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Firesign Theatre Presents 'Hot Shorts' (1983)

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The comedy group Firesign Theatre satirizes the old Saturday afternoon cliffhangers by taking clips from many Republic Pictures serials and substituting their own comedy dialogue.

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Ilegitimate grandfather of MST3K?
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

20 years before MST3K there was Firesign Theatre, an avant guard comedy group out of LA. They were a staple of the underground radio comedy scene and turned out several good albums, my favorite being "Don't Kill that Dwarf, Hand Me the Plyers.

Hot Shorts is the only FT video I'm aware of. In this the group overdubs a collection of 30s and 40s Saturday matinée serials with their own dialog, many of which, to those familiar with their work, are as memorable as any MST3K riff.

"Hot Shorts" was released on VHS sometime in the 80s; we were lucky enough to buy a used copy from a rental store. I'm not sure what its availability is today, but if you should be fortunate enough to run across it, buy it!


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