Great news, everyone: the best thing that ever happened in America just happened, right down the street.

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett run the Found Footage festival, a showcase for the power-nerds who scour thrift stores for unintentionally funny VHS footage, and mash it into video collages that delight and horrify. And the pair have just launched a monthly comedy night at the Nitehawk, featuring previewed material from Nick and Joe’s next Found Footage tour, as well as clips from other collectors and comedians sharing their own home movies.

The opening night was a joyous celebration of nerdy, no-brow insanity, with so much fantastically inappropriate and wonderful stuff on screen, it’s difficult to excerpt. But a mere fraction of the evening’s entertainment included:

–       a homoerotic confessional, to concert footage of 80’s rock gods Night Ranger

–       heavy metal themed B-movie trailers (e.g. Slumber Party Massacre II) , assembled by (mission: “the best in breasts from all genre cinema”)


–       a Dadaist, scatological Wisconsin game show, doing business as “I Eat and Drink Diarrhea”

–       a music video starring OJ Simpson (post-trial), blending raps mocking the justice system with sub-Jackass-level goofs featuring ‘The Juice’ himself

–       a TV show taking a light-hearted look at advances in surgical wound care

–       the greatest amateur cable access performance artist in history (suggested title for a typical piece: “masked patriot in flag thong covers self in food and dances poorly to Beethoven for studio audience of bored seniors”).

If you haven’t ALREADY decided to attend the next show based on that list, we wash our hands of you.

Greenpointers would liken this show to a night spent watching the best of YouTube, plus delicious food and beer. But that comparison is woeful. It’s more like the President of YouTube and Charles Foster Kane co-hosting a private tour of their secret video vault, packed with footage of such intense human idiocy that only trained minds can fathom it. Plus delicious food and beer.

The next show is in the works, with the date yet to be scheduled. Tickets are not yet available but follow Nick and Joe for developments here and here, and Greenpointers will try to get the word out as soon as tickets go on sale.

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