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EPISODE 62: NICK PRUEHER & JOE PICKETT (FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL)

All bets are off when likeminded brothers-in-arms Nick and Joe from the Found Footage Festival ”step behind the swinging saloon doors” with a bevy of brutal beauties!  These cultivated curators of only the coolest and craziest VHS ephemera touch on the time they put on their video/comedy show in a technical school cafeteria during lunch and how they’ve competed with televised football and mechanical bulls games at sports bars, as well as all of the technical foibles that happen along the way.  We also go deep into their love and fascination with this outdated media format, the band-like intensity that goes into their touring schedule, and why the term “VHS players” makes us want to gag.  Be kind and rewind this week’s episode of WORST GIG EVER!

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Major props on the title. Thanks to Erik from Minneapolis for donating this one to the cause.

Well, we did it. And it went well if you ask us. We premiered a new segment on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, called “Do Not Watch List,” during which we showed off some of our favorite VHS footage. In this installment, we show Jimmy some of our favorite singers, musicians, ventriloquists, and electrified beauty masks.

Here’s Part 1 of 2:

 

And here’s Part 2 of 2:

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Twenty five years ago, this buttocks workout video originally cost $18. That’s like $35 in today’s money. Holy shit! No, wait, it’s only $1.99 today. See more of our favorite VHS covers on our VHS Covers page.

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This one always sticks out on our shelf. Lest you forget this is a VHS video cassette, producer Remco makes sure you understand: This in your hands is a VHS video cassette. Man, those were the glory days for video cassettes. Friend of FFF, Joey Broussard insightfully pointed out to us that the makers of Magic of the Ninja, Remco, also made pro wresting action figures including the Fabulous Ones who were featured in FFF Vol. 3. Did we just drop the bomb on you?

Back in 1989, exercise visionary Joanna Rohrback invented a new type of workout called Prancercise, described as “A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.” Boy, do we wish we had a physical copy of this tape in our collection! If you are a proud owner of the Prancercise workout tape or stumble upon a copy in your local thrift store, please get in touch with us. In the meantime, enjoy this clip and checkout Joanna’s official website.

 

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Final night of the Vol. 6 tour and look what a good Samaritan donated to us in Dallas! Going out with a bang. We played 14 countries, 139 shows and all 50 states since last April. (Some say it was 20 states too many.) So thanks to all those who came out and supported us. New show to come in the fall. In the meantime, we’ll be getting to know our new video girlfriend. Wonder if the contest to “win a date with the real video girlfriend” is still accepting entries?

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Good VHS haul at the AmVets thrift store in Memphis, plus the Urkel board game. It was a good day.

 

For four days, in Boston, Providence, Danbury, and Brooklyn, the two titans of the found universe, Found Footage Festival and FOUND Magazine, will go toe-to-toe in a battle royale of found stuff. Both camps—Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show With David Letterman) of the FFF, and Peter and Davy Rothbart (This American Life) of FOUND—will be sharing their favorite finds to determine once and for all whether found notes or found videos will reign supreme. There will be music, comedy and blood. Tickets at foundfootagefest.com/tour.

April 25th – Boston – Brattle Theatre - Tickets

April 26th – Providence – Cable Car Cinema - Tickets

April 27th – Danbury – Heirloom Arts Theatre - Tickets

April 28th – Brooklyn – Littlefield –  Tickets

Update: FFF wins! Rematch set for this fall in Washington, DC. Winner to take control of America.

It has often never been said that Found Footage Festival inspires some of our lifetime’s great works of art. Animator and cartoonist Kaio Scott made this awesome FFF art. Look at that attention to detail!

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