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Mr. Mike's Mondo Video -- Mr. Mike's Mondo Video is the wildly demented comedy from the mind of National Lampoon's and Saturday Night Live's notoriously funny writer/performer Michael O'Donoghue. Originally conceived in 1979 as a television special slotted for one of SNL's hiatuses, it was summarily rejected by NBC as too outrageous for broadcast.
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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution". | Add synopsis »
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The Sketchy History of Sketch Comedy Movies
 (From IFC. 10 September 2009, 4:14 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Michael O'Donoghue ... Mr. Mike

Dan Aykroyd ... Church of Jack Lord leader / Himself
Rhonda Coullet ... Singer at Church of Jack Lord

Jane Curtin ... Herself

Teri Garr ... Herself

Joan Hackett ... Herself (voice)

Debbie Harry ... Herself (as Deborah Harry)
Sarah Holcomb ... Herself

Margot Kidder ... Herself

Laraine Newman ... Herself

Gilda Radner ... Herself

Sid Vicious ... Himself
Foster MacKenzie III ... Root Boy Slim / Himself (as Root Boy Slim)
Edie Baskin ... Herself
Robert Delford Brown ... JoJo The Human Hot Plate
Claudette Cooper
Zachary Danziger
Fred Dixon
Jill Duis
Susan Forristal ... Herself
François Giroday (as Francois de la Giroday)

Mitch Glazer ... Man selling film to Mr.Mike (as Mitchell Glazer)
Merwin Goldsmith

Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Herself (as Judy Jacklin)
Robert Lee Jones
Teri Keane ... Herself
Ellen Birney Kleinberg
Helen Lee
Stephaney Lloyd

Wendie Malick ... Herself / Woman in underwear
Marii Mak ... Herself
Brian McConnachie ... Laser Bra 2000 Scientist
Patty Oja ... Herself
Robert Perry ... Laserbra 2000 Narrator (voice) (as Bob Perry)
Emily Prager ... Woman in Film Room / Right Sea Zombie / Jack Lord Follower
Barry Rebo ... Man in Film Room
Barry Secunda ... Man in Film Room

Paul Shaffer ... Jack Lord Organist
Sylvia Shichman ... Herself
Jack Straw
Clarence Thomas
Loretta Tupper ... Herself
Anna Upstrom ... Herself (as Anna Uppstrom)

Dirk Wittenborn ... Cat Swimming School Instructor
Frederika Zappe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carrie Fisher ... Herself

Bill Murray ... Man on the Street
Tricia Brock ... Left Sea Zombie (uncredited)
Ernie Fosselius ... Armageddon Director / Himself (uncredited)
Klaus Nomi ... Opera Singer (uncredited)

Don Novello ... Men in Film Room (voice) (uncredited)
Helen Robison ... Teenaged Daughter (uncredited)
Mitchell Sugarman ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael O'Donoghue 
Ernie Fosselius (segment "Crowd Scene, Take One")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitch Glazer  (as Mitchell Glazer)
Mitchell Kriegman  segments "Cleavage" and "Dog Suit"
Michael O'Donoghue  writer
Emily Prager  writer
Sylvia Schichman  segment "Sylvia Shichman"
Dirk Wittenborn  writer

