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The TV show that can't be shown on TV!
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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)

DVD: Review: Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
 (From The AV Club. 20 January 2009, 10:00 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (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)

Deborah Harry ... Herself
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)
 
Original Music by
Paul Shaffer 
 
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 .... musician
 
Other crew
Franni Franken .... production coordinator
Ron Honsa .... video
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
75 min
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Australia:M (2010 re-rating) | USA:R

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Originally intended as a TV special.See more »
Quotes:
Jill Duis:When I reach down and feel a firm colostomy bag, I know I'm with a real man.See more »
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References "The Bullwinkle Show" (1961)See more »
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My WaySee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not to be neglected by fans of black comedy, 29 September 2000
Author: DLewis from United States

"Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" was created under the auspices of NBC-TV as a proposed network special. NBC's motivation for doing so was largely supported by O'Donoghue's strength as a writer and performer for Saturday Night Live, then one of NBC's few genuine hit shows. When NBC censors saw the finished product, they were horrified; much as they had been when Richard Pryor's earlier comedy specials were first reviewed. But unlike the situation had been with Pryor, NBC rejected "Mr. Mike", which sent O'Donoghue packing from the network, Saturday Night Live and all. 'Twas a pity; after all, his unpredictable, twisted sense of humor had helped to make SNL distinctive, and his departure was the first indicator of the gradual decline of SNL into the mediocrity it eventually became. Somehow M O'D retained the rights to the finished product, and it was released as a theatrical film in 1980; the author was one of perhaps a half dozen souls who braved it in first release at my particular theater. Few films have been such a poor draw, and it was pulled from distribution very quickly. NBC's main objection to the show was the inclusion of a clip of ex-Sex Pistol and suspected murderer Sid Vicious singing Paul Anka's song "My Way" and firing a pistol at the camera. It's arguably the weakest segment in the film, but for some reason M O'D refused to part with it. When "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" was issued on VHS in 1985 the audiotrack to this segment was expunged from the release, as Anka's publishing company refused to grant a license for the song. Ironically, the same segment, in a somewhat different visual form, appears in Julien Temple's Sex Pistols film "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle", and no such censorship is imposed in the video release. I am commenting as I am surprised by the low viewer rating for this title on the imdb. Some of the segments here are quite honestly among the funniest, darkest, most irreverent comedy ever committed to film. Fans of offbeat humor really shouldn't miss this one; much of it is still cutting edge two decades on, and certain segments are even now enough to reduce me to helpless hysterics, tears rolling down my cheeks with laughter. Mr. Mike, your "Mondo Video" is so funny, it hurts.

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