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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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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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Similar to J-Men Forever
11 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen probably started all this with "What's Up, Tiger Lily" back in 1967, when he overdubbed an Asian spy thriller for comedic effect, but the Firesign boys take it to whole 'nother level.

If you liked J-Men Forever, you'll love this set of stories. Instead of one fused-together story like JMF, its broken into several short stories of about 10 minutes each, hence "Hot Shorts". Some cuts are familiar to JMF, but with new dialog. Others are totally different.

The story lines run the gamut from Canadian Mounties fighting herpes outbreaks at the Israeli border to rioting New Yorkers yelling "White Castle Boigas!" as a rallying cry as they storm Heaven. You gotta be there, it does make sense in a strange way. At least that's kinda they way I remember it.

Too bad it's not on DVD, but I did manage to find a VHS tape of it on EBay, though it's seen better days. I personally think some of these gems are better than JMF, but it's a matter of taste. (My wife hates it.)

Look for it in an old VHS rental store, and STEAL it, watch it, and put something on this list to get it on DVD. It'll be worth the late fee.


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