Spoof shows turn tables on celebrity obsession

Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:39pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Watch out Britney, Octomom and Paris! Shows spoofing your fame are piling up faster than celebrity magazines in a hair salon, and they include a stage musical and animated TV programs.

"Popzilla," the latest show to declare open season on Hollywood celebrities and their reality TV kissing cousins, will premiere on cable television's MTV on Monday.

The acerbic newcomers are putting a new twist on the public appetite for celebrity news. Nearly 55 million Americans visited an entertainment news site in May, digital tracking firm comScore said.

"Popzilla" was conceived to match the fast-paced, often raunchy celebrity TV news show "TMZ", whose sister web site TMZ.com gets about 10 million visitors a month.

It features segments of one minute or less, but instead of breaking news like "TMZ," the show uses hastily animated sketches to poke fun at the week's top celebrity stories.

"We live in an information age, and stuff that never would have been reported in the '60s is all over the media now. So when Obama calls Kanye West a jackass, it's all over the media," said comedian Dave Thomas, who created the series.

"And so there, you get a really interesting interface between a bizarre celebrity rapper, who makes shoes, and the president of the United States, and I think that's worthy of a joke," Thomas said.

Thomas, 60, starred in 1970s Canadian TV comedy show "SCTV," and his "Bob and Doug McKenzie" sketches, with co-star Rick Moranis, are famous in Canada for their play on stereotypes about the country.   Continued...

 
<p>Entertainer Britney Spears is shown in a publicity image from the MTV program "Popzilla" in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters September 24, 2009. The show was conceived to match the fast-paced, often raunchy celebrity TV news show "TMZ", and features hastily animated sketches to poke fun at the week's top celebrity stories. REUTERS/Handout</p>