Waiting For Guffman

Synopsis: A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

Being a fabin

is not always easy.

Um, i can certainly understand

how the kennedys feel.

I had been

living in new york

and working there

as an actor and director

and choreographer

for 25 years or so,

and i really felt

i needed a change.

I imagined, in my fantasy,

i suppose,

that when i came here,

i would have a completely

different life.

Uh, perhaps, um...

a construction worker

or one of those guys

that works on those

high-wire things that, uh...

with the hard hat.

You know,

that sweeping sort of hat.

And, uh, with the chaps.

But that didn't really

work out.

I began to realize, i guess,

that the theater

was still in my blood,

and what i had to do was

make use of that,

so i offered my services

to the high school here,

and they accepted,

and i began to teach drama.

And within about 6 months,

i had formed

the blaine community players.

I got to tell you,

we are very, very excited

about the big show

that's happening

at the end of the festival.

Everyone right now

is just going crazy

getting ready to audition.

And unfortunately

i won't be able to audition.

We have to stock that day

and can't get out of it.

And corky will not let me

audition any other time.

So, "that's show business,"

is what he told me,

and, uh, you know,

he's the master.

You gotta give him credit

for that.

President mckinley

did a whistle-stop tour

back in 1898.

And a little boy,

jimmy mcbean,

made a stool for him.

And he loved it so much

that he called back,

and said, "lookit, i would

like to give more of these

to dignitaries

who are visiting."

And before you knew it,

blaine is manufacturing

all these footstools.

And that's how the big...

that's how we got

the stool boom.

Blaine became the stool capital

of the world.

My first show

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Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. more…

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