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The Groove Tube Details


Channel One was a New York-based comedy group which presented short satirical sketches concerning television. What set this group apart was that they performed in front of genuine TV cameras, while the audience watched on TV monitors strategically placed throughout the theater. Many of the best, and most censurable, Channel One sketches were assembled by the group's mentor Ken Shapiro and released to theaters as the feature-length The Groove Tube. Shapiro himself stars in several of the sketches, most notably as "Koko the Clown," a kiddie-show host whose idea of "Make Believe Land" consists of smoking a joint and reading passages from Fanny Hill. Most of the Channel One players will be unfamiliar to audiences of the 1990s, save for Richard Belzer and Chevy Chase, the latter offering a most unusual rendition of "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover." The Groove Tube was originally rated X, thanks to such bits as "Safety Sam," wherein the audience is offered cheerful anti-VD advice by a talking penis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Richard Belzer
as President
Richard Belzer
as The Dealer
Chevy Chase
as Geritan/Four Leaf Clover
Bill Paxton
Victoria Medlin
as Mouth Appeal
Lane Sarasohn
Jennifer Welles
as Geritan
Bill Kemmill
as Butz Beer
Berkeley Harris
Richmond Baier
as The Hitchhiker
Buzzy Linhart
as The Hitchhiker


Lane Sarasohn
Bob Bailin
Buzzy Linhart
Musical Direction/Supervision
Pat O'Neill