The Groove Tube 1974


Long before The Kentucky Friend Movie unleashed the Airplane brand of humour on an unsuspecting world, sketch movies satirising US television were all the rage, with 1974’s The Groove Tube a prime example. While hit and miss, and a lengthy stoner comedy sequence is definitely a miss, there’s plenty of great work here; Chevy Chase using his head for a version of I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, Ken Finkleman’s rendition of Just You, Just Me, a prolonged TV news skit and a live report into the degradations of street prostitution that has a Chris Morris feel to it. A reminder that US comedy was not sleeping while the Monty Python storm raged worldwide.


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