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The Fairie Tale Theatre franchise put out by Shelly Duvall was a benchmark on the programming put out on Showtime in the early-mid 80's. This unique tale stars Barkin as a Princess who has never even cracked a smile. So, the King (Howard Hessman) puts together a "laugh off" featuring all of the comics in the kingdom stating that - "Whomever shall make the Princess laugh shall have her hand in Marriage". Hilarious routines by some of the most distinguished names (at that time)in comedy. Howie Mandel turns in a sweet performance as a young man who seems obsessed with his friendship with a pig. Great Family Fun! Despite what this website shows -- the entire series was released on DVD in August of 2004. Find this one and give it a look.
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they didn't say wiener head waldo did they? omigosh. i couldn't believe
how funny this 'Farie Tale Theatre' was. i tuned into it and starting
laughing so hard i didn't remember anything recently that had struck me
this dumb funny.
i already love Shelley Duvall's fanciful show and think it's usually pretty funny stuff. this was the only segment i could remember that seemed to be played strictly for laughs other than the 'Three Little Pigs' segment.
i mean they made anachronistic jokes about Richard Nixon and Jack Benny. there was a particularly funny part when the king was trying (not so well) to make the princess laugh by getting her to say "IMAGOOSE". it doesn't go over well and makes the princess more unhappy as well as slightly insulted. funny.
Howard Hessman and Ellen Barkin were in this and i like them. this also had Howie Mandell being, well, Howie Mandell. that was okay since he seemed like a sweet, likable idiot here.
Shelly Duvall's show is old school sitcom-style television at its best. even though the humour here is amusing, there isn't anything here likely to offend anyone. which is good for a wholesome kid's show.
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