GOVERNMENT APPROVED! THE FILMS OF WARREN G. SPAULDING(2003) 64 min. Docucomedy.
A jaw-droppingly inane collection of authentic, taxpayer-funded informational films, works unseen since your days in high school or junior high--and probably not even then. Hosted by noted pedant and film scholar Fenton W. Abernathy Jr., who is as uninformative as the films he tries to explain.
FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY: THE "BEST" OF TRAVESTY FILMS (1996) 90 min. Mockumentary.
Featuring The Langley Punks. Follow four suburban burnouts on their pitiful adventures, including the frighteningly funny Intestines From Space, the semi-musical, Alcoholics Unanimous, their 1950s sitcom, The Travesty Show, and the gag-a-minute Hyattsville Holiday (pictured). With commentary by Prof. Maurice duMontage, noted authority.
THE TRAVESTY SHOW (1983) 30 min. Comedy.
A rare kinescope of the should-have-been-lost 1954 Dumont Network television program. The Punks are kicked out of their apartment, which doesn't interfere with the house party they're throwing. (1983, Oscar nomination, Best Actor Cut From the Final Film)
HYATTSVILLE HOLIDAY (1981) 18 min. Comedy.
Dames, drunks, and devil-worshippers--a day in the life of the Langley Punks. (1981, Oscar nomination, Best Fake Shemp)
ALCOHOLICS UNANIMOUS (1979) 24 min. Comedy.
The Punks enter a beer-drinking contest in this semi-musical set in a sleazy seaside bar. In color! (1979, Oscar nomination, Best Beer)
INTESTINES FROM SPACE (1978) 15 min. Comedy.
The Langley Punks must rescue their sweethearts from unspeakable aluminum foil monsters from beyond. (1978, Oscar nomination, Best Effects Under $4.50)
NEUROTIC PSYCHOTICS (1978) 18 min. Comedy.
The Punks' "normal" routine is interrupted by uninvited guests from the local mental hospital. (1978, Oscar nomination, Best Barry Manilow Joke)
INSURANCE SALESMEN FROM SATURN (1977) 14 min. Comedy.
Despite themselves, the Langley Punks save the world from certain doom. Or do they? (1977, Oscar nomination, Best Effects Under $3.99)
CLONING AROUND (1976) 13 min. Comedy.
After-school madness at SciFi High. It can happen here. (1976, Oscar nomination, Best Casting of Family Members)
CURSE OF THE ATOMIC GREASERS (1975) 14 min. Comedy.
On their way to a beer blast in Baltimore, the Langley Punks wind up dancing with the undead in Limbo. (1975, Oscar nomination, Best Hunchback)
ATTACK OF THE PARAMECIUM MEN (1974) 13 min. Comedy.
Who knows why they came? Who knows what they are? Who knows what's going on? (1974, Oscar nomination, Best Music Recorded From Someone's LP)
BONES IN DE GRAVEYARD (1974) 15 min. Comedy.
And it wouldn't go back. Ace Nardface battles his demons. And some other ones. (1974, Oscar nomination, Best Rubber Monster Mask)
PHANTOM OF THE BELTSVILLE DRIVE-IN (1973)
The debut of Ace Nardface. Tragically lost.