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    Coming up this week: Commercial Parodies! (An Encore Broadcast)

    by Under The Influence

    This week, we take a peek into the risky, yet delicious world of commercial parodies. Some spoof ads are created just for the laughs, while others are sharp critiques of questionable products, overzealous advertising claims and self-congratulatory corporations. We'll look at a magazine that satirized one of the most controversial court cases in history, a company that parodied the competition, then sued another company for parodying their parody, and unpack the Saturday Night Live skits that brought commercial parodies into the mainstream. Commercial parodies didn't just lampoon the ad industry, they influenced it.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2017 3:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017 1:11 PM ET
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    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 1:10 AM ET
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    Last Updated: Feb 02, 2017 12:13 AM ET