First, what is a mockumentary?
… (it is) a lazy shorthand for a comedy in the style of a documentary
And what is the big deal?
Recently, a Vice article complained that a “particular strain of mockumentary” has become so ubiquitous that it has infected many British non-mockumentary sitcoms with “the stifled mannerisms and awkward shuffling of the form”. It said: “The mockumentary needs to die for British comedy to survive.”
But is it all bad? Here is Tom Kingsley’s pitch that mockumentaries have a place in media
More than ever, our everyday lives are mediated through media, which suggests that mockumentary is the most appropriate comedic style to explore how we live now.
Hmmm … as a blogger, I have to admit that he may be onto something there. Check out the rest of his article if you want to go deeper into this media form.