Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Found Footage Festival lands at Theatre 99 and brings its crazy tapes with it

Tape wars

Posted by Melissa Tunstall on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM

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Ever wonder who buys those old VHS tapes at garage sales? Well, it could be Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the guys behind the Found Footage Festival. Pickett, who's worked for The Onion, and Prueher, who's been involved with David Letterman and Steven Colbert, scour thrift stores, warehouses, dumpsters, and junk slew searching for old videos of funny, embarrassing, or just weird footage to showcase during their comedy shows. And the Found Footage Fest is making a trip down South to Theatre 99 (280 Meeting St.) on Oct. 24 at 10 p.m., so we can see all the kooky things people thought were tape-worthy.

Expect to see things like a Christmas-themed workout tree — untangling those lights is an arm workout — and "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet." You know since to have cybersex it's essential that you have the internet.

But the comedians don't just rely on found footage. Sometimes they go out there and make footage themselves, like the time they created a fake chef persona and sent him around local news affiliates hawking his made-up book about Thanksgiving leftovers. Prueher starred as Chef Keith Guerke and had TV anchors create mashed potato served in an ice cream cone with corn sprinkles, ants on a leg — a turkey leg topped with mashed potatoes and cranberries, and even a Thanksgiving leftover smoothie.

Tickets for the Charleston show cost $12. For more information, visit foundfootagefestival.com.

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