This Spoof of Serial Is Pretty Spot-On

This American Life's new spinoff podcast, Serial, has garnered a deeply obsessive following of fans — us at POPSUGAR among them — since its debut last month. Devoted listeners will devour pretty much anything about or connected to the series that they can get their hands on, which is what makes this new parody of the podcast by comedians (and Serial listeners) Paul Laudiero, Will Stephen, and Zach Cherry such a smart one. Each of the trio's spoof installments perfectly skewers some idiosyncrasy of the investigative podcast, whether it's the probing questions posed by producer and reporter Sarah Koenig — "What is a Best Buy? What makes its buy the best?" — or that irksome MailChimp ad that kicks off each episode. "[Serial] is perfect for parody because it has such a defined and distinct voice," Laudiero told us via email. Check out the first five episodes below, and visit their YouTube page for even more.