TV Guidance Counselor Podcast

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January 2-8, 1971 This week Ken welcomes comedy writer and co-host of The Amazing Collosal Podcast with Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Santopadre to the show. Ken and Frank discuss Jello Biafra, Fred Schneider, Ken's impressive bookings, interviewing Ken, the idea for where TV Guidance Counselor came from, Ken's days in bands, reviewing the Partridge Family, USA Network's 90s originals, Duckman, working with Paul Fusco, Lost on Earth, Claude's Crib, Ralph Mazza, recognizing character actors, loving "that guys", the fun part of living in L.A., Bruce Kirby, all the New York character actors, deep dives, musicians, variety shows, vaudeville, impressionists, Petula Clark, owned and operated TV stations, Ed Sullivan, The Monster that Challenged the World, New York in the 1970s, All in the Family, MTM Productions, Adam West, Lost in Space, Old Man rivalries, Paul Lynde, Bob and Ray, Mad Magazine, Lucy and Bob Hope dressing like hippies, terrifying Lucy, hippies, Stone Pillow, Amos and Andy, Mods, Wilt Chamberlain, Alias Smith and Jones, Channel 5 NY, WPIX, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Milton Berle, The New Andy Griffith Show, Make Room for Granddaddy, Gaylord Carter's Pipe Organ, Jim Neighbors, game shows, The Avengers, The Dean Martin Show, desperately trying to get people to use Zip Codes, The Love God, That Girl, Adam Strange, Frosty the Snowman, Strange Report, Night Gallery, Tales of the Unexpected, horror anthology shows, Love American Style, and attending the Barbizon Modeling School.
October 8-14, 1994 As promised Jim Aquino author of the new book If You Haven't Seen It, It's New to You: The Movies and TV Shows Some of Us Regretted Not Catching Until Later returns for The Young Guns II of this week's episodes. Ken and Jim discuss Goonies II NES, Star Trek vs Star Wars, Ken's love of Just the Ten of Us, The Juggernaut, Terror on the Britannic, Weird Science, The Smolletts, On Our Own, bad animation, The Simpsons, Dr. Demento, The Adventures of Lois and Clark, Bruce Campbell, Season 2 of Seaquest DSV, MTV Unplugged, spoken word, LL Cool J's deodorant caked armpits, In Living Color, Roger Corman's love of free popcorn, Steve Park, Breakfast Time, Tom Bergeron, the early days of FX, Animaniacs, Batman the Animated Series, Casey Kasam's Transformers boycot, Donnie Simpson, Lavert, the last days of Soul Train, The Jon Stewart Show, Northern Exposure, Tom Arnold, Tom Noonan, Robocop, Roc, murderers on TV, All American Girl, Models Inc., Walt Disney World Inside Out, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Kids in the Hall, Conan, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, My So-Called Life, New York Undercover, The Librarians, The Elongated Man, Comic View, Homicide Life on the Street, writing fan letters, and connecting with socially conscious teens.
This week Ken welcomes author of the indispensable book If You Haven't Seen It, It's New to You (as J. John Aquino) Jim Aquino. Ken and Jim discuss blogs, accidental Star Trek cosplay, The Bay Area, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Ken's brief meeting with Kate Mulgrew, having three Spocks, crying on panels, back stage drama, creepy lighter mascots, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Small Wonder, Batman the Animated Series, not having Cartoon Network or Sci-Fi Channel, the annoying phenomenon of streaming services splitting seasons of a series, Benson, Quinn Martin, The Fugitive formula, reboots starring dogs, Revenge of the Nerds, Big John Little John, failed TV pilots based on movies, Aaron Slick from Punkin Chick, ReBoot, The Tick, lame catch phrases, Public Enemy, Soul Train, Stevie B, Brownstone, BET, Video Soul, My Best Friend's a Vampire, Baywatch Nights, Vanishing Son, martial arts, depictions of Asian Americans on TV, choreography, Leonard Nimoy, Donnie Yen, The Comish, Devon Odessa, My So-Called Life, In Living Color, and only getting through Saturday.
