December 27, 1975 - January 2, 1976
This week Ken welcomes writer, actor, comedian Andy Kindler to the show. Ken and Andy discuss lobster based halitosis, Robert Blake’s cockatoo love, jet lag, sci-fi TV listings, Emergency, the mystery of Central and Mountain, the loss of Acid Rain, the dangers of nagging wives, Wolfman Jack and his encouragement of “the draft”, Jay Leno’s acting chops, doing things for charity, Hee Haw, Variety Shows, Cane Sugar Soda, Stevia, correct pronunciations, the sad truth about TV news, Ken’s sad collections, Sherman Hemsley, Mary Tyler Moore as the cure for depression, Leave it to Beaver, the heavy coincidences of Curb Your Enthusiasm, behind the scenes love of television, corporations killing creative art, Bob Newhart, Caddyshack, Joel Murray, One Crazy Summer, Lorenzo Music, Muddling Through with Jennifer Aniston, TV Wheel, Wonder World of Disney as depressing harbinger of school, miracle working pigeons, Cher, Dennis Miller’s Kojack based insults, Telly Savalis is the devil and the Player’s Club is his hell, burning off unsold pilots around the holidays, Rhoda, spin-offs, Cloris Leachman as the world’s worst talk show guest, Slash’s pet snake, Bill Cosby’s problems, All in the Family, enjoying racism in the wrong way, Maude, Jaeane Garofalo’s earworms, Bill Macy vs. William H. Macy, international fans of the show, Andy’s ghost leg, Happy Days, John Amos’ terror inducing rage, growing up in Queens, Hill St Blues, Dragnet, M.A.S.H., The Sainthood of Roger Moore, Honey West, L.A. based programming, One Day at a Time, Andy’s parents’ hatred of bathroom humor, Tony Orlando and Dawn, New Year’s Eve rituals, MTV Beach House, hypothetically enjoying pot, Cannon, making fun of obesity, Skating Spectacular ‘75, the Bi-Centennial, The Waltons, The Homecoming, Jews at Christmas, traditional Victorian Christmases, Archie Comics, Harvey Kurtzman, Mad Magazine, EC Comics, Harvey Pekar, horror and comedy as soulmates, Painting with Fire, Frank Frazetta, San Francisco, The Wizard of Oz’s Boston Connections, Martin Short, “titter records”, The Rockford Files, and finally waking up out of a jet lagged induced narcoleptic fog.
Andy is a very funny comedian who has been on television many many times. Ken is particularly a fan of his voice over work on “Bob’s Burgers”. Andy has also been on the David Letterman show at least 3 more times than Ken has.
Andy was part of one of Ken’s favorite sketch shows, Joel Hodgson’s “TV Wheel”. Ken loves this, you will too
March 6-11, 1993.
In this episode Ken welcomes musician Tim Brennan of the Dropkick Murphys.
Ken and Tim discuss parental television rules, having an ear for dialog, going to music school, watching movies with your dad, Friday, The Big Lebowski as unsuccessful date movie, basketball coach’s colorful language choices, missing things by a pubic hair, bullying people into taking a bullet for you, Connecticut as child of divorce, scalping punk rock 45rpms, comedy education from your big brother, Regis Philbin’s exercise regime, Mouse-rcising, The United States’ plague of fat kids, Mel Brooks, Ken meeting Sid Caesar when he was 2 years old, COPS, anonymous paint sniffing punk rock front men, Robot Doubles as final nail in a sitcom’s coffin, Clarissa vs. Blossom, flip based viewing choices, sibling arguments over Eddie Murphy vs. horror movies, puking in The Empire Strikes Back, the hateful sketches of In Living Color, made for TV Movies, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Social structure of Hartford, CT, Al Bundy’s mental illness, Herman’s Head, Cooking Shows, Julia Child: Boston Punk Rock Hero, The Grudge Match as Sunday Morning Ritual, Jaws, beating sea creatures to death, impressions being dangerous business, Horror movie intolerance, programming movie nights on the Dropkicks’ tour bus, stranger danger, inheriting license plates, kidnapping deniers, Looney Tunes, the birth of Cartoon Network and the Sci-Fi Channel, Kids in the Hall, Dave Foley in “The Wrong Guy”, The Wonder Years as Sexual Education, The Toxic Avenger, Comics Only, What Coaches watch, The Simpsons, the mystery of Dr. Joyce Brothers, Seinfeld, Down the Shore, Jaleel White’s tears, Time Trax, Yakoff, Big East Tournament, being abducted by aliens, and hard hitting reviews of celebrity work out tapes.
Ken was in a punk rock band in the 1990s called “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”. He used to hang out at a dirty punk rock club called “The Rat” as a teen and was there when bands like Dropkick Murphys started. Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys even put out 30 Seconds Over Tokyo’s one album.
Tim is a huge comedy fan, and a famous musician. Ken knows him from punk rock days and now ken is a non-famous comedian.
(It’s not TV Guide, but it IS a magazine)
This week Ken welcomes comedian, actor, writer Jonathan Katz.
They break format a bit discussing general 50s/60s shows and Jonathan’s amazing career in television.
Ken and Jonathan discuss Dr. Katz, growing up in Manhattan, vomiting on The Merry Mailman, Howdy Doody’s tirade of curses, focus testing television shows about the Royal Canadian Mounties, finding a year’s supply of Mr. Goodbar, cake proof cigarettes, growing up in a Communist household, phone calls from tele-marketers, learning to kill, Topper, Low Concept television, My Mother the Car, The Twilight Zone, dogs starring in television series, Meeting Corliss Archer, the rules of ping pong engagement, television as furniture, Bat Masterson, Jim Bowie, The Rifleman, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, ruining television by inserting reality, the mystery of Johnny Carson, Jonathan’s 9 appearances on David Letterman, The Comish, Jonathan’s music career, David Mamet, paying actors, camping inquiries, Chuck Connors, being starstruck by Buddy Hackett, Ink, Tom Snyder, Phil Silvers, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Robert Kline, Larry Miller, The Angel of Death, the “other thing” spotlight hog John F. Kennedy planned to do, how writing a good script can put you in charge of more than you can handle, Larry David’s power bowel movements, Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, Waking up to Violence, “Skills” from One Tree Hill, Connie Britton, meeting Michael J. Fox, acting for film, Ken creation of the longest sentence ever, VHS fueled confusion, Adventure Time, Hopeless Pictures, Bob Balaban, Jonathan’s desire to have a gun and to travel, why dogs hate John Malkovich, Newton as Swedish, Bob Dylan’s love of Jerry Lewis, Cookies, and how Jonathan is in fact a flesh and blood human being and not a cartoon.
Jonathan is one of Ken’s favorite comedians. He never fails to make Ken laugh.
Jonathan has been in a ton of great things over the years, both live action and animated. One of Ken’s favorites is a show called “Hopeless Pictures”
Jonathan continues to be a great comedian and continues to make Ken laugh. He has an excellent podcast called “Hey We’re Back" that you should listen to. Along with Tom Snyder he also made a web series called "Explosion Bus" that you will also enjoy.