Never one not to jump on the bandwagon, I'd like to add The Groove Tube to our "Where Are They Now" series. The first R-rated movie I ever saw, I still think of it as one of the funniest and dirtiest (although a lot of the humor seems a bit naive by today's standards).
The Groove Tube is a compilation of sketches from Channel One, which, according to TV Guide was "the world's first television theater, a brash and irreverent enterprise in the East Village, New York's shabby hippie pleasure dome. Channel One offers a televised shock comparable to a bop on the head with a sock full of gravel." (of course, to us irreverent, shabby hippies from the East Village, that's a bit insulting.)
Along with Second City and Kentucky Fried Theater, Channel One (including a young Chevy Chase) was a precursor to Saturday Night Live and, in fact, his Weekend Update anchorman character came straight from Channel One.
Ken Shapiro - writer, director, star
as the driving force behind Channel One, Shapiro gave himself all of the best parts. Shapiro got his start as a brat on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater in the early '50s then he was a writer on Love, American Style in the '60s. After the success of The Groove Tube (made for $350k, it grossed over $35 million in 1974), Shapiro went on to direct Chevy Chase again in Modern Problems. And he currently writes and produces Bloopers and Golden Globe Award shows.
Lane Sarasohn - writer, actor
co-creator of Channel One, Lane started writing with Shapiro in high school and at Bard where they both went to college. Lane went on to write for Not Necessarily the News and lots of glamorous gigs like Ice Follies, World's Funniest Videos and the Ron Reagan show. He also co-wrote Crash Pad and the One Arm Bandit which premiered at Sundance in 2000 and was developed by Richard Allen from a sketch in The Groove Tube. Lane is active in Palm Springs politics and a web designer. He has a weekly online Onion-like newspaper called The Ironic Times.
Richard Belzer - actor
Jeez, what can I tell you that you don't already know? His cousin is Henry Winkler. Did you know that? Besides Munch, he's played detectives in A Very Brady Sequel, Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart, Mad About You, X-Files and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Chevy Chase - actor
Come to think of it, what the hell is Chevy up to? Well, when besides pissing off conservatives, he recently completed shooting "Funny Money," a farce that many of his fans have very high hopes for. His recent duds include: Ellie Parker, Goose!, Karate Dog, Rent-A-Husband and Bad Meat.
Buzzy Linhart - actor and musical director
Belzer's roommate at the time, Buzzy is credited as the first man ever to show full frontal nudity in a non-X-rated movie. Buzzy has primarily worked as a musician/songwriter and is best known for "Friends," featured in Shrek. Buzzy was Bill Cosby's sidekick and musical director for the 1976 family variety hour show "Cos" and has written for Bette Midler, Carly Simon and Barry Manilow, among others. A documentary about his life is currently in the works. Read Buzzy's blog.
Richmond Baier - the girl
as she elegantly runs through the woods taking off her clothes, the hitchhiker (Buzzy) tries to keep up as he clumsily falls all over the place. She's never been heard from again.
Berkeley Harris - Rich Guy
passed away in 1984 after a notable TV career that included regular roles on The Guiding Light, Texas, The Virginian and many, many more.
Jennifer Welles - the geritan girl
Inducted into the Adult Video News Hall of Fame in 1996 and Best Erotic Actress in 1977, Jennifer Welles was one of the first American porn stars. Inside Jennifer Welles was the first of many semi-documentary films that have become a staple of the industry.