This week Ken welcome author of the new book on Nickelodeon in the '90s (and the old book The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies They Lampoon) Chris Morgan. Ken and Chris discuss growing up in Detroit, being very unsuccessful, failing in L.A., Kid Rock, Comedy Channel, early cable networks, Canadian content, Fifteen, Welcome Freshman, Cousin Skeeter, My Brother and Me, Alex Mack, Shelby Woo, how bad My Brother and Me was, Third Rock from the Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Alanis Morrisette, Moesha books, Rugrats, Halloween, All That!, teenage HIV suicide pact Summer camps on Touched by an Angel, Thora Birch, Munsters, Chevy Chase, Pop up Video, VH1, WCW, WWF, Hulk Hogan in Assault on Devil's Island, Beavis and Butthead, Drew Carey, The Flintstones, Ken's love of Caddyshack II, Seinfeld, Rock n Jock, Bob Ballaban Baseball, Bike Blades and Boards, Saved by the Bell, Tori, the last year of Trick or Treating, Family Matters, Stevil, Rocky Horror Picture Show, the history of Frankenstein, screams from your closet, Karate Fighters toys and how Slappy from Goosebumps is a great interview.
This week Ken welcomes co-creator of Sleepy Hollow and co-host of Podcast like it's 1999 Phil Iscove to the show. Ken and Phil discuss escaping the North East, growing up in Toronto, CTV, ER, The George Clooney narrative, people the Networks Love, Felicity, Owen Wilson, The Minus Man, Janeane Garofalo, Clay Pigeons, the 90s low point of SNL, bad 90s suits, Swingers, film festivals, indie movies, horror films, Eric Lasalle, Anthony Edwards, gore on TV, Michael Crichton, pulp, being the Stephen King of medical fiction, West World, Spielberg, Disclosure, evergreen genres, why latex gloves are the hardest park of medical acting, USA Network, 1999, grids, Awards Season, Blue Collar Shows, Werewolf, the early days of Fox, Married...with Children, why simple premises are best, The Simpsons, Fish Police, Melrose Place, why apartments are every writer's dream, The WB, high school years, UPN having no identity, Beavis and Butthead, wish fulfillment, Ren & Stimpy, Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Chicago Hope, Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story starring Patsy Kensit, tactical werewolves in Full Eclipse, Tim Daly, Beverly Hills 90210 and the Flaming Lips, having your favorite band on your show, Ken's weird phone, Bjork, John Noble, hierarchy of fandom, one Great White Shark, Antonio Sabato Jr hosting The Hunt for Amazing Treasures, The X-Files, Sightings, the difficulty of juggling serialization and episodic stories, having no plan, and Chuck Connors as a werewolf sea captain with a pipe.
This week Ken welcomes Kliph Nesteroff back to the show to discuss his new book "We Had a Little Real Estate Problem", in addition Ken welcomes one of the subjects of the book, Native American comedian Jon Roberts. Ken, Kliph and Jon discuss Dave Evans, Will Rogers, Native American representation in media, Musso Frank, Red Lake Nation, scaring your own kids, never meeting a man you didn't like, Wrestling, having very limited channels, Eddie Murphy, Dukes of Hazard, I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, stereotypes, Canada's Residential Schools, Rutherford Falls, journalism, Roseanne, Dennis Wolfberg, stand up on TV, age appropriate comedy, how hard life is on a reservation, being isolated, the wide variety of native comedy, Buddy Bigmountain, Westerns, casinos, new cliches, how eye opening seeing somebody get laughs can be, racist Boston, dehumanizing, colonialism, coping with tragedy through humor, Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Warren, Charlie Hill, Pow wows, weird old man shows, Mad About You, GI Joe, Refrigerator Perry, being inspired by Hulk Hogan, and the importance of representation.
