VIDEO! The Real L Word Parody PART ONE: Looking Back, Casting a Spell on Your Box

Hi! Back in August, just when I’d begun eagerly anticipating the conclusion of The Real L Word season, looking forward to at least 2-3 weeks of consistent sleeping, socializing, novel reading and strap-on shopping, Executive Editor Laneia and Miss April Sarah Croce decided that Autostraddle was obligated by some higher power to produce a Real L Word parody video.

I said ABSOLUTELY NOT and a month later, here we are!

This is probably how the cast of Saturday Night Live felt week after week of parodying the Bush Administration. I accept that the evidence regarding my hatred for this show is no longer in my favor, despite my deep inner peace with my true feelings. But then Robin made me pee in my pants and I stopped caring either way. The scary part was how easy it was to cast this thing.

power of the clam

Unfortunately for everyone except me and Carly, who had watched the show weekly for the recaps, nobody else in the cast had seen a single episode of The Real L Word. So they had to go do that, which resulted in some very depressed gchats.

You’ve seen the preview. You thought it was funny. You will also think this is funny.

The New York City cast of this video were filmed by two real lesbians, Millie and Jenn of Onyxrai Productions, and produced by and Geek Goddess Productions. The Los Angeles segments (Ilene & EZier Girl and Stamie & Tracy) were filmed by a tripod and Stamie’s nanny, respectively.

Conceptualized by: Executive Editor Laneia, Senior Editor Jess R., Sarah H. and Sarah Croce

Edited by: Riese

Ilene Chaiken; Julie Goldman of In Your Box Office With Julie & Brandy
EZ-ier Girl: Brandy Howard of In Your Box Office With Julie & Brandy

Rose: Miss January Jennifer Nieves
Nat: Music Blogger Stef Schwartz

Whitney: Miss April Sarah Croce
Tor: Design Director Alex Vega
Sara: Design Director Alex Vega
Romi: Design Director Alex Vega

Nikki: Editor-in-Chief Riese
Jill: Miss February Julia

Tracy: Haviland Stillwell of the Haviland & Riese Vlogs
Stamie: Stamie Karakasidis of Our Fifteen Minutes

Mikey: DJ Carlytron
Raquel: Photoblogger Robin Roemer

And also, we have some behind-the-scenes photos for funsies:

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Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. That was hilarious y’all!! From start to finish!! I love it all! The intro, Rose/Nat, I swear it was better than the actual show! Oh and Mikey’s drunken appearance was like pie on top of cake! Or vice versa. Riese, I wanna feed you tacos! Hope you don’t mind.

  2. GREAT JOB AUTOSTRADDLE!! The editing and the re enactment acting are both stellar. ( in sing-song voice) We smell a GLAAD award!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mikey was such a good sport for doing this. We’ve met several of the cast members and she is our favorite!

  3. This almost makes me want to watch the actual show. Like, I just googled “download real l word”, but then I thought better of it when I realized you guys wouldn’t pay for the years of therapy surely required after watching it.

    • Hmmm…I was watching Mikey at the end going “Wow, the girl that’s playing Mikey is really committed to playing Mikey. Look at her hair.”
      I’m glad many have commented that this is the real Mikey, because I need these things pointed out to me.

  4. My favorite parts:

    Brandy singing the theme song in a bored, monotone way.
    Julie (IFC) having a disgusted look on her face everytime she mentioned anyone over a size 8.
    Robin as Raquel (including the ever present chewing gum) and Carly as Mikey.
    Riese (Nikki): “I came to Los Angeles with $400 in my pocket, and now I have 4 billion dollars, and I’m gonna spend it all in one day.”

    I bow down to AS.

  5. Omg… THIS.

    Like, If i had socks on right now, they would’ve been rocked off. This is beyond awesome. Its so funny because its so true!

    It didn’t even feel like a parody. it was like the real thing except the cast was actually in on the joke of how ridonkulous IFC was turning their “characters” out to be.

    The casting? Inspired. The acting? Divine. My sides? Hurting from laughing so hard. Great job, Autostraddle!!!

  6. this is fucking hysterical! loved Julie as Ilene, she totally killed it! and then brandy singing the opening theme in a low-energy, monotone way of singing is hilarious. plus the “that’s my boob, Mikey!”,!

    magnificent work team autostraddle. can’t wait for the next part

  7. I cannot stop watching it; it’s SO AWESOME!! Riese/Nikki’s pearls, Steph/Natalie’s dog, Sarah/Whitney “i don’t even remember her name”, Julie/Ilene “that’s my boob”, Mikey “I’m gonna scissor you, dammit!”/ Carly’s “on card stock!”…

    I could go on. I seriously love ALL THE PARTS!

  8. WOAH.
    alex is perfect.
    my number one feeling was “I heart Robin & Carly”, followed by
    “Carly is too well dressed to be Mikey”.

    major sympathy points for the real Mikey though. but I was wondering…doesn’t she have a contract with showtime/Chaiken, too?

  9. TMI: i just had a tonsillectomy & am homebound w/out ability to eat or speak for 2 weeks.

    i can’t thank you enough. BRILLIANT & HYSTERICAL! way better than the watching the real l word (which i was moments away from doing!)

    thank youuuuuu

  10. Amazing! Looks like you guys had so much fun producing this hysterical content!
    Carly and Robin-awesome!
    And Haviland makes the perfect Tracy-not many women could live up to that role.
    Speaking of Haviland…when am I going to be able to download “How I Role” on Itunes???

  11. I love how the same person played Tor, Romi, and Sara. In the beginning I kept mixing them up and it’s funny that I’m not the only one who though they all pretty much look the same.

    “Might as well get married in K-mart… LMFAO!”

  12. thats the one thats going to be Whitney ,I love piercings and tatoo’s because If you’re not rich rich and if you’re not thin I want you to be absolutely filthy!

    i hope there is more of this parody goodness!

  13. i know this is a bit old but i cannot get over how much i love it and how hilarious you all are and how often i watch it and um anyways no pressure i understand you all are super busy but im so excited for even the possibility of a part 2. that little bit of hope just fills my heart with warmth.

  14. UGH so pissed it got yanked off YouTube!!! Surely Autostraddle can find another lovely video hosting website? I’d be willing to make another student-sized donation on AS’s PayPal fa sho if I can JUST WATCH THE FIRST PARODY VIDEO

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