“FOOTAGE” GUYS ARE MILES OF FUN
One of the shows I produced at Maury Povich featured people who came across valuable objects in unusual ways.
A guest on “Found Money” was a gentleman who told an amazing story of going to a Salvation Army in Florida and finding nine dirty fabric panels that turned out to be one of the first real and complete flat maps of the Earth. It was priceless.
Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have taken their pot-of-gold of video clips found at thrift stores around the country and created the Found Footage Festival – a brilliant and original comedy show, founded in 2004, combining the most iconic, hysterical and sometimes cringe-worthy 1980’s video clips with on-the-spot, live commentary.
I spoke with the award-winning hosts, Nick, formerly of the David Letterman Show and The Colbert Report and Joe of The Onion, in anticipation of their show next Saturday (Nov. 14) at Asbury Lanes.
TPB: Every clip in your show is unbelievably great. What’s the recipe for a fab Found Footage clip?
Nick: Certainly, the nostalgia factor helps make certain videos great, but more than anything, we’ve found one common thread is that they involve people with a lot of ambition and very little talent. Luckily for us, there are plenty of people out there like that with access to video equipment.
TBP: Cartoon Chuck Norris with a lisp; men in wrestling singlets and thongs; Florence Henderson doing some odd neck movements with another girl – were the Reagan 80’s gayer than everyone realized?
Nick: Yes, the proliferation of mustaches should have been our first clue.
TBP: You guys are celebrating the show’s five-year anniversary. What are each of your favorite all-time clips?
Nick: It changes from time-to-time, but I’d have to say “Kirk’s 40th Birthday” is up there for me. It’s a home movie of a guy named Kirk and his biker friends celebrating his big day by eating a cake in the shape of naked woman, smoking an odd cigarette and watching ZZ Top videos.
Joe: I’m really enamored right now with an Austin (Texas) public access show called “At Home with English,” starring this adorable little man teaching English words to non-English speakers – it’s featured in our show.
TBP: You are premiering a brand new crop of clips at Asbury Lanes.
NP: Yes – expect overacting pirates, furniture salesman, blowgun enthusiasts, an anthropomorphic Rubik’s Cube, drunk guys without shirts and dozens of bachelors in bad sweaters (video dating)…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
TBP: You guys have been friends since childhood. I have to ask, if you were boyfriends who would do the cooking and who would drive the car?
NP: I don’t like driving, so Joe would definitely be behind the wheel. By default, I would do the cooking, although I’m sure Joe would tire of my weird vegan recipes. Luckily, this nightmare scenario will never happen.
TBP: Thankfully, there is a ton of beyond funny 1980’s nightmares caught on video, though. Congrats on the show.
Web exclusive next Thursday: Nick reveals the best thrift store in America, the most memorable video and more.
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