This week Ken welcomes actor (The New Gidget, The Bradys) Caryn Richman to the show. Ken and Caryn discuss their failed attempts to do the show in person over the years, Gidget, The Bradys, 1966, growing up in Long Island, going to High School with Joey Buttafuoco, being in Grease in Broadway, the age you're stuck at, embracing your age, playing sweet and wholesome, how hard sitcom acting is, breaking the fourth wall on Gidget, the wave of "New" shows in the 80s, The Bradys, dramatic reboots of comedies, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeanie, Donna Reed, Wandavision, Lawrence Welk, Ed Sullivan, The Wonderful World of Disney, the Saturday Night Movie, seeing Broadway shows, being in a singing group, Tuxedo Junction, Dance Fever, Hollywood Squares, what impressed your parents, Win, Lose or Draw, Soaps, the weirdness of having understudies on television, The Young and the Restless, Batman '66, wiping tapes, lost shows, Encyclopedias, the public library, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, having Patty Duke's father, the greatness of The Hollywood Museum, Dawn Wells, music rights, Kathy Zuckerman, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, meeting Jimmy Stewart, why you really shouldn't meet your heroes sometimes, Bewitched, The Smothers Brothers and the "scary and spies" craze of the 1960s.
Today Ken welcomes RTE broadcaster, Dublin resident and Try Channel Allstar Callyann Brennan to the show. Ken and Callyann discuss being exciting, being in the future, middle child syndrome, how twins count as one person, the beauty of VHS tapes, Saved by the Bell, visiting NYC, J-Lo's booty bench from Maid in Manhattan, taking a solo horse carriage ride in Central Park, cannolis, Los Angeles, Ice Cream Trucks, Seth McFarlane's albums, The Big Big Movie, Jaws, Orcas, Whale Watches, Free Willy, RTE, darts, Snooker, Sunday TV, growing up with a father who tests ice cream flavors, immunity from brain freeze, keeping the ocean for yourself, Father Ted, The Nanny, Made for-TV Movies, Fair City, being on the soaps, things looking bigger on TV, Home and Away, covering everything in gravy, Neighbors, Dads getting into soaps, understanding Friends, how Seinfeld didn't do anything in Ireland, Baywatch, OJ's "If I Did It", the greatness of Judge Judy and how Friday in Ireland is all about The Late Late Show.
In this BONUS! episode Ken welcomes artist, writer and creator of Hellboy, the one and only Mike Mignola to the show. Ken and Mike discuss doing homework for interviews, television moments that burn into your brain, the early 1970s, talking about TV in the schoolyard, TV movies, Sole Survivor, when VCRs were sci-fi, remembering everything, never seeing things again, setting your alarm to watch a movie in the middle of the night, Frankenstein vs the Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein, being starved for monsters, The Munsters, The Adams Family, not getting UHF stations, 1970s Monster Movie Books, being a big reader, Dracula, Creature Features, The Evil of Frankenstein, adapting Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula for comics, hoarding images, having a New England/England aesthetic and being a California guy, Lovecraft, the sadness of horror, Ghosts in a Toys R Us, The Fog, Dead and Buried, Chariots of the Gods, emotional impact of Batman '66, Channel 2, Dark Shadows, heads in boxes, Werewolves, curses, The Vulture (1966), being a physical media die hard, asking Stephen King and Guillermo Del Toro to solve the mystery of The Attack of the Puppet People, being a KISS and The Partridge Family Fan, Jenny Agutter, Jack Kirby, being a Marvel fan, The Thing, the lack of imagination of Hollywood, why money shouldn't drive creative endeavors, character moments, how Terminator 2 meant movies could do anything, the lack of superhero stuff in the 1970s, the 1960s Marvel Superheroes cartoon, Captain Satellite, feeling soothed by Boris Karloff's voice, film noir, Vera, loving British Murder Mystery shows, Jim Thompson, hating cross-over large universe wide events, the constant reboot of comics, forcing people to buy comics they don't want, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Gargoyles, Trilogy of Terror, running into Harlan Ellison, and the Dark Shadows/Partridge Family shared universe.
