There was a bit of press surrounding I'm Still Here when it was released. Joaquin Phoenix showed up on David Letterman in character, stating his intention to retire from acting and become a hip hop artist, making people questioning whether the film was real or fake.
Before he was given the keys to the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi impressed audiences with What We Do in the Shadows. The film brings the mockumentary style to the immortal world of vampires. With Jemaine Clement and Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords fame as costars, it is a real treat.
Surely it was daunting for Sacha Baron Cohen to follow up his massive hit Borat. Bruno may not quite outdo its predecessor, but Cohen's film about a gay German with hopes of becoming famous reaches a level a jaw-dropping hilarity all its own.
The Rob Reiner-directed This is Spinal Tap pioneered the genre of mockumentary. With Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean as pretentious, narcissistic rock stars, the film remains funny even now, 30-plus years later.
Christopher Guest's name has become nearly synonymous with hilarious mockumentaries. From This Is Spinal Tap to A Mighty Wind, he has more than proven his skill, but Best in Show, about the psychotic dog handlers preparing for a pageant, may be, well, his best.
The Lonely Island has long been lauded for their ability to write hilarious and vapid pop songs. In many ways, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is their magnum opus. Andy Samberg gives one of the best performances of his career as the arrogant titular ultra-famous pop musician Conner4Real.
What is there to say about Borat that has not already been said? Sacha Baron Cohen is one of the greatest comedic minds of the modern era. From his on-the-spot comedic timing to his victims' reactions, it simply has to be seen to be believed.