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Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 01:29 PM
I was just watching various YouTube clips and ran across this old Letterman interview of Max Headroom from back on the 80's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la4VxWjUAGI

It's not just close, it's almost exact. If I didn't know better I'd think it was Jim Carrey, has he ever talked about Matt Frewer as one of his main comedic influences?

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 03:54 PM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

Artie Pink
06-27-2009, 03:56 PM
Huh, it seems obviously so, now that you mention it. Looks like there are quite a few sites and YouTube videos about this.

RegHorsten
06-27-2009, 03:58 PM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

I remember him too. How old are ya? I just turned the big three six this month.

dasNdanger
06-27-2009, 03:58 PM
When Carey first started out, I thought he was the same guy as Max, just more annoying.


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Dusto
06-27-2009, 03:59 PM
I never thought of it before but I see it.

King of Mars
06-27-2009, 04:39 PM
Is the old Max Headroom stuff available on DVD? I'm not seeing it on Netflix. I've often thought about checking it out again to see if it holds up.

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 05:17 PM
Huh, it seems obviously so, now that you mention it. Looks like there are quite a few sites and YouTube videos about this.


I never thought of it before but I see it.

It never occured to me either until this guy on youtube pointed it out. Look at this old Coke commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzxHDqUz8Sk

Wow.

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 05:21 PM
I remember him too. How old are ya? I just turned the big three six this month.

37 This year, I feel 40 closing in. :scared:


Is the old Max Headroom stuff available on DVD? I'm not seeing it on Netflix. I've often thought about checking it out again to see if it holds up.

It's not on DVD, hopefully someday. There may be some copyright issues though. I've still got the series on VHS, it wasn't very big. Season 1 is only 6 episodes and season 2 is 8 episodes. It's naturally a bit dated and low budget but it's still one of my favorite tv shows.

artimoff
06-27-2009, 05:59 PM
Back in the day, Bravo had an imprint called TV too good for TV. It had only 2 series in the imprint.. Twin Peaks & Max Headroom. They didn't continue with the imprint because there were no other shows that were ahead of their time.

jamestolliver
06-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Did you all over ever hear about the Max Headroom Incident? From wiki:


Later that night, around 11:15 p.m., during a broadcast of the Doctor Who serial Horror of Fang Rock, PBS station WTTW's signal was hijacked using the same video that was broadcast during the WGN-TV hijack, this time with distorted audio.[1] The person in the Max Headroom mask appeared, as before, this time saying, "That does it. He's a freakin' nerd," before laughing and jeering, "Yeah, I think I'm better than Chuck Swirsky. Freakin' liberal."[2]

The unidentified man continued to utter random phrases, including New Coke's advertising slogan "Catch the Wave" while holding a Pepsi can (Max Headroom was a Coca-Cola spokesperson at the time), then tossing the can down, and making an obscene gesture with a rubber extension over his middle finger (the gesture was cut off of the bottom of the screen due to the close-up of the camera) then retrieving the Pepsi can, and saying "Your love is fading", before removing the rubber extension, then began humming the theme song to Clutch Cargo, and stating that he had "made a giant masterpiece for all the greatest world newspaper nerds" (the call letters WGN are an abbreviation for "World's Greatest Newspaper", in reference to the Tribune Company's Chicago Tribune). He then held up a glove, said "my brother is wearing the other one", and put the glove on. He then took the glove off, adding that it was "dirty."
The picture suddenly cut over to a shot of the man's lower torso. His buttocks were exposed, and he was holding the now-removed mask up to the camera while being spanked with a flyswatter by an unidentified accomplice wearing a dress, as the man exclaimed "They're coming to get me!". The accomplice then said, "Bend over, bitch!".[3] The man then said, "Do it!" and moaned. The transmission then blacked out and cut off, and the hijack was over after about 90 seconds.[2]

It's actually really unsettling to watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycVTXtm0U0

I kind of wish we still lived in a time when television signals could be hijacked.

jamestolliver
06-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Also, yeah, they seem really similar now that you pointed it out.

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 07:35 PM
Did you all over ever hear about the Max Headroom Incident? From wiki:

It's actually really unsettling to watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycVTXtm0U0

I kind of wish we still lived in a time when television signals could be hijacked.

Wow, never saw that. I agree, that's disturbing.

Ryan Elliott
06-27-2009, 07:36 PM
Did you all over ever hear about the Max Headroom Incident? From wiki:



It's actually really unsettling to watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycVTXtm0U0

I kind of wish we still lived in a time when television signals could be hijacked.


Heh. That was hilarious.

Joe Kalicki
06-27-2009, 07:37 PM
Did you all over ever hear about the Max Headroom Incident? From wiki:



It's actually really unsettling to watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycVTXtm0U0

I kind of wish we still lived in a time when television signals could be hijacked.

