The Late Movies: Next on "Mad Men"
With the fifth season of Mad Men premiering this Sunday, I felt it was time to dust off a classic set of videos I first saw in 2010. The work of master editor John Duffy, "Next on Mad Men" parodies the bizarre clips at the end of real Mad Men episodes. If you're a fan, you're familiar with these clips -- they're oddly content-free (apparently in an attempt to avoid spoilers), and frequently present conversations out of context, along with meaningless snippets of dialogue, all underlaid with moody, brooding music. It all adds up to some sort of crazy Dada video art. Duffy has taken this convention to its comedic extreme.
Note: there is some NSFW language in a few of these clips; in general, if the show being parodied uses salty language, these clips do too.
On the Next "Frasier"
"Frasier Crane has thumped his last melon."
On the Next "Arrested Development"
"What about macaroni--let me finish--salad?"
On the Next "Strangers With Candy"
"Yeah, it's a real chucklefest!"
On the Next "30 Rock"
"I was just thinking about how weird it is that we eat birds."
On the Next "Seinfeld"
"They're not cloning sheep. It's the same sheep!"
On the Next "Flight of the Conchords"
"Yeah, maybe he did, maybe he didn't. What did he maybe do?"
On the Next "The O.C."
"Well, Chrismukkah's ruined."
On the Next "The Wire"
On the Next "The Hills"
On the Next "Mad Men"
"I have to go to the printer." The joke comes full-circle.