This week Ken welcomes comedian, haver on impeccable musical taste, travel writer, and UK Television personality Dom Joly. Ken and Dom discuss The Cotswolds, 1990, 70s TV, growing up in Lebanon, French and Arabic subtitles, Benny Hill, Eight is Enough, visa schemes, Dom' Joly's Excellent Adventure, Happy Hour, The Hezbollah Hiking Club, scripted reality shows, 90 Day Fiance, Below Deck, ad libbing, showcasing beautiful places, being arrested in Syria, Mr. Bean, going to school with Osama Bin Laden, sweeps week, assassinations, JFK, Elvis, Racquet Ball, getting never told no, Alice Cooper fighting Elvis with a gun, the greatness of The Sound and Adrian Borland, how The Sound is Ken and Dom's band, Twitch channels, stumbling upon things, The Young Ones, Mad Men is a show about assholes, COPS, Imperialism, Empire building, WWII, The World at War, Hiroshima, chaos, the random nature of living, conspiracy theories, America's Most Wanted, bad recreations, The Death of the Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, The Wonder Years, Vietnam, "Better Red than Dead Week", The Woman in Red, Moonlighting, Trigger Happy TV, living next door to Miss Moneypenny, Night Life, and why Heathers is the greatest film of the 1980s.
This week Ken welcomes actor and all around great human Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Comet, Weekend at Bernies, The Apple) to the show. Ken and Catherine discuss snow, generational genital snow art, TV in the UK, sheep hearing championships on television, ITV, studying dance, growing up in Canada, The Apple, traveling to East Berlin, having older brothers, growing up in academia, dangerous winter sports, traveling the world, TV Guide ads, mis-identifying Roger Ebert, Judy LaMarche, sneaking the soaps, being on soaps, Days of our Lives, Knight Rider, how hard it is to memorize things, The Last Starfighter, being the girl next door, Hollywood Wives, CGI, moving from TV acting to movie acting, watching your work alone, being self conscious, Robert Beltran, Eating Raoul, Mary Woronov, Night of the Comet, star quality, The Beachcombers, indie studios, Canadian Government Film subsidies, Telefilm, Mr. Dressup, The Friendly Giant, The Hardy Boys, going on a date with Parker Stevenson, All in the Family, naivete, singing, foreign films, The Man from Atlantis, wanting to go offline, Larry Holmes boxing, SCTV, Reach for the Top, living in Las Vegas, parental support and pride, dance troupes, the importance of chemistry, the changes in fame, having to have social media, the isolation of remote auditions, reality TV, horses, writing scripts, streaming, silent films, having access to the history of film, women directors, what we miss during COVID, and the benefits of being a loner.
February 22-28, 1997 Today Ken welcomes writer, actor, director and chef Tom DeTrinis to the show. Ken and Tom discuss Tom's delight, butts, Chuck Norris, prescription drugs, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, playing evil when you're a former child star, Candance Cameron, Poison Ivy, reruns, The Grammys, No Doubt, adults, LeeAnn Rhymes, Schindler's List, Ellen, very special episodes, Dirty Dancing, not being allowed to watch Married...with Children, You Can't Do That on Television and the Simpsons, Hollywood jerks, hazing, having no nostalgia, being forced out of the closet, Cybill, lunatics, SAG debates, ska, the death of syndication, Howard Stern on E!, Troop Beverly Hills, The Bodyguard, Savannah, Jamie Luner, bloopers, OOPS! World's funniest outtakes, tickle me Elmo, Night Sins, Ink, Steven Webber, Stephen King, the Shining, Elizabeth Taylor's brain tumor, She Said No, Hilary Swank, Suddenly Suan, regaining your sanity, murder made for tv, ER, Life Goes On, old footage, Disney, Millennium, and living in a four Cheer week world.
