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It's funny because it's true. Eerily, sadly, depressingly true. It made me laugh until I cried. And I cried some more. You forgot heavy breathing, wind from someone walking, a person picking up another call and hold music playing on the line, and a toilet flush thrown in for good measure. So what's the solution? Grady affectionately refers to it as No MAS! No MAS is based on two primary principles: When you receive a meeting invitation that's missing desired information, click the "tentative" button.
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Next, get in touch with the meeting proposer. Tell the proposer that you're very excited to support his or her work, ask about the goal of the meeting, and find out if and how you can be of help in achieving that goal. But much better than the time you'll spend sitting in a meeting you shouldn't. The idea is, if done often and respectfully enough, No MAS might just lead people to give a little more thought to their meeting invitations.
Maybe they'll start including an agenda. Or send an email to give a status update instead of initiating a person conference call. And as Grady gracefully and succinctly concludes: People just might start to change their behavior because you changed yours. And they just might bring your chair back, too. What meeting mishaps and blunders have you experienced? They accomplish an in retrospect meaningless victory and are clearly losing the war by the end, but the viewer is encouraged to join the Mobile Infantry because every soldier is needed.
Yet despite all that, it's done in such an over-the-top fashion that most viewers don't even realize the parodic intent and cheer the humans on as if it were a straight-up action movie. Of The American Dream. The film even has most of the visual excess shot like some of the cheesier music videos of the day during scenes where Daniel discusses what he thinks the dream is.
Deep in the Valley is a Porn with Plot sex comedy where a Nice Guy and his sleazy Bromantic Foil get trapped in the world of adult films. It plays with a lot of stereotypical porn roles, and even features a love interest who's tired of constant casual sex and who wants a meaningful relationship.
Of the frat boy comedies that Seth Rogen starred in. Namely, it shows how reasonable people would act surrounded by characters from these movies, and how the frat guys who engage in it are pathetic, petty Man-Children who are unwilling to accept maturity. It also deconstructs The Stonerwith the characters' both the Radners' and the frat boys' habitual use of both weed and weed jokes with their friends depicted as a major sign of their inability to grow up and let go of their Glory Days.
The Voices is arguably one to the comedy subgenre "guy talks with his pets". Jerry, the hero, is obviously insane, his talks with his pets seem to be hallucinated, his cat is a sociopath, his home is actually an horrible filthy den that he usually sees beautiful and clean thanks to his hallucinations, and he eventually becomes a serial killer thanks to a chain of disasters including the accidental murder of his crush after giving a mercy kill to a deer that requested it It Makes Sense in Context.
The movie is also very funny, thanks to the dialogs with the pets. Tower Heist is one for heist movies. Only one member of the crew is a criminal, and he's a petty one at that. The big heist gets messed up before it even starts.
Burton sports a James Dean pompadour and drawls like John Waynebut lives up to these iconic images of American masculinity with less than perfect aplomb. Overconfident and always slightly behind the information curve, his bombast sometimes pays off, but more often makes him the butt of a slapstick gag. For a light comic performance, Kurt Russell walks a very precise tightrope, giving Jack a puppyish quality that redeems his made-in-America arrogance.
The audience roots for him to succeed, and to be taken down a peg or two along the way. Blazing Saddles took everything from the American Western genre, a couple dozen more from every other genre of American film, and proceeded to nuke them particularly the racist elements in a way that only Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor could manage. It was almost two decades before anyone took the Western seriously again.
Literature Don Quixote is most likely the Trope Maker. The Sir Apropos of Nothing books are like this of fantasy, part of the time.
The other parts are a more of a straight deconstruction. Several of the Discworld books, for fantasy and whatever other genres Terry Pratchett feels like. There are pastiches of Conan, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, the Pern novels complete with idiosyncratic punctuation in the middle of names, in Pratchett's case '! And Maskerade to Phantom Of The Operaand the idea that the Phantom being dashing and romantic means the fact he kills people for petty reasons isn't a big deal.
