A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely ... See full summary »
Bradley R. Swirnoff
Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.
After a nuclear war, the survivors are divided between horribly mutated beings who live on desolate reservations and fertile women who are searching for scarce virile men in order to multiply and start a new human society.
'Movies on TV and Videocassette' state that this film "started out life in an off-Broadway showcase where the sketches were seen on TV screens". Further, according to Wikipedia, "the film was originally produced to be shown at the Channel One Theater on East 60th St. in New York, a venue that featured R-rated video recordings shown on three television sets, which was a novelty to the audiences of the time". Moreover, according to the 'Virgin Film Guide', "The Groove Tube was an outgrowth of 'Channel One', a comedy troupe [in an off-Broadway experimental multimedia theatre] formed in 1967, by [Ken] Shapiro, Lane Sarasohn, and Chevy Chase. Instead of performing live, they videotaped parodies of TV and showed them in a ratty theater in Greenwich village. (Chase left early on and was replaced by Richard Belzer). After touring a collection of Channel One's best bits to colleges, Shapiro transferred them to film and assembled this movie". See more »
The opening of the "Channel One Evening News" skit includes a roll call of the reporters to be featured in the program. Among the reporters mentioned is "Freddie Fagu in Minneapolis," but Fagu's segment is missing from the skit. See more »
[high-pithced clown voice]
Are all the little people here for "make believe time"? All of the big people out of the room? Oh-kay...
[Ko-Ko sighs and moves to a desk, removes his clown nose and puts on reading glasses]
[regular male voice]
Ok. Now I have, uh... a request here from Vicky Ulanet of Fort Wayne, she asks for page 47 of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.
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If you liked "Kentucky Fried Movie" (predecessor to the Zucker's "Airplane") you need to see the original 'skit' movie. The 'Groove Tube' is the GREAT GRANDADDY of the skit movies'. Nothing but one comedy skit after another. Many are very funny, some are a little dated. But hey, if you don't like one, the next is sure to get you. I saw the thing when it first came out, and 25 years later, when we are working in the kitchen, I STILL tell my wife to "Take the cherry pits... and put them in the olives... and garnish with a small American Flag!" Crazy.
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