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->''"BBC bastards."''
-->-- '''Steve''', ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' (a show financed by Creator/TheBBC)
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When on a comedy the characters make jokes at the expense of the studio or network funding their movie or TV show. In the U.S., the favorite target out of the Big Four Networks seems to be FOX, although all networks are AcceptableTargets at some point or another (Creator/{{NBC}} has seemed to ''encourage'' it since about 2006, right around when it became the ButtMonkey of the four major networks).

This trope would also fit those moments when an embittered author, or one cynical of the morality of the publishing industry, inserts into his work a thinly disguised slap to the face of the publishing house that is keeping him in work, albeit for not entirely satisfactory royalties or advance payments.

A sister trope to TakeThat. Related to TakeThatAudience. Remembering who wears the pants can combine this with EndOfSeriesAwareness.
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* [[BitingTheHandHumor.FoxAnimatedSeries Animated shows that aired on Fox]] have their own page.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* One arc of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ends with a climactic battle in the Fuji TV station, which broadcast the show in Japan. It's mercilessly destroyed, although part of the architecture is used to destroy the BigBad. The English dub just refers to "the TV station," which is a shame--the dub aired on Fox and everything!
* Speaking of the Fuji TV station, it also occurred in several ''{{Kochikame}}'' TV specials which the building was destroyed during the climaxes. One time, its architecture was used as a wrecking ball to knock a few stories off a skyscraper.
* The first episode of the {{OVA}} ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' had the AIC building (''Dangaioh'''s production company) destroyed by the invading bad guys.
* With ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Creator/{{Sunrise}} figured out that the best way to make use of blatant ProductPlacement was to make fun of blatant ProductPlacement.
-->'''Jackson:''' You know who made you a hero, right?
-->'''Kotetsu:''' Our sponsors, sir!
-->'''Jackson:''' Good!
* A dub example. If you play [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlIcJbbm08&fmt=18 a scene]] in episode 130 of Anime/{{Pokemon}} [[SubliminalSeduction backwards]], you will hear James say "Leo Burnett and 4Kids are the devil! Leo Burnett!" Creator/FourKidsEntertainment is the company that dubbed the series. Creator/EricStuart said that he included this line on purpose, due to 4Kids not paying him for commercials.
* In-universe example in {{Kannagi}}. Akiba brings a taped show for the main character Jin, because Jin accidentally taped over a show that Nagi hadn't watched yet on a VHS tape. He first hands out a Blu-ray, then when Jin mentions not having a Blu-ray player, he pulls out a tape. Nagi asks what it is, and turns out it's a Betamax tape, which Jin also doesn't have a player for. Cue the characters looking at Akiba.
-->'''Akiba:''' [[GratuitousEnglish It's a Sony!]]
** Said show was produced by Aniplex, [[ItMakesSenseInContext so it's sponsored by Sony.]]
* "''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' was lazily brought to you by these sponsors..." (Since this anime was aired in OtakuOClock, the "sponsors" was actually the manga's publisher SquareEnix.)
** "''Daily Lives of High School Boys'' was intermittently brought to you by these sponsors..."
** "''Daily Lives of High School Boys'' should have been brought to you by these sponsors..."
** "The last episode of ''Daily Lives Of High School Boys'' [[BookEnds was lazily brought to you by these sponsors...]]"
* When toy sales for MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo dropped, the toy company that sponsored the series pulled their support. In episode 46 of the first series, which [[SeriesFauxnale could have been the final episode]], [[spoiler: Momo is killed by a toy delivery truck.]]
** Episode 53 of the second series is a scathing satire of the anime industry. Momo visits an anime production company where animators frequently work themselves into comas in the hopes they'll eventually be able to make anime with their own OriginalCharacters. The character of the week Momo needs to help is such an overworked animator. [[spoiler: He dies at the end.]]
* Chairman Mashita in ''GundamBuildFighters'' is rumored to be based on a certain Bandai executive who doesn't care for ''{{Gundam}}'' and prefers {{Tokusatsu}} properties.
* In the animated adaptation of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Lord Ilpalazzo gives Excel a speech about the evils of manga, and demonstrates by tossing a handful of ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga volumes into a giant paper shredder, and sends her out on a mission to kill Koshi Rikdo, the series' artist and writer.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Creator/FranciscoDeGoya's portrait of king Carlos IV and his family are an almost GrotesqueGallery where they appear as pudgy, unattractive people. The Queen is standing in the center of the painting, a subtle hint towards the general consensus at the time that she was the one holding the strings in the palace.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first ''GreatLakesAvengers'', SquirrelGirl and Grasshopper appear in an offstage prologue. Grasshopper says "The only people reading comics now are [[TakeThatAudience overweight thirty-year-olds]] [[BasementDweller living in their mother's basement]]." SquirrelGirl's sidekick replies in an inset: "Hey, fanboys, don't take that lying down! Write angry letters to {{Marvel}} today!"
* ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'':
** Hazmat in issue #10: "Today's gonna suck as much as all the others... but just a little bit ''harder''. Because it's ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''... with ''no end in sight''."
** In another issue, a couple of the kids [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Lean On The Fourth Wall]] and complain about how the latest CrisisCrossover involving the [[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen Avengers and X-Men]] has been dragging on for too damn long.
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures: Avengers,'' Doc Samson's [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay "Needs a wife" assessment of Spider-Man]] when the Avengers go in for therapy.
* When Ed Brubaker did a two-issue story on ''ComicBook/TomStrong'', he produced a DeconstructiveParody of ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'', by Tom Strong's creator Creator/AlanMoore, arguing that ''Miracleman'' was not so much "realistic", as [[TrueArtIsAngsty pointlessly nasty and depressing for the sake of it]].
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', Arrowette and Wonder Girl are complaining at length about Creator/WarnerBros until one of them whispers something to the other. It's not explicit, but strongly implied that she had to be reminded not to make fun of the corporate parent of Creator/DCComics.
** In another issue, in a scene also involving the two girls, Arrowette complains about how much she hates Internet service providers ([=ISPs=]) when their connection dies. Wonder Girl then nervously replies, "No you don't! You LOVE! [=ISPs=]! Especially ''the biggest one!''" And to that end, Arrowette decided to shut up. That "biggest one", America Online, had just completed a merger with Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros. and therefore DC, to form AOL Time Warner.
%% Please keep the name AOL Time Warner. That was the name it used from 2001-2003, the time the comic was released.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In an in-universe example, in the essay-fic, [[Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the narrator directly belittles her professor who is currently marking her work, and curses at him a couple of times in-text.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Zazu starts to sing "It's A Small World." Scar freaks out and demands him to sing anything else but that.
** The stage musical uses "Be Our Guest". It doubles as a MythologyGag, since "Be Our Guest" was from [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the first Disney animated film that became a musical and paved the way for Lion King to come on Broadway]]. When ''Beauty and the Beast'' closed, it got replaced with [[Film/MaryPoppins "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."]]
* WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie criticizes the Lego Company's themed sets several times, and the villain has minions called "micro-managers" and a device called the "think tank" (presumably both jabs at ExecutiveMeddling).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Deconstructed in universe in ''Film/VForVendetta''. [[spoiler: Turns out this is a really bad idea when your sponsor and overseer is a totalitarian regime.]]
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' was full of these jokes. Case in point...
--> '''Creator/BenAffleck''': You're like a child. What've I been telling you? You gotta do the safe picture. Then you can do the art picture. But then sometimes you gotta do the payback picture because your friend says you owe him. ''{{Beat}} and AsideGlance''
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' actually had this as a plot point, with the boys making fun of their show's sponsor.
** And in the sequel, their trip to London is shown via second-unit footage with incredibly bad stand-ins while they marvel in voice-over [[SarcasmMode how nice of Paramount it was to send them to London for real]].
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' made a point to savage the hand of every piece of ProductPlacement appearing in the film. Fuddruckers' name slowly mutates into 'Buttfuckers'. Carl Jr's slogan becomes 'Fuck you, I'm eating!'. Opinions divide on the motives behind this move.
** One would presume RuleOfFunny.
** It's generally assumed that Gatorade refused to allow this, so they created "Brawndo" instead. It was then [[{{Defictionalization}} turned into a real drink]]. This is the reason Brawndo's corporate image meshes so well with Idiocracy - it's a licensed product of Idiocracy.
