There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a movie that way?
Early examples of mockumentaries.
The movie is a documentary, parodying the exaggerated documentaries of travelers across the Sahara being filmed at the same time. One of Buñuel’s points is that there are plenty of terrible subjects for a documentary right in Spain.
But besides that film, Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds is considered another early mockumentary:
The first two thirds of the one-hour broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress.