The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to 50 Shades: The Musical!

When I got the tickets for this week’s Sunday Giveaway, at first I thought, “Wait a minute.  Didn’t I give away tickets to this show already?”

Nope.  I gave away tickets to the other 50 Shades of Grey spoof!

That’s right, 50 Shades is so popular, they’ve spoofed it twice!

This Sunday, I’m giving away two tickets to 50 Shades: The Musical! which has been so popular it is not only playing The Electra Theatre in the heart of Times Square, but it’s also out on a big ol’ National Tour, playing theaters all over the country (and as someone who has produced and toured three Off Broadway shows, let me tell you  – it ain’t easy to get an Off Broadway show on the road – you’ve got to have something special).

Obviously there’s something about this show, and something about the source material that makes it so spoofy.  Is it because it’s so popular?  Is it because of the sex?  Is it because no man I know has read it?

What makes a spoof spoofy?

Tell me why you think something qualifies for a spoof treatment and you could win.  Bonus points for giving me an example of something that you think should be spoofed.

Good luck!


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  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    I think something has to be extremely well-known and more importantly beloved to be spoofed in order for the audience to truly appreciate the inside jokes and nuances of the spoof

  • Kyle Morales says:

    In order for something to be spoofed, it has to be wildly popular among audience, and greatly appreciated among them too. Shows such as “Harry Potter” and “Silence of the Lambs” have been spoofed because they were extremely successful as movies, and audiences would come to see them. I think that “The Hunger Games” might make a great spoofed musical!

  • John P. says:

    Anything enormously successful deserves to be knocked down a peg or two!

  • Billy R. says:

    While I agree that the best spoofs and parodies come from well known, popular source materials, the most important rule for any parody is all about where the humor is coming from. While it may be fun to just reference something popular in your parody, a parody can only be perfect if it comments on the source material. Just look at all of those parody movies like “Date Movie” and “Scary Movie”. Sure, they have pop culture references galore, but just showing a popular character isn’t funny. The roots of parody comes from commenting or proving an opinion on the source material, or else it’s just a regurgitated mess. Successful parodies, ie: Silence! or films like Spaceballs, know full well what the intention of their source materials were, and in recognizing those intentions, as well as the style, characters and plots, are what make the laugh riots.

  • Anne Reeves says:

    To be spoofed, I think something should be a cult classic like star wars or one of the 80’s brat pack movies like 16 candles or breakfast club. I actually think Breakfast club would make a excellent spoof musical.

  • For something to be spoof-worthy it needs to be top-of-mind to a majority of the audience (whatever your definition of audience may be) whether it be good or bad.

    If it is obscure, not enough people will get the spoofed reference to make it noteworthy on its own.

    As for a spoof-worthy subject, how about ‘Ras-Putin, the Mad Russian”?




  • CopaCabana says:

    The people most ripe for SPOOFING are those that take themselves (and what they do) way to seriously: Politicians, self-important Celebs, and most especially people who have to do their sex on the down-low (like BDSM types wearing too much leather, latex, etc). Yeah, two 50 SHADES may not be enuf, and by the time the movie comes out I’m sure there will be a few more till one gets to Broadway.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I think the property being parodied has to have a recognizable, unique quality to it, or the parody can fall flat. Shows that try to spoof more than one property can sometimes be less funny than a parody that stays with the same property.

    I know Toronto and London had official, “serious” musical productions, but I would really like to see a Lord of the Rings spoof, featuring songs like “You’re Getting to be a Hobbit With Me” or “Elf Love”.

  • Wendy Wallach says:

    Something qualifies for a spoof treatment if it takes itself too seriously when obviously it is anything but. Or if it tries too hard! Would love to see ” Far and Away” that dreadful old movie with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman be spoofed. Oh the fun one could have with those two these days!

  • Ging says:

    Other than a movie or book, some social phenomenon that is very popular is a candidate for satirizing ie. social media ( Facebook and/or Twitter ). Also, certain practices are prime targets–
    I would like to see a spoof ( SNL skit )of baseball rituals such as hand signals, walk-off celebrations, and the interviews full of cliques: ex. ” we just need to go out there and have fun”.

  • Kelly Delaney says:

    Personally, I like spoofs about people or subjects that take themselves too seriously! Celebs, politicians, etc.

