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David Zieff – Escape From It’s a Wonderful Life (1996)

In 1996, the influential improv troupe that had come to New York from Chicago, the Upright Citizens Brigade — Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, and Ian Roberts, and my former Rolling Stone colleague Jay Martel — took advantage of a bizarre loophole in the copyright to Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which put the video into public domain.

Comedy Central, still in its scruffy pre-South Park days when the Daily Show starred Craig Kilborn, let the UCB recut the movie down to about 50 minutes, and redub all the voices, telling a very different story.

In Escape from It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is suicidal for wholly different reasons: because he’s an aspiring actor who really wants to do action movies like Pulp Fiction but instead is forever trapped in retelling this treacly story. He runs around with satchels of cocaine while his brother tries to jump the maid. Everyone around George is furious with him for not sticking to the script.

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