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Spoofing Spoofiness
Mocking a spoof's method of spoofing
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(permanent link) added: 2012-02-13 03:32:27 sponsor: Routerie edited by: AmyGdala (last reply: 2013-02-25 09:43:20)

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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, ParodyShoutOut, SpoofedTheIronicFilmSeriously, Spoofed With Their Own Words and RedundantParody.


Parodies make fun of dramas, comedies, action, romance and every other genre imaginable. But what about other parodies?

Yup. They mock those too.

These targeted spoofs, like all works, conform to certain rules and vary in quality, creating room for other works to give them a taste of their own medicine.

For cases when a spoof doesn't realize its source material is a spoof, see Spoofed The Ironic Film Seriously. When the spoof unwittingly lifts a joke directly from the source spoof, it's a Redundant Parody.


  • The first Scary Movie film mocked a lot of horror movies, but it reserved its harshest treatment for the Scream series, which was itself tongue-in-cheek. Scary Movie mocked ''Scream' characters' blasť attitudes and attempts to deconstruct the horror genre while falling into its usual traps.
  • The movie Not Another Not Another Movie tells the story of a talentless team of moviemakers who make a parody movie in the vein of the many spoofs from the 2000s.
  • The first Austin Powers films were spoofs of spy films, particularly James Bond. By the third installment, the movie just mocked its own movies - movies that were themselves parodies.

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  • The Office's David Brent parodies the tendency for British mimics to spoof comic personas like Dame Edna. Brent fancies himself a genius comedian, his reliance on riffing on these kind of characters is a pretty clue that ultimately he's got nothing.
  • David Brent's Transatlantic Equivalent Michael Scott is also shown to fall back on stock parodies and well-worn catchphrases, often cribbed from Saturday Night Live. His failure with these mocks the routines themselves.
  • How I Met Your Mother: In one episode, Ted suggests that Weird Al do a parody called "Wake Me Up Before You Pogo."
  • 30Rock: Weird Al's many food-related parodies got some fun poked at them in an episode where all Jenna's serious songs were "parodied" by simply replacing the lyrics with names of food.

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  • Star Wars spoofs have become so common that when South Park did a brief one at the start of its final Imaginationland episode, it called out the concept as unoriginal and then chastised itself for relying on it.
  • The Simpsons: The New York episode featured a peek inside the offices of MAD Magazine. A group of writers try to come up with a witty name for an Everybody Loves Raymond spoof. "How about Everybody Hates Raymond?" suggests one writer, to unanimous applause.
  • Family Guy: Brian and Stewie found themselves transported into the world of Robot Chicken in one episode. The characters mocked the show's tendency to use references as jokes.
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