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Found Footage Festival marks 10 years of laughs and VHS finds

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Nick Prueher

What began as a way to fight boredom in their small Wisconsin town more than two decades ago has turned into a full-time comedy career for Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.

The long-time friends, now 38, started scouring second-hand stores for humorous and strange VHS finds as teens in 1991.

Among their early discoveries were a McDonald’s training tape and a Mr. T video for kids.

They started collecting more videos and holding screenings in Prueher’s parents’ living room.

In 2004, they transformed the pastime into the Found Footage Festival.

“The show hasn’t evolved much since the days in my parents’ living room,” said Prueher, a 15-year Long Island City resident.

They have amassed a collection of 5,000 tapes, found in thrift stores, garage sales and trashcans and around the country, which they keep in an LIC storage facility that is roughly the size of a “large living room.”

In their live shows, the comedy duo screen their latest VHS finds while providing commentary and “where-are-they-now” updates on the people in the tapes.

They are currently on a 120-city tour and will be celebrating the Found Footage Festival’s 10th anniversary this month.

“It was just an inside joke to us,” Prueher said of their beginnings. “What surprises us is that people continue to find this as funny as we do.”

The Found Footage Festival proved to be so successful that it became their full-time gig five years ago.

Prueher and Pickett make money from an old form of video despite living in the digital age, but they have also used the power of YouTube to grow their popularity.

A few years ago, they fooled their way onto several Midwest morning shows with a yo-yo expert called Kenny Strasser, played by their friend Mark Proksch. Videos of the appearances went viral online.

The men pulled off a similar prank again this past Thanksgiving. They faked their way onto more Midwest morning shows, with Prueher playing a leftovers expert named Chef Keith Guerke. His fake book, “Leftovers Right: Make a Winner of Last Night’s Dinner,” included recipes such as a mashed potato ice cream cone.

They held off posting the video until right before their tour started in early March. Prueher said he expected it to receive some hits, but didn’t imagine it would get 2 million views within 24 hours.

“We have ideas for the next one,” he said. “But we have to wait because everyone is on high alert now.”

The Found Footage Festival will be in Brooklyn on April 25 and in Manhattan on April 26. For tickets and more info, click here.



WATCH: LIC-based comedian pranks morning shows, pretends to be chef

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video via YouTube/Found Footage Fest

A Long Island City-based comedian appeared on several Midwest television programs to show off his cooking talents as a leftovers expert. The only problem—his chef credentials were not real.

Nick Prueher, of the Found Footage Festival, was faking it the whole time in the name of humor.

In two videos, viewers can see the hilarious clips of Prueher on television.

Using the name Chef Keith Guerke, the comedian made five different appearances on local morning shows, where he demonstrated various dishes made from Thanksgiving leftovers.

Some of his recipes included a mashed potato ice cream cone, and a ham, corn, gravy and green bean blended concoction.

“I am self-taught. I did not go to culinary school. And I am kind of unorthodox,” he said during one appearance.

Along with his funny commentary, Prueher even entertained viewers with a leftovers rap.

He also used the appearances to promote his fake cookbook “Leftovers Right: Make a Winner of Last Night’s Dinner,” and convinced the stations he was having a local Barnes & Noble book signing.

But conveniently, when the signing was mentioned at the end of the segment, he said he might need to cancel the event because the books had not arrived.

The TV pranks were concocted by Prueher and his comedy partner Joe Pickett.

The pair’s Found Footage Festival will start touring across the country, starting March 6.

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