Ovidius Naso also known as Ovid was popular not only during the times of Roman Empire
but also during medieval times, Renaissance, and until today. The popularity of
Ovid was conditioned by his style, which appears depending on the era when the
author lives. Ovid wrote in the time when the emperor Octavian ruled, after the
end of the civil war when the Romans lived wealthy and peacefully. Because of
that, the issues that he writes about are not something complicated but simple
and mostly about love. The significant part of the Ovid’s writings is ironic
parodies of traditional literature motifs with flexible style.
it comes to deciding whose creations resemble the style of Ovid the most, two
people suit best for this comparison, and they are Stephen Colbert and Mel
Brooks. Both of them are comedians but the way they deliver the message to the
audience is different. Stephen Colbert is the famous for being a host of the
comedy shows such as The Colbert Report and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In a satirical way, he mocks current situation in the world. For instance, he
delivered the speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
where the policy of George Bush was criticized.
Colbert, Brooks is famous for making parody films such as Young Frankenstein,
Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It. These films
deconstruct the plot of the original story by the way of humor, and at the same
time, Brooks adheres to the style of the original story. For instance, in Dracula:
Dead and Loving It, the main character bites Lucy and covers her with her cloak.
This is a tribute to Dracula’s image made by Christopher Lee in 1958, which was one
of the most popular horror films of the 20-th century. Thus, the way Mel Brooks
creates parodies is more complicated and resembles the style of Ovid much more
than the way Stephen Colbert does it.