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Tapping into laughs on tape

Found Footage Festival show at MCC Wednesday

November 5, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

With so many different videos available on the Internet two guys want to let the public know there is so much more they haven't seen yet.

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have spent years collecting old VHS tapes and footage and have put them together in a show they host called the Found Footage Festival.

The natives of Wisconsin currently living in New York will bring their show to Marshalltown Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Student Union. The hour-long show is free and open to the public.

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Nick Prueher, left, and Joe Pickett are co-founders of the Found Footage Festival show, which they will present at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marshalltown Community College. The show is based on their collection of unintentionally funny VHS tapes.

The two got their start after stumbling across a VHS tape that was an instructional video for janitors at McDonald's.

"We just couldn't believe how ridiculous and silly it was and our instinct was to share it with our friends," Prueher said.

They then began collecting other old VHS tapes at thrift stores and garage sales. They then made a decision to start presenting the tapes in a public show.

"We had over 1,000 tapes in our collection and (we thought) if we put together our best this will be a good show," Prueher said. "For whatever reason, it really struck a chord with people."

Now the duo performs more than 100 shows a year across the country and even have been guests on shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Prueher said those in attendance Wednesday at MCC can expect a guided tour of their video collection as well as follow up interviews with some of the people featured in these instructional and other unintentionally funny videos.

"It's stuff you can't see anywhere else," Prueher said.

One of the more popular videos during the show is titled "The Magical Rainbow Sponge" and it features a woman who gets overly excited about crafts she makes with paint on a sponge.

"We have a clip of all of her excited yelps," Prueher said.



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