Produced by
Tricia Brock .... associate producer
Thomas A. Edison .... producer (segment "Electrocuting an Elephant") (archive footage) (as Thomas Alva Edison)
Lorne Michaels .... executive producer
Michael O'Donoghue .... producer
Tom Schiller .... segment producer: "Uncle Si and the Sirens" (archive footage)
Cinematography by
Barry Rebo 
Film Editing by
Alan Miller 
Bob Tischler 
Production Design by
Eugene Lee 
Franne Lee 
Art Direction by
Leo Yohimura 
Costume Design by
Karen Roston 
Production Management
Peter Giuliano .... production manager
Richard Lowe .... production manager
Bob Tischler .... post-production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrienne Bourbeau .... assistant director
Lindsay Fontana .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Morris .... artist
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Juan Rodriguez .... sound
Bob Tischler .... sound
Special Effects by
Al Feinberg .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... pyrotechnician
William Depaolo .... stop motion animator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Aaron .... director: "Crowd Scene, Take One"
Bruce Bixler .... still photographer
Alex Fernbach .... segment: "Laser Bra 2000" (as Alexander Fernbach)
Anders Grafstrom .... segment: "Klaus Nomi"
Emily Prager .... segment: "Home Movie"
Justus Taylor .... segment: "Laser Bra 2000" (as Justice Taylor)
Animation Department
William Bilowit .... animator (segments "Cat Skeleton", "Stupid Dinosaurs", "Maoist Raiders") (as Bill Bilowit)
William DePaolo .... animator (segments "cat skeleton" and "stupid dinosaurs")
Music Department
Lewis Del Gatto .... musician
Neil Jason .... musician
Jimmy Maelen .... musician
Michael O'Donoghue .... composer: theme music
Emily Prager .... composer: theme music
Elliott Randall .... musician
Alan Schwartzberg .... musician (as Allan Schwartzberg)
Paul Shaffer .... musical director
Paul Shaffer .... musician
Other crew
Franni Franken .... production coordinator
Ron Honsa .... video
Bob Cranshaw .... special thanks
Tom Davis .... special thanks
Al Franken .... special thanks
Howard Johnson .... special thanks
Cathy Novello .... special thanks
Don Novello .... special thanks
James Signorelli .... special thanks (as Jim Signorelli)
Mauricio Smith .... special thanks
Buddy Williams .... special thanks

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (2010 re-rating) | USA:R

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The first cat thrown into the pool was Michael O'Donoghue's cat, Cal. The scene was supervised by armed ASPCA agents. Dirk Wittenborn's chest was scratched heavily by the cats.See more »
Terri Garr:If you want to get to first base with me, honey, spit when you talk.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Mondo Video" Is An Ambitious Film Guaranteed Not To Be To Everyone's Taste, 29 December 2010
Author: D_Burke from United States

For a modern audience to get and appreciate "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video", it would probably help to know its history. Otherwise, you will be totally confused when seeing this film. Then again, while you may understand this film, it may not make you laugh.

The eponymous Mr. Mike is Michael O'Donoghue, who was head writer for "Saturday Night Live" during what many consider to be its best years ever (1975-1980). Indeed, O'Donoghue was a comic genius when it came to writing, and really wrote great comedy bits that fit the on-screen personalities of such comic legends as Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner to a T. However, as this film more than suggests, his genius was most definitely apt to be misunderstood.

"Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" is a random hodgepodge of comedy bits, short films, and bizarre vignettes. Some sketches are mildly amusing, such as Aykroyd parodying Reverend Jim Jones and preaching the gospel of Jack Lord (the actor who played Steve McGarrett on TV's "Hawaii Five-0"). I also liked the bit about beautiful women telling the camera what turned them on about certain men. O'Donoghue was able to round up an impressive roster of women for that sketch, most notably Jane Curtan, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Deborah Harry, and Carrie Fisher. Then-unknown Wendie Malick (TV's "Just Shoot Me", "Adventureland" (2009)) also makes an appearance.

Yet a good 80% of the movie was just . . . weird. Sometimes weird can be funny, but most of the film just made me go, "Huh?" Mr. Mike himself even makes a Rod Serling-like introduction about how much the film will shock and offend me. Five minutes later, I was neither.

One such bizarre sketch showed a man teaching cats to swim by throwing them in a pool. I wasn't laughing as much as I was relieved (and surprised, for that matter) that the cats could actually swim. Another sketch showing Dan Aykroyd showing off his foot mutation (some of his toes are webbed, apparently) also left me wondering what the point was of what I was watching.

"Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" is actually a parody of the controversial 1962 film "Mondo Cane", which was an Italian documentary with footage intended to shock and offend its Western audiences. To me, though, it felt more like Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker's underrated "Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), except not as funny and far more random. While I credit the film for its ambition and brevity in its complete disregard for the status quo, it just felt too random for me. It neither shocked nor offended me particularly, and further presented Mr. Mike as a rebel without a clue.

Apparently I was not the only one who didn't get this movie. According to co-writer Mitch Glazer, a man who went to the movies to see this film upon its original release not only walked out in the middle, but also beat up the ticket person in the box office! While I don't condone the man's reaction, I can't blame him for feeling disappointed.

If, based on the roster of famous comedians in the movie, you are expecting "Animal House", you will be sorely disappointed by "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video". Some people will completely get this film, but I did not.

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