Well, that was intensely frightening.

jamestolliver
06-27-2009, 07:38 PM
I would shit myself if I was watching Dr. Who and that came on.

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 07:44 PM
Jim Carrey on Letterman for a comparison:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx5Z6T7MpwA

This freaks me out a little.

Ryan Elliott
06-27-2009, 07:58 PM
Wow, never saw that. I agree, that's disturbing.


Well, that was intensely frightening.


I would shit myself if I was watching Dr. Who and that came on.


Come on guys. This is no different than the Tim and Eric stuff.

Except this is real and therefore funnier.

JimboX
06-27-2009, 08:18 PM
Matt Frewer also played the voice of Lloyd (Jim Carrey's character) in the Dumb and Dumber animated series on ABC in 1995.

Travis M. Bierwagen
06-27-2009, 08:48 PM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

There were these recent commercials featuring an "old" Max for the UK's digital television switch over. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtjEfw-mSE

Big Poot!
06-27-2009, 09:26 PM
We all know there's no such thing as plagiarism.

Tarantino.

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=177276

Thudpucker
06-27-2009, 09:27 PM
There were these recent commercials featuring an "old" Max for the UK's digital television switch over. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtjEfw-mSE

those are great! :o

Pia Guerra
06-27-2009, 10:07 PM
Just watched the original film, Twenty Minutes into the Future on YouTube, which is kind of cool now that I think of it.

I used to love Max Headroom when I was a kid. I remember clearly losing skin on my hands while turning the aerial from the balcony in winter to get the signal so we could watch the series. My sister and I even made our own Network 23 pass cards.

EDIT to add the LINK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uGD5Lf3YXU) for all you young'uns:

Travis M. Bierwagen
06-27-2009, 11:41 PM
those are great! :o

There's also this clip of "old" Max on DEAL OR NO DEAL (UK). 8-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQMrMwFs51s

HoldFastNow
06-28-2009, 08:39 AM
I remember Matt Frewer from the Generation X movie when I was a kid. I remember thinking he was ripping off Carey in that movie (I think it was not too long after Carey played Riddler) but then later remembering Frewer was Headroom and realizing that he had that shtick first.

WinterRose
06-28-2009, 09:13 AM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

No. No you're so not.

I think I've got the 20 minutes into the future movie and the ABC series socked away somewhere. I'd love to get the Cinemax music video shows they did. Funny stuff.

As for Carrey? Max was the first person I thought of. As though he were styling himself to be Matt Frewer's successor for the title of Rubberfaced guy who can really really act like a mad bastard but keeps getting typecast in silly-ass roles.

kylethoreau
06-28-2009, 10:51 AM
yeah, been saying this for years. As for Max, I'm really surprised he hasn't made a major comeback.


also that video... that was actually pretty damn awesome, even though that would've freaked me the fuck out if I'd caught it live.

Hate_Prime
06-28-2009, 09:36 PM
I thought Jim Carey was a more animated yet somehow less obnoxious Robin Williams.

Greenville 90210
06-28-2009, 11:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0H_7aRbAC8

David Aspmo
06-29-2009, 12:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0H_7aRbAC8
Yeah, that's my favorite one.

"Asswipes!"
I never knew Max was originally a British thing. Makes sense, though - especially him being a music video host.

I can't really remember where I first saw him. Probably the Coke commercials. I remember being aware of the "20 Minutes Into the Future" series, but I don't think I watched it when it originally aired (it was a little dark for 8-year-old me, at the time). I enjoyed it when Sci-Fi Channel re-ran it several years back, though.

I'd like to see Max make a come back, as well - it seems about due (around 20 years seems to be when the nostalgia kicks in the fullest). Wish Frewer had a bigger career in general.

Greygor
06-29-2009, 03:05 AM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

No there's always me and I just got older, 47 now :sad:

costello
06-29-2009, 03:28 AM
I'm probably one of the only people here who knows who Max Headroom is.

I'm so old. :(

I forgot all about Max Headroom. I think the first time I saw him was on Cinemax, and then there was that Max Headroom detective television show.

Greygor
06-29-2009, 03:41 AM
I forgot all about Max Headroom. I think the first time I saw him was on Cinemax, and then there was that Max Headroom detective television show.

Keep your eye out for the original Pilot Film, "20 Minutes into the Future" from 1985. Which was made to introduce the character on Channel 4 in the UK. They used part of it for the first episode of the American TV show.

In the UK we got Max as a Music Video show host and interviewer,

PeteL
06-29-2009, 04:20 AM
There's a picture of me in an orange Max Headroom t shirt somewhere.

TIP
06-29-2009, 05:35 AM
There's a picture of me in an orange Max Headroom t shirt somewhere.

:ecstatic:

WinterRose
06-30-2009, 01:49 PM
In the UK we got Max as a Music Video show host and interviewer,

We used to get that on Cinemax. I'd love to have the run of it.