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.
Chappelle's Show Predicts Trading Spouses
In 2003, the short-lived but much beloved Chappelle's Show featured this sketch as part of its first season:
The sketch, entitled "Trading Spouses," was a parody of the reality show Trading Spaces, wherein neighbors got to redecorate one room of the others' house. In the sketch, two husbands trade families for a month. They live with the family, raise the children and essentially control the entire household.
What could be wackier than this?!
It's a standard comedy formula: take one element of the real thing, and exaggerate it to ludicrous ends. But TV executives are continually looking at their current lineup and trying to do the exact same thing.
Thus, a year later, FOX created a show with that exact premise, and it was actually called Trading Spouses. The only difference from the "ridiculous" idea put forward by Chappelle was the amount of time spent with the other family, and the family member that went (wives instead of husbands). They should have known better than to try to mock reality TV. Hell, they were lucky to get a full year out of it before the real shows caught up.