-> ''"When is [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] gonna do 'Like a Surgeon'?"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Madonna}}'''

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 AdamWesting, an actor's SelfParody of either his most famous role, his OldShame, or his TypeCasting. Also related to ApprovalOfGod, when a work's author approves the fandom's parodies (although that applies to FanWorks as well), and to ActuallyPrettyFunny, when a parody's target thinks the parody itself to be just that. See also MemeAcknowledgment.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', also directed the "Pizza Head Show" commercials for Pizza Hut in the 1990s.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', 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 [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/225262 extolling how awesome breasts are]]. Creator/NorioWakamoto, Charles's seiyuu, found out about it and made an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlzoGP2m0w official recording of it in the Emperor's voice]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/GeorgeLucas has done this a few times, from allowing original music from ''Franchise/StarWars'' to be used in parodies (such as ''Series/{{Spaced}}'') to actually appearing in [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou parodies]], as in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic even contributed effects to Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' and [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI "Jews In Space"]].
** After the release of the first movie, Lucasfilm's lawyers wrote a cease and desist letter to ''Magazine/{{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 ''Film/TheBradyBunchMovie'', several of the original Brady kids (and Ann B. Davis as 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 ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', 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 ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'', 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 ''Film/ScaryMovie4''. The ''Film/SawI'' parody set was so well made that the filmmakers from the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films asked to use it after filming was complete!
* When ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' moved from parodying ''Film/TopGun'' to ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' instead, they managed to get Richard Crenna to basically reprise his iconic role as Colonel Trautman.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* When ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' 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 ''Series/BabylonFive''. The creators of B5 agreed... and sent their own makeup people to do the alien makeup effects.
* Chris Ballew, lead singer of Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica, showed up on ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' to sing "Farm Food", which spoofed the POTUS song "Peaches".
* Anneka Rice of ''ChallengeAnneka'' made a cameo appearance in the ''{{KYTV}}'' spoof ''Challenge Anna''.
* In 1992, a series of advertisements parodied ''InspectorMorse'', 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.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': 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: JonHamm as Don Draper for both a ''Series/MadMen'' parody called "Two A-Holes At An Ad Agency in the 1960s" [[note]]That sketch even had Elizabeth Moss and John Slattery from the actual series[[/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 ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' 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. Creator/JoePesci and RobertDeNiro were also good sports when they appeared on "The Joe Pesci Show" on SNL. Sarah Michelle Gellar played [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] in a sketch where, rather than living in Sunnydale, she lives in New York and has ''Seinfeld''ian plots. A parody mash up of ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Creator/PatrickStewart and Bernie Kopell playing their respective characters.
* Parodies of ''{{Series/Jeopardy}}'' and/or Alex Trebek are often accompanied by Alex himself.
* Creator/JimmyFallon's parody of ''Series/BreakingBad'' on ''Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'', "Joking Bad", features cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Creator/BobOdenkirk, the last actually playing the same character he does on the show.
* In the 1989 series of UK game show ''Series/TheKryptonFactor'', the Observation round, in which contestants' perceptive skills were tested by showing them a comedy sketch with six intentional continuity errors for them to spot, featured in the first episode a spoof of ''Series/TreasureHuntUK'' in which "treasure hunter" Anneka Rice and her studio-bound assistant Kenneth Kendall appeared as themselves.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had an episode where the characters celebrate May 4th, StarWars Day, and Sheldon has a dream sequence where a recently deceased character plays Obi-Wan as his SpiritAdvisor. Lucasfilm and Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic gave support and helped them with building a Dagobah set as well as lightsaber effects.
* Seminal British SaturdayMorningKidsShow Series/{{TISWAS}} [[note]](best known these days as Chris "''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire''" Tarrant's big break)[[/note]] had a regular skit with Creator/LennyHenry as "Trevor [=McDoughnut=]", a parody of famous ITV newsreader and noted {{Stoic}} Creator/TrevorMacDonald who would act as TheComicallySerious while getting CoveredInGunge. The actual Trevor [=MacDonald=] apparently thought this was ActuallyPrettyFunny and made at least one cameo appearance on the program... and then ''he'' got CoveredInGunge as well. (''Everyone'' got CoveredInGunge on TISWAS. It was what they ''did''.)
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* Chris Houghton, who has drawn for the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' comics, also drew the [[http://www.madmagazine.com/issues/mad-520 cover]] for ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' issue 520, which included two riffs on ''Adventure Time''.
* In the 70s, Jack Davis was drawing official ''Series/SesameStreet'' art ''and'' working for ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', so naturally he did ''MAD'''s ''Reality Street'' and ''Mafia Street'' spoofs.
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* Happens with Music/WeirdAlYankovic a lot.
** His music video for "Fat", a parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Bad", uses the subway set for a parody from ''Film/{{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.
** Music/{{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 Music/DireStraits 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 Music/BenFolds playing piano on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", Dweezil Zappa playing guitar for the {{Frank Zappa}}-esque "Genius In France", TheDoors 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 [[ILoveLucy Lucy]] there)
* GeorgeHarrison appeared in ''TheRutles''.
