Mondo Video

16 December 2008, 20:49

I was not previously aware of this, but Shout! Factory are releasing a DVD edition of Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video on 13 January 2009. TV Shows on DVD hadn’t mentioned it, and they’re compulsive.

Mondo Video was originally constructed to air during the Saturday Night Live timeslot and in some ways was everything the show pretended to be (since it was completely devised by Michael O’Donoghue, this should be self-evident). It only aired in syndication after a brief theatrical run; Michael Nesmith’s Pacific Arts released a home video edition more than twenty years ago. The history of the show itself is best told by Dennis Perrin’s biography. I was very fond of most of the show, which was more in the moment than Saturday Night Live was at the time (or would be in the next five years to follow).

Rodney Eric Griffith

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