* In a similar way, ''Film/FightClub'' mocks most of its product placement (though one was intentional, as Edward Norton hates the New Beetle and intended to have a scene hitting it).
* In ''Film/{{Impromptu}}'', a group of struggling artists put on a theater production for their wealthy patrons that insult said patrons. The artists give "true art is offensive" as their justification.
* After Robocop has been reprogrammed in ''Film/RoboCop2'', one of his directives is to "avoid [[Creator/OrionPictures Orion]] meetings."
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' does this in the climax: Pee-Wee Herman sneaks into the Creator/WarnerBros studio to find his stolen bike and escapes on it, but ends up being chased by studio security guards.
* Although more of an InJoke (as the film was by Creator/{{Paramount}}, not Creator/{{Disney}}), the [[spoiler:near]] destruction of Creator/{{Pixar}} in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (director Creator/BradBird made two [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Oscar]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} winners]] there), as seen in the trailer.
* At the end of ''HolyFlyingCircus'', [[Creator/StephenFry God]] tells Michael Palin that he's having a dream that will probably be used as the ending for a heavy-handed Creator/{{BBC}}4 comedy/drama.
--->'''Michael''': Gosh, there's a BBC''4'' in the future? They must be doing well.
** God's response is to chuckle.
* Subtle example in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', where Raphael leaves a movie theater after watching ''Film/{{Critters}}'' and exclaims, "[[WhoWritesThisCrap Where do they come up with this stuff?]]" (''Film/{{Critters}}'' was also produced by New Line Cinema.)
* In-universe: In ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', when Lonesome Rhodes' show picks up its first commercial sponsor, a mattress company, he goes off script in the {{Enforced Plug}}s to bash its product. The company predictably pulls its sponsorship, despite the surprising fact that its [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity sales went up by 55 percent]] since they hired him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', Terry Pratchett manages a dig at the publishing industry and the morality of book publishers by having Nanny Ogg bilked over a publishing deal, in which her payment for a best-seller is the usual gratis author's copy of the book and nothing else. Granny Weatherwax plays catch-up on her friend's behalf and demonstrates that a publisher's worst nightmare is a cheated witch. They leave the offices with an advance payment of five thousand dollars.
* Sci-fi author Philip José Farmer, in his {{Riverworld}} series where all the Earth's population is resurrected into a wholly unexpected afterlife, has the character who is his MartyStu in the book (legitimate,as we are ''all'' characters on the Riverworld) meet a publisher who once cheated him. Near-lethal vengeance is administered. The publisher is given the name Sharko.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock used to do this to the ''advertisers'' sponsoring his shows a lot. For instance, in one episode he came on before the film to give a brief lecture about how pagans used to try to tell the future by looking at the internal organs of various animals. Then, looking at a modern X-ray of an animal, he predicted that we viewers were in for a "very gloomy" next minute or so. Cue the commercial break...
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a throwaway joke in ''Film/SantaClaus'' where, in response to kids writing letters to Santa, they quipped that writing to these ComedyCentral contests was useless.
** Also in ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'' when the radar dish-like Maser cannons are being deployed: "Man, all this and they still can't get the Comedy Channel!"
** Mentos was famous for juvenile ads and running them multiple times on every CC show. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHuQVSS_C-M This video]] shows an actual Mentos ad, and then a parody that the crew of MST3K showed during one host segment. The amount of Mentos ads during MST3K mercifully declined quickly after that point.
-->Youth is better, in every situation! Youth is better, old is stupid!
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had an episode in which the cast assumed "Fox viewing positions," which involved grabbing onto the rabbit ears, standing on one foot, balancing pots on their heads, etc. For you youngsters who've always had cable, the Fox network originally used mostly UHF stations, which were sometimes hard to tune in depending on weather, etc. This was just one of many, many pokes at Fox's programming reputation.
** Several episodes had a family member watching TV and hearing/listening to the promo for some utterly awful-sounding show, like "Psycho Dad" or "Psycho Mom." The promo would always conclude with the phrase, "On Fox!" to which the family member would reply, "Naturally."
** In another episode, a few characters visited the Fox studios, and an executive showed them a calendar of the new Fall line up they were excited about. Every timeslot either had a question mark or "crap," with the exception of ''Series/TheXFiles'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The show's production studio, Creator/ColumbiaPictures, wasn't immune to this trope either. The season 7 episode "The Movie Show" ended with the Bundys watching an unnamed Columbia movie, and when their logo came up, the family booed it. (Naturally, in the original airing, this lead right into the Columbia Pictures Television VanityPlate at the end of the show.)
* ''{{Seinfeld}}'' did this trope as well, by having Jerry and George pitch a ShowWithinAShow to Creator/{{NBC}}. The pitch -- a show about nothing -- was the real life pitch for the real life ''Seinfeld''. According to Creator/LarryDavid, the meeting really played a lot like the episode.
* In the Pilot of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Scott's mother worries about him having a new girlfriend, and says she won't be on "some show with a pregnant teenager." Teen Mom also airs on MTV.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' does this with one of their sponsors: Nintendo. There have been at least two episodes where characters were shown playing the Nintendo Wii and having a good, wholesome time. Finally, near the very end of season two they had a clearly deranged stay-at-home mom flailing the Wii remote around as she killed in psychopathic glee...suddenly those previous scenes don't seem so wholesome.
** Then season three started: No Wii.
* On July 21, 1969, Johnny Carson announced that he was due for a raise because his contract with NBC said that [[CueTheFlyingPigs he'd get a raise when men walked on the moon]].
* This is one of DavidLetterman's favorite types of gag.
** Letterman used to poke fun at Westinghouse when it owned Creator/{{CBS}}, through on-stage use of its industrial products.
** Before ''Series/{{CSI}}'' made a killing for CBS, Letterman's Top 10 lists made the occasional joke or two about how little watched CBS was at the time. An example: "CBS: More powerful than The Weather Channel."
** CBS' ''Late Show'' site actually archives every single CBS list, so you can check for yourself.
** Before he changed networks, Letterman did plenty of digs at Creator/{{NBC}} and their parent company, General Electric.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_kY8n3KfEY The final segment of the last episode Letterman's ill-fated 1980 morning show]] was a hilariously mean TakeThat to NBC and the game show that took over his timeslot.
** Jay Leno of ''TheTonightShow'' must have similar writers - he makes a lot of jokes at NBC's expense, too. He even makes jokes about how bad his jokes are.
--> The NHL canceled their season. The ENTIRE season. CANCELED. Didn't know The NHL was on NBC.
*** Note: This took place in 2004- 2005 a time where NBC was frequently canceling shows... and hilariously, the NHL actually HAD signed a contract to air their games on NBC ''starting with the cancelled season''.
* TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson: CBS cares.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' also can't seem to stop making fun of NBC and General Electric. In the ''very first episode'', they included a bit in which Jack Donaghy sings the over-the-top praises of the Trivection Oven; actual GE had to take commercial time during the episode to assure the viewing public that yes, the Trivection Oven was a real thing.
** ''30 Rock'' once devoted its entire [[PlotThreads B Plot]] to mocking the real-life sale of NBC from GE to Philadelphia-based Comcast by switching it to Philadelphia-based Kabletown. With a K.
--->'''Jack''': *''(to [[AsHimself Jack]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Welch Welch]])''* But they're from ''Philadelphia''!
** The episode ''Khonani'' has Jack trying to deal with the scheduling conflict he caused between 2 janitors, [[Creator/ConanOBrien Khonani]] and [[Series/TheTonightShow Lennon]]. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything He even attempted an innovative schedule in which the 2 would split the shift. In the end Lennon stayed on the shift]].
** Jack himself is a walking example of it: 30 Rock's over the top parody of an NBC executive, and he explains the whole conept quite well in ''Jack-Tor''.
-->'''Jack''': Oh I get it. The whole self-referential thing; Letterman hates the suits, Stern yells at his boss, Nixon’s "sock it to me" on Laugh In... Hippie humor.
* A number of BritishSeries knock their own channel.
** For example, ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' constantly made fun of {{the BBC}}.
*** And of Course, there'll be ''sport''.
** ''TheGoonShow'' made fun of the BBC too many times to count.
** As does ''Series/DeadRingers''.
** ''LookAroundYou'', anyone? Particularly the fake BBC promos in the second series.
** ''Series/TopGear'', and all Creator/TheBBC's PanelGames, frequently comment about the number of times they'll be repeated on Dave in the near future
* Many comedy shows on Creator/TheABC (the Australian one) make fun of the network's usually low budget. ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'' also mocked the ABC's left-wing stance, and after Maxine [=McKew=], an ABC News reporter, began running as a candidate for the Labor party, it had one sketch where Australia's parliament gave out Labor seats to ABC personalities.
