Personal aside: while I've read Poe, my initial image of him is from the game of Authors and a MAD Magazine bit, this isn't quite it
A tribute to Edgar Allen Poe (sung to the tune of "There's No Business Like Show Business")
There's no stories like Poe stories like no stories we know,
If you like a tale that is appalling,
If you like to murmur, shriek, and cry,
If you like a tale with bodies falling, and spirits calling,
Then Poe's your guy!
There's no people like Poe people, they all fill us with woe,
If you like a tale that's filled with death galore,
And spirits tapping upon your door,
And some crazy raven shouting "Nevermore",
There's no writer like Poe!
In my youth I got my disrespect from MAD Magazine and the National Lampoon, from the underground press. I was too young to be an actual hippie, but I was a preteen wannabie, Abbie Hoffman was a childhood here. Later I was fond of anarchism, although I never was really an -ist, the problems and contradictions of a complete lack of authority were too evident.
Firesign Theater hm maybe. Now I'm going back to my childhood, the things that made me weird. Mad Magazine ? Tom Lehrer? Not sure how much there is to say about those two, but Firesign would seem to have the necessary interpretive depth.
If I'm going to be honest about my influence s, this would come pretty high in the list. This and Peanuts were probably the main texts of my childhood. Having Mad as your primary source of culture means you learn about many cultural artifacts first through parody.