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Parody Palooza!

Some may judge you for your Netflix binge watching, but we say you are (Amazon) primed and raring to get down to some major parody writing! Instructor Rebekah Walendzak will teach you tools for writing parodies of your favorites! Not to be confused with our satire offerings, these kinds of sketches are fun for the sake of fun without any of that pesky political ire that’s sent you back to therapy. What media will be covered? TV, film, digital, web, commercials, podcasts, and more! And did we mentions songs? Yes. You will also write a parody song. Watch out, Weird Al.


Parody sketches are imitations of a style of media or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effectSatire sketches use humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose and criticize social, cultural and political behaviors and vices.
TV shows like Angie Tribeca, Trial & Error and Children’s Hospital are highly exaggerated parodies of procedural dramas. Old school films like Airplane and all the Naked Gun movies are parodies.
In The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert was parodying The O’Reilly Factor, however, because the intent was to ridicule perceived Right Wing vices, the show is considered a satire. Other TV satires are: The Simpsons, South Park, Portlandia, and Documentary Now along with films like Dear White People, Idiocracy and Pootie Tang.

3.5 hours, 7 weeks

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Parody Palooza!