A great honor for anyone working on a parody
is when the creator or anyone else involved with the original goes beyond granting the parodist permission (and even enjoying
said work) and instead actually helping them out with their parody. This can be as simple as lending sets or as drastic as directly working with the parodist, such as singing in a duet.
Related to Adam Westing
, an actor's Self-Parody
of either his most famous role, his Old Shame
, or his Type Casting
. Also related to Approval Of God
, when a work's author approves the fandom's parodies (although that applies to Fan Works
as well), and to Actually Pretty Funny
, when a parody's target thinks the parody itself to be just that. See also Meme Acknowledgment
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- Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill sketches on Saturday Night Live, also directed the "Pizza Head Show" commercials for Pizza Hut in the 1990s.
Anime and Manga
- In Code Geass, Emperor Charles makes a big speech in the early show about the inequality of mankind. Some joker of a Japanese fan took the manga version of the speech and edited it so that it was instead a speech extolling how awesome breasts are. Norio Wakamoto, Charles's seiyuu, found out about it and made an official recording of it in the Emperor's voice.
- George Lucas has done this a few times, from allowing original music from Star Wars to be used in parodies (such as Spaced) to actually appearing in parodies, as in Robot Chicken. Industrial Light and Magic even contributed effects to Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and "Jews In Space".
- After the release of the first movie, Lucasfilm's lawyers wrote a cease and desist letter to MAD over their parody. George sent a letter of his own saying to ignore his own company and keep on making the parodies, as he was a MAD fan.
- In The Brady Bunch Movie, several of the original Brady kids (and Alice) made cameos (There were also reportedly two deleted scenes, one featuring Mike Lookinland "Bobby", and Susan Olsen "Cindy"). And, of course, Florence Henderson makes a cameo as Grandma.
- When Mel Brooks made Young Frankenstein, he was able to film in the original studios, on the original sets, and using the original props of the classic movies he was spoofing.
- In Beverly Hills Cop III, the Wonder World theme park's song, which spoofs the Disney Land song "It's a Small World After All", was written by "It's a Small World"'s original composers Richard and Robert Sherman.
- A rather interesting reverse-assistance took place for Scary Movie 4. The Saw parody set was so well made that the filmmakers from the Saw films asked to use it after filming was complete!
- When Hot Shots Part Deux moved from parodying Top Gun to Rambo instead, they managed to get Richard Crenna to basically reprise his iconic role as Colonel Trautman.
Live Action TV
- When The Drew Carey Show was going to do an episode making fun of sci-fi conventions and the fans who go to them in costume, they wanted to have a couple of characters dress up as aliens from Babylon 5. The creators of B5 agreed... and sent their own makeup people to do the alien makeup effects.
- Chris Ballew, lead singer of the group The Presidents of the United States, showed up on Bill Nye the Science Guy to sing "Farm Food", which spoofed the POTUS song "Peaches".
- Anneka Rice of Challenge Anneka made a cameo appearance in the KYTV spoof Challenge Anna.
- In 1992, a series of advertisements parodied Inspector Morse, with Mel Smith taking John Thaw's role as the Inspector. In the last advertisement, he tracked down and arrested the perp... who was played by John Thaw.
- Saturday Night Live: in addition to the "Conspiracy Theory Rock" example in the Western Animation folder, there have been sketches where the hosts (usually movie or TV stars) reprise their famous characters for a parody sketch. Examples: Jon Hamm as Don Draper for both a Mad Men parody called "Two A-Holes At An Ad Agency in the 1960s" note and a short film called "Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women," Daniel Radcliffe as a washed-up Harry Potter who's still living in Hogwarts' years after graduating, David Duchovny as Agent Mulder in an X-Files parody cold open about a beast man attacking cast members, Zac Efron in a High School Musical parody where he comes back during graduation and tells the graduating class that the real world is not like High School Musical, John Malkovich as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in a Dangerous Liasions stage show parody that takes place in a hot tub, and John Malkovich again in an Of Mice and Men parody that had two guys who acted like Lennie instead of the Lennie and George pairing. Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro were also good sports when they appeared on "The Joe Pesci Show" on SNL.
- Parodies of Jeopardy! and/or Alex Trebek are often accompanied by Alex himself.
- Jimmy Fallon's parody of Breaking Bad on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, "Joking Bad", features cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk, the last actually playing the same character he does on the show.
- Chris Houghton, who has drawn for the Adventure Time comics, also drew the cover for MAD issue 520, which included two riffs on Adventure Time.
- In the 70s, Jack Davis was drawing official Sesame Street art and working for MAD, so naturally he did MAD's Reality Street and Mafia Street spoofs.
- Happens with "Weird Al" Yankovic a lot.
