TV TUESDAYS: A Tribute To Morton Downey, Jr. (feat. "Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie")

The most explosive and zeitgeisty televised force of nature since the birth of MTV, Morton Downey Jr. forever altered the American broadcast landscape in a blast of cigarette smoke, fistfights, in-your-face populist ranting, nasty epithets and good, old-fashioned showmanship. Billed as “3-D television” and “rock and roll without the music”, The Morton Downey, Jr. Show was the most addictive talk show of its kind to ever hit the airwaves, with its maniacally whirlwind host oozing “Fuck you, pal!” attitude while his rabid, droogish studio audience throbbed in the background. Predating today’s omnipresent tsunami of trash TV, this late-’80s phlegmatic wonder tore up the tube, fashioning the “discussion” of crazy current events (phone sex, heavy metal, the Rev. Al Sharpton) into a giddy, unforgettable gladiator pit. Tonight, we toast the host-with-the-most with a tightly-wound mix of MDJ Show high-/lowlights, and the Los Angeles premiere of Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie — the brand-new feature documentary dissecting the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. Évocateur co-director Jeremy Newberger in person for Q&A after the film!
Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, 2013, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie”!