Directed by Nick Gallo
New York, NY
When The Onion moved to Chicago, former features editor, Joe Garden, along with employees Nick Gallo, Joe Randazzo, Chris Karwowski, and John Harris teamed up to create THING X: A parody website for Adult Swim.
Not “fake news” but tonally similar to The Onion, the sketch comedy series is often compared to Tim & Eric, and not surprisingly, has featured Tim Heidecker in his element as a cinema talk show host.
“Gay Pride Parade” follows frantic, eager-to-please employees into the boardroom as they prepare for a strategic meeting with tyrannical boss (Geoffery Cantor). What ensures is a hilarious sketch detailing the teams’ production schedule for “The Gay Pride Parade.”
Like the Onion, THING X uses parody to underscore the absurdity of everyday life. In this episode, workplace decorum takes an obvious hit, but the show’s acute sense of satire achieves broader social strokes aimed at highlighting our cultural inclination towards capitalism, power, and personal gain – even if it is through the vein of “monetizing” gay culture.