mock·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌmä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce mockumentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \
plural mockumentaries

Definition of mockumentary

: a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary

Examples of mockumentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before Ten Percent, Morton made his name in Britain writing workplace comedies, including Twenty Twelve, a mockumentary about the team organizing the 2012 London Olympics, and W1A, a gentle satire about the managerial staff of the BBC. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Apr. 2022 In 2016, Disney pulled the plug on its ABC mockumentary, The Muppets. Rachel Schonberger,, 7 Mar. 2022 The mockumentary is such a familiar form, a certain sameness can set in. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Smith and Rock go back even further, having both appeared in the 1999 mockumentary, Torrance Rises, directed by Spike Jonze. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 The movie is basically a Spinal Tap-style mockumentary focusing on a man's desire to become the next Jason or Freddy. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 Brüno, who appeared in the 2009 mockumentary of the same name, proceeded to offend about every demographic, leading the actor to give up. Rachel Yang,, 17 May 2021 The 'mockumentary' has become a fairly normalized format for both TV and movies, but this Rob Reiner feature film about a very dumb but fairly famous fictional rock band was the OG. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 On the big screen, Hesseman notably appeared in films like Flight of the Navigator, Clue, Police Academy 2, the Bill Murray comedy Loose Shoes and as the manager Terry Ladd in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mockumentary

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mockumentary

blend of mock and documentary

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19 May 2022

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“Mockumentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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