December 17-23, 1994 This week Ken welcomes comedian, fellow podcaster, actor and all around good dude Blaze Mancillas to the show. Ken and Blaze discuss NYC vs SF, ships, ghosts, pervy ghosts on ships, Don Johnson, Nash Bridges, video albums, Kathy Lee's crazy life, Dave Chapelle's backdoor Home Improvement pilot, Blown Away's huge explosion, Deep Space Nine, pandemic episodes, easy payment for collector' plate, coin collection, plate you can't eat off of, Bobby's World, Camp Candy, Life with Louie, how therapists are out to get you, Woody Allen's Made for TV movie, The George Carlin Show, Roseanne, 90210's Christmas reality show, MTV's Sex in the 90s, AIDS, urban legends, Rescue 911, UFOs, Bigfoot, The Making of Richie Rich, Basketball cards, E!, The Dream Team, not coming out of the closet, a craving to shoot hoops, ER, Grand Mama, Christmas, Tom Poston, Family Matters, Christmas Unsolved Mysteries, Lion taming, Circuses, fake Unicorn, Pen15, Jeer heavy, lying on Rikki Lake, Jimmy Smidt, NYPD Blue, bookies, Notre Dame and not messing with Boston's team mascots.  
  In this special BONUS! Episode Ken welcomes writer of such amazing fare as Bill & Ted, Men in Black, and Laverne and Shirly, the fantastic Ed Solomon. Ken and Ed discuss being plagued by Ed Sullivan, Paul Lynde, the lie of Hollywood Squares, 1972, Laverne and Shirley, the Big Ragu, scars, forgetting the 1950s, college finals, cryogenics, eating yourself, Alive!, cutting out syllables to save time, failure, how Ed is NOT the Night Stalker despite being the Prime Suspect for a moment, Punky Brewster, meditation, "nap time", cocaine, legal advice, entrapment, the long game, improv, It's Gary Shandlings Show, making story from a truth vs a gag, not breaking your own rules, time travel, tubes, stumbling into deconstructive inspiration due to ignorance, embracing ideas, genre, noir, Gary Shandling, Mike Nesmith, wearing a costume, mustaches, Yosemite Sam, Ken's cape wearing, desperately wanting David Cassidy hair, and realizing that you and your curly hair are the actual magic the whole time.
April 19-25, 1986 This week Ken welcomes comedian, TV host, and nail polish enthusiast Abbi Crutchfield to the show. Ken and Abbi discuss snow, growing up in Indiana, Hooser vibes, Boston anger, accents, wanting to leave where you grew up, speaking other languages, New York vs. LA, stand up, local commercials, the best looking Men in Hollywood circa 1986, Murder She Wrote, being 50 forever, Pierce Brosnon, your James Bond, Don Johnson, Dallas, Robert Urich, Vegas, looking at things as an adult vs as when you were a kid, being a parent, Remington Steele, Magnum PI settling down, Heartbeat, Friday Night video store trips, creepy dudes hitting up the back room, nail polish, Small Wonder, child actors, Jim Davis, Garfield in Paradise, Tom Bosley, watching the stock market on TV, M&Ms, The Trix rabbit finally getting Trix, TV commercials, entering contests, being at a test screening of Milk Money, The Secret Garden, Columbo, murder, autopsies, Patrick McGoohan, Luke Thayer subjecting Abbi to Mr. Boogedy, John Astin, Home Alone, interviewing celebrities for People magazine, Ken's amazement at Todd Oldham, and being Up Early Tonight.
January 1-7, 2000 January 1-7, 2000 This week Ken welcomes old friends and new creators of the sketch comedy album The Break Up, Micah Sherman and Dan Hirshon. Ken, Dan and Micah discuss how Micah has been on the show before but Dan hasn't, Micah moving to Florida, Dan being in Chicago, how the women are there, Florida Men, vestibules, COVID, time changes, blowing up the bathroom, Crazy people, Dangerous Dan the Bongo Man, being hit by lightning, Deep Dish P*ssy, Elvis, the formative years of college, living in Boston for three years, stand up, tax crimes, playing cruel pranks, cigarettes, all the people we lost in 1999, sleeping in each others beds, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, disposing of dog dirt, Joe Wong, QVC's new host, Bob Bowersocks, giving away the magic, cassingles, throwing bars, The X-Files, The Simpsons, watching things out of order, 20/20, John Stossel, Geraldo, Dennis Miller, Third Rock from the Sun, not having cable, Veronica's Closet/Just Shoot Me/Caroline in the City/Suddenly Susan, wolf men, Micah's quest for reality, Buff the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, scanning TV Guides, TV critics, feeling ok, not having a Winter depression beard, Ken's gray hair, aging, Who's Line Is It Anyone?, who is the best, improv, regional accents, TGIF, Dinosaurs, Fuck you Hippies, Chicago Hot Dogs and the new (not real) Bodyguard watch along podcast.  