* CountryMusic parodist Music/CledusTJudd often involves the original artist in videos of his parodies.
** "She's Got a Butt Bigger Than the Beatles" ("Bigger Than the Beatles" by Joe Diffie): Diffie opens the video by saying, "Folks,I just want you to know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this video."
** "Every Light In the House Is Blown" ("Every Light in the House" by Trace Adkins): after Cledus' house blows up, Trace hits Cledus with a fire extinguisher and shouts, "That's what you get for making fun of the way I dance!"
** "Did I Shave My Back for This?" ("Did I Shave My Legs for This?" by Deana Carter): Deana beats him up at the beginning of the video (which is styled like a badly-dubbed 1970s martial arts film) for mispronouncing her name.
** "Christ-Mas" ("This Kiss" by Music/FaithHill): Faith doesn't participate, but Steven Goldmann directed both Faith's video and Cledus's shot-for-shot parody of the same.
** "Coronary Life" ("Ordinary Life" by Chad Brock): Chad plays the doctor.
** "More [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Beaver]]" ("Me Neither" by Music/BradPaisley): Brad plays lead guitar.
** Billy Gilman can be heard shouting "That's not funny, Cledus!" at the end of "My Voice".
** Phil Vassar mumbles a line at the end of "Just Another Day in Parodies": "Aw man, I'm not mad at you, Cledus. You're nice. Nice hair, I like that."
** "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Pop" ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" by Music/BarbaraMandrell and Music/GeorgeJones): George reprises his part from the original song.
** "Paycheck Woman" ("Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson): Gretchen appears at the beginning.
** "Garth Must Be Busy" ("God Must Be Busy" by Music/BrooksAndDunn): Ronnie Dunn, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, sings guest vocals.
** He appears to have a really good relationship with Music/TobyKeith, as Toby appeared in the video for "How Do You Milk a Cow" ("How Do You Like Me Now?!") and sang guest vocals on "I Love NASCAR" ("I Love This Bar"). Toby's go-to director, Michael Salomon, also directed the video for "Where's Your Mommy?" ("Who's Your Daddy?"), and Toby wrote a song on ''Bipolar and Proud''.
* In 1995, a Twin Cities (Minnesota) DJ recorded a parody of Music/ShaniaTwain's BreakthroughHit "Any Man of Mine" titled "Any Gal of Mine". Twain herself provides a spoken-word intro at the beginning.
* ''ForbiddenBroadway Vol. 3'' had the real CarolChanning interrupting an impersonator of herself to provide advice.
* Fred Schneider of Music/TheB52s guested on RichardCheese's parody of "Love Shack".
* Ramonetures are a band who cover PunkRock InTheStyleOf instrumental SurfRock. When they tackled the {{Music/X}} catalog for the album ''Johnny Walk Don't Run Paulene'', they had the assistance of X members Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake replicating their original guitar and drum parts.
* The Music/DeadKennedys' ''In God We Trust, Inc'' had cover art by Winston Smith, depicting Jesus crucified on a cross made out of dollar bills. Smith has parodied this image for other bands' albums twice: One was Dread Kennedys' ''In Dub We Trust'', which replaced the crucifix made of dollars to one made of canibus leaves. The other was Duckmandu's ''Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists'', which replaced Jesus' head with that of a duck and added an accordion strapped across his chest.
** Another Music/DeadKennedys-related example: Jello Biafra makes an appearance on Blowfly's "Holiday In Cambodia" parody, "R. Kelly In Cambodia". The song was released on Alternative Tentacles, the record label owned by Biafra.
* Music/PaulHarcastle's 1985 Vietnam War inspired classic ''19'' ("none of them received a hero's welcome") drew a cricket themed parody by The Commentators (basically impressionist Rory Bremner) entitled ''N-N-Nineteen Not Out'' ("none of them received a standing ovation"). Several years later, Hardcastle admitted to having co-produced the parody, much against his label's objections.
* For Red Nose Day, Music/{{Coldplay}} brought the cast of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for "TheMusical" of the series. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVqFkJ3suxQ singing]] "the first romantic ballad about incest on Coldplay's career", Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfI_mUIvYq8 doing]] "[[{{Reggae}} Rastafarian]] Targaryen", Peter Dinklage [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1URvDyzh8uI crooning]] on how Tyrion Lannister is "a man for all seasons", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs7xO5P3Az4 and others]], including Iwan Rheon's IAmSong for Ramsay Bolton ("[[BastardBastard I am a real bastard, and a little more mean...]]").
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jim Davis]] has contributed a few strips to ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield''.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Creator/StanFreberg received permission to used the ''{{Series/Dragnet}}'' theme for the parody ''St. George and the Dragonet'', as Jack Webb was a fan of Freberg's comedy records.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* IWA Puerto Rico debuted a wrestler known as El Sensacional Carlitos in 2005, a parody of the island's famous Colon family. In 2008, WWC, the company owned by the Colon family patriarch, hired Carlitos and paired him up with Wrestling/{{Carlito C|olon}}aribbean Cool, the most famous Colon still active on the island.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After a trailer for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' featured Noctis and company driving around in a car, memes began to sprout up of Noctis and crew driving past or admiring other things. The game's director [[ApprovalOfGod liked it]], and Square Enix released a transparent PNG of the most common shot of the car and crew to help out with the meme.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} has provided assistance for the ''Ultimate AssistMe'' series by supplying funds so the creators wouldn't have to pay for the costs out of their pockets like they normally do. [[spoiler: Also, at the end of ''Retro Assist Me'', Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo.]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' was discovered quite early on by Creator/{{Bungie}}. Rather than shut them down for copyright infringement, Bungie gave Rooster Teeth official permission to keep making the videos, and to this day Rooster Teeth continues making humorous content, not just for ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', but for several other Microsoft-owned franchises as well.
