How Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Redefines Parody

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Lawrence Calablaster : Maggots, maggots, maggots… Maggots.

Chris McSweeney : Garth Marenghi's Dark Place is probably one of my nation's premier exports.

ryiin : Listen to the show with headphones. When they walk on the scene from the right. The sound comes from the left. It's so funny.

Silhouetters : The third level is the audio commentary on the dvd which is still the best commentary ever put to anything.

James Long : I have to watch this. "I'm one of the few people you'll meet who've written more books than they've read."

Lawrence Calablaster : There's something loveable about Richard Ayoade's moustache.

NoCultist : A video about making a video about a show about making a show... Good one.

NathanLPaylor : Not meaning to be that obnoxious hipster or anything, but I’m so glad to see someone touting the brilliance of Darkplace. I watched it in 2004 on channel 4 here in the UK, late on Thursdays (I think..?). So, so good, and it’s stood the test of time. It was a cult hit that went mostly unnoticed even here, until around 2007 ish when it was released on dvd. And even then, it’s not got that wide an audience. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out ‘Man to Man with Dean Learner’. Made by same people, with Garth as a cameo in one episode.

Retrodude : "I felt muscular and compact, like corned beef." Easily my favourite comedy of all time.

Dominic Kirwan : Always a pleasant surprise to see yanks who've seen Darkplace.

Ben Heeley : You need to track down the DVD for the in character commentary tracks in which the characters spend the running time drinking beer and variously slandering all the other cast members. It adds a whole third level (following your analysis).

Ryan Arey : This is the most significant piece of video programming since Quantum Leap. And I do not say that lightly.

fyz 306903 : Finally, a film YouTuber has acknowledged this great piece of art. The universe is just a little bit more stable.

Zedfinite : I'd like to see a movie within a movie within the movie within a movie within a movie. It will be about a found footage of a documentary of a behind the scenes of a remake of a movie adaptation of a biography about writer who wrote about another writer who wrote a story about some poet reciting a myth about the origin of the first storyteller.

Andrew Mayer : "I'm one of the few people you'll meet who's written more books than he's read" is a fantastic line and one I've been quoting ever since I first saw the series.

timothydoingthings : Did you ever watch Nathan Barley? Similar team of people. 6 Episodes and it ends. Elements of it have dated, but other elements are more relevant then ever. You may like it.

mcrazza : I loved Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place. The aesthetic alone is exquisite.

Brian Koontz : American television is like a beggar - it holds out it's hand at the end of the season and hopes for a renewal. When it really goes all out it ends the season on a cliffhanger - a kind of coercive blackmail for both the producer and the audience - if you want to see what happens next, you'd better renew us! Both the English and the Japanese systems have a lot more self-respect and dignity, and a lot more respect for the artistic integrity of what they're making. But, you know, in America capitalism is king, not art.

World Wide Wong : "Wow, this video essay was brilliant!!! It BROKE the mould!!! which is a turn of phrase to mean that it's different from the rest! Patrick, you're a genius, I tell you. You're smarter than Einstein who was very smart but saying that makes you even smarterer! there's no one who can match up to your brilliance and anyone who doubts you should get a real talking to!!!"

Evan : Patrick grew up in darkplace

Tommy Lyons : "..His bulky totem beating a seductive beat."

Austin Hibdon : I'm still trying to imagine someone working off panties and boots simultaneously. It is like trying to imagine a 4D hyper cube.

Jonathan Beer : "I'm one of the few writers who has written more books than they've read." I definitely need to watch this.

Lawrence Calablaster : I love the Kaptain Kristian- esque background music.

Amor Embalming : This was amazing. Wonderful actual. Such a fantastic show, loving dissected by an obvious fan. Thanks for that mate.

C E Three : Now for the love of all that is good and holy, can we get a Region free blu-ray release? I'd even take a Region 1 DVD. This is a show that refuses to let me give it money.

Lawrence Calablaster : Oh boy, the word Shuggoth :)

Zach DuVall : Blood? Blood.

David Daise : that was the slickest 'like' and 'subscribe' i think i've ever seen. you just took first place from lindsay ellis, dawg

laughingdogges : Chill hop music, voice over, and film clips. 👍

Palatka Pete : It's a sad day for Dean... when I have to say... "Get a cab love, it's not happening."

The Rocker X : I been on the fence about it for a while, but this made me finally decide to watch American Vandal

James Lawner : I never heard of this show until now and it's got people from The IT Crowd!

skin19head69 : I'm a one track lover Down a two way lane Driving fast down the highway Must have been insane BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE'S TOO HIGH

Kevin Conn : THANK YOU. When Sci-Fi Channel aired this, I instantly fell in love. I own a bootleg of this and the spin-off Dean Learner show, but I hope it gets an American release

Morty Sanchez : 7:20 Its the Ha, the Guffaw, and the HaHa! Im tartuffe, the spry wonder dog!

Patavinity : Great explication of a great show. I'm pretty sure Dean Learner also got his own talkshow, which is a nice little bonus.

mickbanner : To a bunch of stoners back in 2005, this was god. still amazing (sober). Almost every line is comedy gold.

jst25 : You should check out the old Comedy Central TV show Dog Bites Man. It is a mockumentary about a local TV news crew, but they actually go out to real events and interview real people who do not know it is not a real news crew, Borat-style.

A DEMON’S TWIST RUSTS : Matt Berry is a genius and I like your very La Nouvelle Vague shirt at 0:30. I still think there is something pompous as all fuck going on in your videos but, as always, the content is great and I had fun watching. So, yeah.

Mitchell Horton : Man I forgot about the "I know writers who use subtext, and they're all cowards" line Even now it has me guffawing

Dab Council : Definitely going to check this out, glad you've brought forward something so obscure! And American Vandal was incredible, a definite great parody.

Zezinesh Mrkusich : What the hell? I literally just got into this show a month ago. I didnt know anyone had even heard of it, the world is full of possibilite`(French for possibility) Rick dagless is my hero.

kassemir : this show looks really good. and, actually hadn't heard of it before. probably gonna end up checking it out at some point. i'm glad i slugged through the deliberately weak intro ;)

WhatShallEyeDo4U : I can't tell if this is a parody of a parody that analyzes a parody within the parody that looking from the outside of the parody, you can tell that the parody of the parody is a parody... Anyone else?

donov25 : This video got me to watch this show. Was a pretty enjoyable time. Can't help but feel you slighted Danger 5 though...

Joshua Tozer : You left out the best line from the slow motion sequence! ''We tried to keep the slow motion away from the dialogue as much as possible, but anything without dialogue was considered for slow motion.'' Great video, it's awesome to see the well deserved praise for this show

MunkiZee : "Liz, hide your shame...", thanks for making a video about one of my favourite series

ScotiaNova Wilkinson : Man to Man with Dean Learner was the follow up series, where Ayoade's Learner interviews Matt Holness as a different character each week (including Garth Marenghi).