March 16-22, 1968 March 16-22, 1968 This week Ken welcomes Cartoonist and co-author of the new book (along with friend of the show and future guest Bob Eckstein) "The Elements of Stress and the Pursuit of Happy-ish in this Current Sh*tstorm", Michael Shaw to the show. Ken and Michael discuss MST3k, Wisconsin, The Mid-West, Ken's scholarly attempts, the sweet spot of 1968, growing up outside of St. Louis, Three Stooges, hurting your eyesight, The Flying Nun, TV Service Man talking back, bananas, writing letters, The Prisoner, Hollywood Palace, Nick at Nite, My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes, Gitmo: The Sitcom, Don Knotts, Wild Kingdom, statutes of Monkey and Man, Eve Arden, vintage radio shows, the greatest of Merrill Markoe, poodles, Danny Thomas, Burlesque, Sam Jones, Andy Griffith, Maybury RFD, Baloney, Swedish Sex documentaries, preferring the replacement casts, I Dream of Jeanie, the weirdest Larry Hagman stories, Matlock vs. Ironsides, homages, English Gardens, not discussing the Beverly Hillbillies as much as you'd think, breaking the 4th wall, the genius of Green Acres, Jonathan Winters, vanilla ice cream, Dragnet, Harry Morgan, Leave it to Beaver, Tarzan, Gomer Pyle, Jerry Van Dyke's performance anxiety, murderers, variety shows, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Deacon, avoiding dark TV and watching shows you've never watched but should watch.
September 1-7, 1984 This week Ken welcomes comedian, man of Mystery and host of the Futile Attempts podcast Kim Noble. Ken and Kim discuss the greyness of London, having a Boston asshole landlord, hating TV, disappointing the listeners, having a bad memory, squeaky chairs, calling random law firms for advice, just how annoying Kim Noble is, getting a bad review in the New York Times, not being allowed into the country, wanky art, mental people, acid rain, being confused, Channel 4, alt comedy, pranks, social experiments, the legal issues around comedy, art school, panel shows, having James Corden, sexest letters to TV Guide, contacting local news celebrities, hook handed villains, Airwolf, Big Wednesday, Gandhi, comedy not traveling well, Jerry Lewis telethons, Cagney and Lacey, thinking of Meg Foster, contacting Clint Howard for his snowglobes, Double Trouble, Cheers, St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, Magnum P.I., Airplane II, being a bit English, Monty Python, overwatching The Young Ones, separating art from the artist, marathoning the Bourne films, Bill Hicks, the monsters of comedy, seeing Woody Allen live and hating it, and being staunchly against pedophilia.