* There's yet to be a comedy show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that does not make fun of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at some point, if not continuously.
* Because it's his job to make fun of everything on television, CharlieBrooker makes fun of the Beeb on his BBC Four show ''{{Screenwipe}}'' just as much as anyone else. While he does make light jabs at BBC Four's pretentiousness with fake shows like ''Harpsichord Challenge'' and ''The History of Corners'', and BBC Three's pandering to the base with ''Sick on a Widow'', he also gives well deserved criticism at recent BBC recommendations relating to the CreditsPushback.
** At least one jab was aimed at the viewers, in a piece about computer games:
-->"Yes, videogames are going through a renaissance, and you should not miss out - like you are now, by choosing to watch TV instead, like some kind of medieval throwback farmhand fuck."
** Also, he often lays into Endemol produced shows such as ''BigBrother'', while Brooker's production company is itself a subsidiary of Endemol. At one point this is {{lampshaded}}, by immediately following a particularly vitriolic attack on Endemol with the Zeppotron/Endemol VanityPlate from the end of the show.
** Brooker's ''DeadSet'', in which ''BigBrother'' contestants face a ZombieApocalypse, was also made by Zeppotron and was broadcast on [[ChannelFour E4]].
* Although not a comedy, ''Series/TheBill'' had a moment where two character were checking a hotel's CCTV cameras during an undercover operation. They were making comments related to the order of channels on the TV set. [=BBC2=] was gardening, ITV (the show's own channel, before it became [=ITV1=]) was adverts and the final conclusion to the joke was that ChannelFour (not named) was sex, as they discovered Dave and Polly kissing in a hotel room. Taking the joke further, ChannelFive equals porn (although, not as much... [[CSIVerse these days]].)
* In one skit on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', Colin Mochrie screamed at Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady: "You're not human! You're less than human! You're ''network executives''!" However, after the game, Drew Carey went to great lengths to point out that Colin wasn't talking about ABC (the American one).
** In one episode, they attempt to do an improv of a theme song for a sitcom featuring Bill Cosby and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, but the executives (mid-skit nonetheless) bring down the hammer down and stop them from using Hitler in the skit. For the entire rest of the episode, almost every single bit of improv became a TakeThat towards the executives, calling them prudes, taking every single opportunity to bring up the Führer, etc.
** There was one episode where Ryan had to play a weatherman who discovered the portal to hell was behind his green screen. He takes jabs at ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and Creator/MichaelBolton, then looks at Drew. "''This'' is how you got two shows!"
*** Everyone (but especially Ryan) rags on Drew, either for his weight or his job as the show's desk monkey. They also do frequent riffs on Colin's baldness, but these tend to have a more affectionate nuance to them.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', a demon causes a member of an unspecified network's [[MediaWatchdog Broadcast Standards and Practices]] department to go crazy, culminating in a shooting rampage that results in the deaths of two actors dressed as aliens. The demon then remarks that, as a result of this one action, he damned millions of people, as not every network has such strict Broadcast Standards and Practices. Cut to grainy video of the shooting, now repackaged as the latest FOX network special: "When Humans Attack!"
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had two jokes on their station: one in Season 3's episode "Nisei" regarding the infamous alien autopsy ("Mulder, this is even hokier than the one they aired on the Fox network."), and one in Season 9 where Fox is the only station interested in a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed not-]]''Series/{{Jackass}}'' stunt GoneHorriblyWrong.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has had plenty of jokes/skits about [=NBC=] over the years, but went wild with them in Seasons 4 and 5 (covering 1978-1980) when super-executive Fred Silverman, who had worked ratings wonders for [=CBS=] and [=ABC=], ran [=NBC=] into the ground over 1978-1981. Examples:
** The Kate Jackson episode has a running gag revealing that Silverman (played by John Belushi) was sent to [=NBC=] by [[Series/CharliesAngels Charlie]] to ruin the network.
** The 1979 Christmas show has a running gag of promos hyping Gary Coleman appearances on every other [=NBC=] show and special, since ''Diff'rent Strokes'' was one of the network's only hits at the time, along with ''[=SNL=]''.
** The "Limo for the Lame-O" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Franken#Saturday_Night_Live affair]]: Al Franken encouraged viewers to send letters to [=NBC=] asking that Franken get the use of a company limo -- since Silverman had one despite all the flops he'd launched, and Franken was on a hit show. This ''did not'' go over well with Silverman, and it led to him nixing Lorne Michaels' request that Franken succeed him as executive producer of ''SNL''.
** Then there was the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3JLKw0q4kY "Conspiracy Theory Rock"]] short from the 1998 season, which is about major corporations like General Electric controlling the media. It also took a stab at the firing of {{Norm MacDonald}}. It was banned from re-airing, but would appear on a TV Funhouse "Best Of" DVD.
** In an installment of ''Weekend Update'':
--->'''Seth Meyers''': You have TV in Hell?\\
'''The Devil''': Well, just NBC.
* Towards the end of his run on ''TheTonightShow'', Conan got absolutely ''vicious'' with these. For example, he mentioned that his rating were up 50%(due to the controversy), and continued that he was on the wrong network. He also introduced new one-shot characters for no reason other than to be ''really'' expensive, such as the mouse made out of a Bugatti Veyron, with the backing track of the original studio recording version of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." As he pointed out, both the broadcast rights and the syndication rights to the song were "crazy expensive," bringing the price tag of the character, who appeared for all of ''two minutes'', to '''1.5 million dollars.''' [[SarcasmMode "What're they gonna do, fire me?"]]
** And then, when word got out that the network was banning him from saying bad things about them, he got around it by SINGING insults.
*** And then, when that didn't work, he said them in ''Spanish'' (complete with ''subtitles''):
--> "NBC is like a Goat that Eats Money and Shits Trouble."
**** The Bugatti Veyron was on loan. Conan admitted the "crazy expensive" skits were jokes after fake ground sloth skeleton spraying fake beluga caviar on a fake authentic Picasso painting. It's also unclear how much NBC tried to prevent Conan's incredibly popular ravaging of the network and how much Conan just made up for laughs. Nearly all of his final two weeks at NBC were this trope, however.
** Not only that, Conan would often bash NBC and promote other networks, ''simply while conversing with guests'' and not making a bit out of it. It's likely Conan was saying these things simply because he really felt that way (hosting the Tonight Show was a life-long dream of his) and mostly got laughs because they were very cathartic.
** Conan actually had done this back on Late Night as well. Mainly poking fun at NBC's fourth place status.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' do this frequently. One toss between the two shows had a jealous Colbert mocking fellow Daily Show alumnus Ed Helms for [[Series/TheOfficeUS not having a nightly show]]. When reminded that his own show was on ''Comedy Central'', Colbert broke down sobbing: "I know! God, it's horrible! I wish I was on the Food Network!"
** The Food Network remark could've possibly been a jab directed at "Daily Show" alum Mo Rocca, who is currently a personality on the Food Network-owned Cooking Channel (hosting "My Grandmother's Ravioli" and "Food{ography)" and showing up on other Cooking Channel programs).
** An episode of the former once showed a clip of UsefulNotes/BarackObama being asked if he had ever seen the Creator/ComedyCentral show '''LilBush'', to which he replied "I heard of it, but I've never seen it." Cut to Stewart saying "Join the club."
** Stewart also had a little fun at the network's expense during his feud with Jim Cramer. Cramer made appearances on every NBC network/show he could (his home channel of CNBC, NBC's Today, MSNBC, etc). Stewart responded by going on a "Viacom tour." Cut to Jon [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-march-10-2009/basic-cable-personality-clash-skirmish--09 appearing on ''Dora the Explorer'' (Nick Jr) and ''The Hills'' (MTV)]], unleashing the [[SarcasmMode awesome power of his employer's multimedia empire.]]
