- Ernest Pintoff
- Richard Pryor John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol
“Edgy, irreverent sketch comedy took television by storm in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the likes of Saturday Night Live and SCTV. For a generation raised on television and its abject commercialism, “the idiot box” was ripe for satire. Two prime early examples of counterculture’s skewering of the medium are the films Brand X and Dynamite Chicken. With pointed attacks on political corruption, racial tension and outdated sexual mores, nothing is sacred and every “broadcast” is a chance to promote sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Dynamite Chicken features Richard Pryor, Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs and The Ace Trucking Company. The full title of the film is Dynamite Chicken: A Contemporary Probe and Commentary of the Mores and Maladies of Our Age … with Schtick, Bits, Pieces, Girls, Some Hamburger, a Little Hair, a Lady, Some Fellas, Some Religious Stuff, and a Lot of Other Things so don’t say we didn’t warn you.” (Lightbox Film Center, Intnl House Philadelphia) Special thanks to Jesse Pires and Harry Guerro.
Cosponsored with the Dept of Performing & Media Arts, the Media Studies Initiative, the Dept of History and the Society for the Humanities.