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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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