Ask A Slave: Thalia and Clio Collaborate

Clio, as I hope my Thalia’s Musings readers know, is the Muse of History. It’s quite evident that Clio and Thalia have both bestowed their blessings on Azie Dungey, creator and star of the historical comedy webseries Ask A Slave.

Azie Dungey in character as Lizzie Mae. Image via Ask A Slave: A Comedy Web Series

Ask A Slave is a comedy web series based on the actress’ experiences working at Mount Vernon portraying one of George Washington’s slaves. All questions and interactions are based on true life events. Watch Lizzie Mae, housemaid to President and Lady Washington, respond as modern-day Americans say the darndest things about history!

~ Ask A Slave YouTube Channel

Lizzie Mae is fictional, but her awesomely snarky answers to modern Americans’ questions are based on extensive historical research. Sometimes her guests are as fictional as she is. Other times she interviews real historical figures like Seneca chief and dignitary Red Jacket, and abolitionist Tobias Lear. Lizzie Mae’s interviews challenge stereotypes about life in colonial America, especially in regard to race relations, in an engaging, entertaining way. I always laugh and I usually learn something when I watch them.

So, if you’re a fan of quirky web comedy videos and/or American history, check out Ask A Slave! Here’s the first episode to get you started:

And here’s one more shot of the lovely Azie just because:

Azie Dungey as herself. Image via Ask A Slave: A Comedy Webseries

Want more info on Azie, Lizzie Mae, or the series? Click here for the official website. Enjoy!

Twisted: A Very Wicked Disney Musical

Promo poster for Twisted. Image via Do312

You probably know the musical comedic genius of Team Starkid from A Very Potter Musical and its sequels. What? You’ve never seen A Very Potter Musical??? Well, I’ll have to blog about that some other time, because it’s awesome. Draco is a girl in drag and Zac Ephron is a [SPOILER!] and Harry Freakin’ Potter is played by a pre-Glee Darren Criss (aka Blaine Warbler).

But today I’m fangirling about StarKid’s latest production, Twisted: The Untold Story Of A Royal Vizier. It parodies both Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin, as indicated by the promo poster. It’s as affectionate and irreverent a parody as any of StarKid’s other works. Ja’far (not to be confused with the copyright-protected Jafar) gets the Elphaba treatment as the virtuous scapegoat for all the kingdom’s problems. His “scheming” is really applied poli sci, his “sorcery” is advanced science, and his “evilness” is a desire to rid the streets of criminals who steal bread from simple hard-working bakers. He also shares an unexpectedly poignant romance with Scheherazade of One Thousand and One Nights fame. Aladdin, tragically orphaned at 33, is a perfect satire of a douchy hipster trustfund baby who’s too cool to work for a living like everyone else. The Princess is every 16-year-old rich white privilege-checking Social Justice Warrior on Tumblr who dreams of saving the world but has a lot to learn about how it actually works. Since her name is never mentioned, I’m sure she is not the licensed Disney Princess Jasmine.

Want a quick sampler? Watch the opening number, with its profanity-laced classic Disney-style crowd song (the villagers do not greet Ja’far with “Bonjour”):

Or the balcony scene, which references pretty much every Disney moral panic conspiracy theory of the 90s:

Or this title-dropping gallery of Disney’s most fabulous villains:

Got a couple hours? Watch the whole thing!

The Doubleclicks: Geek Girls with Nothing to Prove

For this week’s Web Wednesday post, I present The Doubleclicks, one of my favorite musical comedy groups on the internet. In their own words,

The Doubleclicks are two sisters, a cello, and songs about dinosaurs, Jane Austen adaptations, dungeons and dragons. They are snarky, geeky, and sweet — and probably touring soon to a city near you!

– The Doubleclicks YouTube channel

Some of their songs make me laugh, like this love song to internet trolls.

Some genuinely bring tears to my eyes, like this one ostensibly written as a roll-the-credits song for a tragically nonexistent Wonder Woman movie.

Some are delightful means of mocking my friends for the things that make their lives worth living, like this ode to EVE Online.

And some feature celebrity cameos such as Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi, and Adam Savage and get over a million well-deserved views.

Want more? Go forth and doubleclick!

(Actually, single click. That just sounded like a really good way to end the post.)