Much of Michael Mabbott’s overextended mockumentary has the insular feel of something made for a small group of people, most of whom actually were involved in its production. But “The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico” also boasts some modestly amusing snippets of on-target satire, along with a few hilarious episodes of self-parody by real-life pop and country music heavyweights. Whittled down to an hour or so, Canadian-produced comedy might work nicely in niche cable TV outlets.
Title character (enthusiastically played by Matt Murphy) is semi-legendary alt-country artist best remembered for chronic clumsiness and epic self-indulgence. Several years after his alleged death, Guy Terrifico is recalled in interviews with other fictional characters (including Natalie Radford as his unfortunately flatulent wife, and Jane Sowerby as his frightfully foul-mouthed mistress), and seemingly improvised chats with Merle Haggard (definitely not a fan), Kris Kristofferson and other luminaries.
Portrait of a marginally talented doofus gradually emerges. But the funniest thing on screen is genuine news footage of Kristofferson’s dazed acceptance speech at the 1970 Country Music Awards. Intentionally or not, pic often echoes Jordan Brady’s “Dill Scallion” (1999), a strikingly similar mockumentary about another klutzy country singer.