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I meant to say Congratulations, Gwyd. . .


I'm wondering if Christopher Guest ("This is Spinal Tap," "A Mighty Wind," "Best In Show")ever considered doing a film based on sideshow folks. I picture his regular company of actors: Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, etc., portraying a traveling troupe of performers traveling through the heartland of America for one last season.
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Right now Gwyd, I'm picturing you sounding like Vince Vieluf, in Rat Race.

(For those not familiar with the movie, check here; start around minute 1:40)

Good on ya'. Can't wait to see the video.
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Congratulations, and hooray for no broken teeth!



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On 2008-05-04 23:23, CJRichard wrote:
I meant to say Congratulations, Gwyd. . .


I'm wondering if Christopher Guest ("This is Spinal Tap," "A Mighty Wind," "Best In Show")ever considered doing a film based on sideshow folks. I picture his regular company of actors: Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, etc., portraying a traveling troupe of performers traveling through the heartland of America for one last season.

I love all of these "Mock-umentary" films. Great writing, great casts... Also cannot forget, "Waiting for Guffman". Another Christopher Guest classic.
However, the common theme in these movies is they take these mundane worlds (rock bands, dog shows, folk music, community theater) and then add in these eccentric and eclectic characters to mix to make them funny and engaging. However, with the sideshow world, the eccentric and eclectic characters already exist. In other words the writers and actors would have a very hard time trying to make these characters more eclectic and more eccentric than they already are. It would not be a "mock"umentary as much as it would end up a real documentary. Can you imagine what it would be like? I mean to take some of these folks and actually exaggerate their personalities? Wow. I always wonder what world he will choose to take on in his next project. Whatever he chooses, you know it will be funny and entertaining thru his eyes.
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Yeah! What he said! Why write comedy, when there's reality?
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Congrats on the traps. And I'm sure that I will not challenge your record anytime soon. I do mousetrap and foxtrap as little as possible and only when I have a show, so that isn't too often...I guess I need more gigs Smile

Actually I have a show on May 9th at an art gallery that host musicians and theater folks occasionally. So I'm excited. It will be interesting to see will pay to see the show and how they react, since it is in a artsy, college town (Bloomsburg, PA).

And "Waiting for Guffman" is a great movie. To see those guys do sideshow would be interesting. I can just picture Fred Willard presenting "Spidora" with Eugene Levy since the girl that was supposed to do it got sick. Too funny.

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On 2008-05-05 09:23, Michael K wrote:

And "Waiting for Guffman" is a great movie. To see those guys do sideshow would be interesting. I can just picture Fred Willard presenting "Spidora" with Eugene Levy since the girl that was supposed to do it got sick. Too funny.



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That's exactly the kind of thing I mean. Fred Willard would certainly have to be the talker.
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On 2008-05-04 23:23, CJRichard wrote:
I meant to say Congratulations, Gwyd. . .


I'm wondering if Christopher Guest ("This is Spinal Tap," "A Mighty Wind," "Best In Show")ever considered doing a film based on sideshow folks. I picture his regular company of actors: Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, etc., portraying a traveling troupe of performers traveling through the heartland of America for one last season.

I love all of these "Mock-umentary" films. Great writing, great casts... Also cannot forget, "Waiting for Guffman". Another Christopher Guest classic.
However, the common theme in these movies is they take these mundane worlds (rock bands, dog shows, folk music, community theater) and then add in these eccentric and eclectic characters to mix to make them funny and engaging. However, with the sideshow world, the eccentric and eclectic characters already exist. In other words the writers and actors would have a very hard time trying to make these characters more eclectic and more eccentric than they already are. It would not be a "mock"umentary as much as it would end up a real documentary. Can you imagine what it would be like? I mean to take some of these folks and actually exaggerate their personalities? Wow. I always wonder what world he will choose to take on in his next project. Whatever he chooses, you know it will be funny and entertaining thru his eyes.
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may be someone could rwite it so that its a really dull film ..... you know fire eaters sitting round eating flaming meatball sandwiches, fat lady drinking slim fast, the girl in fish tank ....erm whats mundane here........ erm she could be erm..... putting on her powder.?

But yes I don't htink they could do a good poof film of teh side show world for all the reasons you gave
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It would take some of us, to do it.
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I'm in.
Lets do it.
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Hmmm. We're all sick puppies. Once a year, many of us get together. With a rough outline of a script, and everybody bringing a video camera, we could surely do something very interesting. Gee, some of us (well, me) live nearby the SSG, and could have a house available.
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Ill bring a fish tank and powder...
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I'm definitely in, as long as Reggie doesn't forget the busy bee.
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Ok...The video is finally up! Remember...only 19 counted.
Have a look.
I hate myself on video...
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ynUqo9vER4k
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Nice one GWYD!!!!

Love it
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That was great....awesome!



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Terrific job!
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Love the show - and the record making was impressive too.

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That was wonderful presentation, especially for a record attempt--most people would've just stated they were going to set a record and done the bit.

Bravo!
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