* After ''[[VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic]]'' recieved a cease and desist from Hasbro, LaurenFaust decided to join the development team, offering to design them original characters to use.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Series/{{Mega64}} had a sketch where they were reenacting Franchise/SuperMarioBros on the streets of Los Angeles. In their own words...
-->'''Rocco Botte''': A skit that went great until [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto some guy]] made it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ-xsBZ_Nqo all awkward.]]
* ''WebAnimation/MadokaAbridged'': Episode 7 parodies the casting of Cristina Valenzuela as Dub!Homura by photoshopping her face over Homura's during several scenes. Cristina herself voiced Homura for the episode, and then [[CelebrityEndorsement commented on the video, to voice her approval, too]].
* At the end of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/ThePurge'', there is a BrickJoke where an animated WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain split up. They actually got Creator/RobPaulsen and Creator/MauriceLaMarche to voice their respective characters.
** And again with the "Top 11 Best [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatars]]", where Creator/DanteBasco reprised and parodied his role as Prince Zuko.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' actor Jack Sheldon has done this many times.
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3JLKw0q4kY "Conspiracy Theory Rock"]] had Jack Sheldon reprise his role as the main singer.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s parodies of SHR, as well.
** ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", Music/TheB52s 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 ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'' parody ''Willis & Crumble in Better Gnomes and Gardens'', the stop motion animation team included Teresa Drilling, a regular member of the Creator/AardmanAnimations crew who was a key animator on ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''.
** "Steal This Episode" contains a gag where the government hires Music/JudasPriest to get Homer into their custody for digital piracy, with member Rob Halford singing a piracy-minded version of "Breaking the Law".
** The layout artists from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' worked on the R&S parody scene in "Brother from the Same Planet".
** "Sideshow Bob Roberts" has a scene where Bart plays with a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] toy phone, which features Henry Corden as the voice of Fred Flintstone.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has had several actors lend 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 ''Series/FamilyTies'' parody, MarkHamill was Luke Skywalker in a ''StarWars'' parody, Creator/FrankWelker voiced Freddy in a ''ScoobyDoo'' parody, among others.
** Especially notable is the live-action re-enactment of the AllJustADream WhamShot from {{Series/Dallas}}, complete with Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal reprising their roles!
** GeorgeLucas backed ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s [[FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Star Wars retellings]] as he's a fan of the show.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode [[Film/TheGoonies "The Belchies"]] features a song in the end credits that's a send-up of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" sung by CyndiLauper.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Deep South" is set in Atlanta, Georgia, which is now a submerged city filled with mer-people. Helping to explain this is Music/{{Donovan}}, parodying his own song "Atlantis" as "Atlanta."
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' gets a surprising number of actors and actresses to reprise their famous roles for skits that parody their films. Among them are Creator/BillyDeeWilliams, Creator/MarkHamill, Ahmed Best, and even Creator/GeorgeLucas himself for Star Wars sketches; the main cast from the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' live-action films; and Creator/FrankWelker playing Megatron, Soundwave, and Doctor Claw, just to name a few.
** Jon Berg who did much of the stop motion effects for the original Star Wars films did the stop motion animation for the nerd in his tauntaun costume in the second Star Wars special.
* Blizzard gave ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' a number of their in-game assets for the creation of "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}'' gets some Parody Assistance in a few episodes. For example, Tara Strong lends her voice to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic a unicorn]] in the sketch "My Little War Horse" and "Adjustment Burro", [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Raven]] in "Teen Titanic" and [[ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles]] in "2 Broke Powerpuff Girls", and they got Will Freidle to reprise his role as [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} the current voice of Lion-O]] in "[=ThunderLOLcats=]".
** The sketch "[=McDuck=] Dynasty" also has Jeff Bergman reprising his roles as WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck (from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'') and Elmer Fudd (from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'').
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' episode "Sour Pickles" contains a ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' parody that features Creator/JuneForay as the [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Rocky and Natasha.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' parody of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was directed by creator Creator/GenndyTartakovsky (who also makes a voice cameo) and features {{Creator/Mako}} as the voice of the Aku parody.
* In addition to the Jack Sheldon example above, ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' also featured a cross-over episode with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', with all the original voice cast.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Freakazoid}}: For the '"WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' parody "Toby Danger", they got original cast members Don Messick and Mike Road to voice the parodies of their characters.
* Hanna-Barbera layout artist Ed Benedict, one of Creator/JohnKricfalusi's biggest influcences, worked on the two ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' shorts that he made.
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