The Key of Awesome presents low-budget but funny parodies of current pop hits. The rewritten songs mock their singers, recent movies and TV shows, or other pop culture phenomena. It was created by Barely Political, which includes such comedians as Mark Douglas, his friend Todd Womack, and Mark's wife Anastasia Douglas.All things Key of Awesome can be found here.
Adele is actually a Stalker Without A Crush. She doesn't have romantic feelings for (the fictional) Tim Matthews anymore, but is titanically pissed at him for dumping her, so she begins stalking him, hiding under his bed at night, threatens to decapitate his new girlfriend, and manages to rally the entire population of Great Britain (even the Queen!) to help her stalk him and make his life miserable.
And You Were There: The episode centering about the creation of the show ends with Mark saying this to his friends after waking up.
Applied Phlebotinum: The show's creation was supposedly the result of freaky dreams caused by nachos the creator ate right before bed.
Lady Gaga. When Donald Trump asks her opinion of who he should fire from The Celebrity Apprentice, Gaga responds by activating a machine that plays her voice, declaring that "Thermal clouds shatter the dreams of a thousand burrito-makers." The others in the room are absolutely clueless as to what this has to do with Trump's question.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Ke$ha accidentally causes one when she leads her fans in performing several of her songs at once.
Fan Disservice: Mark is somewhat cute, until he takes his shirt off...which is often.
Fanservice: Lauren and Andrea, two people associated with Barely Political, are considered this by most fans. Heck, they even labl Lauren as the Babe Of Awesome. Especially some of the videos she's associated with.
The Friend Nobody Likes: Tony in the Somebody That I Used To Know parody, who is kept around for three reasons: 1) he can drive the manual van, 2) he can do the "plinky noise", and 3) they need to keep an eye on him lest he keep stealing and selling their stuff.
Major Injury Underreaction: The beatdown described below doesn't illicit much of a reaction from Justin Bieber, who mostly just keeps singing about his injuries as they happen. The closest it gets to a normal response is instances of quick blows making his singing stutter.
Older Than They Think: Sometimes, if the song parodied sounds similar to an older tune, the singer lampshades it by singing a part of the older piece. In universe, One Direction couldn't tolerate Mark trying this out with one of their songs.
Product Placement: Pointed out in their parodies of "Telephone" ("P-p-p-p-p-p-p-product placement!") and "Give Me Everything" ("Capture that with a Polaroid/Just take it and shake it/Wait, they no longer make it?/Then try Preparation H for your hemorrhoids/Just made a million on that").
Refuge in Audacity: The "Fireworks" parody has Katy Perry encourage random men not to suppress their Raging Stiffies, but instead proudly show them off to those watching. Pyrotechnics emerge from their crotches as they do so.
Rule of Cool: At the end of Commissioner Gordon's Title Drop speech: "'What's that even mean, Dad?'" "'I don't know, son, but it sure sounds cool.'" Not to mention, the page quote.
Shout-Out: In "Adele PARODY ft. Angry Birds", when Adele starts becoming one of the Angry Birds, there's a reference to Black Swan when she takes a huge black feather out from her back.
In "Moves Like Jagger - Behind the Awesome," Mark imitates the voice of the Sauce Boss while filming the scene of him pigging out on burritos and nachos. They also throw up a calorie counter on the screen.
In "My Drunk Kitchen of Awesome! Ho Hey!" the song's lyrics make reference to Freddie Wong (and collaborator Brandon), with each instance accompanied by a picture note and an explosion thrown in for good measure.
Starving Artist: The band in the Somebody That I Used To Know parody, who are completely broke and will be splitting a candy bar for dinner.
Stylistic Suck: Inevitable at times, with the low-budget production values.
From "The Dark Knight Is Confused": ''Joker, are you busy/Let's call a truce/I need you to help explain the plot to... Batman."
"California Gurls": 'Nose jobs, tummy tucks/These are the girls I like to—hang out with.'
Take That: To an extent, all the spoofs, but the "Emo Vampire Song" does this especially, being sung as a tirade against Twilight by an angry "old-school" vampire.
And the Glee episode is a big one.
There are also plenty of Take Thats at Eminem. "Afraid" calls him out for being a Jerkass, and in the "Love the Way You Lie" spoof, he tells Rihanna "I dressed up as Weasley and you were Hermione...you said you had spells that could make me less whiny!"
The Tetris Effect: In "Adele PARODY ft. Angry Birds", when Adele starts seeing the game in Real Life.
Just play those four chords in that FloRida song, There used to be different hits now we recycle one.
Timmy in a Well: After Ne-Yo gets trapped in an elevator, Lassie is the one who notifies Pitbull so he can be rescued in the "Give Me Everything" parody.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: When the guy that Carly Rae Jepsen met at the club and made out with wakes up the next morning and finds out that she was actually a man in drag. He had too much vodka to realize this earlier.
Viewers Are Morons: Ke$ha's fans perform the careless, drug-heavy behavior promoted in her songs and become dumb.