† All the characters were played by men and women, like real-life people. However, some roles were written explicitly for women who played them in the film (such as Dorothy Gale). Also, female actors were paid less than male ones for playing parts that required little to no acting skills. So actresses performed their roles in front of an audience with fewer audiences and experience than professional actors (like myself), even though many of these actresses shared much of their role’s dialogue with the rest of the cast.
‡ The woman in this anecdote is herself insane…so it’s not exactly “pop culture” portraying insanity; it’s a story about someone who shares my own lived experience of being mentally ill!
Mad TV is a comedy show that parodies the news, reality TV shows, popular culture, and more. The show was created by Tracy Grandstaff (Mike Judge) and Jim Vallely in 1995. It’s been on television ever since then!
The premise of Mad TV is simple: two characters walk into a room where they see other people acting crazy or weird—and then they work crazy or weird themselves so that everyone else will laugh at them! In this way, it’s like any other reality show where contestants compete for prizes; but instead of being rewarded with money or fame after appearing on the airwaves like some networks shows do today (like Project Runway), contestants win prizes just because they’re funny enough to get these things given away by producers who think they deserve them more than anyone else could earn those same things happening around them right now instead through means such as blowing up buildings or causing nuclear wars between countries across continents just because their parents told them no matter what happens tomorrow morning during breakfast time when their parents cook eggs Benedict sandwiches together over here at home while watching early morning news programs about sports scores for teams competing against each other nationally televised events happening live throughout America right now…
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1962 drama film based on Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of a man committed to a mental institution and struggles to escape it.
The film was directed by Miloš Forman, who also directed This Is Spinal Tap and Amadeus (1984). It stars Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy, Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched, William Redfield as Chief Bromden (who later became known as Chief Broom), Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit (who later became known as Billy Bibbit Jr.), Will Sampson as Sid Vicious/Crotchless Kingfish
“Sleeping Beauty” is a fairy tale. It’s also a fantasy, and it’s animated. But that’s not all! The movie has a twist: it’s about how we see the world around us—and what we think of as reality is just one way of seeing things.
In this way, “Sleeping Beauty” can be seen as an allegory for mental illness; if you watch it with your eyes open (or closed), you’ll find yourself questioning your preconceived notions about what constitutes reality and what doesn’t.
Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining is the most well-known example of this trope. As a writer who travels to an isolated hotel, he becomes obsessed with his wife and son. He becomes the hotel’s caretaker and slowly begins to lose his mind. When he finally snaps, it’s too late: he has already killed both of them (and pretty much everyone else).
Funny Girl is a 1956 musical based on the life of Fanny Brice, an American singer, and comedian. The play was written by Ira Gershwin and Fred Ebb, who also directed the production.
It tells the story of Vivienne Nesbitt, who becomes famous as vaudeville performer Funny Girl after she marries her manager Nick Arnstein (played by Van Johnson).
“The Wizard of Oz”
The Wizard of Oz is a classic movie. It tells the story of Dorothy, a girl who goes to a magical land with her dog Tinman and meets some interesting characters along the way. The movie was released in 1939, but it was recently remade into a Broadway musical titled Wicked, which ran from 2003-2007. This production featured songs written specifically for it by Stephen Schwartz (Schwartz would later go on to write another musical based on another classic film: “The Lion King”).
Pop culture is full of crazy, but it’s make-believe.
Pop culture is a place where you can be anything you want to be.
You’re free to choose your destiny and have the freedom to make up your own story. This is why pop culture can seem so crazy sometimes: it’s just make-believe!