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The best sorts of parodies and fun are the ones where at first, you think it might be real. As you’re watching for awhile, a few clues start to pop up. I’m thinking about things like the show Fishing with John. Have you never seen Fishing with John? Why not? It’s time you find it and see it. In the first episode where John Lurie goes shark fishing with a friend, it’s a little odd. When I first saw it I thought, well, modern productions by modern musicians, whatever. But with each episode, it got stranger. Tom Waits sticking a live fish in his shorts, well it’s believable. But then Lurie and Willem Dafoe die in the ice fishing wilderness … or so the narrator claims. By that episode, one is already under the impression that the narrator may be unreliable.

So it also was when I first started seeing some of J. P. Sears works. Was this guy for real? Well, no, but he is really funny:

This one hit especially close to home:

I like how it has to have “(Funny)” as part of the title.

Who is your favorite modern (non-musical) parodist or parody show?

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    If anyone is wondering why this is my second entry of the day, I went all wrong on the first. I committed to a bit of Merry Mayhem, and then what I was writing turned into something more serious. Thus have I committed to not only make up for the First, but also fill in for the Third, which none had signed up for, and I’ll be doing another later that will be for today.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:22 AM PDT
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  2. Judge Mental Member

    This may be more of a troll than a parody, but it totally matches your standard about it being hard to tell if he’s serious.

     

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:28 AM PDT
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m a big fan of J. P. Sears.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:30 AM PDT
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  4. DrewInWisconsin, Unhelpful Com… Coolidge

    Percival (View Comment):

    I’m a big fan of J. P. Sears.

    And this recent one is EXCELLENT.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  5. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    DrewInWisconsin is done with t… (View Comment):
    And this recent one is EXCELLENT.

    Yes!

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):
    This may be more of a troll than a parody, but it totally matches your standard about it being hard to tell if he’s serious.

    It works.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:34 AM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    @michaelhenry reminded me of another musical parodist:

     

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    • May 9, 2020, at 10:33 AM PDT
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  8. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    These shows sound intriguing. I will definitely check them out.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 3:23 PM PDT
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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    J.P. Sears’ Ultra Spiritual Life series has been reliably unreliable for several years. It is a test of his skill, and ability to hit the mark, that he has had such a long run.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 4:22 PM PDT
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  10. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    JP Sears is a hoot. Also, dude’s got some serious quads. Good heavens.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  11. DrewInWisconsin, Unhelpful Com… Coolidge

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    JP Sears is a hoot. Also, dude’s got some serious quads. Good heavens.

    Yer sayin’ he didn’t skip leg day?

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    • May 9, 2020, at 7:04 PM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    DrewInWisconsin is done with t… (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    JP Sears is a hoot. Also, dude’s got some serious quads. Good heavens.

    Yer sayin’ he didn’t skip leg day?

    Just watch that “celebrity” video.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  13. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin is done with t… (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    JP Sears is a hoot. Also, dude’s got some serious quads. Good heavens.

    Yer sayin’ he didn’t skip leg day?

    Clearly he did not! :-)

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    • May 10, 2020, at 5:25 AM PDT
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  14. Jan Bear Member

    I’m a big fan of J.P. Sears, and at least part of the reason he puts “funny” in the title is that he’s a trained counselor (not sure of his certification, but I believe it’s legit), and sometimes he gives straightforward advice on emotional-health issues. 

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    • May 10, 2020, at 7:30 AM PDT
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  15. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    JP Sears is a hoot. Also, dude’s got some serious quads. Good heavens.

    He’s got to be a skier/cyclist. 

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    • May 10, 2020, at 2:40 PM PDT
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