Black Friday is almost here, that day after Thanksgiving when 147 million people endure sleep deprivation, violence, and aggressive mobs, all while spending nearly $60 billion on early Christmas gifts. But this year the phrase "Black Friday" is a misnomer, as stores are opening even earlier than last year—some as early as 6 p.m. Thursday evening; some advertisers have even started referring to it as "Black November."
That means even more shopping when we could be spending the holidays with people we enjoy.
Luckily, there's a rich opportunity for humor amid the chaos. These five send-ups make room for us to laugh at the absurdity.
1. Saturday Night Live: Mega-Mart commercial parody
2. Louie: Christmas Day Toy Doll Fiasco
3. Seinfeld: Festivus
4. Funny or Die: Black Friday Thanksgiving
5. South Park: Black Friday Mall Cops