It is the year 1999, twenty years in the future. The world has run out of cheap oil, so freeways are used only by bicyclists and joggers. Angry Americans lynch the President "and two or three of his snottier Cabinet members." He's replaced by a pot-smoking do-nothing (John Ritter who gets an ultimatum from a Navajo billionaire (Chief Dan George, in one of his few comedy roles) to pay the billions owed him or the Indians will foreclose and take back the country. To stave off bankrupcy, a telethon is arranged with Harvey Korman as emcee. In a spoof of Network, Korman is shot onstage, but manages to keep going. Performers include The Beach Boys, Meatloaf, Elvis Costello and others. Directed and co-written by Neil Israel, music by Eddie Money. This one laid an egg at the box-office too, though it's more consistantly funny than Canadian Bacon.
Fred Willard, Jay Leno, Peter Marshall (then-host of Hollywood Squares), Howard Hesseman of WKRP In Cincinnati), and is narrated by George Carlin (the time-traveller in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure). Zane Buzby is hilarious as a Vietnamese punk-rocker (no he doesn't sing "She Bangs")
John Candy movies shown previously:
The Blues Brothers (1980, starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd)
Mon Feb 12 12:30P on American Movie Classics
Brewster's Millions (Richard Pryor's 1985 remake of the 1945 comedy, with John Candy)
Wed Mar 28 05:50A on Encore
Fri Mar 30 06:35A on Encore
Tue Feb 20 09:10P on Wam!
Fri Feb 23 04:35P on Starz in Black
Fri Mar 2 12:45P on Starz Comedy
Wed Mar 7 09:00A on Starz
Sat Mar 10 09:45A, 4:20P & 4am on Starz Kids and Family
Thu Mar 8 09:45A on Encore Love Stories
Mon Mar 19 10:40A on Encore Love Stories
Mon Mar 19 11:40A on Movie Plex
The Great Outdoors (starring Candy & Aykroyd)
Tue Feb 27 08:30P on HBO Family
Nothing but Trouble (1991, Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Candy)
Wed Mar 28 01:30P on HBO Comedy
Once upon a Crime (comedy starring Richard Lewis, directed by Eugene Levy)
Fri Feb 16 01:05P on The Movie Channel
Wed Mar 28 01:15P on Showtime Women
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (starring Candy and Steve Martin)
Tue Feb 27 09:00P on Nick-At-Nite (Nickelodeon)
Thu Mar 15 05:00P on Comedy Central
Spaceballs (1987, Mel Brooks spoof of Star Wars, Candy as the wookie)
Tue Mar 27 10:00A on TBS
Splash (starring Tom Hanks & Daryl Hannah, with Candy & Eugene Levy)
Mon Mar 5 05:30P on American Movie Classics
Summer Rental (1985)
Sat Mar 31 02:00P on Spike (TNN)
Uncle Buck (comedy, starring Candy)
Fri Mar 9 07:30A on HBO
Volunteers (starring Tom Hanks, with Candy spoofing the Manchurian Candidate)
Sun Mar 11 03:00A on Bravo
A psychiatrist askes his new patient what her main problem seemed to be, she says, "Hotcakes, doctor. I simply adore hotcakes."
"Well," replied the psychiatrist, "I don't see that as a big problem. I like hotcakes, too."
"You do?" the woman shrieked in delight. "Then you must come to my house. I have closets full of them!"