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The ShamWow guy...made a movie?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 29th 2009 1:10PM
Vince If you loved the Slap-Chop guy's nuts, then chances are you'll love his movie.

Vince "ShamWow guy" Offer (we soon learned his real last name is Shlomi, thanks to his arrest record for fighting a prostitute) was one of the minds behind the infamous Underground Comedy Movie, a lame attempt at a Kentucky Fried Movie-style film that will live in infamy for reasons other than its attempt at comedy.

You might remember the film (or you may not want to) from the late night infomercials and commercials that aired for it back in the late '90s and early '00s. The film has a long and sordid history full of more litigation and despair than an E! True Hollywood Story, assuming that Vince Offer has not yet become the focus of an E! True Hollywood Story.

Offer had a Los Angeles cable access sketch show that he and his buddies wanted to turn into a sketch comedy movie. So instead of hitting up dentists and contractors for seed money to get the picture started, he sold vegetable choppers in malls and swap meets, according to the film's co-producer Chris Watson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. If only he tried to raise money for his vegetable chopper dream by making a sketch comedy movie, things would have worked out the other way.

The film aimed to find comedy by offending every single person who watched it. It did just that but forgot the comedy part. It featured mostly movie and TV show parodies that substituted bloody Karo syrup and violence against every minority, gender and age group in the place of punchlines. If you are easily offended, don't watch it.

Let me put it this way. Anna Nicole Smith was supposed to appear in the film as a contestant in a bag lady beauty contest, but she jumped ship because of fears over what it would do to her public image and career, according to the Associated Press. If Smith wouldn't take a check for another small piece of her dignity, it must be bad.


Offer, of course, sued Smith for breach of contract and dozens of others to garner publicity for the film including Peter and Bobby Farrelly over the film's similarity to their breakout hit There's Something About Mary, specifically the "hairgel" scene. The judge dismissed Offer's claims over uncanny similarities between the two films because There's Something About Mary was a comedy movie and Offer's film wasn't.

Still, there is a silver lining in this sordid tale for all of us. If Offer can get his movie off the ground, then there's hope for the rest of us. That movie treatment that's holding up the missing leg on your couch can make you famous one day, even if it's for all the wrong reasons.

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MJL

Old news.

June 29 2009 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

YOu need to get your story straight. There is a lot more to this. He tried to leave Scientology and they held the movie up and caused all sorts of problems. The story is out there on the net, but I'm too lazy to do your work for you.

htp://www.joeonthetube.com

June 29 2009 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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robert

didn't write the story, just happen to have the same name as the guy who did.

June 30 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

apparently it was so bad the scientologists decided he was a criminal and kicked him out.

http://community.atom.com/Post/AntiScientologyInfomercials/03EFBFFFF0182C7B8000800AE87F1

June 29 2009 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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