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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)

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

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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)

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)
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:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M (2010 re-rating) | USA:R

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The family shown in the home movie is of Emily Prager's housekeeper.See more »
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Very promising, but fails to deliver, 27 October 2003
Author: xlthtlx from Massachusetts

I rented this last night, after having been impressed by the credentials and the fact that NBC refused to air it. Very rarely has a video failed to live up to such lofty expectations; then again, I may have expected too much.

Even though I knew from the first two sketches that this was going to be a very annoying and unfunny video, I stayed with it, expecting that, at some point or another, the show would connect--say something funny, make some sort of original statement, anything. Nothing. It aims to be shocking, but ends up extremely boring. (Throwing a cat into the pool is funny. Turning that one single act into a long, slo-mo montage of cats being throwin into the pool--well, it seemed like five minutes instead of two. And two minutes is about 100 seconds longer than this sketch had to be.)

Much of this is stream-of-consciousness in the vein of Monty Python, only without any of the wit. Most of the jokes seem to have been written by O'Donoghue at three a.m. while coked out in a room with only a typewriter. (Am I far from the truth? I'm not up on my SNL trivia.)

Watch this video as a lesson on how to take what is potentially hilarous and cut it off at the knees. It also stands out as a document that testifies to a very empty and decadent niche in our cultural history.

In short, it stinks on so many levels.

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