Alien scavenger hunts are weirdly specific like that.
To summarize, if Dick Van Dyke never had a joke episode about an alien, Jerry Paris would never retell it on Happy Days, which would mean no Mork & Mindy, no Robin Williams' career, hell on Earth, cats marrying dogs, blood raining down from the sky, and all ice cream flavors being licorice. Scary thought.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Traces Back To A Throwaway Gag On Party Down
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith, is a book about the adventures of America's 16th president as he slaughters hordes of the undead. Surprisingly, it was met with mostly positive reviews, and was turned into a 2012 movie that actually made some money at the box office. All in all, not bad for a premise pulled from Mad Libs.
But believe it or not, the short-lived Starz series Party Down came up with this extraordinarily specific idea first. That show was about a group of wannabe writers and actors making a living in LA working as caterers. In the episode "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen," some of them discuss a made-up movie titled Edgar Allan Poe: Vampire Hunter. It was meant to be a ridiculous joke, something that sounds way too stupid to ever exist ... exactly like the book that came out in 2010. Coincidence? Maybe. But in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Lincoln and Poe meet up and work together, so maybe not.
Also, the episode aired in 2009, a full year before the book came out. Naturally, there are plenty of rumors that the author got his inspiration from that one Party Down joke, but for whatever reason, no one from the show came rushing forward to take credit for the idea. Weird.
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