Firesign Theatre Presents Nick Danger... (1983)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Most baby-boomers still nurture fond memories of the Calfornia-based comedy troupe known as The Firesign Theater. One of the group's most popular offerings was the 1969 record album, All Hail Marx and {%Lennon}, the second side of which consisted of the old-time-radio spoof "Nick Danger, Third Eye." With existential cunning, Danger dealt with such worthies as the sinister Rocky Roccoco (inspired by Peter Lorre, and in turn the inspiration for a chain of pizza parlors). As funny as ever, the Firesigners (Philip Proctor, Phil Austin, Peter Bergman et al) star in the 60-minute video Nick Danger in the Case of the Missing Yolks. The detective-spoof buffoonery is secondary to the video's main plotline, concerning a futuristic family and their dangerously interactive TV set. Like the vintage "Firesign Theatre" albums of the 1960s and 1970s, the seemingly haphazard Nick Danger etc. possesses a goofy sort of logic which becomes obvious only after repeated viewings.

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family, private-detective, television