October 5-11, 1991 This week to celebrate 450 Episodes of TV Guidance Counselor Ken welcomes the amazing Tyler Spencer aka Dick Valentine of the Electric Six. Ken and Tyler discuss adapting to the pandemic, investing in Zoom, humor tests for Ken, 1991, how the 80s went into the 1990s, Sharon Gless, being a late bloomer, starting University, being a drummer, realizing the front man gets to fire people, firing people, Jazz Dracula, The Best and Worst Dressed, how Ann Magnuson is the coolest person ever, Bongwater, Blair Underwood vs. Andy Griffith, Designing Women, artisanal craft tobacco, The Franklin Mint, writing letters to TV Guide, Northern Exposure, being burned by Twin Peaks, being hunted down by Barry Manilow, being very funny, going to college with the Sklar Brothers, OCD, being obsessive, having to talk between songs, Elvis adding tax, being into Hockey, growing up in Detroit, Edmonton, The Wailers, local fame, Gordy Howe, David Bowie and Wayne Gretzky, the miracle of Tony Danza, riding Barbra Mandrel to get to Mr. Ed, Pump Up The Volume, Football, why being half asleep and surprised is the best time to watch the Superbowl, being a UK Football celebrity, Gay Bar, Top of the Pops, Danger Danger High Voltage, Baby Spice, going Downtown, I Come in Peace, action flicks, loving Annie Potts, Corvette Summer, going initial, C. Everett Coop, seing Ghost over and over, Rescue 911, bad re-enactments, Unsolved Mysteries, The Day After, being desensitized, Mork and Mindy, Freaks and Geeks, going to see The Nude Bomb, Get Smart!, gambling problems, athletes guest starring on television shows, Magnum P.I., writing songs alone at Clippers games, Club MTV, She's Out of Control, Hunter, Fire Walk with Me, why Grand Canyon is the worst movie ever, thirtysomething, editing out the stutter from A Fish Called Wanda, cleaning up movies for TV, and Geraldo Rivera's filthy dirty sex life.
October 22-28, 1983 This week Ken welcomes long time bud and fellow Boston comic Jim Bowes. Ken and Jim discuss ferrets, kids, kids with ferrets, cold dead eyes, Beastmaster, blind love, Centaur Woman, Mr. Smith, Clyde the Monkey, being a teacher, Divorced Dad Horny, getting emails from the GOP, mailing list roulette, Patriot Ledger, going "in town", adult ADD, It's a Living, Sex Therapists, Love Boat, Diff'rent Strokes, impotence, Starblazers, Mr. Big's Toyland, growing up poor, being part of a big family, Rambo, HBO premieres, teenage rumbles, beating people with a crowbar, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Goodnight Beantown, Not Necessarily the News, Newhart, offensive jokes, M*A*S*H, Jane Seymour, The Haunting Passion, TK Carter as a Genie, Amanda Bearse, Happy Days, Jenny Picolo, Political Debates, Ray Flynn, Knight Rider, Mr. Bigs, The Fall Guy, Murderers hunting murderers, Dom DeLuise as a clown, The End, putting words in Richard Roundtree's mouth, Joanna Kerns, Gimme a Break!, Corey Feldman, The Bad News Bears, Scotty Schwartz, Jackie Gleason, The Great Pumpkin, Manimal, Monthy Python, watching documentaries and OUTRAGE!
December 6-12, 1986 This week Ken welcomes comedian Kyle Kinane to the show. Ken and Kyle discuss Zoom backgrounds, homeless wi-fi, Top Secret, revisiting your childhood comedy favorites, Back to the Beach, Malibu, Pajama Parties, dumber Fonzie, turning down bad comedy, getting into an argument with Skippy, Chicago, Chem trails, Ken's wasted potential, Delta Burke, Brundlefly, scratch tickets, buying booze and cigarettes for your family when you are a toddler, forgotten female comics, the greatest of Elayne Boosler, Night Court, John Goodman, how a supporting cast saves a stand up, Hardbodies II, horny accountants, writing closed captions, messing with people, doing a little "mix and match", plastic surgery, Jackee, 227, Golden Girls, giving people whatever, variety shows, gross Kraft dinners, made up sex things, TV trying to get you to read, homework, HBO, Amazing Stories, Monsters, WGN, Svenghoulie, Lifetime Lifestyles, Raising Arizona, Martians Go Home, Playboy Stand Up, Newhart, Moving Violations, Police Academy, Michael Winslow, Cousin Larry Appleton = Larry David, Cousin Balki = Borat, Gimme a Break, Dolph Sweet, The Lawrence Brothers, Diff'rent Strokes, Cobra Kai, the wonder of Billy Zabka, Cheers, what to do with your wallet, eating at Norm's, rebuilding NBC, having a Christmas birthday, Royal Dano, knowing how the game works, Odd Job, Crime Story, Chicago's best actor, The Murray Brothers, Cusack, Black Velvet Flag, and the wonders of teenage punk rock.
