- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Christopher Guest, writer-director of “mockumentaries” such as “Waiting for Guffman” and “A Mighty Wind,” recently announced that he’s closing the book on the beloved genre. Here are five subcultures we wish he and his stock company of actors had gotten to:

TV game shows — “Jeopardy” nerds (Bob Balaban), “Family Feud” yahoos (Parker Posey) and Dian Parkinson-like showgirls (Jennifer Coolidge), all rolled into one. Can’t you just see Fred Willard as the aging lech of a host?

Storm chasers — Since Mr. Guest, co-screenwriter Eugene Levy and company already have a mild contempt for Middle America, why not send them into the prairies to track tornadoes? It’d be hard to top “Twister” for laughs, though.

Geriatric celebrity circuit — Imagine Mr. Guest and his cronies poking fun at those autograph tours where sitcom stars of yore gather to eke out a few shekels from their faithful fans.

Swing dancers You may know an avid jitterbugging enthusiast. They’re often hard-core and eminently spoofable.

—’American Idol’ — Actually, we’re serious about this one. We’d like to see judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson replaced by Mr. Guest and “Spinal Tap” cohorts Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. Speaking in English accents, of course.

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