Long before Al Gore invented the Internet, if a man wanted to have a snarky laugh with his buddies, he would turn to tape for random bits of absurd footage. Hearkening back to those days, but doing it even harder, the Found Footage Festival.
Put on by a duo of ex- Letterman/Onion writers, Found's a live, heckling-encouraged, 90-minute touring stage show during which the hosts MST3K-style skewer hilariously random VHS clips they've gathered from trash bins and garage sales nationwide. This time around, the Plaza's huge screen will play host to everything from a home vid of a balding man in briefs doing a hallway high-jump, to former WAGA weatherman-turned-anchor Paul Shields' epic first-day obituary gaffe "he was 70 degrees" -- a screw-up he later attempts to correct by repeating it verbatim, with more conviction. Other gems include a primer on toilet training cats, a three-minute mash-up of 17 anti-sexual harassment videos, workout tapes from "The Laughing Yogi", and Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves, featuring the Murder She Wrote star inflicting the most inhumane form of capital punishment: luxuriating in a bubble bath as she discusses sex after menopause.
FF also features comedy contributions from "Talkin' Beards" Chris Elliott and David Cross. Horrifyingly, they also guarantee a brief yet bracing moment of full-frontal male nudity in every show, this year via the "Venus II" hands-free wang pump -- because even before Al Gore invented tape, the most surefire source for laughter was ripping on some dude's mini-pipe.