Catfish parodies itself: surprisingly awesome thanks to the celebrity catfish

I didn’t think it’d be possible to top Adam Levine’s parody of MTV’s Catfish, but that’s exactly what has happened–and the parody comes from Catfish itself. Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, and several celebrities parodied the show in this segment, an edited version of which aired before the MTV Movie Awards.

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How great is that? It’s in part because of Max’s willingness to let himself be mocked, but mostly because of Mark Wahlberg, who plays this flawlessly from the moment the door opens, especially his mocking of Max: “Who is this fucking dude?” Anna Kendrick and Joe Manganiello are also funny, but Wahlberg sells it: “I’m the catfish fucking king, man,” he says. “Catfish makes me happy.”

Catfish doesn’t always make me happy–it cast in reverse and thus deceived viewers–but this parody really does.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.