Tater Tomater (1990)

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Phil Morrison directed "Tater Tomater" for his NYU Film School Senior Project. It started out as a short skit written by Angus MacLachlan, who like Morrison was a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1979-1980. It then appeared in several comedic revues, and whenever it was performed, Beth Bostic -- who played "Doris," the not-quite-all-there cafeteria worker -- never failed to bring down the house. "Tater Tomater" was screened at a film festival in New York and reviewed -- by Frank Rich in March of 1990 and by Jami Bernard -- in the New York Times. In January of 1992, it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and before then we believe it made its national broadcast debut on PBS's "American Playhouse," before appearing during the '90s syndication era of "Night Flight."