** An example of another network getting its hand bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'': In 1997 Creator/KeithOlbermann, a ''SportsCenter'' anchor at the time, appeared as a guest on the ''Series/TheDailyShow'' with [[ThePeteBest Craig Kilborn]] (himself a ''SportsCenter'' anchor before becoming host of ''Series/TheDailyShow'') without permission from his bosses at {{ESPN}}, as required by that network's rules. During the interview Olbermann was asked (as part of the now-retired Five Questions segment) "What's the most god-forsaken place on the East Coast?" and answered "Bristol, Connecticut." Bristol happens to be the headquarters of {{ESPN}}. He got a two-week suspension, grief and editorials against him in the local paper, and the incident partially led to his departure from {{ESPN}} that year.
** Colbert also mocks this trope a lot, when he was feeling uneasy about giving Jon advertising.
--> "No free rides, [[Series/TheDailyShow guy]] who made my career."
** When ''Series/TheColbertReport'' debuted it was followed by a short-lived talk show called ''Too Late With Adam Carolla''. One night Stephen closed his show by saying, "Stay tuned for Adam Carolla. His guest tonight? Comedy."
** Colbert and Creator/SteveCarell mocked Stewart when the later came on ''Series/TheColbertReport''. They reprised their skit "Even Stevens" and ripped on each other mercilessly until they broke down crying and telling each other they loved each other, and then turned to ripping on Stewart.
-->'''Carell''': At least we're not working for Stewart anymore.
-->'''Colbert''': Yeah, that bastard was really holding us back, while he was launching our careers.
*** Then Jon Stewart cut in to ask how they managed to leave TDS because he gets locked in his office every night. "I haven't been outside in thirteen years!" The tape cuts out when Jon's "captors" see him and lock him away again.
** The 16 July 2012 episode of ''The Daily Show'' devoted the second segment to the ongoing brouhaha regarding the contract dispute between Viacom and [=DirecTV=] (the episode aired the night after DTV dropped all of Viacom's networks). Stewart (with the assistance of John Oliver) proceeds to not only call out Viacom on its bullshit, but also ridicule ''the entire medium of television''.
--->'''Jon Stewart''': You've got ads blaming each other for taking the shows away, telling people to "rise up and demand it" like it's some kinda basic-cable [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring Arab Spring]].
*** Jon Stewart also tore a strip off Viacom when Viacom ordered Website/YouTube to purge Daily Show clips.
** One of the commercial bumps during their Election 04 coverage was "And now a word from corporations who have a much bigger impact on this election's outcome than you."
** Advertisers beware: getting Stephen to personally advertise your product will make you ripe for mockery. Of particular note is the company who sent out its memo detailing exactly how its product was supposed to be portrayed... [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/409087/february-23-2012/wheat-thins-sponsortunity and Stephen read it on-air.]]
*** Although not specifying clearly enough can sometimes be just as risky, as T-Mobile found out when [[http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/p4t1a2/vibrant-constipation-pill Stephen recommended its phones be used as vibrating constipation pills]].
** There's also the now infamous episode where Viacom prevented Music/DaftPunk from appearing on the show. [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/428372/august-06-2013/stephest-colbchella--013---daft-punk-d Stephen's response was GLORIOUS]].
** A sneaky example: starting in early 2013 it became a RunningGag on ''The Daily Show'' to insult the fast-food restaurant Arby's at any opportunity. While Arby's sponsorship for ''The Daily Show'' doesn't go beyond random commercials that may happen to air between breaks, they are the ''official'' sponsor of ''The Colbert Report'', even appearing on-screen right after the title card.
** When Koch Industries aired image ads on TDS shortly before the 2014 midterm election, Stewart dedicated a whole segment on the 10/29/14 show to making fun of them and their image-polishing ad (and also got off a snip at Arby's!)
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' bit the hand hard in their final episode. Two property developers show up at Flatpoint High and repeatedly deny that they're tearing it down and building a strip mall, even as classrooms are demolished and food outlets built in their place. At the end of the episode, the teachers and students [[TrashTheSet go on a rampage of destruction and burn down the school]], with one teacher gloating "They'll never turn it into a strip mall now!" The RealitySubtext: the property developers were based on two Comedy Central network execs. ''Strangers with Candy'' was being cancelled, and replaced with a show called ''Strip Mall''.
* During the 2006 Emmy Awards on NBC, host Conan O'Brien, whose show is also on NBC, puts it delicately:
-->Yeah, we got trouble, right here at NBC
-->With a capital "T" and that rhymes with "G" as in "Gee, we're screwed!"
-->Yeah, we got trouble, right here at NBC
-->I hate to disrespect, but my lawyer checked and I can't be sued!
** There was also a hilarious crack about how since the ceremony was on NBC, it would probably be cancelled halfway through.
** In early 2010, Conan was once again taking shots at NBC, although this is less "Biting the hand that feeds" and more "Mauling the arm that hit you."
** This all came full circle with Jimmy Fallon hosting the 2010 Emmys
-->So NBC asked the host of Late Night to come to LA and host a different show. [[TemptingFate What could possibly go wrong?]]
* ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp'' makes fun of all channels about equally and does not spare its parent ITV. For example:
--> '''Harry''': If you enjoyed the BBC's ''Who Do You Think You Are''? you may be interested in ITV's ''You Don't Know You're Born''...[[FollowTheLeader which is]] '''[[FollowTheLeader the same]].'''
** Harry's earlier Channel Four series frequently made fun of that channel, depicting numerous run-ins with the Controller of Channel Four, who was portrayed as a child.
*** Not just a child, but a ventriloquist's dummy that had the personality of a child.
* ''Series/XPlay'' would occasionally jab at G4 after its NetworkDecay, with specific references to being on the same channel as ''Series/TheManShow''.
** On the same note, the series finale of ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'' ended with Leo and Patrick from ''Series/TheScreenSavers'' bashing G4 in so many ways that they still go to work at a tower bearing the Creator/TechTV logo. A shame that the [=TechTV=]/G4 merger wasn't AllJustADream that Leo had.
* In one episode of ''Series/DirtyJobs'', there was an incident in a salt mine where one of the camera men narrowly avoided getting hit on the head by a large rock. One of the mine workers joked that when someone is injured to 'go for the wallet first.' Cue Mike Rowe's reply "He's a camera man. For the ''Discovery Channel.'' There's nothing in his wallet."
** Also, this fun exchange:
---->'''Dairy Farmer:''' Yeah, you just want to bend over right there.
---->'''Mike:''' Just bend over and get ready for it?
---->'''Dairy Famer:''' Yup. That's not a problem?
---->'''Mike:''' Sir, I've been in television so long, I'm a pro at [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar bending over and taking it.]]
* Something similar happened on ''DestinationTruth.'' Josh Gates is browsing through a marketplace in Turkey (I believe) and sees a beautiful rug. The shop owner tells him the price and Josh looks surprised. They then cut to him looking at much smaller rugs, roughly the size of a sheet of paper (the shop owner suggests using them under a telephone,) and Josh says "I work on cable, my friend, this is all I can afford." He never explicitly mentions Syfy, but the implication is there.
* While presenting the Best Animated Feature nominees at the 2009 AcademyAwards, Creator/JackBlack explains to co-presenter Jennifer Aniston his secret to success when it comes to making money at voice acting:
-->'''Jack Black''': "Each year I do one Creator/{{DreamWorks|Animation}} [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda project]], then I take all the money to the Oscars and bet it on {{Pixar}}."
** [[LaserGuidedKarma And the winner]]? ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. (to which Black jumped and cheered...) What was especially funny about the moment, though, is that one of the people who laughed hardest when he made this joke was... Jeffrey Katzenberg.
* While we're on the topic of the Oscars, after the 2008 show played a montage of movies addressing the social issues of their time (in a very "look how awesome we are for doing this" tone):
-->'''Jon Stewart:''' [[SarcasmMode And none of those issues were ever a problem again]].
** John Oliver's segment on the 78th academy awards where he says they managed to move past the dark clouds of failure from the previous year (the one Jon Stewart hosted).
* In the Creator/SpikeMilligan series ''[=Q6=]'' (1975), the first episode features several digs at the BBC's security guards, the "crummy wardrobe department" and the high prices in the canteen.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' contains numerous swipes at the BBC, most notably in the episodes "Alternative Roots" and "The End," during which a service announcement warns of "cutbacks of a hundred percent" - and the screen immediately goes black!
