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Groove Tube, The (1974)

A medley of skits parodying news, sports and children’s programmes, drama series and cooking shows, intermixed with fake commercials.

As with most comedy ventures, it is inconsistent, but its scatological scattergun approach means that it does occasionally hit some worthwhile targets – and when it does the film is rewardingly funny.

With its X-rated, bad-taste style this can be seen as the forerunner to later shock comedies like Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) and Dumb and Dumber (1994).

Aside from Ken Shapiro (who?) – who wrote, produced, directed and took most of the parts in the film – The Groove Tube also stars Chevy Chase and Henry Winkler’s cousin Richard Belzer.

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The Hitchhiker
Buzzy Linhart
The Girl
Richmond Baier
Theatre Girl
Christine Nazareth
Mouth Appeal
Paul Norman
Mouth Appeal
Victoria Medlin
The Fingers/Geritan/”Four Leaf Clover”
Chevy Chase
Geritan
Jennifer Welles
Koko the Clown/Kramp TV Kitchen/The Dealer/Newscaster/”Just You, Just Me”
Ken Shapiro
President
Richard Belzer
Butz Beer
Bill Kemmill
Butz Beer
Alex Stephens

Director
Ken Shapiro