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He wears the clothes of the dead

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 1st 2006 4:03PM
steven banksOne of my favorite forgotten television specials was Steven Banks: Home Entertainment Center, which aired on Showtime in the late 80s. The special took place in Banks' apartment as he continuously distracts himself with toys, cookies and musical instruments rather than writing a report for his boss. Banks is now a writer for SpongeBob SquarePants and sometimes performs as Billy the Mime. What I didn't know until recently is that Banks also had a short-lived series on PBS titled The Steven Banks Show. How that managed to slip by me, I'll never know, but I did find a great clip from the show featuring Penn and Teller performing a song with Banks called "Clothes of the Dead," a rockin' tribute to thrift stores. Check it out after the jump and thrill at the unconventional keyboard stylings of Teller. Enjoy:

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I never saw the Showtime series, but I, too, have fond memories of the PBS show. (And the same favorite moment as Toby, it would seem.)

October 01 2006 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I remember the series and enjoyed it. I've always hoped it would come out in a DVD boxed set.

For me, the best moment was when Bill Mumy appeared as himself and did a spoof of that moment in "Annie Hall" when Alvy Singer pulled Marshall McLuhan from the sidelines to take some pompous ass to task.

Banks had Mumy do the same thing to some guy and then Mumy topped it with "You're a bad man. You're a very bad man." Loved the reference!

October 01 2006 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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