Film Review: Show Off! How To Be Cool At Parties (1986, dir. Jim Hirshfeld)


Title Screen

“It’s like drinking broken glass out of a cup made of razor blades.” – Jeff

It’s not that bad, but it’s pretty awful! It really should have been called Dumbass! How To Be The Laughing Stock Of Humanity. This is a children’s instructional video from 1986 hosted by Cosby Show’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Just push that title out of the way Warner. That dog with the sunglasses is so 80's!

Just push that title out of the way Warner. That dog with the sunglasses is so 80’s!

It’s a video on how to do stupid tricks. How stupid? This stupid.

Never knew how to walk down pretend stairs before? That's how!

Never knew how to walk down pretend stairs before? That’s how!

T-Shirt Sheik! You'd be offended, but the camel goes by and you can't stop laughing.

T-Shirt Sheik! You’d be offended, but the camel goes by and you can’t stop laughing.

Levitating! This is possibly the dumbest trick in the whole movie.

Levitating! This is possibly the dumbest trick in the whole movie.

You can learn how to beatbox, pretend like a dog is trying to pull you from behind a door, sound like a bicycle horn, play air piano, etc. You just have to see this to believe it. Maybe Mel Gorham here will do it more justice then I ever could.

Mel Gorham

Mel Gorham

I can’t wait to check out some more of these instructional videos. Apparently, there’s one for law enforcement on recognizing satanic cults.

Thank you, Patti Kaplan!

Thank you, Patti Kaplan!