For Hodgson, the success of his show and its more recent iterations is simple: The performances are simply more structured versions of one-way conversations found in most living rooms.
"From the time we are little kids, we grow up watching the screen," he said. "There's a certain point where you realize you can say stuff back. That impulse is always going to be there."
And as Hollywood continues to churn out remakes and sequels, movie riffers are confident there will be plenty more material to mock.
In Kansas City, Lancaster's mind is filled with the possibilities, including the male stripper coming-of-age story "Magic Mike."
But next on the comedy troupe founder's list? "I Know Who Killed Me," the 2007 Lindsay Lohan horror film.
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