Generic Structure of Spoof Text. Hi my beloved visitor! Have you ever seen one comedy program on TV, Laugh Sketch (in Trans TV) or laughter (in Global TV)? Surely you are familiar with the program. The story-line in the sketch is called Spoof Text. Beginning of the story starts with a scene or a regular occurrence, then towards the end there is a scene or event that is not thought or unpredictable that makes the story funny.
In order to be clear about Spoof Text, in the following explanation I will try to share about the definition, the function, generic structure, language feature and the example of Spoof Text
Spoof Text is a text which tells about factual story, happened in the past time with unpredictable and funny ending. Spoof text is very similar to recount text. Both spoof text and recount text tell about the past event with chronological order. However, the purpose of Spoof Text is to amuse reader with funny story. The story mostly is ended with an unpredictable event. The other different is Spoof Text has “twist” in the end of the story.
The Spoof Text is used to entertain the readers with a humorous story
Generic Structure of Spoof Text:
- Orientation (introduction of the participant of the story, where it happen and when. By giving the orientation, reader will recognize the story)
- Events (tells about the chronological of the story. Several events are explored in chronological way which able to arrange the story read nicely.)
- Twist (an unpredictable plot in the end of the story which amuse the reader. Readers even did not predict before that it would be)
Language Feature of Spoof Text
- Focusing on people, animals or certain things
- Using Past Sentence
- Using action verb; ate, ran, was walking, etc.
- Using adverb of time and place
- Told in chronological order.
Penguin in the Park
Once a man was walking in a park when he come across a penguin.
Event 1. He took him to a policeman and said, “I have just found this penguin. What should I do?” The policeman replied, “Take him to the zoo”.
Event 2. The next day the policeman saw the same man in the same park and the man still carrying the penguin with him. The policeman was rather surprised and walked up to the man and asked “why are you still carrying that penguin about? Didn’t you take it to the zoo?”
“I certainly did” replied the man.
“And it was a great idea because he really enjoyed it, so today I am taking him to the movie, and the next day I’ll take it to the beach. It’ll be so much fun” said the man.
A Clown in The Zoo
One day a clown was visiting the zoo and attempted to earn some money by making a street performance. He acted and mimed perfectly some animal acts. As soon as he started to drive a crowd, a zoo keeper grabbed him and dragged him into his office. The zoo keeper explained to the clown that the zoo’s most popular gorilla had died suddenly and the keeper was fear that attendance at the zoo would fall off. So he offered the clown a job to dress up as the gorilla until the zoo could get another one. The clown accepted this great opportunity.
So the next morning the clown put on the gorilla suit and entered the cage before the crowd came. He felt that it was a great job. He could sleep all he wanted, played and made fun of people and he drove bigger crowds than he ever did as a clown. He pretended the gorilla successfully.
However, eventually the crowds were tired of him for just swinging on tires. He began to notice that the people were paying more attention to the lion in the next cage. Not wanting to lose the attention of his audience, he decided to make a spectacular performance. He climbed to the top of his cage, crawled across a partition, and dangled from the top to the lion’s cage. Of course, this made the lion furious, but the crowd people loved it.
At the end of the day the zoo keeper came and gave him a raise for being such a good attraction. Well, this went on for some time, he kept taunting the lion, the audience crowd grew a larger, and his salary kept going up. Then one terrible day happened. When he was dangling over the furious lion, he slipped and fell into the lion cage. The clown was really in big terrible situation. He was terrified.
Sooner the lion gathered itself and prepared to pounce. The clown was so scared. He could do nothing and he began to run round and round the cage with the lion close and closer behind. Finally, the lion could catch him. The clown started screaming and yelling, “Help me, help me!”, but the lion was quick and pounces. The clown soon found himself flat on his back looking up at the angry lion and suddenly he heard a voice from the lion’s mouth; “Shut up you idiot! Do you want to get us both fired?”.