    I would love to see a spoof of all these former Disney now too cool for school “celebs”! From Brit in the Mickey Mouse Club to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus!

  • Darrell Mullins says:

    Successful spoofs can come in many forms. In musical theatre, “Forbidden Broadway” is a great example of the use of exaggeration in spoofing. For me, though, the best spoofs come from situations where the performer doesn’t need to create anything unique. That is, the subject of the spoof makes it easy–the classic example is Sarah Palin and how Tina Fey didn’t have to write anything, Palin’s words were enough. In terms of something I’d like to see spoofed–How about when prime-time tv shows venture into musical land. “Gray’s Anatomy” did so a few years back. I don’t know if their intent was to spoof musicals, but if it was, all the better, we could then spoof a spoof.

  • See my spoof on UTube on 50 Shades in an Indie I did a year ago called “50 Grades of Shay”-playing Sister O’Shay, a teacher/nun who wrote this parody.

  • Miriam says:

    I think a good spoof has to be based on something that (or someone who) takes itself/himself waaay too seriously… which 50 Shades does. It’s beyond corny, pretty tragic writing, but it sneaked its way into the mainstream. It’s not really hard core (who says “backside” anyway?), but it’s racy and safe enough for mainstream to enjoy. It just begs making fun of though because it’s so cheesy and wants to be so intense and serious.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    I think the darker, more intense and serious the drama,in subject and style, the more it cries out for spoofing. I think “50 Shades” is about discomfort and so we release the nervous tension by spoofing it. “Silence of the Lambs’ made me squirm in my seat so a musical parody “Silence” is the perfect antidote for that. I’d love to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” because I enjoyed the book and I’d like to see how they spoofed it. I’m sure I’ll be “tied” to my seat.

  • Alex B. says:

    People have to already be making fun of it before it becomes a spoof!

  • Mark Robinson says:

    What makes a story a strong possibility for spoofing includes three things:

    1. The overall arching theme of the original piece has to be extreme in some way. Whether it be the overt sexuality of 50 Shades of Grey or extreme creepiness of Silence of the Lambs (Silence the Musical)

    2. The piece you are spoofing has to be easily recognized by some niche group (cult followings are good) or a group obsessed with a particular TV show, book, or film

    3. The characters of the source material should be over-the-top, iconic, and/or flawed. This leaves them open to broad interpretations that can be larger than life.

    Some sources that might make excellent musical spoofs: The Walking Dead; Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series; any Mickey and Judy movie

    Mark Robinson

  • EllenFD says:

    “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” performed by a troupe of animal actors, maybe trained members of the simian family. OK, OK, the Kardashians are spoofs of themselves anyway, so they could play themselves. Everyone knows the Kardashians, which makes them prime subjects for spoofing. To add something extra, maybe the Kardashians Meet the Housewives of Beverly Hills. In a grudge match.

  • sarah safford says:

    Eat Pray Love definitely needs a spoof, along with any other serious spiritual journey book….like Shirley Maclane’s “The Camino”

  • ECP says:

    Spoof potential: Material, style, content, characters that are familiar to a large audience. Spoofing kids the conventional gently and often refreshes it. Think movie genre tweaks such as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, or THE BIG BUS, or THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS.
    I think reality cooking shows could be ribbed. CHEF FOR A DAY. Episode 1: “Dead Man Wok-ing.” A death row inmate prepares his last meal for a trio of culinary-artist judges.

  • Karen Campbell says:

    What makes a spoof spoofy? General familiarity with the subject…and aren’t we all somehow too familiar with reality television? How about a reality tv spoof called “Unreal reality”?

  • hendri says:

    anything than redonstes with an audience, small or large, csn be spoofed but something that people feel passionately about, all the more so. sondheim should be spoofed

  • Tim O'Donnell says:

    The thing that needs to be spoofed is something that seems a little funny but takes itself so seriously. Maybe even a little bit (Original Carrie the musical anyone?)

    And the thing MOST IN NEED of spoofing. “Swimfan” Think of the underwater number.

  • Paula says:

    A person or persons deserve to be spoofed, because they are “larger than life” and instantly recognizable. Now that Barbara Walters has left The View, I think it is a great time to spoof this
    TV show and its panel – both past and present,with a return visit with Barbara checking up on the

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