It does this by making the enemies more sympathetic and the revenge Darker and Edgierand the ultimate feeling you get is that, rather than being sympathetic or at least a Magnificent Bastardthe Dantes-equivalent is a petty and cruel Smug Snake.
Some literary scholars say The Fall Of The House Of Usher is a parody of Gothic Horror, what with Roderick Usher being infected with a disease that heightens his senses making him and the reader believe the house is scarier than it really is. The Barry Trotter series has elements of this for example, its version of Quidditch. Hell, John Carter of Mars is specifically mentioned in the novel several times.
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We find out fairly early on that the character Deety is actually going by her initials. Let's just say her parents really liked the Barsoom novels, and if you're familiar with them, you can probably guess what DT stands for.
Oh, and her maiden name is "Burroughs". Guess what her husband Zeb Carter's middle name is. The Big Good is just some guy who happens to be friends with an alien, the evil empire style characters are a bunch of horrible marksmen who's deadlist weapon is their horrendous poetry, and the Robot Buddy is a rude, paranoid, and clincally depressed Deadpan Snarker.
It's more specifically one of these for Doctor Whowhich Douglas Adams was a script editor on at the time he wrote the first book. Particularly, it deals with the concept of a mild-mannered Earth person being taken off into a Human AlienBBC Quarry -filled version of space as the companion of an oddball, bohemian alien traveller in a stolen time-travelling ship by showing just how boring, depressing and hopeless a universe like that would be to travel in.
There are two separate duos with a Doctor-and-companion dynamic, Arthur and Ford, and Trillian and Zaphod. In the case of the first two, Arthur only leaves for space because his home, where he'd rather be, has been destroyed, he almost constantly moans about how much he'd prefer to be there, and both characters have very little idea of what's going on. The one time Arthur does enjoy space travel is the first time he lands on Magrathea, which everyone else thinks is a dump.Meet the Heavy Heavy Heavy
In the case of the latter two, Zaphod's egotistical, flaky personality, extremely high intelligence and constant attention-seeking isn't redeemed by heroism, like in the case of the Doctor - while there is more depth to him than appears at first, he is every bit as selfish and unempathetic as someone who acted like the Doctor would have to be in real life. Also, unlike the Doctor, who constantly took sexy, clever Earth girl companions with him but was written relatively asexual during Adams's tenure due to the show being at least nominally for children, Zaphod's sexy, clever Earth girl companion is specifically noted to be a hot girl he picked up at a party for her looks.
John Scalzi 's book Redshirts relentlessly spoofs Star Trek: The tagline of the book is, "They were expendable When he gets infected, Scalzi pokes fun at Star Trek's habitual technobabble by telling the viewpoint character that they need a counter-bacterial, with said character wondering why they don't just call it a vaccine. And that's just the first 40 pages.
Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum is this to conspiracy theories and literature based on them. Jane Austen 's earlier works Love and Freindship and Northanger Abbey parodied melodramas and gothic romances respectively. Kiernan's Blood Oranges does this for Urban Fantasy. The novelisation of Development Hell Doctor Who episode "Shada" parody-deconstructs the treatment of young human female companions in the series.
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When the Doctor charges into the room of Genre Savvy science student Clare to use her as The Watson despite her impressive intelligence, she finds herself bowled over by his force of personality and starts doing what he wants because that just feels like what she ought to dowhile constantly noting in her internal monologue that her actions are nonsensical.
She also realises that she keeps acting like a Neutral Female despite that not being her normal personality, and so the third time a male character orders her to sit tight and stay out of trouble, she snaps, and decides she's going to take the story Off the Rails and solve the mystery on her own.
Her attempts to do so lead to her communicating with the dead Professor Chronotis, absorbing Time Lord knowledge of TARDIS flight and rescuing her love interest, Chris - who keeps noting in his internal monologue that he keeps acting "girly" and "clueless" so the Doctor can explain things to him. Jo Walton 's Tooth and Claw deconstructs the assumptions and tropes of Victorian novels by the likes of Anthony Trollope by displaying an alien society in which they actually make sense.
