Steampunk Satires

Portlandia Steampunk

In the world of fandoms, Steampunks sometimes (no . . . more like often) have a bit of a reputation of taking themselves too seriously, so it is healthy for us to occasionally take a moment to laugh at ourselves and remind each other that the primary ingredient of Steampunk culture is folly and mirth.

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The latest satirists to take on the growing popularity of Steampunk and turn it topsy turvy are Key & Peele giving us our latest definition of Steampunk as “Jules Verne and shit.”

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Another great skit comes from Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in Portlandia . . . please forgive the picture quality of this clip; the original format has been removed from YouTube 🙁

The crew members of the Airship Isabella (not to be mistaken with the New Orleans Airship Isabella) featured in this sketch are actually members of the Portland Steampunk Society.

heavy_gear_flourishOne of the earliest Steampunk parodies came from The Guild when Clara and Tinkerballa encounter Steampunks at a convention. Clara is enthralled to learn more about the group, but Tinkerballa manages to dismiss the group with the cutting definition “Steampunk . . . the Eurotrash of Nerdom.”

It’s good to see the humor in what we do . . . if ever things start getting too serious I like to remind myself that we’re grown ups who still like to play dress up, laugh, and then move on . . . full steam ahead!

PS: What other Steampunk parodies and satires do you like? Please welcome to leave suggestions in the comments box below 🙂

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