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By Luke Broadwater | April 7, 2011
Tonight, Jon Stewart dedicated his program to an epic Glenn Beck-style parody that might be his best work this year.  Some of his best lines:  • "The only real difference between Glenn and Paul Revere is that when Paul Revere told you the British were coming, they were, in fact, coming. "  • "I don't think I want to live in an America where Charles Manson tells our children what [they] can watch on television. "  • "What I'm about to say to you is the kind of thing that will make you wonder how I even dress myself in the morning.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | March 30, 2014
" Saturday Night Live "  skewered Jos. A. Bank this weekend, suggesting that the Carroll County-based company's suits are a cheap alternative to paper towels. "I spend a lot of my time cleaning up messes, so I need something that's absorbant and affordable. So what do I reach for? A suit from Jos. A. Bank," "SNL" player Vanessa Bayer says, playing a suburban supermom straight out of a Bounty commercial. "With their innovative buy-one-get-three-free pricing, a suit from Jos. A. Bank is effectively cheaper than paper towels.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Now that "The Book of Mormon" has settled into Baltimore's Hippodrome , the folks behind Midweek Madness (OK, that's me) could not resist posting this droll parody of the show's opening number. Shalom.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
The author Mohsin Hamid has a home in Pakistan and spent nearly two decades studying and working in the United States. He's 42 now, and he thinks of himself as living almost "between" countries. "I've lived half my life in America and Europe, and half my life in Pakistan," Hamid says over the phone. He's coming to Baltimore this week, where he will read from his third novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. " "But I also live between generations, and I live between social classes with different political points of view.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
In the latest video sweeping this Ravens-obsessed city, Baltimore women channel Beyonce with a Super Bowl spin on her famous "Single Ladies" video. The women, in leotards and heels, brave the 20-degree weather from earlier this week to dance outside M&T Bank Stadium and at the Inner Harbor. It makes us shiver just watching them. They sing that they're ready to put a Super Bowl ring on it. That and a coat. Maybe some mittens. Filmmaker Paul Hutson and Mike Maiatico edited the faithful-to-Beyonce video with photography by Will Cocks.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 15, 2009
Last week, singer/songwriter Evan Taubenfeld was shopping at the mall when inspiration struck. Taubenfeld kept hearing music from pop/country star Taylor Swift piped into stores, and, in the spur of the moment, decided to pen a holiday song about her. From start to finish, it took Taubenfeld, a Baltimore native who now lives in Los Angeles, an hour to write the song, which he called "Merry Swiftmas (Even Though I Celebrate Chanukah)."...
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By Los Angeles Times | October 20, 1992
HOLLYWOOD -- TV producer Aaron Spelling, upset at the way a new Fox TV show parodied his hit Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210," is threatening to sue the producers unless they make a public apology and promise never to do it again.In an unusual twist of events that puts the Fox network in the embarrassing position of having offended its top program supplier, Mr. Spelling says that a Sept. 26 episode of the sketch-comedy program "The Edge" contained a "tasteless take-off" of "90210" that depicted "acts of incest" among the characters.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 17, 2000
Playwrights Festival ends with a parody "Ancient Geeks," the final production of this year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival, opens tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Written by festival veteran John Wallace Teahan, this comedy updates and parodies three "original classics" including Plato, Homer and Helen of Troy. Richard Dean Stover directs a cast headed by Teresa M. Altoz, Kevin Chap, Leo Knight, Mike Nowicke, John Sadowsky and Russell Wooldridge. The requisite Greek chorus includes Debbie Bennett, Joseph M. Dunn, Lydia Real, Michael Robinson and Danielle Suder.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | March 8, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could further liberate songwriting as a form of social criticism, the Supreme Court lowered yesterday the legal risks faced by composers who borrow music or words from a song for a new version that pans or ridicules the original.The unanimous decision appeared to go far toward rescuing musical parodies from legal action under federal copyright law, and to give wider legal leeway for comic parodists like television's Mark Russell.The ruling involved the rap group 2 Live Crew's rewrite of the classic Roy Orbison-William Dees rock 'n' roll ballad, "Oh, Pretty Woman."
