You can bet your whoopee cushion that Showtime’s coverage of Montreal’s 11th annual Just for Laughs festival (airing Aug. 7, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) will spotlight performances by George Burns, John Candy, Michael Richards, and other big-name comedians. But will the network, which at this writing is still taping highlights of the 13-day international laffathon, show American viewers the really interesting acts? Among the lesser-known cut-ups we’d kill to see in the final cut:
· Yogi Daniel, an Iranian-born, South Korea-based comic contortionist. ”I have almost 1,300 positions,” Daniel promises. ”I make the King Cobra, the Crab, the Little Box. It’s amusing. Ask anybody in Korea — they love me.”
· Limpopo, a Russian quartet that makes American tunes like ”La Bamba” and ”It’s Now or Never” sound like old Soviet folk songs. ”It’s not on purpose,” admits band member Oleg Bernov. ”Everything we play sounds Russian.”
· The Greatest Show on Legs, a British trio that dances naked to cha-cha music while holding strategic ally placed balloons. ”The only time they pop is when an audience member gets too close with a cigarette,” says Legs member Malcolm Hardee. ”But we have balloons standing by for just such emergencies.”
Other promising acts: Echoman (who tells jokes in echos-echos-echos) and Micro Jackson (a pint-size impersonator who moonwalks like a munchkin). Talk about bad.