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A Session with the Committee (1969)

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11 August 1969 (USA)  »

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Classic concert film from hilarious, influential comedy troupe!
27 October 1999 | by (California, U. S. A.) – See all my reviews

This little-known film is actually an invaluable slice of classic comedy from one of the more influential comedy troupes of recent times, the Committee. Founded by a handful of ex-Second City writer/director/actors in San Francisco in the '60s, it was a very risk-taking, political comedy group. They were definitely the hippest comedy theatre on the West Coast, attracting such future stars as Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner, as teens, to their shows. The more famous alumni include Peter Bonerz (from "The Bob Newhart Show," now a busy TV director of such shows as "Friends"), Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever from "WKRP In Cincinatti," "Head of the Class," "Soap"), Carl Gottlieb (who wrote "Jaws" and co-wrote and appeared in "The Jerk"), Avery Schreiber (the comedy team "Burns & Schreiber," "My Mother the Car"), Garry Goodrow ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "National Lampoon's Lemmings," "The National Lampoon Radio Hour"), Larry Hankin (the Trucker in "The Sure Thing," a grumpy neighbor on "Friends"), John Brent ("Catch 22," "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"), and improv guru Del Close (who taught John Belushi, Chris Farley, & others at Improv Olympic & Second City). The troupe also commonly appeared on the famed "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and had parts in the cult classic "Billy Jack." This film is a collection of classic skits. Some are a bit dated (draft-dodging the Viet Nam War, anyone? Pot smoking cops, anyone?), but it is still very funny and historically valuable. Plus, Cheech & Chong apparently stole much of the Committee's then-outrageous drug humor to form the basis of their act! Great '60s laughs!


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