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By Troy McCullough and Troy McCullough,Sun Columnist | January 28, 2007
A company's reaction to its critics can tell us a lot, and in that regard, the owners of the virtual world Second Life told us plenty last week. Created and run by Linden Lab, Second Life is an anomaly among immersive online sites: It's often as scorned as it is popular. Its growth since its public launch in 2003 has been phenomenal, claiming more than 1 million "residents," and those numbers are all the more impressive considering that Second Life is not a game by traditional standards.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Now that "The Book of Mormon" has settled into Baltimore's Hippodrome , the folks behind Midweek Madness (OK, that's me) could not resist posting this droll parody of the show's opening number. Shalom.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Media mogul Russell Simmons might have apologized for posting a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel that's become known as "The Harriet Tubman Sex Tapes. " But, the famed abolitionist's great-great-great grandniece isn't even close to forgiving him. In a two-paged open letter to Simmons that was emailed to a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, the artist Tina Martin Wyatt verges on accusing the entertainer of being a race traitor. "Your parody of Aunt Harriet is not unlike parodies of African Americans by racist individuals in this country and others abroad," Wyatt writes.
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February 26, 2013
Your browser does not support iframes.   Adam Jones has some fun with the MLB Fan Cave crew, as he and Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera welcomed the return of baseball with a parody of Rihanna's "Diamonds. " Watch the video above and look out for a cameo from an Orioles Hall of Famer towards the end.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
Some guys gave flowers. Others candy. But smooth Rod Lopez, a man in touch with the cultural cutting edge, feted his lady love with a "Harlem Shake" video for Valentine's Day. In it, the 34-year-old owner of a Parkville production company, wearing jockey shorts, shimmies atop a desk while holding a heart-shaped balloon. And no, he says, divorce papers are not imminent. "She thought it was romantic," Lopez says. "We're making another one tonight with the whole family. " With "Call Me Maybe" history and "Gangnam Style" only a faint viral echo, conditions seemed ripe for another catchy ear worm with even more contagious video possibilities.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
In the latest video sweeping this Ravens-obsessed city, Baltimore women channel Beyonce with a Super Bowl spin on her famous "Single Ladies" video. The women, in leotards and heels, brave the 20-degree weather from earlier this week to dance outside M&T Bank Stadium and at the Inner Harbor. It makes us shiver just watching them. They sing that they're ready to put a Super Bowl ring on it. That and a coat. Maybe some mittens. Filmmaker Paul Hutson and Mike Maiatico edited the faithful-to-Beyonce video with photography by Will Cocks.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato aren't interested in spilling Victoria's Secret. But the Baltimore-based artists and feminists do want the lingerie giant — and other cultural forces — to tell a different story about sex. Disturbed by societal messages about rape and consent, the pair have projected the words "Rape Is Rape" on the U.S. Capitol, joined in an art exhibit about sexual assault and created a line of underwear with messages emphasizing...
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | November 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the Supreme Court pondered yesterday the right of performers to make fun of someone else's song with a parody. But it did so in totally unfamiliar cultural territory: the worlds of rap and rock 'n' roll.Dealing with tunes their children or grandchildren would more easily recognize, the justices kept mainly to the legal questions -- except for a passing remark by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wondering whether it was musical progress to translate "rock" into "rap."
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
In "Bloody Murder," 2nd Star Productions offers a parody of British murder mysteries with surprising twists and turns. Charles Maloney, director of more than 20 plays for 2nd Star, is introducing Bowie Playhouse audiences to this amusing 2009 mystery written by his longtime friend, Ed Sala. Here a stock set of characters — including the wealthy lady of the manor, her loyal maid, a retired army major mired in his past, a mysterious countess, a fading, often-inebriated actor, an ingenue, a worthless nephew, an inscrutable Chinese man and a bumbling inspector — play out their roles, aware they are playing characters in a developing mystery story.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Fresh off his star turn as Indiana Jones , Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is trying his hand at making parody videos. No, he's not joining the throngs who've recast "Call Me Maybe. " But he has reworked the popular and rather silly DirecTV "Don't Let This Happen to You" ads. To promote the state's week where people can shop without sales tax, Franchot just released a video on YouTube and to make sure people saw it, sent out a press release with this headline: Comptroller Video Encourages Marylanders to Shop Maryland Tax-Free or Face the Consequences.
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