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The Bootleg Files: Stick Around

BOOTLEG FILES 803: “Stick Around” (1977 TV pilot starring Andy Kaufman).

LAST SEEN: On YouTube.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Mostly likely due to rights clearance issues.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Probably not.

During the mid-1970s, Andy Kaufman began to percolate across television in a number of guest appearances on popular programs ranging from Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” to “The Midnight Special” to the premiere episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He was also a regular on Dick Van Dyke’s short-lived 1976 variety show “Van Dyke and Company,” where he used his Foreign Man persona for a running gag of coming out in the middle of a skit and interrupting it with sincere bafflement over what was transpiring on-stage.
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The Rapid Rise of Martin and Lewis

In celebration of the 75th anniversary year of the teaming of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (and conversely, the 65th anniversary of their split), this episode of “The Online Movie Show” takes a look at how the zany comedy duo became overnight sensations. Richard S. Greene, author of “Marketing Mayhem!: Selling Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis to Post-War America,” is the episode’s guest.

The episode can be heard here.

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The Glory of Valerie Perrine

Valerie Perrine was one of the most beautiful and dynamic stars of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing vibrancy and charm to such memorable films as “Slaughterhouse Five,” “Lenny” (for which she received an Oscar nomination), “Superman” and the unfairly maligned “Can’t Stop the Music.” On this episode, we celebrate Valerie Perrine’s legacy with Stacey Souther, director of the new documentary “Valerie.”

The episode can be heard here.