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If you haven't got a sense of humor, you haven't got a prayer.
A failing television station is bought out by a slick TV evangelist and starts making mountains of money in the guise of religious programming, but which is actually just an excuse to sell merchandise. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dabney Coleman ... Marvin Fleece
Paul Cooper ... Pom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rosemary Alexander ... Mormon Wife

Lewis Arquette ... Fred Wilson
Jaime Lyn Bauer ... Mary of Nazareth
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Willie Washington, Usher
Joe Bratcher ... Joseph of Nazareth
Charlie Brill ... Dr. Ramirez
Bob Casale ... 'Dove' band member
Gerald V. Casale ... 'Dove' band member
Dick Chudnow ... Newsboy / Mexican / Wino / Hassidic Jew / Possessed Boy / Leagally Dead Harold / Bruce the Orderly
Jacque Lynn Colton ... Joanie

Dr. John ... Himself
Woody Eney ... Hal Tramer

Archie Hahn ... Fletcher Peebles

Charles Haid ... Buck Sunday
Doug Hale ... Announcer

Deidre Hall ... Sarah of Nazareth
Fawne Harriman ... Singer
Bobby Herbeck ... Scooter Hayes

Joyce Jameson ... Millie Peebles
Bill Kirchenbauer ... Elvin
Rex Knowles ... Hari Krishna Quartet
Poppy Lagos ... Mother Mama Mary
Sam Laws ... Baptist Reverend

Elli Maclure
Biff Manard ... Billie Bob Joe Brown
Richard Marion ... Rock Flynn
Anna Mathias ... Freedom Sunshine

Jed Mills ... Farmer in Auditions

Nancy Morgan ... Peggy Williams

Roger E. Mosley ... Willie Washington / Leroy Washington

Mark Mothersbaugh ... Performer (as Devo)
Robert Mothersbaugh ... 'Dove' band member
Alan Myers ... 'Dove' band member

Paul Reubens ... Jack Chudnowski
Jeffrey Richman ... Jesus
Ruth Silveira ... Viola Malo
Ron Vernan ... Tony

Marcia Wallace ... Alice Kidd
Vernon Washington ... Jimmy

Rick Williamson ... Hare Krishna Quartet
Dick Yarmy ... Dr. Ben Gay

Paul Zegler ... Dwayne

Directed by
Rick Friedberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Castle 
Dick Chudnow 
Rick Friedberg 

Produced by
Rick Friedberg .... producer
Tina Stern .... producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Production Management
Tina Stern .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Grant .... second assistant director
Editorial Department
Marc Grossman .... assistant editor
J.W. Kompare .... apprentice editor (uncredited)


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This is a remarkable piece of trash., 2 March 2003
Author: michael findlay from Pluto

Imagine if you will... Dabney Coleman saves a floundering TV station (KRUD) by adding Christian themes to all of the same idiotic programming and changing the station's name to KGOD.

Never mind firing the guy with the ventriloquist dummy named `Woody', and they guy with beer in his coffee mug, and the guy sleeping behind the studio camera... Brilliant! We get to see Marcia Wallace host a cooking show in fake-Spanish (add `o' to the end of each word) with sign-language interpreter (???), a young Paul Reubens as a gay,chain-smoking exercise show host, stained glass set pieces that look like they were painted by the local middle-school, an Elvis impersonator with a cross-shaped guitar singing "You better not make fun of Jesus Christ', Coleman uttering the phrase `give away some of those crummy little Jap TV sets', Dr. John plays a revival, a nasal spray that fixes bad karma, and Devo. That's right, Devo (and not nearly enough of them) under the name `Dove'. Pray that you find this little gem. If you do, buy it, watch it 20 times, destroy it.

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