Comedy can be a dangerous business. It's hard to make the world look ridiculous when it's always finding new ways to make itself look ridiculous.
For instance, back in August of 2009, Cracked.com columnist Cody Johnston posted an article about Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (the "comedic" "minds" behind Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans) and created a fake trailer for Vampire Movie, citing it as a likely candidate for Seltzer and Friedberg's next film.
One year and 10 days later, Vampires Suck was released in cinemas.
We've got plenty more ideas where that came from, Hollywood.
So in a way, making comedy gives you the ability to predict the future. It's happened again and again:
830 Rock Predicts the KFC Double Down
In the first season of 30 Rock (which for the uninitiated, is a sitcom set behind-the-scenes of a SNL-style sketch show), Tracy Jordan is having money problems and is advised to come up with a product to put his name on and sell. He comes up with the ridiculous "Tracy Jordan Meat Machine."
30 Rock - The Meat Machine
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The Meat Machine is a dual-press grill that burns three pieces of meat together into a "food ball." Tracy sells this as an alternative to sandwiches, saying that you'll no longer have to "suffer through the bread part of your sandwich." It's classic Tracy: He's a character with ridiculous ideas and grotesquely indulgent appetites. This all-meat sandwich was the product of the writers trying to think of the saddest, most misguided form of excess that a man like Tracy could come up with. That was 2006.
There really is elegance in simplicity.
Somewhere, a man or woman working at the KFC headquarters saw that and thought, Hmmmm ...
Four years later, they would unveil the KFC Double Down: A cheese and bacon sandwich with two pieces of fried chicken instead of bread. Also, it looks like this:
Via Michael Saechang
That's right; it's actually quite a bit more deadly than what Tracy was suggesting. But the spirit is the same: You no longer have to suffer through the bread part of your sandwich. Hell, they basically borrowed that for their ad campaign:
"Meat is the new bread," indeed.
7Ricky Gervais Predicts Kate Winslet's Holocaust Movie Oscar
Extras was Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's next project after their success with The Office. In this HBO/BBC series, Gervais plays Andy Millman, a film extra who is desperately trying to get work as a serious actor. Each episode features a number of very well-known guest stars, whom Andy always manages to rub elbows with. Though from our understanding, this is not how the life of an extra works.
"Natalie Portman! Can you let me out of the extras pen so I can ask you a couple of questions?"
In a 2005 episode, Andy is in a Holocaust film starring Kate Winslet. As always, he gets a chance to talk with her, in hopes of getting a speaking role in the film. What follows is this scene:
Andy commends Kate Winslet for doing this film to keep awareness up about the Holocaust. However, he is shocked when Winslet replies that the only reason she is doing the film is because "if you do a film about the Holocaust, you're guaranteed an Oscar."
We'd like to pause here and note that Ricky Gervais may be the only person who can make a Nazi uniform look adorable.
Fast forward to 2008, and Kate Winslet has a leading role in The Reader, a Holocaust film. The film is well-received, but not overly so. Nevertheless, it is nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Winslet. And we think you can guess how that turned out.
Here's a hint.
Which just goes to show that the Oscars are exactly as predictable as we all think they are.