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The 8 Most Spot-On Reality Show Spoofs

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Reality TV shows practically beg viewers to make fun of them. I mean, Teresa Giudice couldn’t have been serious when she flipped over a table… right? This genre is filled with over-the-top moments like this because who would watch otherwise? And that’s why there are so many parodies and spoofs out there.

Take Comedy Bang! Bang!, for example. IFC brought together some actual reality TV stars for a hilarious spoof of Big Brother meets Top Chef meets The Bachelor meets…does it matter? Because as the video points out, they’re all the same. But that doesn’t mean all reality TV spoofs are created equal.

Here’s to the videos, TV shows and movies that upped the ante in poking fun at the real-world casts we love to mock.

1. “Reality House,” Comedy Bang! Bang!

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Reality House might be the most confusing fake reality show out there. Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars, Lucy Aragon from The Bachelor, Nadia Turner from American Idol, Ozzy Lusht from Survivor, Reza Farahan from The Shahs of Sunset, and Brooke Williamson from Top Chef had no idea what they were supposed to do when they were all brought together to live in a house. Was it a competition show? A Bad Girls Club-style spinoff? A cooking show? Who knows?


2. American Dreamz

Remember when Mandy Moore was a thing? Well, when she was, she became the next American pop singer…in the movie American Dreamz, a big-screen spoof of the American Idol-obsessed culture. Now it’s all about The Voice, but this was back when American Idol, too, was a thing. So, what happens when the President of the United States (Dennis Quaid) needs to prove to the country that he’s not having a mental breakdown by guest judging the hottest reality singing competition show? A terrorist plot to eviscerate him happens, that’s what.


3. America’s Kidz Got Singing, 30 Rock

Jenna Maroney makes Simon Cowell look like a saint. At least he didn’t suggest the American Idol singers go jump back up their mothers when they went flat. This show-within-a-show brought out the worst in us. At one point, we were practically egging Maroney on to further annihilate the kids with her words. It just goes to prove that people don’t always come to watch the talent. They come to watch them get knocked down a couple pegs.


4. Real Housewives of New Jersey, South Park

The most famous and hilarious lines to ever come out of a Real Housewife of New Jersey was, “muff cabbage.” And they didn’t even say it! That’s how good South Park‘s spoof is of the reality spin-off. It’s so famous and, actually, pretty accurate that it’s now permanently linked to Teresa, Carlina, Dina and Danielle. What can they say? It’s a Jersey thing. You non-Jersians wouldn’t understand.


5. The Onion’s Sex House

The Real World, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Jersey Shore and Big Brother are all really just about getting a bunch of horny people together to have sex. So the folks behind The Onion decided to cut out all the extraneous dialogue and drama, and cut right to the chase. Sex House sees what happens when a group of sex fiends are forced to live with each other in one house with nothing else to do than to get it on with each other. Sounds great, right? I can’t imagine why MTV or VH1 didn’t want this one for their slates.


6. Burning Love

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If we had a nickel for every time someone got busy with The Bachelor, let’s just say we could retire and move to our own private island by now. But there’s even way more scandals to be had on Burning Love. It’s the same old story: a handsome firefighter is looking for love, so, naturally, he dates 15 women at once and slowly sends home the ones he doesn’t want. As you can see, he develops some real connections with these ladies.


7. The Hotwives of Orlando

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Tawny, Shauna, Veronica, Phe Phe, Crystal and Amanda are not your average housewives. They are so catty, so ruthless, so into throwing cocktails at each other that the Real Housewives ain’t got nothin’ on them. If you cross these gals from Hulu, they won’t hesitate to reduce you to the scared little person you are. They always speak their minds, and their minds think your “not a whore.”


8. “The Real Housewives of Disney,” SNL

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Lindsay Lohan may have been a hot mess, but she helped make this SNL sketch gold! There are so many bankable moments and GIF-worthy lines that we’re overcome by all the hilarity. If being a lush is as fun as Cinderella makes it out to be, then sign us up for a lifetime membership. But, life isn’t a Disney movie, and The Real Housewives of Disney have real-world issues to deal with…like dealing with the fact that you have to drink because your Prince Charming husband is living a lie. It sure does make for some huge laughs, though!

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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