (Currently, all the examples are references by other media sources to shows using this sort of gag, which I suppose is OK as long as we make a point of saying "please don't just add jokes you think fail this way".)
  • December 1, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Bump. Is there anything else to do here?
  • December 20, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Needs more examples.
  • January 28, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Ok, this has been stale for months now. Scrapping this.
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