Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems

  • The Art Theater
    126 W Church St
    Champaign, IL 61820

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  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
    Starts at 8:00pm

  • $12

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, is coming to Champaign next month. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and The Colbert Report, have curated their all-time greatest VHS finds from 25 years of collecting into “Cherished Gems,” debuting at The Art Theater (126 West Church St.) on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 8 pm). Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $12 and are available at


The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Childhood friends Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.


Highlights of the new show include:

  • Excerpts from two ill-advised episodes of a Los Angeles cable access show called “Dancing with Frank Pacholski”
  • An arts and crafts how-to video starring Dee Gruenig, a woman who’s a little too enthusiastic about sponge painting
  • A montage of unwittingly hysterical exercise videos, starring Angela Lansbury, adult film star Traci Lords, and a bearded hippie named Zar
  • Highlights from Pickett and Prueher’s appearances on local morning news shows as a fake yo-yo expert, fake celebrity chef and fake strongman duo Chop & Steele 


The Found Footage Festival debuted its first show in New York City in 2004 and has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows each year across the U.S. and Canada, including Edinburgh Fringe, the HBO Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo and the Just For Laughs Festival. The festival has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and National Public Radio and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The Guardian, Time Out London and The New York Times,. The FFF can also be seen in their weekly internet show, “VCR Party Live!,” on the TruTV series, “Late Night Snack,” in the hit documentary “Winnebago Man,” and in their book, “VHS: Absurd, Odd and Ridiculous Relics from the Videotape Era.”

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126 W Church St
Champaign, IL 61820

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