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The parodies continue: Carefully taking the piss out of This American Life

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When it comes to poking fun at a program like "This American Life" it's something you do carefully.

As we've heard here its spinoff podcast "Serial" is already being played for laughs. Now "That American Life" is doing it to big daddy.

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This American Life's great success is that it takes human stories, which at first you might think are totally unimportant, and turning them into something that becomes gripping listening, something which must be credited to its host Ira Glass.

That American Life (Rittle confusing. I think I need a drink) presented by Ira Class (Get it? Actually right now trying to differentiate between these two podcasts and their two presenters is getting a little confusing. I think I need a drink) ) takes the same earnest human approach to subjects no one really gives a fuck about. For example the man who places a winning bet on a horse race, raking in around $20.00. Enough to make him seriously consider giving everything away and becoming a professional punter.

Anywhere else this sort of crap wouldn't even rate a column centimetre in either a good or bad publication. But when you take a proven approach, which "This American Life" does so well, and put a comic spin to it, it can become hilarious. I wouldn't go so far that this will have you lying in the aisle holding your sides with laughter, but it's a fair bet it'll bring a smile to your face. Maybe even a giggle.

The question I have is how long it can keep doing this. I've listened to a good number of the episodes, and enjoyed them. But unlike the BBC Radio 4 News Quiz or even This is That from Canada's CBC, I wouldn't be to worried if I missed one or two in the future.

If you want to find out a bit about its creator and the team who puts That American Life together, check out this story.

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