Mike Houlihan (Pipes)Ben Vereen (Nuts)Paddy Houlihan (Danny)Noel Bax (Young Man)Bill Boehler (Mini mart customer)Mark Borchardt (Harve)Tony Brown (Casto)Jim Carrane (Mini Mart Clerk)Laura Collins (Black Lady)Jim Crago (Frat Boy #2)Steven Fleming (Andy Surabe)Dan Greenberg (Frat Boy #1)Greg Hollimon (Hats)E.J. Hott (Moses)William Houlihan (Randy)Tim Kazurinsky (Einstein)Jack McCabe (St. Peter)Mike McNamara (Yuppie on date)
Nuts, a destitute and homeless street vendor, (Ben Vereen) zaps a cynical stand-up comedian with a mystical hex; sending the comic into the underworld of the homeless on a wacky odyssey of redemption. Pipes (Houlihan), an alcoholic jerk, insults Nuts upon their chance encounter resulting in Nuts suffering an apoplectic seizure from his abuse. Nuts vows revenge, putting a hex on Pipes, resulting in him losing everything he has, including his mind. TAPIOCA is a comic tale of redemption, a hilarious voyage into the lower depths of humanity with a powerful dose of social justice. Shot on the streets of Chicago, the film features many of the windy cities most revered comics, theatre actors and writers. Features a musical score by Ryan Cohan and cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Higgins.