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Song Parodies -> "Fridge Penguin Superstar"

Original Song Title:

"Jesus Christ Superstar"

Original Performer:

Jesus Christ Superstar Cast

Parody Song Title:

"Fridge Penguin Superstar"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

When I was 4, I couldn't work out how the light inside the refrigerator turned off when I closed the door. My stepmother explained that a little penguin climbs out of his secret fridge cubby and flicks the switch. I believed in the fridge penguin, and began to leave money for him as a gift, which my stepmother passed on. When I grew up and got a job, I left more money, which my stepmother also collected. She said if I didn't keep proving my faith with donations, the Fridge Penguin would smite me and I would rot in hell. Understandably, I still believe in him now. I hate infidels who claim he's a fridge walrus (that's ridiculous) - and I forgive skeptical scientist eggheads who carry on about some electric button theory....................(Youtube of a ger-oovy Full Production performance here)
The Musical
(to "Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar)

starring me (aged 4 and aged 40), my evil stepmother, my nasty brother Jason, The Fridge Penguin, and a chorus of angels

ME (aged 4):
Every time I close the fridge I don't understand
how on earth that light inside the fridge turns off, and
how it turns back on when I re-open the door
and why the hell (I-mean-why-the-heck) I'm wond'ring it for
Then my stepmum quickly gave me an explanation
A fridge penguin is in there to address the situation

(Dontcha get her wrong) Dontcha get me wrong
(Would she lie to you now?) Would I lie to you?
(Don't you doubt her, boy!) Don't you doubt me, boy!
(It's the friggin truth now!) It's the friggin truth!

(That'll shut you up) That'll shut you up
(coz you drive her mad!) coz you drive me mad
(She has had enough) I have had enough
(of your "fridge-light" crap!) I want to shut you UP!

Fridge Penguin!
Fridge Penguin!
seems to make sense - I'll believe her then
Fridge Penguin!
Fridge Penguin!
Now I won't have to enquire again
Fridge Penguin!
I believe you're what she says you are
Fridge Penguin!
Holy Bird!
No earthly creature is THAT alert

Gee we're lucky that the Holy Fridge Penguin found
this job because there's NOT many sub-zero jobs round
What a selfless Penguin He must be to be there
He could be antarctic-based with buddies everywhere
He could even add some jobs to those on His plate, for
instance, when the fridge frosts up He'd make a good ice-breaker

(CHORUS) and ME:
(Dontcha get him wrong) Dontcha get me wrong
(That was outa line) That was outa line
(He showed disrespect) took your name in vain
(Musta lost his mind) musta lost my mind

(Coz he still believes) yes I still believe
(He's a true believer) I'm a big big fan
(He is not insane) no I'm not insane
(He'll turn off his brain) I'll never think AGAIN!!

Fridge Penguin!
Fridge Penguin!
Thou art a gift to us, from Heaven
Fridge Penguin!
Fridge Penguin!

[** I turn to address teenage sniggering in the background **]

"Jason, shut up about THAT button!"
Fridge Penguin!
My brother Jason says "You don't do it"
Jason says
"Mum's not right!
That little button turns off the light"

Fridge Penguin!
Jason's wrong!
I know that Mum's right and not Jason
Fridge Penguin!
I trust thee!
coz not to trust you is blasphemy
Fridge Penguin!
yeah there's a button - but I have faith
Fridge Penguin!
here's a twist...
(I'm terrified to doubt You exist)

[ keep repeating for about 40 years, then.... ]

Fridge Penguin!
Holy Dude!
Though I'm now forty, I worship You
Fridge Penguin!
one more thing...
My fridge technician mocks me......Smite him!
Thinks he's smart!
tried to convert him but he just laughed
I tried to
save him but
he says my stepmother made You up

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Matthias - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
What a friend we have in Penguins.... Great idea!!! Well done!!!
McKludge - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh Penguin, who art in cooler, lighting be thy game ...
Agrimorfee - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Are we all anticipating winter with all of these Arctic and Antarctic-themed parodies? 555 Stu for taking this idea from that certain comment from that certain parody and bringing it to its hilarious and logical conclusion.
Below Average Dave ( - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE IRONY. . .Early start on the November SOTM? I too was part of the conversation Agri is referring to, we've all been waiting on this one. . .absolutely hilarious. . .I especially like the line about Smiting the Technician. . .classic
alvin - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
that was charming
Glen Campbell - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Knew fridge penguin,before he was a superstar
Jack Wilson - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
This was HILARIOUS, 5s
AFW - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
This is cool as a Penquin
Phil Alexander - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Penguins? I am sceptical you'll find some in this place
I'll be your psychiatrist: yes, I'll take on your case
Your delusions, I will take away
My diary's clear, I'll start right now (assuming you can pay)

