Friday, May 10, 2013

Spot the Parody. It's All Parody

Have you ever read Dashiell Hammett? If you are very old, and read him when you were young, I envy you. Reading "The Maltese Falcon" now is an exercise in mental control. Every page reads like a parody. You think to yourself, "Wow, this is some cornball comedy". The mental control comes in because you have to remind yourself that this is part of the noir source material. This is the stuff that created "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and countless other homages and derivative works.

It's much the same for lounge singers. The gag has been beaten to death, so much so that it's hard to tell when it's a joke, or it's a serious treatment.

For (what I assume is) unintended parody, it's nearly impossible to beat Neil Diamond's 1992 Christmas Special. I think Will Ferrell owes Neil some royalties for every "cheesy singer" bit he ever did on SNL as he's just doing Neil.

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