** And in the ''Gender Education'' episode they blew up the BBC Television centre! The rest of that one they spent taking the mickey out of [[MoralGuardians Mary Whitehouse]]
* Every episode of ''Series/ThisAmericanLife'' (both on radio and TV) ends with Ira Glass attributing some quote from the show, taken out of context, to the general manager of WBEZ, the show's home radio station.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'': ''Is'' there an {{ITV}}4?
* In his show ''Series/NoReservations'', celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain frequently pokes fun at his producers and The Travel Network.
** Although compared to the absolute ''demolishing'' of Creator/FoodNetwork in his book, ''A Cook's Tour'' (which was funded by the network in question), Bourdain is pratically complimentary.
* ''Series/TheSoup'' takes sooooooooo many jabs at Creator/{{E}} They even have a segment dedicated to mocking E! shows called "Let's take some E!"
* Also a staple of ''Chelsea Lately''. Chelsea Handler frequently ridiculed the network president, even while she was dating him.
* In ''Series/TalkinBoutYourGeneration'', host ShaunMicallef makes unkind remarks about the Ten network a few times; once, he [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this by miming biting his hand afterwards.
* When he was a panelist on ''Series/MatchGame'', Richard Dawson used to quip that his ''FamilyFeud'' was the most popular show in Guam.
* The game show ''Clash'' (Ha!/Comedy Central) had Billy Kimball addressing a discrepency "because if we don't, we're going to get a letter from our viewer."
* A 1971 episode of ''The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour'' featured an opera version of AllInTheFamily with a completely different cast playing the Bunkers and Stivics, with the plotline having the CBS censor being invited for dinner. The CBS censor was played by Carroll O'Connor.
* Satirical BBC panel game ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' does this a lot. One of the most notable occasions was in the late 1990s when the BBC director-general John Birt banned BBC programs from discussing rumours that politician UsefulNotes/PeterMandelson (a close friend of Birt) was gay; this act by Birt was widely regarded as an abuse of Birt's position and clear bias towards a friend who was otherwise an obvious target for satirists. Viewers eagerly awaited the first show after this became public, to see if the show would break the BBC's rules. Early on, guest Jackie Mason made a reference about Mandelson, and soon everyone else was at it, so the entire show became an attack on Mandelson's hypocrisy and Birt's attempt to get the BBC to cover for his friend. (Special mention must go to Ian Hislops delivery of "Peter Mandelson is a ... friend of John Birt", which made it sound like an UnusualEuphemism.)
* Creator/EricIdle's post-Creator/MontyPython sketch show ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'' was un-necessarily crippled by a miniscule budget granted by a parsimonious BBC. Idle, Innes, Woolf and Batley ended the first series on a bitter spoof song about the mean and miserly attitude of the BBC, where the male characters sat naked on a row of stools in a bare studio, with only minmal modesty-saving towels (Gwen Taylor was absent for this one).
-->Hello, I bet you're wondering why we're here/Sitting on our bums, without a stitch of gear/For as it happens, the budget has expired/And everything's gone back to the place from whence it's hired...
* An episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' (made by the BBC) has Howard watching a bland, seven-hour documentary about an obscure film director and his [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]] [[LeFilmArtistique works]]... on BBC Four. They got to use the real BBC Four logo.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' delivered a really big TakeThat at ABC for moving the show's timeslot. It happens in the episode where Cory and Topanga are babysitting a kid and are discussing his bedtime:
-->'''Kid:''' At least let me watch my favorite show. It's on right now!\\
'''Topanga:''' But it's 9:30, I know you don't stay up past nine.\\
'''Kid:''' It used to be on at 8:30 but this year they moved it to 9:30, those idiots.\\
'''Cory:''' Wait a minute they moved that show to 9:30, why?\\
'''Kid:''' No one knows!\\
'''Cory:''' Well was it doing badly at 8:30?\\
'''Kid:''' No!\\
'''Cory:''' Well why didn't they leave it alone?\\
'''Kid:''' There're trying to kill it! There're trying to kill it!\\
'''Cory:''' Those are bad bad people.
** ABC took notice and changed the timeslot back not long after this.
* One of the reasons ''The DanaCarvey Show" was cancelled was because Dana mocked his sponsors so much that they stopped backing his show.
* The 2011 episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' with guest host MileyCyrus had a sketch called "[[http://www.hulu.com/watch/221674 Disney Channel Acting School]]," where Miley (dressed in an exaggerated Series/HannahMontana costume and poofy hair) and Creator/RavenSymone (played by [[KenanAndKel Kenan Thompson]]) host an infomercial for the school. The sketch parodies the writing, wardrobe and comedic devices DisneyChannel {{Kid Com}}s such as ''Hannah Montana'', ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' and ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' use regularly.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'', which airs on USA (an NBC affiliate) had this gem:
-->'''Director of show in show:''' They better make great TV, okay? Because I sold this to NBC. NBC! They make classics like {{Friends}} and...uh...um...uh...
* The made-for-tv movie ''SpecialBulletin'', which aired on NBC, featured a terrorist remarking "NBC would kill its mother for this footage!"
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': At the start of season 2, Executive Meddling made the creators sex up Ivanova's appearance. She started wearing redder lipstick and had her hair loose instead of pulled back. When Garibaldi came out of his coma and returned to duty, he commented on her 'new look'. Ivanova snapped back "With everything that's been going on around here I'd think you'd have other things on your mind besides my look!" Take That, Executive Meddlers!
* An unusual case: ABC has been owned by The Walt Disney Company since 1995, and in the Tom Bergeron era of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' (which started at the TurnOfTheMillennium), the grand prizes each season are usually related to the DisneyThemeParks or the company's other vacation ventures. The show usually sends Bergeron to the venues in question to spend chunks of his host segments shilling them. Aside from those special episodes, however, Disney hasn't stopped the show from airing home videos that cast the parks in a less-than-ideal light (costumed characters falling off of parade floats or scaring toddlers, kids and adults being unpleasantly surprised by Epcot's famous "leapfrog fountains," etc.), and in one 2005 finale Bergeron joked that when his daughters are at Disney World, the three things they're most eager to see are "Mickey, Minnie, and Daddy's Wallet."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had a fourth wall-destroying episode called "The Monster at the End of this Book", where the Winchester boys learn that someone has been recording their adventures and selling them as novels (complete with {{Contemptible Cover}}s). The episode has a lot of pokes at the fanbase, including Dean referring to "[[IncestIsRelative Wincest]]" as SickAndWrong, and a fangirl character with tattoos based off the series who gushes about how cute the boys are when they cry. InternetBackdraft ensued, mainly from Wincest fans who felt personally insulted.
** "Hollywood Babylon" features a [[ExecutiveMeddling Meddling Executive]] who makes a lot of dumb suggestions and is killed horribly early in the episode. All of his ideas were based on real (though exaggerated) suggestions the crew had received for Supernatural, including making the show LighterAndSofter.
* The hosts and guests on Fox News' ''RedEyeWithGregGutfeld'' will occasionally take shots at the network or its personalities, though the latter are much more light-hearted.
* The second season of ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' had a few digs at the the thus far conspicuous ProductPlacement by Nissan: in one episode, Noah gives Claire a brand new Nissan Rogue for her birthday despite the fact that they're in ''hiding'' and Noah is working as a copy jockey, meaning this would raise a lot of eyebrows. Claire even refers to the car as "[[StuckOnBandAidBrand the Rogue]]" as opposed to "the car" The very next episode...the car is stolen. And in a later episode it's seen ''smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico to the U.S.''
* The ''{{iCarly}}'' episode "iGo Nuclear" was an episode-long jab and executives forcing DanSchneider to make an environmentally-minded episode of the show. The plot is about Carly's efforts to go green bringing her and her friends nothing but trouble.
* After ''Series/{{Community}}'' got picked up for syndication by Comedy Central, Joel [=McHale=], Yvette Nicole Brown, and Ken Jeong did a commercial where they complained about how badly NBC had treated them, and how they were shocked to now be on a channel that actually did commercials and promos for the show.
** This ending credits scene mocking NBC's penchant for shows with EpunymousTitles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuIZCJEu9a4
* ''Jono and Ben at Ten'' is a New Zealand comedy series broadcast on [=TV3=]. One of the presenters' favourite targets for their jokes is ''The Block NZ'', a reality series also broadcast on [=TV3=]. The hosts also like to make jokes at the expense of other [=TV3=] series such as ''7 Days'' (a comedy news program that airs just before ''Jono and Ben''), ''[[Series/BritainsGotTalent New Zealand's Got Talent]]'', and even [[SelfDeprecation themselves]].
