Soupy’s on again with new films, deal

Comeback for TV's mad comedian

When was the last time you thought about Soupy Sales? Maybe back in the 1970s, unless you heard him on radio in New York in the ’80s. Apparently it’s comeback time, again, for the pie-in-the-face slapstick star of “The Soupy Sales Show,” which ran Saturday mornings in the 1960s and early ’70s.

Sales, now 72, has completed four feature films skedded for release this year: “Behind the Seams,” “Everything’s George,” “The Holy Man,” starring Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, and “Palmer’s Pick Up,” directed by Christopher Coppola and starring Rosanna Arquette. Additionally, Sales has joined the cast of Roger Corman’s “Black Scorpion,” a campy superhero television show still up for sale.

Sales is also waiting to begin shooting two films this summer, “Conundrum,” starring Joe Mantegna and “Hotel Lottery.”

And it doesn’t end there. Sales has inked a package deal with agents Leslie Parness and Christopher Nassif, president of the Christopher Nassif Agency. The package includes “The Soupy Sales Show” library, of which Sales has been the longtime owner, and the development of a sitcom pilot.

Sales is also expected to be a guest on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” It would appear that the Soup is hot.