Starring Leif Garrett
In response to Brad Pitt’s much buzzed about video for Chanel No 5, Meetinghouse Productions, the folks who produce “World’s Dumbest”, a hit show on truTV, have come up with their own sweet-smelling Chanel No 5 video parody starring Meetinghouse talent, actor/singer/icon Leif Garrett.
Founded in 2007, Meetinghouse Productions is a full-service production and development company specializing in smart, funny programming with its heart in the right place. Meetinghouse has unparalleled relationships with a wide variety of comic talent and takes pride in continuing to curate exceptionally talented, funny people. With offices in New York and LA, Meetinghouse has produced over 250 hours of programming across multiple television networks including truTV, VH-1, Food Network, MTV, HGTV, PBS, DIY, and more. Our shows include the World’s Dumbestseries for truTV, Clean Freaks, Price it Out, Disorder In The Court, and Dessert First With Anne Thornton, to name a few. Meetinghouse also actively develops and produces its own content for new media platforms and outlets, and develops, produces, and directs off-Broadway theatrical projects, including It’s Jewdy’s Show: My Life As A Sitcom, starring Judy Gold.
About Meetinghouse President Jason Cilo:
After graduating from Hampshire College, Jason watched a lot of Rockford Files and Columbo reruns, rented movies on VHS, and read Variety while working as a paralegal at a law firm and for a non-profit in his hometown of New Haven, CT. He got his first big break when Jonathan Hayes got him a job as a PA on CBS’ syndicated live daily Day & Date. In 1997, he became an AP at MSNBC, and worked on The Big Show With Keith Olbermann. He left MSNBC to write, produce, and direct a documentary about Bobby Darin for PBS. He then got a second big break when Hilary Spiegelman freed him from the tyranny of acronym-based gigs and hired him as a producer at Video Hits One, but when it became “VH1”, Jason gave in and went on a multi-year jag as a W, P, SP and EP for VH1 and for MTV, HGTV, A&E, PBS, GM, and CBS. In 2007, Anthony Horn, an executive at then Court TV, agreed to allow him to produce a new show called Disorder In The Court as a production company instead of as a freelance producer. Meetinghouse Productions started as a three-person enterprise and quickly blossomed into a production and development entity that employs more than 50 people in NY and LA.
Information About Parodies
A parody is a form of imitation or mimicry that deliberately and humorously mimics or mocks an original work, person, or style. It’s typically created for entertainment or satirical purposes and often involves exaggerated imitation or alteration for comedic effect. Parodies can take various forms, including literature, music, film, art and more.
Characteristics of Parodies:
Imitation and Exaggeration:
Parodies imitate the style, tone, or mannerisms of the original work while amplifying or distorting certain elements for humor or satire.
Humor and Satire:
Parodies often aim to entertain by poking fun at the original work or subject. They might use humor, sarcasm, or irony to convey their message.
Recognition of the Original Work:
A successful parody usually relies on the audience’s familiarity with the original work to appreciate the humor and satire.
Parodies can create an alternative perspective or commentary on the original work, highlighting its flaws, absurdities, or exploring new angles.
Examples of Parodies:
Film and TV Parodies: Movies like “Spaceballs” (parody of Star Wars) or TV shows like “The Simpsons” often parody famous films, series, or cultural phenomena.
Literary Parodies: Books like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (a parody of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”) or the work of Terry Pratchett often parody established literary works.
Music Parodies: Comedic musicians like “Weird Al” Yankovic are famous for creating parodies of popular songs, changing lyrics to humorous or satirical effect.
Parodies, under certain conditions, are protected by fair use laws, allowing the use of copyrighted material for purposes such as commentary, criticism, or parody. However, the laws regarding fair use and parodies can vary across different jurisdictions and depend on various factors.
Purpose and Impact:
Parodies often serve as a form of social commentary or criticism, highlighting certain aspects of society, culture, or popular media for comedic or satirical effect.
They can also contribute to the discussion or reinterpretation of established cultural works, offering new perspectives or criticism.
Parodies are a creative and often entertaining form of art that playfully imitates and satirizes original works. They can range from light-hearted comedic renditions to more critical and pointed commentaries on various subjects. Ultimately, their aim is to entertain and provide a new perspective or critique on the original content or subject matter.