The Found Footage Festival is finding its way back to New Orleans this week. The newest edition of the traveling comedy roadshow -- built around the unintentional humor of home videos, instructional videos and other salvaged thrift-store films -- will play a two-night stand on Thursday and Friday (March 14-15) at La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret Street.
Among the new offerings: "a 1996 ferret care video we found in Louisiana last year," according to Found Footage Festival's Nick Prueher, who founded the event with buddy Joe Pickett.
The Found Footage Festival is a mix of live comedy and regrettable film making, the brainchild of childhood friends Prueher and Pickett. The formula is simple: Preuher and Pickett scour garage sales, thrift stores and Dumpsters, looking for potential comedy gold, then offer their findings and a running comic commentary to eager audiences.
Think '80s-era exercise videos, amateurish how-to tapes and old community-access TV shows. Training videos are also big. In fact, the first video in their constantly growing collection was a training video Preuher stumbled across when he was a high school freshman working at his local McDonald's.
- A video featuring a woman whose enthusiasm for craft sponging borders on psychotic
- A new collection of exercise tapes, including one called "The Sexy Treadmill Workout," found in Georgia
- An "opening act" of found classroom films from the '60s and '70s, curated especially for the show by renowned collector Skip Elsheimer of A.V. Geeks