This parody of an after school special would prompt Comedy Central to commission the television series "Strangers with Candy." Fourty-seven year old Jerri Blank has just returned home for the first time in thirty-two years after running away to support her drug habit by becoming a prostitute. Now set on turning her life around, she goes back to high school and becomes a candy striper. But on the third day of school, the faculty demands that she help them get a girl expelled because of her suspected mental retardation. Written by
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and Paul Dinello
came up with the idea for the movie after they both saw a an after-school special/documentary entitled "The Trip Back", which featured inspirational speaker Florrie Fisher
, chain smoking at a podium while screaming at high school students about her troubles with drugs and prostitution. Dinello and Colbert showed a tape of the documentary to Amy Sedaris
, telling her that they wanted to make a short parodying an after-school special. Sedaris modeled the voice, mannerisms, and appearance on Fisher, and many of Jerri's lines throughout the series were taken verbatim from Fischer's speeches. See more
Spoofs The Trip Back