Dino Stamatopoulos: He puts the grrrrr in Totally Obscure Comedy Cult Figure
The best part of the new Mr. Show with Bob and David season 4 DVD? The obligatory blooper reel of course.
But more specifically, the really best part is the fetishy tribute to show writer, producer, and sometime actor Dino Stamatopoulos that shows him riding his chopper, mucking around in a lake, and flubbing his one line in the excellent Amadeus parody “Philouza.” (“There’s Philouza!”)
If Bob and David are the Lennon/McCartney of sketch comedy, Dino’s the Frank Zappa: weird, obscure, beloved by a legion of creepy fans who obsess over his ouvre like members of a secret society— and then there are Dino’s questionable Zappa-esque grooming choices. He’s probably the funniest person you’ve never heard of.
If a show was funny, Dino has probably had his grubby hands in it: The Ben Stiller Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, TV Funhouse. (Memo to Comedy Central: Put that show on DVD post haste!) He’s even had his hands in some not so funny shows: Take MAD TV. Please, take it.
Listen to the commentary tracks for Ben Stiller or Mr. Show and you’ll see: It’s Dino’s world, we just laugh at it.
“There’s Philouza!”: He finally nails it.
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