High Low Brow
High Low Brow
May 15, 2022
The Realities of Parody Life with Nori's Black Book and Jordan Ross Meyer, creator of the Donn Gunvalson Twitter handle
Play • 1 hr 16 min

Not only has another two weeks gone by (so quick!) but we're happy to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of podcasting! 🥳 For our sixth episode of the season (and our mid-way point of season two), we're happy to bring on two guests we've been looking forward to all season: Natalie Franklin of everyone's favourite Instagram parody account, Nori's Black Book. But if we were getting into who is behind the curtain of these parody accounts and making a living from living and having a blast living the life of these "celebs", we had to ask the one and only Jordan Ross Meyers behind the Twitter handles of Donn Gunvalson and Lee Radziwill and co-host of the Pretty Corrupt podcast.

To take us through all the twists and turns and social media wizardry of being a parody account, both Natalie and Jordan walk Ameema and Ama through the good, bad, and ugly of parody life.  Throughout the episode we also discuss: 

  • What research and time go into maintaining their accounts?
  • How often do people confuse their accounts with real individuals?
  • Are there any risks involved when portraying celebs or have they had any celebrity encounters?
  • Do they have to step back to realize how powerful their voice can be sometimes - why or why not?
  • Then during our very first segment, Ama took a minute to interview Jill Krajewski, a freelance journalist based out of Toronto, who started the Kids in the Hall No Context Twitter account during the pandemic. The account just recently hit 12k followers, and Jill talks to us about how the show has found a new audience via the No Context account, how KITH is super queer and why accounts like these matter! 
  • Then Jordan and Natalie give us their tales of legal woes, celebrity encounters, and what boundaries they've had to make while maintaining these accounts. 
  • We then wrap the episode up to where Ama, Ameema, Natalie, and Jordan play a game discussing what parody accounts they would have loved to make.


Further Reading on this Topic!

Nori’s Black Book creator opens up about Kim Kardashian sliding into her DMs and getting blocked by KUWTK stars - Metro
The parody accounts that make Twitter bearable in the era of Trump - Mashable
Why Twitter parody accounts should stay anonymous - The New Yorker
Spoofs, lies, and re-tweets: is it safe to make parodies online? - BBC
Parody accounts cause laughs but have a shady side - Desert News


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