Valmont is a brilliant detective who's prepared to go beyond the law to get his man; in one story this ends with the criminal in question pointing out that since Valmont has no official standing and his evidence was obtained illegally, there's no way the police would even make an arrest, let alone bring the case to court.
Terrific CBSboth which were made to capitalize on the Batman craze at the time. For that matter, the first season of Batman was itself one of these, as was Batman: Freeze is pretty cunning. This was a staple of Chappelle's Show. Their activities included getting into barfights and losingdefecating in public, and having sex with transvestite prostitutes.
Don't forget the "realistic" versions of movies like Pretty Woman. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a deconstruction of shows like Friends. It points out how a self-centered group like that would constantly drag each other down, and uses continuity to show how they slowly ruin the lives of people along the way.
Dennis, in particular, tackles The Casanova by having his actions involve emotionally manipulating women to the point of approaching outright rape.
Charlie also takes The Ditz to extremes by having an Ambiguous Disorder and showing how, despite being probably the nicest member of the gang overall, is still dangerous and reckless as a result. That said, it's still very much a sitcom and it's all played for laughs - It just happens to be extremely dark laughs. The Gang Hit the Slopes'' mocks all the 's comedies by showing how disturbing guys leering after nude women all the time is and what happens when those "cool kids" grow up into even more skeevy adults.
The Good Guys does this to the idea of the Cowboy Cop and other action-movie tropes. It was created by Matt Nix, the creator of Burn Notice. The cop in question is an older detective — paired with a young, By-the-Book Cop — who's mentally stuck in The '80sunable to adjust to changed police methods or even basic fashion.
The only reason he's even still on the force is that he rescued a VIP some time ago, at the cost of his partner having a nervous breakdown when he forced him to jump from one moving car to another, a typical cop-movie stunt.
At the end of the first episode, they're both dressed down for the dozens of rules of police procedure they managed to break—including Armed AltruismBTW—and he asks when they're getting their medal. And all of it is played for laughs. And again with the Gut Feeling in a later episode.
The feeling is correct, but the bulk of the police force thinks they were catching the bad guys. What they've actually got are the decoys who thought they were the only bank robbersand the real thieves see our heroes at their intended target and flee. With no evidence, Jack and Dan's boss chalks it all up to Dan's crazy rubbing off on Jack. Mitchell and Webb as a couple who are sick of having James Bond show up at their parties. It's Moneypenny I feel sorry for. Did you see when I was going around with the voddy?
Well, I said to Moneypenny, "Can you manage another finger in there? Finger of vodka in her glass of drink.
And then James starts rolling his eyes like he's having some sort of stroke and says, "Oh, you can always get another finger inside Moneypenny! Literally did not know where to look. Later on in this sketch he brutally attacks someone for an offhand comment and then makes a trademark quip about it. The outrage is as much about the fact that the quip wasn't very good as that he threw someone out of a window.
They did a similar dialogue with Scooby-Doo. It's a shame, because he's clearly invested so much time in teaching that dog to talk and it just can't.
Whereas the dog's nephew actually talks quite well. A little precocious though, isn't he? Yes, but I think one can forgive that of a talking dog. In another sketch that parodies Casino Royale I won't need luck. The Late Late Show: Instead of having a talk show sidekick to laugh at the host's jokes and spout the occasional Catch-Phrasethe show has Geoff Peterson, a robot that laughs at the host's jokes and spouts the occasional Catch-Phrase.
Can a court case be deconstructed? Even more brilliantly, by actually creating a political action committee, he basically conscripted Viacom and the Federal Election Commission into the joke against their will.
He does things so ridiculous that they have to respond, then shows that the laws support what he just did. Maybe one of the finest real life deconstructions ever done.