What do you get when you mix a standup comedy routine with ridiculous videos? The Found Footage Festivalat Nickelodeon Theater on Saturday, Oct. 25.
It all started in 1991, when Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher stumbled across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties,” at a McDonald’s in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos, all picked up at thrift stores, warehouses, garage sales and out of dumpsters.
The comedic duo took the show on the road in 2004. Since then, the live show has sold out theaters across the country and has been featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and National Public Radio.
Wondering what sets these vids apart from what you might find on YouTube? For one, much of what appears on YouTube was produced as comedy for the internet-based channel.
Pickett and Prueher’s videos, on the other hand, weren’t necessarily produced to be funny. They just are. Consider the 1992 exercise video by Mattel that makes the bizarre choice of featuring a stop-motion animated Barbie working out with the class. Or 1986’s Rent-A-Friend, which was created for lonely people with VCR’s. Both of these unique productions were featured in previous Found Footage Festivals (and are available on the Festival’s website, foundfootagefest.com).
Tickets to the 11 p.m. show are $10; beer and wine will be available for sale. For more information, visit nickelodeon.org