Tired of toiling in William Shakespeare's shadow, competing 16th-century playwrights Nick and Nigel Bottom decide to one-up the Renaissance rock star by creating the world's first musical in "Something Rotten!" the Tony Award-nominated sendup
by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick with a score by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick.
Anyone who loves Bronte's classic novel will find this supernatural, romantic sendup
to be clever and hilarious.
In fact the modern razzamatazz element fits in well and boosts up the end of a fine evening with Stanton knocking out, an all-dancing, all-singing finale in the manner of Bette Midler, where the lyrics might well have been: "Well, hello Pixie, yes hello Pixie, it's so nice to have you back where you belong..." Apart from Stanton, who is an essay in herself of how to make a comic line come alive with an understanding of the sendup
that would serve any master-class going in the art of comedy, there are incisive performances from Solomon Israel as Younger Clerimont, a well-bred but poverty-stricken young blade, with the brains of a gnat , his mother (Jessica Turner) Sandy Foster as Mrs Trickwell and Sadie Shimmin as the raucous landlady Mrs Fidget.
Brietbart BI Insider, a fake news site sendup
of the alt-right Breitbart News, published an article last week about a Somali immigrant using Rapper DMX's mugshots as its main photo.
Like so many Netflix comedies, "Santa Clarita Diet" is a slow burn, and the first batch of episodes doesn't quite deliver the sendup
of suburbanite foibles that it could.
"Organic, plucky, smart, Welcome to Braggsville is the funniest sendup
of identity politics, the academy and white racial anxiety to hit the scene in years.
In 1975, ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail,'' a sendup
of the legend of King Arthur, had its world premiere in Los Angeles.
A mildly amusing YouTube sendup
of Mayor Paul Dyster has gone viral, Niagara Falls style, garnering all of 22 views in the days after it was posted.
Spartan's sharp-looking sendup
is anything but scary in looks, but deep down is a phantom wraith ready to wreak havoc at will.
If 2010's first instalment was a one-two sucker punch of glorious goofiness, the follow-up is a more thoughtful superhero sendup
With that in mind, the best April Fools' sendup
we've seen this year is the Toshiba Shibasphere, which pokes gentle fun at the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox peripheral.
Encounters with cultural icons, actors, and poets become a sendup
of eccentrics and narcissists.