- His music video for "Fat", a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad", uses the subway set for a parody from Moonwalker called "Badder", which Jackson granted Al permission to borrow.
- "I Lost on Jeopardy!" ("Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band) has Art Fleming and Don Pardo (the host and announcer from the original 1960s version) reprise their respective roles in the video for it, and even Greg Kihn himself appears in the end, as the man who drives the car.
- Madonna asked a friend in conversation why "Weird Al" hadn't come out with a parody of "Like a Virgin" called "Like a Surgeon" yet. The friend was a mutual friend of Al's manager, who passed the idea onto Al. It's the only artist parody Al has ever done where the parody idea came from the original artist.
- Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits agreed to allow Al to parody "Money for Nothing" on condition that Knopfler himself play his guitar parts from the original song in the parody.
- He has similar success with his unfocused pastiches, in which the song evokes the artist's style without having the same tune. Examples include Ben Folds playing piano on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", Dweezil Zappa playing guitar for the Frank Zappa-esque "Genius In France", The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek contributing to "Craigslist", and Taylor Hanson playing piano on "If That Isn't Love". (and while Tress McNeille contributed to "Ricky", Toni Basil stated she'd gladly do the Lucy there)
- George Harrison appeared in The Rutles.
- Country artist Cledus T. Judd, who does mostly parodies, has had country stars appear in his videos, such as Toby Keith in the parody of "How Do You Like Me Now?!", "How Do You Milk A Cow".
- Even some of Judd's parodies feature the original artist in the recording, such as Brad Paisley on "More Beaver" (parody of "Me Neither"), George Jones on "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Pop" (parody of George Jones and Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool"), Toby Keith on "I Love NASCAR" (parody of "I Love This Bar") and Ronnie Dunn on "Garth Must Be Busy" (Brooks & Dunn's "God Must Be Busy").
- Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3 had the real Carol Channing interrupting an impersonator of herself to provide advice.
- Capcom has provided assistance for the Ultimate Assist Me series by supplying funds so the creators wouldn't have to pay for the costs out of their pockets like they normally do. Also, at the end of Retro Assist Me, Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo.
- Several seasons of Red vs. Blue were sponsored by Bungie.
- After My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic recieved a cease and desist from Hasbro, Lauren Faust decided to join the development team, offering to design them original characters to use.
- Schoolhouse Rock actor Jack Sheldon has done this many times.
- Saturday Night Live's Schoolhouse Rock parody "Conspiracy Theory Rock" had Jack Sheldon reprise his role as the main singer.
- The Simpsons episode "The Day the Violence Died" contained a parody of "I'm Just a Bill" with Sheldon singing it, as well.
- Sheldon lent his voice to Family Guy's parodies of SHR, as well.
- Johnny Bravo had an episode titled "The Sensitive Male" where Johnny tries to get a date with a girl who likes sensitive guys. A man (Voiced by Jack Sheldon) comes along and, in a parody of "Schoolhouse Rock", offers Johnny lessons on how to be a kind and sensitive guy.
- In The Simpsons episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", The B-52s parody their own "Love Shack" as "Glove Slap", while later episodes featured Jackson Browne and the Baha Men parodying their own respective work.
- In the episode "Angry Dad: The Movie", not only did Nick Park voice himself in the setup to the Wallace & Gromit parody Willis & Crumble in Better Gnomes and Gardens, the stop motion animation team included Teresa Drilling, a regular member of the Aardman Animations crew who was a key animator on The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
- Severals actors have lead their voices to parodies of shows or movies they were in. Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross reprised their roles as Elise and Steven Keaton in a Family Ties parody, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker in a Star Wars parody, Frank Welker voiced Freddy in a Scooby-Doo parody, among others.
- George Lucas backed Family Guy's Star Wars retellings as he's a fan of the show.
- The Bob's Burgers episode "The Belchies" features a song in the end credits that's a send-up of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" sung by Cyndi Lauper.
- The Futurama episode "Deep South" is set in Atlanta, Georgia, which is now a submerged city filled with mer-people. Helping to explain this is Donovan, parodying his own song "Atlantis" as "Atlanta."
- Robot Chicken gets a surprising number of actors and actresses to reprise their famous roles for skits that parody their films. Among them are Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Ahmed Best, and even George Lucas himself for Star Wars sketches; the main cast from the Scooby-Doo live-action films; and Frank Welker playing Megatron, Soundwave, and Doctor Claw, just to name a few.
- Blizzard gave South Park a number of their in-game assets for the creation of "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
- MAD gets some Parody Assistance in a few episodes. For example, Tara Strong lends her voice to a unicorn in the sketch "My Little War Horse" and Raven in "Teen Titanic", and they got Will Freidle to reprise his role as the current voice of Lion-O in "ThunderLOLcats".