LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — You've seen knockoff toys at discount stores that may be unintentionally funny, but if you're lucky enough, you might encounter one that's intentionally funny created by the viral comedian known as Obvious Plant.
Jeff Wysaski created Obvious Plant in 2015 by replacing signs in public with joke versions, such as "No crying in the restaurant" but quickly turned to creating products and placing them in real stores.
Beginning with labels on food like soup cans and ham, Wysaski eventually gravitated to toys, creating "The Ravengers," which parody "The Avengers" with action figures like "The Incredible Fella" and "Regular Raccoon."
"I've always been interested in toys, and I love the way they look, and it seems rife for comedy," Wysaski said. "There's something there that's easy to corrupt."
Today, Obvious Plant creations, named so for them being obviously planted in stores, can be seen at Wysaski's pop-up museum in Los Angeles called The Museum of Toys — a limited run exhibit of items such as "Hello Kitty Goes To Rehab," "The Skulls of Your Enemies" and bagged muppet screams.
Inspired by the idea of the internet bleeding into the real world, Wysaski has sought to inject some weirdness into our average day with his creations.
"My goal is to confront people with a little bit of absurdity in their boring everyday lives," he said. "Give them a little chuckle, give them something memorable for their daily life that they can share with their friend or just something to make the world a little more nice."
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