Michelle Lyons, formerly known as Chriddof, is an English avant-gardist who specializes in absurdism, although she'll periodically delve into surrealism when she feels like being serious. She's best known for her bizarre and rather lengthy filmography, but she also writes, composes, and draws.
Common themes in her work include politics, religion, the human body, analog media, English history and existentialism.
Lyons came out as a transgender woman in 2021.
Creator of Funny Horsie.
This body of work provides examples of:
- Abridged Series: Of an old American show called "Sally Sargent" that never went past a short pilot.
- Acceptable Targets: Margaret Thatcher, Jeremy Kyle, and Thames, but others appear as well. Even then, not so much the latter, as she feels quite strongly about Carlton taking over from them.
- Affectionate Parody: Of everything from Don Hertzfeldt to The Caretaker.
- Beat/Beat Panel
- Body Horror: Anything done on Daz Studio.
- Broken Record: Occasionally overlaps with Madness Mantra.
- Call-Back: Michelle would sometimes revisit her old stuff for new films. For example, "Sin" wound up being reworked as part of "Best Cat Flavour," and "Prague" featured elements from both "Automated Alarm" and "Some Fatalities."
- Creator In-Joke
- Creepy Monotone
- Cringe Comedy
- Dada Ad
- Dada Comics
- Deconstruction: She's got a few of these under her belt. Pop and dance are common targets, with such things as "99," "The Current #1," "Lets Everybody Have A Real Good Time," (off Mrs Egg) and "(Everybody) Shit To The Beat."
- Deranged Animation
- Harsh Noise
- High-Pressure Blood
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: A recurring gag.
- Love at First Sight: With someone whose face has just turned into an anus.
- Madness Mantra: "I'm walking around in a circle, and I'm walking around in a circle, and I'm walking around in a circle...and I can't get out!"
- Mind Screw: The Actual Title Of This Film Is Not The One Stated In The Film. Basically, an anti-film.
- Minimalism: A recurring tactic, be it musically ("Safely Remove Parasites And Their Eggs," "Shitting in the 1940s"), as a filmmaker ("We Kept Driving", her loop-based films), or as a graphic designer.
- Mythology Gag: From "Alienating Eyes:""Yes, I realise that. But when she cut off his penis, two more grew in its place, and when she cut those off, four more grew in their place, and then she cut those off, and by the time she was discovered he had a bush of penises."
- Non-Indicative Name:
- Applies to most of her videos. Whatever "breakfast at the sainsbury's cafe" is about, it's not about going to a supermarket to eat breakfast. To say nothing of complete word salad titles like 1970 thalidomide bahamas.
- Her song "Jessie J - Price Tag." While the video was disguised as an upload of Jessie J's then-new single (complete with artwork), the song itself is built on a creepy violin loop and an old video discussing table manners. When it was included on The Cartoon Cat Did Not Know How to Help Him, however, its name was changed to "Gruesome Sights Or Sounds."
- Parody Religion: Vvvism.
- Self-Deprecation: The Chriddof Force VHS Trailer.
- Shout-Out: Homages and salutes are par for the course, be they to old television shows and comics or rather obscure bands.
- Soundtrack Dissonance
- Station Ident: A recurring subject of jokes.
- Stealth Parody: An odd case; the "Stealth" portion doesn't come from "is this a parody," rather it's from "what's this even a parody of?!"
- Stealth Pun
- Stick Figure Animation
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Surreal Horror
- Surreal Humor
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Michelle herself makes frequent use of text-to-speech programs.
- Take That!: This video, titled "John Lewis Xmas Advert 2013"
- Talkative Loon: Much of her work is built around long, surreal rambles.
- Toilet Humor: Some of her works dive into this, such as WILL YOU THE TURD TODAY, which features Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy Turner, and Vicky discussing healthy bowel movements.
- With Lyrics: "Look At All The Animals" is the theme to Animal Hospital with lyrics about animals causing property damage.
- Word Salad Lyrics
- Word Salad Title: A lot of things, but most notably: her writing blog, which has gone under such names as "It Never Agreed With Me," "Lemnopraty," "Making Car Noises Very Loudly At 3 AM," "Urine Attack" and "The Golden Age of the Low Countries."