Embark on a nostalgic and humorous journey back in time as the Found Footage Festival, a one-of-a-kind celebration of VHS treasures, kicks off its latest tour. Joe Pickett (of The Onion) and Nick Prueher (former Late Show writer), the duo behind this unique showcase, are bringing their extensive collection of bizarre and forgotten videotapes to audiences across the US and UK.
The tour promises to be a rollercoaster ride through the most outrageous and absurd VHS clips unearthed from thrift stores and estate sales throughout North America. These childhood friends have transformed their passion for VHS nostalgia into a cultural phenomenon, featuring a curated selection of odd training videos, bizarre DIY projects, and unintentionally hilarious home movies.
Since debuting in New York City in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has garnered a dedicated following, selling out live shows annually. The festival’s fame extends beyond live performances, with features on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NPR, and critical acclaim in The Guardian and The New York Times.
The tour is more than a simple screening of VHS clips; it’s an interactive experience. Pickett and Prueher provide live commentary, share hilarious insights, and even provide updates on the individuals in these videotaped oddities. This engagement has created a unique bond with their audience, who eagerly anticipate each show.
The 2024 tour includes stops in major cities such as San Francisco, Tucson, Tempe, Santa Fe, Gainesville, Tampa, and Sanford, before heading to Brooklyn for a special 20th Anniversary Show. The festival will then cross the Atlantic for shows in Belfast, Dublin, London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, and Nottingham.