Funny Mockumentary Ideas

funny mockumentary ideas

Looking for funny mockumentary ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

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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The Definition of Mockumentary

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?

Mockumentary’s purpose is to parody, or criticize, current events, mainstream culture and trends, society, choice of lifestyle, religion, and politics.

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.

Funny Mockumentary Ideas

Let’s dive in for some bone-tickling mockumentary ideas 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.

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Picture prompts

A picture speaks a thousand words, so here are some funny mockumentary ideas based on picture prompts.

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 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!

3. Or a mockumentary on the life of an atheist man who marries a religious woman.

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4. 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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5. 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.

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More mockumentary ideas

Here are some more mockumentary ideas, because the more, the merrier!

1. 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. A mockumentary following 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. 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. A mockumentary following a hacker‘s activities. The way hackers are portrayed in pop culture are so badass and over the top that you’ll never run out of ideas for this one.

5. 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. 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?

7. A mockumentary about the cancel culture, how every little misstep may threaten someone’s reputation on the world wide web.

8. An absurd mockumentary on the absurdity of the wedding industry.

9. A mockumentary about a vaccine supporter and an antivaccine, who first meet each other in a protest rally and then, despite their differences, marry each other.

10. A mockumentary about a left winger and a right winger who, despite their frequent and public arguments, shag each other.



There! Some out of the box mockumentary ideas that hopefully will spark your imagination!

That’s all I have for now!

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