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Preview: Found Footage Festival: Salute to Weirdos 

The best of the worst VHS tapes found in thrift stores comes to One Eyed Jacks March 26

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Since 2004, comedy writers Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett (pictured) have toured the country presenting the Found Footage Festival, a compilation of so-bad-they're-good outtakes from the worst videotapes they can scavenge. They host and comment on scenes of everything from late-night TV gems to infomercials and corporate training videos to schlocky homemade tapes. They're debuting a new collection, "Salute to Weirdos," and come to New Orleans this week as part of the Brooklyn Brewery MASH. The showcase includes highlights from a tape they bought on Frenchmen Street, Prueher says. In it, a tuxedoed pool hustler named Pretty Boy Floyd shares his tips on everything but billiards. Clips also include one of their standard workout video montages (this one featuring Angela Lansbury, Traci Lords and others), advice from Maryjean, "The Cat Massage Lady," an early 1980s travel promotion featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoying Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and Bargain Bernie, Corpus Christi, Texas' answer to New Orleans' "Special Man" from TV ads for Frankie & Johnny's furniture store.

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