December 25-31, 1976 This week Ken welcomes British writer, performer, DJ and best all around comedy superstar Graham Duff to the show. Ken and Graham discuss not discussing the weather, Christmas 1976, a life in films, Ghost Stories at Christmas, horror films, The Signalman, Halloween, All Through the House, Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible, the horror of ironic watching, being overwhelmed by a US TV Guide, The Goodies, Benny Hill, the wonders of the horrors of the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Days of Thrills and Laughter, being a film fan, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Starsky and Hutch, John Saxon: Vampire, Satanists, hating Christmas episodes, James Bond, Sean Connery, film scores, being self aware, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter live, Goblin, writing notes on your hands, women in comedy, Hollywood's take on counter culture, TV movies, Salem's Lot, Magnum PI, TV just made to fill time, period pieces, 10pm the perfect slot of barbershop quartets, Best Sellers, Rich Man Poor Man, Once an Eagle, mini-series, television events, Amerika, Bruce Dern, Smile, The Secret Life of John Chapman, Tony Randall, The Hollywood Museum, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, One of my Wives is Missing, Who, The Prisoner, loving Twin Peaks the Return, and the state of television now.
September 15-21 1984 This week Ken welcomes friend, comedian, and good dude Matt Braunger to the show. Ken and Matt discuss Winter in New England, having a new baby, not being a TV Guide Household, being an entertainment planner, Delightful flashbacks, Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Snorks, loving Richard Pryor, planning a heist to steal the lost Richard Pryor movie from Bill Cosby's vault, The Love Boat Preview Special, Commissioned art, the death knell of Variety TV, Airwolf, Diff'rent Strokes, loving Sneak Previews, trailers, Dad commentary from 80s action flicks, Mrs. Garrett Super Spy, drugs, PSAs, stealing horses, hating Mama's Family, Vanessa Williams, Star Search, Miami Vice, Heartbeat, Newhart, Hunter, dying immediately from Jungle Diseases, Mason Storm, The Fall Guy, stunt driving, smug Burt Reynolds, Hollywood PR, Cheers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Lethal Weapon, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Mr. T and filthy Ricky Schroeder.
RTE Guide December 17-30, 1983 This week Ken kicks off 2021 right as he welcomes Irish stand up comedian, television hose and space enthusiast Dara Ó Briain to the show. Ken and Dara discuss the horrors of doing stand up via Zoom, remote work, Mock the Week, Battleship, hosting children's TV, traumatizing a generation of children, telescopes, learning one Presidential secret, having your donations rejected, Ireland getting stuff before England, who shot JR, missing all references to US TV, not getting late night shows, Smothers Brothers, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Richard Nixon on Laugh In, Cracked vs. Mad, WKRP in Cincinnati, laugh track sitcoms, the 80s via the 50s, the Ultimate Destination that is America, Florida, Vietnam Vets, War on TV vs actually living in a Warzone, being Irish Irish vs American Irish, having a lot of time for JFK but less than in Boston, The Late Late Toy Show, how amazing the Late Late Toy Show is, The RTE Guide, Christmas Day, Irish songs, doing an "Irish" Comedy Night at the Improv in LA, Flash Gordon, Billy Connolly, Christmas with the Boston Pops, how America is inherently Cinematic, Sprawl, London, how weird America is, having no "local", not being a walking country, having seen everything in America without ever visiting, Dating Amber, Love/Hate, Spaced, The Young Ones, flat shares, Shaun of the Dead, changing your name to the name of the street you live on, Dark, Fringe, sci-fi, The Last Exit, buying t shirts and caps of logos of companies in Sci-Fi, The Thing, and the glory of putting Easter Eggs in your own life.
This week Ken goes solo for our second annual Year In Review episode. Who would want to review 2020? Well we do anyway. Revisit all the highlights, lowlights, behind the scenes and in front of the scenes stuff you may have missed as we all happily say goodbye to 2020. 
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Created by
Ken Reid
Podcast Status
Feb 14th, 2014
Latest Episode
May 10th, 2021
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