* In an episode of ''KeyAndPeele'', Jordan Peele tracks down his DisappearedDad, who welcomes his son with open arms after learning that he has a TV show. When Peele casually mentions that the show is on ComedyCentral, his dad does a complete 180 and angrily screams "Get the fuck out of my house!"
* After discovering they had been canceled right after finishing their two-hundredth episode, the writers of ''Series/StargateSG1'' devoted the large sections of the episode "Family Ties" to making fun of the network.
-->'''Carter:''' The Stargate program just doesn't get the support it used to from the people in charge.\\
'''Jacek:''' That's too bad because [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall after all your Stargate program has accomplished for this network]]... of planets, I'd think that the decision makers would show it the respect it deserves.
* One conversation in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall discussing network executives]]:
-->'''Joy:''' Plus, they won't let anyone cuss on TV until a certain time at night. ''(checks her watch, waits a couple seconds)'' Douchebags.
* Creator/TheBBC ChristmasSpecial ''Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings'' is set in a BBC rehearsal space, as Victoria Wood tries to prepare her new show in the face of ExecutiveMeddling. Much fun is made about BBC bosses as a mess of contradictory focus groups and "lateral promotions" which ensure no-one knows what's going on, and the then-new channels BBC Choice and BBC Knowledge (now BBC Three and BBC Four) are parodied as BBC Lowbrow and BBC Highbrow, with Victoria explaining how much better things were when everyone watched the same programmes in an egalitarian manner. It ends with Twinkle from ''Series/{{Dinnerladies}}'' being put in charge of the entire BBC, and TheStinger has one of the execs (Creator/HughLaurie) explaining how excited he is about his new opportunity, which turns out to be in the cafeteria:
-->'''Creator/BobMonkhouse''': Could I ''please'' have a cup of tea?
-->'''Exec''': Do you have a BBC loyalty card?
-->'''Monkhouse''': Does anyone?
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* Music/PinkFloyd's song "Have a Cigar" from ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' is a clear mockery of record companies and producers who want hit singles instead of artistic freedom.
* The Music/DeadKennedys turned this into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome with their legendary performance of "Pull My Strings" at the Bay Area Music Awards in 1980.
* The back cover of Music/TheReplacements' ''Let It Be'' is a picture of graffiti the band members had written on a door, including "Twin/Tone eats slotty crap" (or possibly "...''sloth'' crap"). The Replacements were signed to the label Twin/Tone at the time, and what makes it even funnier is that the Twin/Tone logo is positioned directly beneath that message.
** The rarity "Lookin' For Ya" (which they would re-work into "Love Lines") ends with Paul Westerberg ad-libbing "Keep your riches, give me a Budweiser!" This is because it was originally recorded for ''Trackin' Up The North'', a compilation put together as part of a "Rags To Riches" battle of the bands co-sponsored by Miller High Life.
* Music/MrBungle were apparently doubtful as to whether or not their major label debut would even be released: In one line of "Carousel" they ask "Will [[Creator/WarnerBrosRecords Warner Brothers]] put this record on the shelf?" (although, possibly as a way of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, the liner notes make the blatantly false claim that the lyric is "[[{{Grease}} look at me I'm Sandra Dee]])."
* Music/{{Devo}} was also known to mock Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, and the music industry in general. Their promotional videos included characters that embodied every record executive stereotype: Rod Rooter, a pimply manager who didn't get Devo ("I can forgive you guys for being artists, but I can't forgive you for being stupid!" "Look at the airplay charts! No, no Devo!") and Daddy-Know-It-All, the boss of Big Entertainment who orders Rod to keep Devo in line.
* In ''DonGiovanni'', during the dinner scene, when the stage band starts to play 'Voi che Sapeti' from ''TheMarriageOfFigaro''--and the Don insists that he is sick of hearing that tune all the time.
* Music/SoulCoughing's "The Bug" from the ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' soundtrack includes a hidden (and probably tongue-in-cheek) dig at one of the film's stars - if you listen carefully to the end of the song you can hear a quiet loop of Mike Doughty intoning "Creator/GeorgeClooney is Satan".
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's contribution to ''[[Film/{{Godzilla1998}} Godzilla: The Album]]'' includes the line "Godzilla, pure motherfucking filler, to keep ya eyes off the real killer".
* SaraBareilles' "Love Song" is directed squarely at her recording company - it concerns her refusal to obey the company's request to put a love song on her album.
* "Money For Nothing" by Music/DireStraits from their album ''Music/BrothersInArms'' criticized MTV, while at the same time having a music video that got a lot of airplay on the channel.
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* A variation occurred in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'': Stephan Pastis has often credited ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' creator Scott Adams with getting him into the syndicated cartooning world. That didn't stop him from making a storyline where Adams is portrayed as an Elvis caricature that ends up dying of a drug overdose in a toilet off-panel.
** Pastis has mocked his syndicate several times as well.
** To say nothing of the many InUniverse examples where Pastis' '''own''' characters (particularly Rat) have insulted him and the comic itself.
* Gary Trudeau, creator of ''{{Doonesbury}}'', has slapped at his employer several times for making him submit strips six weeks in advance, with characters saying things along the lines of "even though the election happened last week, we don't know who won because this strip was submitted six weeks ago."
* Berkley Breathed went so far as to introduce a character into ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' to serve this purpose, W. A. Thornhump III, the fictional CEO of ''Bloom County Industries''. Thornhump was a CorruptCorporateExecutive who represented not only the perceived hypocrisy of money-grubbing corporate America, but also the unreasonable demands of the cartoon syndicate bosses. One example of this hypocrisy occurs in a Sunday strip that showed the results of drug tests of employees of the cartoons and even Breathed himself, who Thornhump [[DisproportionateRetribution thinks should be executed]] because the drug test revealed that he ate "one marijuana brownie six years ago." Thornhump's own test reveals that he is a serious alcoholic (driven home when Opus appears with his six-martini lunch) but declares him to be "drug free." He also used whatever "gimmicks" he could put into the strip to make a quick buck or increase ratings, regardless of legal, moral, or ethical issues, even going so low as to schedule a field trip to the "Acme Stewardess Academy" during a "Nudeness Week" in the strip.
** Also numerous highly-unflattering depictions of newspaper operators. The editor of the ''Bloom Picayune'' was offended that Milo would even consider bumping his [[WorstNewsJudgmentEver Jack Kemp adultery rumor story to page two]] in order to cover an oncoming AlienInvasion.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The ''Radio/AbsolutePower'' episodes "Radio 3" and "The BBC"(on Radio 4) was full of digs at Creator/TheBBC. The episode "English Sporting Success" included the line "In the BBC ratings are like sex; of course they're not important, just as long as you're getting some!"
** ''Absolute Power'''s [[SpinOff parent show]], ''In The Red'' and sequels were ''made'' of this trope; BBC radio comedy dramas about an inept BBC radio journalist and his unpleasant BBC bosses.
* In Season One of ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'', Thomas persuades Gary to lead a rebellion of the demons. Two demons keep insisting they need mission statements and brightly-coloured charts.
-->'''Thomas''': Who are those two?\\
'''Gary''': They're the demons in charge of torturing former BBC executives.\\
'''Thomas''': I think they've gone native.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' often made fun of the BBC. In particular Tim and Graeme spent the early 2000s taking potshots at the Controller of [=BBC2=], Jane "''Series/TheGoodies'' will be repeated over my dead body" Root. After all, she started it.
* ''TheNewsQuiz'' and ''TheNowShow'', because sometimes Creator/TheBBC ''is'' the news.
* ''TheGoonShow'' started off a lot of their shows with digs at the BBC.
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' has an inversion via SelfDeprecation: the {{stinger}} for the show is inevitably something to the effect of "And even though [something indicating deep disapproval/disappointment happens] every time ''we'' say it, this is Creator/{{NPR}}, National Public Radio." In other words, they compliment their network by calling themselves unworthy of it.
* Radio 4's statistics programme ''More Or Less'', reporting that one of their regular mathematician guests was appearing on BBC One's ''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Winter Wipeout]]'':
-->'''Tim Hartford''': I hadn't previously seen the show myself, but I now realise it's a bit like ''ItsAKnockout'', but without the high philosophical concepts. After watching it, I had one question for David: ''Why?''
