An unemployed visionary finds a job as the manager of a television station his uncle owns. On hearing this news, George comes up with the idea of a telethon to sell stocks in the station, which would leave the station publicly-owned if they succeed. David Bowe, who had been a long-time Yankovic fan, easily fit the role during auditions. Or Stanley: 'My mop, my mop'!!! Unfortunately, due to gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to a rival station's owner. As the focus of the film was to be on the parodies, George was not fleshed out beyond enough character development to drive the principal storyline.
Meanwhile, George is approached by a homeless man whom he had helped out earlier. Kuni was written with the intention of being performed by Gedde Watanabe from the start. Yankovic stars as George Newman, a shiftless dreamer who stumbles into managing a low-budget television station and, surprisingly, finds success with his eclectic programming choices, in part spearheaded by the antics of a janitor-turned-children's television host, Stanley Spadowski Richards. His best comic distance is about two minutes. George and Bob race back, finding there's a renewed interest in the station. As they sought other actors, their casting agent Cathy Henderson offered up Anthony Geary, who at the time had gained popularity due to his role on.
Philo, the station's engineer who had previously bugged Channel 8, discovers the kidnapping and alerts George. But sometimes Stanley seems to be on the station in the movie, and at other times he seems to be hosting pirate television from the moon. They have the inspiration; he finds the puns for their lyrics and sends up the visual look of their videos. Then, when the movie bombed, I woke up and. It's routine, predictable, and dumb - real dumb. When Stanley the janitor first goes on the air, for example, there's a kind of goofy charm about him.
He doesn't have the edge and confidence he needs to carry a movie like this, and his physical presence is undermined by bad posture and an indistinct speaking voice. Prices skyrocketed, ranging from fifty to a hundred dollars or more. Principal filming took place around , with many of the extras for the film from the Tulsa and areas. The bar location was Joey's House of the Blues at 2222 East 61st Street. Although they ended up using Vance Colvig Jr.
However, critical response was negative, and it was out of the theaters by the end of the month. Emo Philips was a close friend of Yankovic, and Yankovic felt that he had to include Philips in the movie, eventually creating the role of the clumsy shop teacher for him. The film was dedicated to Silva. While only a modest success during its theatrical release, it became a on home video. They were surprised when one of their agents had shown the script to the founders of a new production company, Cinecorp, who were interested in the script and had given it to directors Gene Kirkwood and ; Kirkwood stated he has previously seen Yankovic's videos and wanted to make a movie with him. Although they had planned on bringing back Silva's character for the telethon scene which had not yet been filmed, they were too grief-stricken for the use of body doubles and dropped this. He was treated very well because of this.
The news desk was located at , a local member station. I did not record a single laugh during the running time of the film, and although I admittedly saw the movie at a press screening and not on a Saturday matinee at the multiplex in the mall, I wonder how many laughs there will be when the movie does go public. It should appeal to all us 9-years olds!! The telethon launches with great interest, fueled by Stanley's boundless energy. But Yankovic is so happy to have a laugh - any laugh - that he forgets that discipline is a key element in comedy. But none of these characters seems to be newly created for this movie; they're all plug-ins from other films, stock stereotypes who never surprise us. No summary can explain the appeal of this film, but quotes? George offers Stanley a job at Channel 62.
For George's girlfriend Teri Campbell, they didn't feel that they needed to spend a significant amount of time developing this side as they did not consider Yankovic to be the type of actor for a romantic lead. Though Yankovic has considered the possibility of a sequel, he has not actively pursued this. Although and auditioned, they found Victoria Jackson's soft demeanor to be well-suited for the role. The two decide to stay up all night to brainstorm new shows, but when morning comes, George realizes he has missed his girlfriend Teri's birthday, and she dumps him. The new shows barely alter Channel 62's low viewership and Bob warns George they are days from becoming insolvent. George's uncle Harvey wins the deed to Channel 62, a , in a poker game, and Harvey's wife Esther urges him to put George in charge, hoping it will help turn his life around.
He fires the station's executives, gives the janitor his own show and is as surprised as anyone when the station's ratings begin to improve. Yankovic and the creators of the film considered that the film had a strong audience with younger viewers which did well to fill midday matinees but did not succeed in helping to sell tickets for more lucrative evening and nighttime showings. And Stanley Spadowsky's clubhouse 'Ooh, free toy, free toy'? George and Bob find the station is nearly bankrupt and struggles for ratings with its lineup of reruns. The result is a very unfunny movie. He goes to Harvey and starts the process of signing over the station's deed as Big Louie's limousine arrives. And Al playing Rambo and just kills like 150 people. The airport scenes were taken at.
They also had approached for Philo's role, but Glover said that he only wanted to play a used car salesman and no other part, turning down the offer. When anything goes, nothing is funny; the great movie comedies work by establishing the rules in their universes and then testing them. Advertisement As movie ideas go, this isn't a bad one. The area and close proximity to Dallas allowed them to recruit additional local talent for some of the acts during the telethon scenes. Can't really figure why this one wasn't that succesful?.
But this is the dreariest comedy in many a month, a depressing slog through recycled comic formulas. The role of Stanley Spadowski was written by Yankovic with Michael Richards in mind; at the time, Yankovic had been impressed with Richards' stand-up comedy and performance on the show. It was released by and is currently owned by. Other principal roles were cast through normal auditions, with most of the choices based on how well the actor fit the role. He provokes the ire of a major network station that dislikes the competitive upstart. Yankovic also has a problem with his leading actor - himself.