Alice Cooper’s 5 funniest pop culture cameos
From a history lesson in 'Wayne's World' to taunting Bigfoot, here are some of Cooper's most amusing moments in film.
The crazy, wild, often unpredictable heavy metal rock performances of Alice Cooper are once again about to delight thousands of fans around the world. The "Godfather of Shock Rock" has announced a new world tour with stops throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and, for the first time, Israel. "You're going to hear all my hits," Cooper said of the June 16 concert in Tel Aviv. "I'm bringing my full show, including all my classic tricks. You never know what might happen. It will be an incredible show and a historic night."
A consummate performer, Cooper is also well-known beyond the stage for his memorable cameos in a variety of television shows and movies. Below are some of our favorites from one of rock's most beloved entertainers.
In the 1992 comedy "Wayne's World," Wayne and Garth use their backstage passes at an Alice Cooper concert to meet the man himself and his band. While their rock idol's friendly demeanor enamors them, Wayne and Garth are further bowled over by Cooper's unexpectedly deep knowledge on the history of the city of Milwaukee. "Actually, it's pronounced 'mill-e-wah-que,' which is Algonquin for 'the good land,'" adds Cooper.
'The Muppet Show'
In 1978, Cooper hosted one of the most bizarre episodes of "The Muppet Show" television series. In addition to singing his hits "You and Me" and "School's Out," Cooper also dressed up as Dracula and performed a haunting rendition of "Welcome to my Nightmare." The episode was so macabre that at one point Fozzie Bear openly begged for at least "one thing nice on this show tonight." His prayers were answered by a rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
'That '70s Show'
During a 2001 episode of "That '70s Show," Cooper appeared briefly in a dream sequence and then again during the sitcom's hazy end credits. And yes, he's apparently a big fan of the "Dungeons and Dragons" card game.
Director Tim Burton and Cooper were fated to eventually work together, an encounter that became reality in the 2012 comedy-horror "Dark Shadows." In the film, Cooper is asked to perform at a housewarming party for the vampire Barnabas Collins, played by actor Johnny Depp. During a rendition of "No More Mr. Nice Guy," Depp looks at Cooper and exclaims, "That is the ugliest woman I've ever seen."
The SyFy Channel is well-known for its tongue-in-cheek low-budget horror films like "Sharknado" and "Mega Piranha." In 2012, it unleashed "Bigfoot," a ridiculous movie about a rampaging 40-foot-tall monster. Cooper, however, was more than game to play along, appearing in a scene where the creature attacks a 1980s-themed rock concert. The film scores extra pop culture points in our book for also starring 1970s icons Danny Bonaduce from "The Partridge Family" and Barry Williams from "The Brady Bunch."
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