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'':
** When they had teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson on to play "Not My Job," her subject was "Stuff Old People Like." One of the questions was about Creator/{{NPR}}.
** Peter Sagal called [[http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/19/5527402/text-message-fundraiser-for-ukrainian-army Ukraine holding a fundraiser for its military]] the "public radio approach to national defense."
* During the time period when Terry Wogan hosted the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show program "Wake Up to Wogan", he would make delicate jabs at the program, including referencing "the other listener" when responding to listeners' e-mails or the like. He would also poke fun at the BBC, from pointing out how many buildings they tend to purchase to their moving certain headquarters from London to Manchester to "the decided lack of provender [food]" available at times to the BBC's "Health and Safety" boffins and so on.
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* We tend to do this a lot with Tropers/TheAdvertisementServer.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the Los Angeles mission of the Japanese Campaign in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 3]]'', the player can (and is actively encouraged with rewards) blow up the [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]]-Los Angeles building. Upon its destruction, a Japanese soldier will yell "''Your ill-begotten products shall taint the shelves no more!''"
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'' was filled with jokes directed at Creator/ElectronicArts.
* The first thing one saw upon booting up ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' for the N64 was the typical N64 logo...which is immediately ripped apart by Conker with a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]'', to be replaced by the [[Creator/{{Rare}} Rareware]] logo. This is probably a good first indicator of what someone seduced by the game's disarming appearances is actually in for...
* Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo considers the ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'' commercial, a TakeThat at ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', to be this [[http://www.nintendoeverything.com/43116/ on the basis]] that the game's publisher {{Activision}} is also doing the ''VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii'' game exclusively for Nintendo.
** On a similar note, ''Blur'' was developed by Creator/BizarreCreations, who developed a few Disney games back in the day. When ''Blur'' failed to meet sales expectations, Bizarre went defunct and most of their employees went to SUMO Digital, and helped them develop, wait for it...''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]''. A company that made fun of the kart-racer genre in a commercial, then went on to ''developing'' a kart-racer.
* Overlapping with SelfDeprecation, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has the Human Noble origin: [[RatStomp "Giant rats?]] [[VideoGame/BaldursGate It's like the start of every bad adventure tale my grandfather used to tell."]]
* Strong Bad does this quite often towards TelltaleGames in ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' and its making-of mockumentary ''Behind The Bad'' (and eventually carried over in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory''), usually complaining about how they never follow his idea of the "perfect" Strong Bad video game. This, however, is subverted near the end of "8-Bit Is Enough" when the developers [[ThrowTheDogABone finally made an albeit lo-res polygon render of a concept sketch from Strong Bad for the episode's final battle]], [[HellYesMoment and Strong Bad couldn't be more happy about it.]]
* Creator/{{Nitrome}} did this and a bit of SelfDeprecation with their 100th game, ''Nitrome Must Die''. Example: in one level, the whiteboard in the background shows ideas for a new game... with a deadline of 8 hours.
* Crossing over with TakeThatAudience, Creator/ValveSoftware pokes fun at a specific type of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' modders (*cough*[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony]]*cough*) in [[https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7388-QPFN-2491 this page.]] This was after it was discovered that Valve CEO Gabe Newell watches the show.
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* WebComic example: Most of the jokes in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', especially in the first 200 or so comics, are at the expense of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' or its publisher, WizardsOfTheCoast. Rich Burlew, the author, is a freelance game designer who mostly works for Wizards on D&D-related projects. An early strip based on Wizards' slightly bizarre copyright policy is actually titled [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0032.html Biting the Hand That Feeds Me]].
** The ''OOTS'' strip in the last three issues of ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine had the Order discover the dragon from the cover of issue 1, whose subsequent career mirrored that of the magazine itself. The second of these strips was titled Claw/Claw/Bite The Hand That Feeds Me (that being how a dragon's mundane attacks are listed in the first two or three editions of the game, for those who don't happen to know).
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* ''TheBugle'' podcast is put out by the [[BritishNewspapers London Times]], which is owned by Murdoch's News Corporation. They've had a couple of digs at Murdoch media products, including "The [[BritishNewspapers Sun]] is, of course, a cousin of the Bugle - not that we all get on with all our relatives."
* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2009/may/14/david-mitchell-soapbox This episode]] of David Mitchell's Soap Box. (Originally the video went out as a podcast sponsored by Bulldog Natural Grooming.)
** Later episodes have a RunningGag that David can't remember the name of the company that is sponsoring his podcasts. Eventually Bulldog got in on the joke by announcing "Robert Webb's Soapbox."
* ''{{Psycomedia}}'' hosts Tim and Ben both attended [[OxBridge Oxford University]] but many episodes focus on the bizarre research of their teachers and other faculty members. Lovingly. And not libellously.
* According to WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, Music/LadyGaga's "Telephone" has more advertisements than Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com. And "I've realised something about my new workplace. YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF NERDS! NERDS! ''NERDS!''"
** Continues in [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] review of KISS comics. When asking Todd if he'd like to co-review after giving the history of KISS, he just laughs at the thought of him reviewing a comic. "I forget how nerdy this site is." Linkara didn't look pleased.
** In "The Sexual Awakening Of The Human Nerd" by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's supporting cast, Dr. Tease interviews the other reviewers, describing them as "These creatures - I mean, humans - I mean, nerds."
** {{Welshy}} and Sad Panda take every opportunity they can to make fun of their employers. (Whenever they're not taking jabs at each other.)
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic himself engaged in this during his "Rise of the Commercials" video:
---> Those are good and all, but every once in a while you come across a commercial that's so ridiculous and so stupid you swear they're not even trying - like this one. ''*cuts to a real commercial break*''
* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] has an infrequent habit of calling the Escapist out on having him play and review games he'd rather not. Its not exactly suprising, considering [[HatesEveryoneEqually he insults bascially everyone else]].
* [[AgonyBooth Mr. Mendo]] ended an [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video748_Turbo_A_Power_Rangers_Movie_Review.aspx episode]] with a surprise guest to lead into the Blip ad. Her only line? "And the award for the Worst Commercial Ever goes to..."
* Game Trailers program "The Final Bosman," starring analyst Kyle Bosman, has an episode called "So Long Last Gen" in which Bosman makes fun of Game Trailer's "next gen" stance on the Wii U system (where GT keeps saying the Wii U is "not next gen," something Bosman highly disagrees with), and makes fun of the fact GT gave TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker [[UpdatedRerelease HD]] only a [[EightPointEight 7.8 out of 10]].
* Defied in Grantland's [[http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/summer-movie-preview-staff-picks-pans-and-predictions/ preview of the Summer 2013 movies]], where after the [[WidgetSeries weird concept for]] ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is given there is:
--> (Full disclosure: ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' is a product of [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Studios]], which is owned by the [[Creator/{{Disney}} Walt Disney Company]], which is the corporate entity that allows me to buy food.)[[note]]Grantland is owned by Creator/{{ESPN}}, one of Disney's TV networks[[/note]]
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' SpinOff, the opening song commented on [[WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain the addition of Elmyra]] with the lines "[[ExecutiveMeddling It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?]]" At the end of the song, Brain also says "I deeply resent this," and, given the very real hatred of the idea by the show's own writers, it seems likely enough he was referring to more than just his in-story predicaments with Elmyra. This was itself preceded by the episode ''Pinky and the Brain and Larry'', with an intentionally lame and useless extra character inserted just to show how the show didn't need a third wheel... but it was railroaded through anyway.
** The most notable example would be the episode "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town Again," which features the titular lab mice as the stars of a hit TV show [[ExecutiveMeddling being heavily meddled with by network executives, who think heavily altering the show's premise will increase ratings]].
** In the song "A Meticulous Analysis of History" has one line making a jab at The WB for scheduling the show's brief stint in primetime opposite CBS's ''Series/SixtyMinutes''.
-->''The TV viewers you'll delight''
-->''Unless the network puts your show on Sunday night''
** All of which turned into a giant in-and-out-of-universe [[{{Misblamed}} misblaming]] when it turned out that "the network" had nothing to do with Elmyra beyond giving Steven Spielberg the go-ahead.
* After being forced to switch from FOX to The WB, practically every episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' used the [[CouchGag rotating gag credit]] at the end to bash their new network: "Be The First Kid on Your Block To Actually Watch The WB!"
