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So you have a character who's famous in-universe, or a popular show-within-a-show. For sake of example: The Alice and Bob Show. What better way to show off that fame and popularity? Alice and Bob on Ice! When you've got your own ice show, you've officially made it to the big time.

Like many Shows within Shows, an in-universe Ice Show may be rife with Adaptation Decay and Stylistic Suck. There also tends to be a high level of camp.

Not related to metamphetamine. Sub-Trope of Recycled In Space. Sometimes overlaps with Screen-to-Stage Adaptation, though that trope is usually used to refer to "legit" theater — i.e. The Musical adaptation of a hit property on the West End or Broadway.


Examples On Ice!

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    Live-Action TV 
  • iCarly discussed the trope in the episode iWin A Date when two of their friends didn't show up for their webshow as they went to see Girly Cow On Ice.
    Carly: Why is it whenever there's a popular TV show they just gotta go put it on ice!
  • Dialogue in a Full House episode revealed that Danny once took D.J. to see Smurfs on Ice.
  • The Goodies decide to introduce Royals On Ice!
    "But they'll break every bone in their body!"
    "No they won't!"
    Cue Title Card: BUT THEY DID.
  • Nick at Nite had a marathon of The Odd Couple titled "Odd Couple On Ice!". The wraparounds for this had skaters in Oscar and Felix costumes performing routines while Tony Randal and Jack Klugman provided commentary.
  • Saturday Night Live for December 11th, 2010 had a Meryl Streep on Ice sketch.
  • David Letterman:
    • His December 12, 2010 show had a fake ad for WikiLeaks on Ice.
    • In The '80s one Top Ten list featured rejected Ice Capades themes, including "Big Bird Gets Mites", "Eldrige Cleaver's Soul on Ice on Ice", "A Fat Smurf Hits on Dorothy Hamill", and "Snoopy Stains the Ice".

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    Web Comics 
  • Love and Capes has The Crusader on Ice. The Crusader's girlfriend is the only one amused.

    Web Original 
  • The House To Astonish live show opened with Paul declaring "Live! On fire! On ice!", which was also used as the episode title. It wasn't really on ice (or indeed on fire).

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • The full title of the 20th anniversary special was The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special - In 3-D! On Ice! (Although it was neither on ice nor in 3D, and was shown during the 21st season...but it really was about The Simpsons.)
    • In one episode of the show, Krusty and Sideshow Mel host an Ice Capades-type show; they slip behind some flats and two obvious skate-doubles come out to do an ice dance in their stead. When they finished, they were crushed by the scenery, revealing that Krusty and Mel were watching TV and slacking off.
    • In Season 2's "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge", Roger Meyers, Jr. strolls past a poster for Itchy & Scratchy on Ice as he dictates his rude reply to Marge's letter.
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy sells magical lemonade so he can afford tickets to Crash Nebula on Ice.
  • Rugrats had Reptar on Ice. Reptar is the show's expy of Godzilla, but for some reason (even the guy playing Reptar complained about its implausibility), the ice show had him falling in love with a reporter. On the other hand, Grampa was doubtful about seeing it but thought it was brilliant once he did.
  • Robot Chicken did a sketch where The Empire Strikes Back became "Empire... On Ice!"
  • Arthur:
    • In the episode "Play It Again, D.W.", D.W. has four tickets to Crazy Bus Live. Arthur doesn't want to go, but D.W. tells him that it's only fair; she had to go to Bionic Bunny on Ice when Arthur wanted to go.
    • Also, in the All-CGI Cartoon Arthur's Missing Pal D.W is trying to win a contest to see Mary Moo Cow on Ice.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "Bloo's Brothers", Bloo's popularity has resulted in a flood of Captain Ersatz Bloos, and this becomes a problem when Mac only has two tickets to the Ice Charades.
  • Eddie from Slacker Cats goes to see Saving Private Ryan on ice.
  • In Doug, Judy is a fan of Shakespeare on Ice.
  • The Critic episode "A Little Deb Will Do Ya" has a subplot involving Jay's rivalry with timeslot competitor Humphrey the Hippo (an Expy of Barney the Dinosaur). One establishing shot sees an advertisement for Humphrey's Madison Square Garden event "The Hug-In" getting plastered over with a "Sold Out" banner.

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