Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration (1999)

A 47-year-old prostitute moves back in with her father and returns to high school, where she's tasked with finding out if one of her classmates is mentally retarded.


Adam Bernstein


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Credited cast:
Stephen Colbert ... Mr. Noblet / Nurse Laughton
Paul Dinello ... Mr. Sears / Nurse Troy
Amy Sedaris ... Jerri Blank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Bell Bundy ... Kimberly Timothy (as Laura Bundy)
Roberto Gari ... Mr. Blank, Jerri's Dad
Greg Hollimon Greg Hollimon ... Principal Onyx Blackman
James Murtaugh ... Dr. Barbham
Joseph Scott Joseph Scott ... Fossilton Patient
Larc Spies ... Derrick Blank, Jerri's Step-Brother
Sarah Thyre ... Mrs. Blank / Jerri's Step-Mom


This parody of an Afterschool Special would prompt Comedy Central to commission the television series "Strangers with Candy." 47-year old Jerri Blank has just returned home for the first time in 32 years after running away to support her drug habit by becoming a prostitute. Now set on turning her life around, she goes back to high school and becomes a candy-striper. But on the third day of school, the faculty demands that she help them get a girl expelled because of her suspected mental retardation. Written by Jojo Mac

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11 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration See more »

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Most of the cast had previously been involved in Comedy Central's defunct series, Exit 57 (1995). After seeing this film, though, Comedy Central contacted Amy Sedaris, Mitch Rouse, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello and asked them to return to work for them, along with the cast they'd assembled. See more »


Remade as Strangers with Candy (1999) See more »

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