March 12-18, 1988
This week Ken welcomes comedian Michelle Biloon to the show.
Ken and Michelle discuss colds, Facts of Life, Charlotte Rae as crossword puzzle keystone, Paul Provenza’s NBC angel, cat sitting pushing you over the ledge, Dolly, Tyne Daly’s weird face, crushing Joey Lawrence, how Ken isn’t quite a teenage girl but is pretty close, rural Wisconsin, Supernatural, CA to WI, twins, double Pines, physically fighting your family, 227, Hal Williams Dating Game exploits, Women in Prison, Golden Girls, A Different World, James Taylor, Spenser For Hire, Family Ties, Ubu’s sitting, Cousin Oliver syndrome, the meanest thing ever said on network television, 1985: Greatest Year of Movies in History, the complicated nature of modern day Legos, back door pilots, Dads ruining parties, useful film degrees, Terminator vs. Terminator 2, James Cameron’s reputation as a thief, talent vs. hustle, the mid-west’s ban of UHF, BW and AW, the “good TV”, Alf vs. Kate & Allie, imagining your parents at your age, Toxic Waste, Danny Pintauro’s barely concealed ruse, Boston’s oddly progressive tolerant intolerance, sitting next to Jason Hervey, meeting the Muppets, private concerts by Wyclef Jean, Christopher Lloyd as the Dictator, afterschool specials, obscure references, illiteracy contributing to the breakdown of a morning show host on the air, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, Highway to Heaven as virtual hug, generic show titles, The Cosby Show, murder by tainted soup, Arsenio Hall and BMG musically educating under cultured mid-western White teens, Cheers, Lethal Weapon as the world’s greatest Christmas movie, Night Court, how Martin Mull is not Richard Moll, being trapped in an elevator, B-Ball primetime Celtics vs. Bulls, and monkeying around.
Michelle is a very funny comedian who’s podcast “Walking with Michelle” was a big inspiration to Ken in doing TV Guidance Counselor.
July 13-19, 1996
This week Ken welcomes comedian Ahmed Bharoocha to the show.
Ken and Ahmed discuss lost TV Guides, diverse race relations and Mexican food, The Secret World of Alex Mac crushes, feminist media studies, sibling lies, COPS, Space Cases, girls with rainbow hair, crush based television choices, Star Search as prequel to Star Trek, All That, Kids in the Hall as forbidden sketch comedy gateway, Ken’s dad’s love of Duran Duran, Vampire Wrestlers on Steroids, Lounge Lizards, Pakistan, watching “I Love Lucy” as a family, clip shows, Ghostbusters, play dates, Fresh Prince, The Munsters, Beach MTV, MTV’s Idalis, Roseanne, Xena, Sightings, Parenthood vs. Ellen, taking TV away as punishment, Dr. Katz, Pulp Comics, Boy Meets World, TGIF as brand, scary movies, parental scare tactics, fear of fruit, turning into a Boogieman, how Ken’s dad isn’t Mark Harmon or Daryl from Storage Wars but he could be, and MST3K.
Ken has known Ahmed for close to a decade. Ahmed started comedy in Rhode Island, but frequently performed in Boston. Ken once had Ahmed open for him during one of Ken’s one man shows, “Music to my Years”. Ahmed is doing much better as a comedian than Ken is.
Ahmed has a very good sketch comedy group called Dead Kevin, you should watch their web videos.
In this bonus edition Ken welcomes actress Julia Duffy of Newhart fame.
Ken and Julia discuss the best activities to multitask while reading TV Guide, Minneapolis MN, Mary Tyler Moore, large Irish Catholic families, the lack of choices for young people, Young Adult novels as advertisement for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the lure of the theater, three camera sitcoms, The Dick Van Dyke Show, single camera cheaters, the importance of the right outfit, Lou Grant, humor as competitive edge, Ken’s childhood ignorance about the existence of writers, Love Boat, Soap Opera acting, Bob Newhart, Wizards and Warriors, blissfully unaware snootiness, Newhart, the world’s smallest horse, Don Rickles, Johnny Carson, Baby Talk, Designing Women, replacing George Clooney with Scott Baio, Social Studies, The Mommies, the phenomenon of long lived shows getting more and more bizarre, Bosom Buddies, Peter Scolari, Cheers, why Hollywood is very different from the rest of America, Episodes, the narrow-casting of humor today, The timeless-ness of certain sitcoms, Key & Peele, well supported improv, shielding your children from bad acting, dark humor, HD pushing you into theater, two people who know nothing about sports using sports references, staring at yourself at the grocery store and the confusion inherent in strangers knowing your name.
Julia is one of Ken’s all time favorite comedic actors. She is in Boston starring in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" at the Hunting Theater until October 5th.
Julia is the first TV Guidance Counselor Guest that has actually appeared on the cover of TV Guide (three times!) and TV Week.
Be sure to check out Julia’s son Danny Lacy’s cartoon “Crack Duck”
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