‘Parody’ is mocking something in a funny, satirical way. Many comedy shows parody political or current events. Parodies are intentional. Eg. “Have you seen Tina Fay's parody of Sarah Palin?”
‘Travesty’ is normally used negatively, pejoratively. The Satanic Mass is a travesty of the Catholic Mass.
It’s often used for something that isn’t meant to be a parody, but seems like one. Eg. “Have you seen Sarah Palin’s travesty of an interview?”
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