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With his loud demeanor and bag of props, Rip Taylor was an unarguable force of nature in an era long before Carrot Top. In this new documentary, we see the man’s famous moustache, zany wigs, and colorful confetti grace the stages of The Ed Sullivan Show, Match Game ’73, The Gong Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jackass: The Movie and beyond. But the truly compelling stuff lies in his hidden history: everything from his time as a Congressional page to the 1982 nude spread he did in Playgirl–seriously! Who woulda thunk that Rip Taylor has one of comedy’s most remarkable backgrounds? And hearing him rant about Carrot Top might be our new favorite thing: “I did props and now that little bastard is doing it, calling himself The King of Props. He’s an ass. And a thief. I don’t want to fight with him. I never claimed that I invented prop comedy–I just did it. He took it.” From troubled D.C. youth to the veritable King of Confetti, Rip Taylor is a man worth throwing around some rainbow confetti for as we celebrate with his diehard fans and introduce him to the next generation of loyal Taylor enthusiasts.
Dir. Anthony Barnao, 2016, digital presentation, 69 min.