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The Vidiot From UHF

Year: 1989
Production Co: Orion Pictures Corporation
Director: Jay Levey
Writer: Weird Al Yankovic/Jay Levey
Cast: Weird Al Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy, Fran Drescher, Billy Barty

At the height of his popularity, Weird Al Yankovic was bound to get ideas above his station. He's always been well known (and deservedly so) for his popular song parodies, but as can be expected by a ninety minute film, this is a so-so idea that runs out of steam fairly early.

He plays a loser who can't keep a job but who's suddenly put in charge of a public TV broadcaster. He thinks up a bunch of stark raving mad show concepts and the station becomes a big hit, soon having to fend off the acquisitive tactics of rival media conglomerates

Despite the gags, it's a slight polemic about the corporate-controlled media and how hard it is for independent voices to be heard in the world. But it's definitely all about the gags.

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