Anna Russell (19112006) was a gifted English singer-comedienne-pianist-satirist-composer-parodist who made fun of {{Opera}}, Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, ClassicalMusic, {{Advertising}}, {{Jazz}}, and pretty much anything else she could get her hands on. Audiences loved it.

Some of Madame Russell's most notable routines:

* "How to Write Your Own Creator/GilbertAndSullivan Opera"
* "A Practical Banana Promotion"
* "The Decline and Fall of the Popular Song"
* "Theatre/{{The Ring of the Nibelung}}s: An Analysis"

Discographical note: most of her routines were recorded live in concert and released on short records (with bizarre names like ''Anna Russell Sings?'', ''Anna Russell in Darkest Africa'' and ''Anna Russell Sings! Again?''). All of these concert recordings are currently available collected on three [=CDs=]:[[labelnote:note]]The one major exception is her "Guide to Concert Audiences," which was released on vinyl but never made it onto CD.[[/labelnote]]

* ''The Anna Russell Album?''
* ''Anna Russell Encore?''
* ''Anna Russell Again?''

!!Anna Russell's works display examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Her spoofs of popular and classical music varied widely in their sincerity. In "Survey of Singing from Madrigals to Modern Opera," though the parodies of madrigals and coloratura arias are too silly to be true, "Wir gehen in den Automaten" could be mistaken for a Bach cantata if the lyrics weren't about ordering bacon at the Automat, and "Aria from 'The Psychiatrist'" only sounds insane when compared with Magda's aria from ''Theatre/TheConsul'' and its repetition of the question "What is your name?"
* AntiLoveSong: "Miserable," a Torch Song parody on how awful it is to be happy ''without'' her lover and how she'd much rather be miserable (or as she renders it, "mizz-urr-ubb-ull") ''with'' him.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: In "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera," the fat contralto character of Dandelion reveals (in song, assisted by chorus) that the rich tycoon Claude Billy Bunion was born with a mark "just like a Spanish onion" behind his ear, but being a stupid Creator/GilbertAndSullivan character she [[SwitchedAtBirth switched the bassinets]]. Such a mark is discovered on the tenor, whom the soprano can now marry instead of the patter baritone, who has to marry the contralto.
* ChristmasSongs: Lampooned with "Please Santa Claus."
* DeathByWomanScorned: "Dripping With Gore" and "Two Time Man" are (mild) parodies of this trope as used in country music.
* DiseasedName: "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" has Pneumonia Vanderfeller, a typical "British piercing-type soprano." And then, of course, there's the heroine of "Anaemia's Death Scene."
* HookedUpAfterwards: "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" spoofs (along with every other G&S trope) the tendency of "the liitle man who sings the patter song" to end up with "the big fat contralto". Dandelion (the aforementioned "big fat contralto") even sings about it in the final number, although it appears it will come as a surprise to Claude Billy Bunion ("the little man who sings the patter song").
* IdiotHero: Siegfried in "The Ring of the Nibelungs: An Analysis."
--> And he's very young, and he's very handsome, and he's very strong, and he's very brave -- and he's very stupid... he's a regular ComicStrip/LilAbner type.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The plot of "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" stems from how Parnassus Q. Vanderfeller has lost all his money but is "much too aristocratic to work."
* {{Jingle}}: "A Practical Banana Promotion" includes not only "Eta Banana," a parody of the Chiquita jingle, but also "Alas, What Should I Do," which sounds like just a rather mushy ballad when played the first time, but with subliminal advertising supposedly included. The song is repeated to reveal many contemporary (1950s) commercial jingles and slogans.
** Not to mention some ads that piggyback off parts of the song:
--->"For love of you/My heart is clogged with feeling/It overflows with passion--" "Phone your Roto-Rooter service man!"
* LadiesAndGerms: "Introduction to the Concert (By the Women's Club President)" begins: "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen...and others."
** Immediately followed by: "...I'm sorry, of course I know all our members are ladies and gentlemen. What I meant to say was, [[TakeThatAudience some of you have brought]] ''[[TakeThatAudience friends]]''."
* LastSecondWordSwap: In the grand-opera spoof "Anaemia's Death Scene," the dying Anaemia refers to her [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Fiancé]] as a "miserable old...baritone."
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: "The Ring of the Nibelungs: An Analysis" includes what is probably the TropeCodifier.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: In "Introduction to the Concert (By the Women's Club President)," the speaker introduces "that magnificent pianist, Miss ... er ... Miss Hamburger."
* OldMoney: Parodied in the opening chorus of "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera."
* PoirotSpeak: "Schreechenrauf," introduced as a pastiche of [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagnerian]] arias for dramatic soprano, is actually a parody of the ''Ring'' cycle, with mangled Anglo-German phrases like "wir fallen in lieber" set to Creator/RichardWagner's music. The aria reaches a climax when it puts down one of the characters from ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'' (Gutrune, daughter of Gibich) as "Gutrune, die ''Götterdämmerung'' Gibich!"
** She does the same thing with what can only be described as dog-Italian, in "Canto Dolcemente Pipo", from the opera ''La Cantatrice Squelante''.
* RuleOfFunny: Anna Russell's claim that Gutrune is the only woman Siegfried meets who isn't his aunt is actually incorrect, as Siegfried has a scene with the Rhinemaidens (the three daughters of Father Rhine) in ''Götterdämmerung''.
* SurpriseIncest: Spoofed in "The Ring of the Nibelungs: An Analysis."
--> "That's the beauty of grand opera: You can do ''anything''. ({{Beat}}) So long as you ''sing it''."
* VictorianNovelDisease: "Anaemia's Death Scene," naturally.
* VocalRangeExceeded: The coloratura parodies "Canto dolciamente Pipo" and "O gentle bird with feathered breast" end with cadenzas that are obviously going to end on notes high above the staff, except that, after a few seconds of breathing (and, in the case of "Pipo", with an audible mutter of "Oh, the heck with it"), she instead sings her final note two or three octaves lower.
* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: In "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera", the wealthy American patriarch is named Parnassus Q. Vanderfeller.
* YouBastard: PlayedForLaughs in "The Rubens Woman": "She is dead, and who killed her? Who killed her? You killed her! ''You!"''