(PRWEB) June 8, 2005
Parody is hot. ItÂs so hot, in fact, that BroadwayÂs biggest honor, the Tony award for Best Musical, just went to Spamalot, a farcical parody musical based on the hit film, ÂMonty Python and the Holy Grail.Â Two more Tony awards went to ÂThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,Â also a parody, for best book of a musical and best featured actor, Dan Fogler.
2004 was no different, with parody musicals ÂWickedÂ and ÂAvenue QÂ sweeping the awards. Still, in the three previous years of Broadway, only two parody titles appeared at all, ÂUrinetownÂ and ÂThe Producers,Â a Broadway blockbuster, which may have originally started the trend.
HereÂs where else you can find parody at the moment: ÂHappy Woman Magazine,Â a parody of commercial womenÂs magazines; ÂThe Onion,Â a free publication that skewers politics for more than three million readers; bogus studies that take on topics like Âyour mommaÂ jokes; parody chain letter; and endless political satire groups. The popular 2004 presidential election parody Web site, JibJab.com, showed candidates John Kerry and George W. Bush delivering a satirical version of ÂThis Land Is Your Land.Â The Web site received more than 65 million visitors before the election.
Best selling self-help author Suzanne Falter-Barns, whose book ÂLiving Your JoyÂ was recently named one of the top nine self-help books by ÂSELF Magazine,Â has gone the satirical route. She just launched a Web site featuring herself as parody New Age guru Serenity Hawkfire. Visitors to the site at serenityhawkfire.com can download Âaction figuresÂ of Falter-BarnsÂ character and listen to songs from a show she has written and performs, itself a parody of a New Age workshop.
Why? ÂBecause irony rules,Â replies Falter-Barns. ÂWeÂre living in an age when terrorism, a seemingly endless war, and massive work pressures have pushed us to the edge. ItÂs a grim time and we need relief; a little irony really is the best way to reach people.Â
Falter-Barns also notes that in the week since she launched her Web site, her readership has increased more than 30 percent. Apparently, the public is willing to make the leap from earnest to ironic without even blinking an eye.