Oh Malcolm-Jamal Warner, you’ve already taught me how to stay safe when I’m home alone. Now you’re going to teach me how to be cool at parties?
Vestron (and Children’s Video Library) Wrote The Book (Or, Made The Video) on How To Be Cool At Parties!
Have you ever wanted to make a splash at your next party, whether hosting or attending? Look no further than Malcolm-Jamal Warner – and an array of people you wouldn’t invite to your next party – hosting Show Off! How To Be Cool at Parties.
That’s right, from budget home video label Vestron’s Children’s Video Library, comes to the key to popularity and promises of many more party invites. All because you watched Show Off! How to Be Cool at Parties, and said “hey! I can do all of this!”
But, before we start, and this is REALLY important…
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That song will stick with you, and you’ll fight the temptation to punch the television and pop those balloons!
Why, you get to see all these amazing things!
And who better to host this walk-though of potential coolness, other than Malcolm-Jamal Warner. He already taught you how to be safe when home alone, why not how to be cool…at parties?
I’d say you’re in for the greatest how-to guide of them all, but it’s more like comedians/assorted odd people you would never invite to your party teaching you how to be cool enough to be invited. It’s like…they want to live vicariously through you!
As for the party tricks, they’re a bit eye-rolling.
The String Trick!
Malcolm’s contribution to the party!
Upside Down Face Lip Syncing!
“I’m gonna up, up, upside down!
I laughed, but a part of my soul also cried.
This was actually cool – he’s the voice of Skeeter on Doug, and becomes clear later on!
And now for sports…if thumb wrestling was considered a sport.
I picture the liveliest of parties involving a small wrestling ring, fingerless gloves, and “one, two, three, four, this is how we start a war!”
Is this a party for third graders?
Straw Paper Worm!
The Imaginary Stairway!
I first saw this on an episode of The Hogan Family…as demonstrated by Sandy Duncan.
One of the oldest, funniest, and at the same time, most eye-rolling gags ever.
Not on a magic carpet, but still, wouldn’t that be awesome!
Making an Exit!
But wait, there’s a dog just waiting at the door, planning their attack upon exiting?
She’s the worst of the bunch, until later on…
The Bicycle Horn!
(I’m so sorry about the screenshot on the right).
The Finger Dangle!
The T-Shirt Sheikh!
Did anyone say “HUMP DAAAAAAAAAAAY?!”
Bending the pencil…
and making a coin disappear…with a pencil!
The Invisible Piano!
From offensive to…actually, I like this one. I wouldn’t bust it out at a party, but it’s pretty funny!
But from this we get…
Sometimes, she makes such a scary face, she even scares herself!
The Imaginary Ball Trick!
Mmmmkay…I could make a joke about a blue ball, but I won’t.
The Dancing Scarf!
Hawaiian Nose Humming!
And how about that amazing cast of fine mentors of the art of being cool at parties?
The “How To Be Cool at Parties” Players!
A few of these fine folks did nothing/next to nothing beyond this video, but some of them are actually comedians, writers, and Fred Newman is a voiceover artist. And Friedhoffer is an actual magician!
And as we move on to the credits, which display a set reminiscent of what happens when Pee-Wee’s Playhouse goes on a three-day bender…
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Which, by the way, is terrifying at 3 am. Not sure why that’s important, but it is.
Because I’ve never sat up at 3 am watching logos!
And this reminder…
So, what do you say? Are you ready to find out what it takes to be cool at parties?
Well, wonder no more! You’re about to live it!
Show Off! How To Be Cool at Parties!
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As we close out yet another golden moment of weirdness from the dustiest of archives, I wonder who this video was marketed at. No, hear me out. The video was distributed by Children’s Home Video, the family-friendly arm of Vestron Video, itself a (former) distributor of various instructional videos. This isn’t exactly the type of film that targets high school partygoers. Heck, I bet it wouldn’t even target middle school partygoers.
Which means one thing, and one thing only…How To Be Cool at Parties is made for the cool Kindergarten parties!
Nah, that’s harsh. It’s more mature for first grade parties.
I’m going to walk away now.
Oh look, my ride is here!