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Read on for ideas like a mockumentary following the life of a social media influencer whose every decision in life is based on how much likes it will get her, an absurd mockumentary on the wedding industry, and many more!
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Funny Mockumentary Ideas
Mockumentaries, the delightful genre that blurs the line between reality and hilarity, are here to tickle your funny bone like never before. Let’s explore 20+ side-splitting mockumentary concepts that would be ideal for students’ school assignments, a short story, or a TV/movie script!
Here they are, enjoy.
Please note that the genders in these starters are just placeholders and do not mean to enforce any hurtful stereotypes nor offend anyone.
Here are some more mockumentary ideas! From self-proclaimed pet whisperers to inept DIY enthusiasts, get ready for excitingly ridiculous concepts that would make for a great mockumentary.
1. Mascot Mayhem:
A mockumentary following the life of someone hired to be a sport team’s mascot, how they butthead with the players and the manager, how they sabotage each other and eventually sue each other, etc!
2. Double Trouble
This mockumentary follows two celebrity impersonators who impersonate the same celebrity. They first meet in a celebrity impersonator convention, and when the first impersonator makes a blunder, the second one takes the fall because people thought that they’re one and the same.
3. Techie Tales
A mockumentary following the life of an average tech support. “Did you try turning the device off and on again? … You’re welcome, have a good day.”
4. Code Chaos:
This mockumentary chronicles a hacker’s daily activities. The way hackers are portrayed in pop culture are so badass and over the top (just a quicky tippty-tap on the keyboard and, bam! They’re in!) that you’ll never run out of ideas for this one.
5. Subject Matter
A mockumentary following the events experienced by a research subject in a study. Do they really feel the effect of that placebo? Do they ever prank the researchers? Do they band with other research subjects or compete with them in ridiculous ways?
6. Squeege Tales
A mockumentary following the life of a window cleaner. What kind of strange events do they witness as they’re suspended hundreds of meters in the air behind the glass window of various high-rise apartments?
A mockumentary about the cancel culture, how every little misstep may threaten someone’s reputation on the world wide web.
An absurd mockumentary on the absurdity of the wedding industry.
9. The Vax Factor A mockumentary about a vaccine supporter and an anti-vaccine, who first meet each other in a protest rally and then, despite their differences, marry each other.
10. Right Meets Left
A mockumentary about a left winger and a right winger who, despite their frequent and very public arguments, shag each other.
11. The Pet Whisperers:
A mockumentary that explores the lives of a group of self-proclaimed animal whisperers who believe they have the extraordinary ability to communicate with pets. As they go about their daily lives, the characters engage in comical conversations with animals and attempt to solve their adorable, yet trivial, dilemmas.
15. DIY Disasters:
This mockumentary series follows a group of self-proclaimed DIY enthusiasts who are absolutely clueless when it comes to home improvement. Viewers witness their hilarious and disastrous attempts at various projects, from painting walls to assembling furniture, resulting in catastrophic outcomes and plenty of laughter.
16. The Paranormal Pretenders:
This mockumentary series follows a group of self-proclaimed paranormal investigators who are more interested in fame and attention than actual ghost hunting.
17. Cooking Catastrophes:
A mockumentary that showcases the chaotic and often disastrous behind-the-scene of a cooking show.
18. The Fairy Tale Failures:
Witness the lives of fairy tale characters who didn’t quite achieve their happily ever after. Explore their comical struggles, imperfect relationships, and unexpected adventures that stray from the conventional storybook narrative.
19. The Unlikely Detectives:
Laugh along with a group of amateur detectives who, despite their lack of investigative skills, find themselves in the middle of baffling mysteries. Watch as they stumble their way through hilarious crime-solving adventures.
20. Subpar Superheroes:
Follow a team of misfit superheroes with underwhelming powers as they attempt to save the world from minor inconveniences and navigate their own personal flaws, all with a comedic twist.
21. Heavenly Bliss
A mockumentary following someone’s life after death, how they attend orientation in the new place, how they adjust to the chores given to them there, how they get along (or not get along) with the bullies in the new place, etc!
22. Believe In Me
A mockumentary on the life of an atheist man who marries a religious woman.
23. On Target
A mockumentary following a local dart association (or alternatively a local arm-wrestling association) in its struggle for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics.
A picture speaks a thousand words, so here are some funny mockumentary prompts based on pictures.
1. A mockumentary following the life of a social media influencer, showing how her every decision in life is based on how much likes would she get from it. She marries another influencer, with everything from their first date to the birth of their daughter all recorded in the social media platforms where the two influencers reign.
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2. A mockumentary following the life of a competitive eater, how they train, how their job frustrates their wife, kids and in-laws, while their brothers and brothers-in-law all think that it’s such a cool job.
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The Definition of Mockumentary
Now that we’ve seen some mockumentary ideas, what is mockumentary, really?
Mockumentary is a portmanteau of mock and documentary, a type of film or television show which is a made-up documentary or docu-comedy portraying fictitious events presented as a historical documentary.
Mockumentaries are often supplemented with:
1. Fictitious footages (often shot with hand-held camera for a realistic flavor) interwoven into the main shot.
2. Interview sessions involving the characters.
3. Talking heads, or commentaries by related characters involving past events and such.
4. cinéma vérité or hidden camera scenes, which combines impromptu interactions with the use of camera to reveal any hidden truths.
Mockumentaries generally have a comedic undertone, and should not be confused with pseudo-documentaries, which are more dramatic in nature. Pseudo-documentaries should not be confused with docudrama, which is essentially a dramatic retelling of real events by employing various documentary elements. Moreover, a docudrama is different from docufiction, which is a documentary that is tainted with fictional elements.
What’s the purpose of mockumentaries?
What’s the purpose of mockumentaries, you ask?
The finest example of the genre is believed to be This is Spinal Tap, a mockumentary where most of its dialogues was improvised, parodying the actions and musical pretension of rock bands as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries.
There! Some out of the box mockumentary ideas that hopefully will spark your imagination!
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