** Also in "The Sunshine Squirrels", Skippy tells Slappy that her agent got her a spot on a network TV special.
-->'''Slappy:''' You mean the WB?
-->'''Skippy:''' No, on a ''real'' network.
-->''(cut to Wakko doing a rimshot)''
** The show also made fun of Warner Brothers in general, which is natural, seeing as a lot of it took place on the Warner movie lot. As early as the first episode, Mr. Plotz, enraged at the siblings' escape, ranted, "I haven't been this upset since we made ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead''!" (That movie actually got mixed reviews from critics.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' took aim at network execs in general in its very first episode:
-->Babs: "It takes a group of highly-paid network executives YEARS to come up with a TV show!"
-->Buster: "Which means it should take US... about as long as this next commercial break!"
** In a segment featuring instructions on how to make your own cartoon, Buster comments after a long list of writers, animators and other personnel.
--> '''Buster:''' And one guy who does nothing except sign his name on it! ''[Steven Spielberg falls onto the top of the pile.]''
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' had a minor character named "Nick" who was created as a symbol for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. Nick had various disturbing science experiments performed on him by the main character. Also considering that Nick had a giant probe installed in his head to make him perpetually happy, it was obviously a jab at how Nickelodeon disliked the dark stuff ''Zim'' was putting out.
* In the "Cartoon Wars" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the creators had a very public disagreement with Comedy Central over their right to visually portray the Islamic prophet Mohammad in their show, after a French satirical magazine was fire-bombed by terrorists for doing just that. The episode is essentially an extended debate between freedom of speech (in regards to comedy and satire) and censorship in the name of political correctness. During the scene where Mohammad was supposed to appear, the show inserted a neutral title card stating (truthfully) that Comedy Central had ultimately refused to allow Mohammad to be shown. The irony was that the show had featured Mohammad as a character in the episode "Super Best Friends" and had him hidden in the title sequence of the show for the last two seasons.
** It is worth noting that "Super Best Friends" aired 2 months before 9/11. It was a very different climate then.
** The episode "Funnybot" completely lambasts The Comedy Awards, an event organized by Comedy Central.
* Whenever an evil corporation is mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', a little neon sign turns on the background saying "An [=AOL/TimeWarner=] company."
-->'''Reducto:''' No! [pulls out a complicated schematic] There is no government, just a few multi-national corporations that run everything.
-->[The words "An AOL/Time Warner Co." appear on the bar's sign in the background.]
* After the original version of the episode was rejected for not meeting Broadcast Standards and Practices guidelines, the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Gee Whiz" was rewritten to be an extended slam of said organization, complete with a filmstrip about network standards that ends by congratulating the viewer for making "a bland show that no one can relate to." A filmstrip that makes its point by showing the incorrect and then the correct way [[DoWrongRight to blow a nun's head off]].
** Another example in the one hundredth episode has Shake trying to push the show's merchandise at the Adult Swim Shop, saying they "sell all our stuff for more than you can buy in other places."
** In another example, Shake tells Meatwad that he can no longer watch ''Futurama'' because "we're too cheap to get it."
** "The Granite Family" mocks Time-Warner for its overzealous efforts to get music to which they own the copyright off [=YouTube=] and other such sites with ''Time Warner'', a network executive who travels through time to warn people about [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil the evils of unauthorized use of others' intellectual property]].
** One episode has a mother tell Carl that her children are allowed to watch only cartoons, and that means no Creator/CartoonNetwork. This is a jab at CN's [[NetworkDecay abundance of live-action shows]] at the time.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'', one character remarks to Nitz that a concert might not be so bad since Good Charlotte is headlining. Nitz asks what Good Charlotte have done that he should care about. Good Charlotte provided the theme song to the show, which actually plays in the background of the scene to drive the point home.
* The 1988 ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Anatomy of a Milquetoast" had Mighty Mouse on trial for the disappearance of orphan Scrappy, using season 1 footage with the dialogue altered as evidence. A dialogue-changed scene from "It's Scrappy's Birthday" had Scrappy's boxcar companion Slappy Rimshot reuniting with some hobo friends, to which Slappy says "Hey, look. The network boards are here!"
** The ending of "Don't Touch That Dial" is probably the show's biggest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. After chastizing a toddler for vegetating to "electronic pablum," Mighty Mouse turns to us and says "But enough of all this lying and hypocrisy. Time for what television's ''really'' about." Cut to commercial.
* The beginning of "[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tortoise Beats Hare]]" has Bugs Bunny reading the credits out loud. He blows his top after seeing the cartoon title:
-->'''Bugs:''' ''(angrily)'' Why dese guys don't know what they're talkin' about, the big buncha joiks! (''smugly'') I oughta know. I woik for 'em.
** "Blooper Bunny" has WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck kvetching about his role in the Bugs Bunny 51st ½ anniversary special:
-->'''Daffy:''' Who writes this slop?! (''Groans'') Warner Brothers doesn't have a creative bone in their...
* After ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' was dropped by ABC the show retroactively dubbed [[BigBad Megabyte's]] forces "'''A'''rmored '''B'''inome '''C'''arriers. Which leads to the line:
-->It's the [=ABCs=], they've turned on us.\\
Treacherous dogs.
** Emma See, the Program Censor from the episode "Talent Night", was this against the ABC network's censors. According to the DVD commentary she was a direct parody of a ''specific'' BS&P official named Mary, who was "not happy about it".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' frequently made jabs at the USA Network.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' has an episode of Eek visiting his own production studio, to find out that series writers are treated as slaves, being forced to write to the point of getting crazy of it and haven't seen the outside world for a long time and that [[ExecutiveMeddling executives will do anything to get their way]], including ''riding them over with a steamroller''.
* The years when ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' was on The N network (now Creator/TeenNick)... whose other shows oozed the same dumb popularity-obsessed teen attitude that Daria mocked.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' has been known to poke fun at their producers on occasion. Example:
-->'''Rocky:''' Bullwinkle, I'm worried.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Ratings down in the show again?\\
'''Rocky:''' No.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' That's odd.\\
'''Rocky:''' I'm worried because there have already been two attempts on your life.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Oh, don't worry. We will be renewed.\\
'''Rocky:''' I'm not talking about the Bullwinkle Show.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' You had better; we could use the publicity.
** Another example, as Boris and Natasha look for an A-bomb to blow open a giant trunk:
-->'''Rocky:''' They said A-bomb! Do you know what that means, Bullwinkle?\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Sure. "A bomb" is what some people call our show!\\
'''Rocky:''' (''miffed'') I didn't think that was very funny.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' (''looking to camera'') Neither did ''they,'' apparently.
* Similar to the Minky Momo example above, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "The Discount of Monte Cristo", predicted the reason the show ended. The episode is all about Aloysius cutting the show's budget. In the episode, Orson hated Aloysius ruining the story by firing people who made the show in order to keep the show's budget low. The reason for ''Garfield and Friends''' cancellation is that CBS wanted budget cuts for the show, and the show's creators refused to let the show suffer the budget cuts.
** Speaking of Aloysius Pig, there's also this little gem from "Kiddie Korner":
---> "[[{{Sting}} Da Dum!]] The Network!" [[note]] The name of the network is revealed at the end of the episode and is called "[=SUUS=] The Network. Try saying that out loud, if you must.[[/note]].
*** In the same episode, Aloysius is planning "The Fall Schedule" with a dart board.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/8gWVY9G.jpg A promotional poster]] for ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', created for San Diego Comic-Con 2013, features a gnome puking a rainbow on the Creator/DisneyChannel logo.
** Likewise, "Boyz Crazy" has Wendy dismissing a boy band as "just a manufactured product of the bloated corporate music industry," an obvious jab at Disney's forays into pop music, particularly the Music/JonasBrothers.
* ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' features the Hamster Channel, airing programs that parody Disney Channel live-action sitcoms.
* The episode ''Reptar 2010'' of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' shows Reptar rampaging through a city and destroying a skyscraper with Viacom's name on it. The owner of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Networks, Creator/{{MTV}} and Paramount Pictures.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' was interrupted by a "special report" from The WB network. The anchorman is Freakazoid, who repeatedly asks what "The WB" even means. "The Water Bucket? The Wimpy Boy? The Wet Bananas?! I don't know!! What, the Weird Butt?! What? I'm asking!!" Cue a {{beat}}, then a cut back to the "special report" title card, while the announcer says "This has been a special report from the Weird Butt network."
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