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Q: finding a comedy special ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: finding a comedy special
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: sctt-ga
List Price: $12.50
Posted: 05 Aug 2002 20:56 PDT
Expires: 04 Sep 2002 20:56 PDT
Question ID: 51064
there was a comedy special quite some time ago on HBO or Showtime
called the incredible time travels of Henry Osgood.  Is it possible to
get a VHS copy of this?
Subject: Re: finding a comedy special
Answered By: angy-ga on 06 Aug 2002 02:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi, sctt-ga

"The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood", (45 minutes) which was
written, produced, starred, and directed by Dave Thomas, is available
as a trade from:

Tom Kleinschmidt
12 Patton Drive
Ewing, New Jersey 08618

Catalogue number is 858

Please look at Tom's terms and conditions on his site. Among other
things, he says:

"To start, I trade in VHS only. I trade for equal time. I trade only
in the SP speed. I send all tapes by FIRST CLASS MAIL or AIR MAIL
overseas and I expect the same in return. If we are trading for the
first time, I expect you to send the tapes to me first. I am reliable
and usually return tapes within two weeks of receiving a package

If you have nothing to trade, I will also trade for older pre-1970 TV
Guides, older pre-1955 Radio Guides, old reel to reel tape decks, and
vintage Longaberger baskets or pottery. Write or email me and maybe we
can work out some kind of deal."

He is very specific about the brands of tapes he accepts.

His page was updated on Jube 4th, so his list should be current.

As a trader, I assume he's on the right side of the copyright laws,
but I don't know what they are in the US. His tapes do not seem to be
commercial releases.

However, as writer/director/producer of the special, Dave Thomas
presumably owns the copyright. The production company he founded,
Maple Palm Productions is Santa Monica-based:

 Maple Palm Productions.
Maple Palm Productions					
1307 12th St Santa Monica, CA 90401 
Ph: (310) 458-8163 

(They do not appear to have a web site up yet.)

They would probably know if a a vidoe was ever commercially released
of the special, or might be able to help you obtain a copy. Sometimes
production companies will run off a copy for a fee - it's worth an

For a biography of Thomas, there is a good one on the "grace Under
Fire" website

Among other things, it says:

"His feature-film work includes roles in "Stripes"; "Follow That
Bird," starring Chevy Chase; "Moving," starring Richard Pryor; and he
directed "The Experts," starring John Travolta. He co-scripted "Spies
Like Us" with Dan Aykroyd. In addition to his work on "SCTV," his
television appearances include "Jonathan Winters' Salute to Baseball,"
"Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show," "Late Night With David
Letterman," "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Later With Greg Kinnear."
Thomas also guest-starred on "Bob Hope's 90th Birthday Special," and
co-hosted "Bob Hope Salutes Young Comedians" with Bob Hope and Crystal
Bernard. He was executive producer, star and writer of "The Dave
Thomas Show." He also directed, produced, wrote and starred in the
cable special, "The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood." He was
seen on the movie screen in "Boris and Natasha," as Bullwinkle Moose's
arch-enemy, Boris, opposite Sally Kellerman's Natasha; and in "The
Coneheads," with Dan Aykroyd."

I hope this is helpful - good luck with your search.
sctt-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very pleased with the speed of your answer!!  Thankyou for your help. 
I hope to get a copy for my brother's birthday in September.  He is a
huge fan and will be shocked to see the tape:)

Subject: Re: finding a comedy special
From: huntsman-ga on 06 Aug 2002 11:19 PDT

What search strategy did you use to find the tape "The Incredible Time
Travels of Henry Osgood"?

Is there a reference to this title and catalog number on Tom
Kleinschmidt's site?

Subject: Re: finding a comedy special
From: angy-ga on 07 Aug 2002 21:58 PDT

Yes, I realised I'd forgotten to put that in; actually I searched under:


which turned up Tom's catalogue - it's listed under "Specials: Dave Thomas".

Then I went on to search:


and sorted out the right Dave Thomas, then searched for his production company



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