Tell me, what's in your fridge?
Hiding inside your fridge?
Some new species you have spied?
Eudyptes refrigeri?
Can you tell me how long
This has been going on?
d'oh!...can't think of a "King of the Jews" sub...
Kristof Robertson - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Absolutely my fave of the day. This is the kind of rib tickling silliness that I love, and you are the master, Stu. Bravo! 555

One question though: how do you know the light actually does go off? hmmmm...;-)
Jeff Reuben - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I was laughing pretty hard just from the story at the top! Then reality set in, and I sat down to explain the Fridge Penguin to my daughter. (Hilarious song too)
TJC - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
This was a way cool, kooky comedy caper, Stu and in penguin (and every other kind of) humor, you are not only the *emperor*, man, you are 'Da' Kelvinator'!
stuart mcarthur - November 02, 2007 - Report this comment
thanks Matthias :-)

thanks McKludge - thine will be done in fridge as in the Antarctic - or:
"Dark will be done
Dark will be done like at half past seven"

thanks Ag - but be careful, logical conclusions can be blasphemous

thanks Dave - that fridge technician was obviously on drugs......(that aren't as effective as mine)

thanks alvin - charming? - not a bad result;-)

thanks Glen (wow - I guess you would have known him when he was an iceberg cowboy) - thanks Jack and AFW

Phil, psychoanalyse me as much as you like, but I have The Power Of The Penguin on my side......can't wait for the Herod ;-)

thanks Kristof - but you doubt? - you think the light stays on? - you don't blindly and unthinkingly accept my (and your ancestors') word that the light goes off? - you, sir, are a heretic - gain blind faith before all is lost, my son - I shall pray for you...

thanks Jeff - lessons about the Fridge Penguin have been passed down through generations, and there is no better time to indoctrinate your daughter

thanks TJC - sorry, but I'm a generalelectrian - kelvinatorians and generalelectrians have never seen eye to eye, let alone truth for truth
PMS - November 03, 2007 - Report this comment
Loved the story and the parody. Top notch
Rick C - November 03, 2007 - Report this comment
So, would the Fridge Penguin feed the hungry with Amana from heaven? In case it is not a globally distributed brand and, the pun is missed, Amana is a manufacturer of refrigerators. I see you are still up to your old tricks, Stu, brilliance and silliness combined in a treat for the eyes and mind. 555+
stuart mcarthur - November 04, 2007 - Report this comment
thanks PMS

thanks Rick - you were right - we don't have Amana here, but I appreciate the gag thru explanation - of course the Fridge Penguin loves all the brands equally, even his enemy brands, and those brands that don't love him
Matthias - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I BELIEVE!!!!!!!! (Epic parody Stuart!)
Guy - May 08, 2009 - Report this comment

I'd like to address Kristof's question about how we know the light goes out - We may never know the answer to this because we eat all the witnesses. Can I get a witness? I'm testifin' that this ones flyin'. Extremely well crafted. Fine job Stu.
Red Ant - May 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I must have been held captive in a fridge in Nov '07 to have missed this. This parody is a testament to the beauty of some of your works: taking an odd topic and mating it to a song like this, and making it work. Excellent job, Stu.

PS: Porcelain God is the only way. Burn in hell, infidel (a "Take Me Home, Country Roads" parody perhaps?). =)
Max Power - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Swell job
bobpiecheese - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC4) Wait, that light turns off? I thought it just stayed on indefinitely. Whatever. All glory to the Fridge Penguin (because penguins are awesome)! 555!
Claude Prez - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
But, dude, it's OBVIOUSLY a walrus! Hello? Says so right there in the Gospel according to John, Paul, George, and Ringo: "I Am The Walrus"; derrrr. Seriously, fantastic stuff, from the title through the top comments, and of course the song.
Jeff Reuben - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
The fridge penguin returns! And my daughter still wants to find him!
Melanie Lee - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Phil Alexander: "Who's your King of the Fridge?" (ABC) Ouch! Now I know how the righties feel when I throw mud at their holy Bush! Anyway, quite clever, nice dialogue, and we all know I like a good musical theater-styled spoof! However, I can't be totally objective here; I'm deducting a point because you made me feel depressed. (I may reconsider later at the judging.) 5-4-5.
Below Average Dave - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
You already know I love this one Stu!

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