TV Guidance Counselor Podcast
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 172: Ryan Lambert
Direct download: Ryan_Lambert_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 171: M. Dickson

October 30 - November 5, 1993

Today Ken welcomes comedian and television writer M. Dickson tothe show.

Ken and M. discuss selling a show to Hollywood, writing a book,hair metal, New Jersey, coming from a Water Park family, meetingMichael Jackson, meeting a fake Michael Jackson, living a cablelatch key kid existence, Sesame Street. loving Jim Henson, MuppetTreasure Island, Dinosaurs, Rescue 911, Kiddie Pool birth,bloopers, The Olson Twins Halloween act outs, Halloween II, RichardMulligan, Empty Nest, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, PaulaPoundstone, Punky Brewster, Facts of Life, Aiding Designing Women,Kate & Allie, Instant Mom, Sister Act, fangs for the memories,The Simpsons, Fresh Prince, Ken's hatred of the Greek system,Telemovies, hating Baby Jessica, Blossom, The Coach Reboot, TheMayflower Madam, the forbidden fruit of Ren and Stimpy, The DelRubio Triplets, Hang Time, the superiority of Saved by the Bell TheNew Class, Kids Inc, California Dreams, Superstore, issues shows,John Larroquette Show, Action Jackson, Beverly Hills 90210, LittleRichard, Home Improvement, Jim Varney, Must See TV, Mad About You,the power of jokes, Roy from Wings, loving the X-Files hating theSightings, the Energizer Bunny, TGIF and real cops becoming fakecops and vice versa.

Direct download: M._Dickson_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 170: Mike D'Angelo Game Show Special

Because YOU the listener demanded it, Ken presents a special edition of the show focusing on game shows with his guest, Old School Game Show figurehead Mike D'Angelo.

Ken and Mike discuss the best show in Boston, gameshow tape traders, making your own radio mix tapes, Long Distance Dedications, Sir Italian Newton, TV Broadcast Towers, The Gong Show, the three categories of celebrity game show, Natural Deodorant, The $10,000 Volcano, celebrities on the Dating Game, the infamous "in the butt", Chuck Barris, Buzzr, mesothelioma, "the weird factor", being home sick from school, Summer binges, luck gaves vs. skill games, being in the studio audience of The Price is Right, Press Your Luck, gameshow sounds, Savage Steve Holland, Blind Date's Roger Lodge, Win Lose or Draw, the best game show set, Burt Renyolds, Starting Over, Dolly Parton's sexual chemistry, Burt Convey, Chuck Woolery, Love Connection, being "happy to pay for it", Party Lines, 1-800 tricks, OK Soda, Scrabble, Helen Keller The Gameshow, STUDS, acapella, Plinko, Candlepin vs. Big Ball, renting an entire Roller Rink for RollerReid, the story of Saucy Buns, Saturday Morning Depression, Match Game, Richard Dawson, Child's Play, Charles Nelson Riley, Blankity Blank, home games, JD Roth, Fun House, I'm Telling, Mall based entertainment, Army Navy Clothes, Spenser Gifts, Double Dare, Celebrity Family Double Dare, edible obstacle courses, competitive eating, Space Camp and British Knights, LA Gear, Japanese Gameshows, Family Feud Turkey, Oregon Trail and why MTV's Remote Control may be the greatest game show of all time.

Direct download: Mike_DAngelo_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 169: Jill Schoelen

Today Ken welcomes singer, actress Jill Schoelen to theshow.

Ken and Jill discuss growing up in the Valley, inexplicableaccents, growing up near Disney Studios, Encino, being discoveredin school, your kids hating your past work, Popcorn, recording inJamaica, inadvertent Scream Queen Status, Made-for-TV movies, Whena Stranger Calls Again, working with Ray Walston, The Stepfather,Mr. Ed, Emergency!, Julie London, commercials, Pizza Hut, Best ofTimes, Sarah, Little House on the Prairie, being directed byWilliam Shatner on TJ Hooker, Wes Craven's Chiller, the energy ofyouth, movies vs. music, Curse II: The Bite, Jamie Farr, having ahorror fan base when you're the opposite of horror, being toopretty for the Stepfather, Babes in Toyland, Robert England, ThePartridge Family, being fathered by Mannix, Robert Blake inHelltown, Pepper St., celebrity murder trials, Billionaire Boys'Club, and quitting acting during the OJ Simpson murder trial.

Direct download: Jill_Schoelen_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Punk Rock Appendix Special

In this special true BONUS episode Ken digs into the Reid Archives and pulls out some interviews with his 16-19 year old selves during his "lost" years when he was in a punk rock band. There's surprisingly more TV content than there should be. Come for the bad Boston accents, stay for the bad Boston accents. 

Direct download: TVGC_Appendix_Punk_Rock.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 168: Erin Judge

June 12-18, 1999

Today Ken welcomes author and comedian Erin Judge to the show.

Ken and Erin discuss Ken's pop culture "leakage", Ken's esoteric monster hunting knowledge, New England obsessions with scented candles, Brooklyn to Texas, Wellesley College, Freshman Dorm TV viewing, how 1999 was the Year of the Woman on Television, Ally McBeal, Felicity, "Hollywood 60", Buffy The Vampire Slayer, being ignored by footballers, Friday Night Lights, Texas Rape Culture, Comics Come Home, Comedy Central, Pulp Comics, writing packets, Gen X, Waking Life, Slacker culture, Sable, Lisa Loeb, Political Science, how being a music journalist can ruin your love of music, Xena, Lesbians, Evil Dead Hercules, The Simpsons, depressed people who watch depressing things, Designing Women AIDS, The Fashion Awards, Fashion Programming, Sex in the City, when your friends are your true family, eating Brie, class warfare, MTV Video Music Awards, Ken's crush on Alicia Witt, confusing Suddenly Susan with Cybill, Antiques Roadshow, Laura Prepon's hypnotic out of place-ness, Thumb Wars, The Phantom Menace, settling the bathroom bill in 1999, college, Mad About You, Thanksgiving in June, Fraiser, Strangers with Candy, ugging up, Sports Night, Newsradio, Spin City, Teachers taking advantage of dumb teenage boys, Jenna Elfman, Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place, Drew Carey, Who's Line Is it Anyways?, Friends, The Secret of My Success, Jessie, and Ken accidentally dating a Will & Grace character.

Direct download: Erin_Judge_Final_2.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 167: Rachel and Sean Slade

Today Ken welcomes husband and wife Rachel (writer, editorBoston Magazine) and Sean Slade (engineer & producer, Hole'sLive Through This, The Pixies, Radiohead's Creep) to the show.

Ken, Rachel and Sean discuss the love of musty attic smells,lack of smokers owning TV Guides, growing up in New York City andPhiladelphia respectively, going into the city, The Bijou in TimesSquare, silent films, Downtown Crossing, The Combat Zone, Woodstockthe Movie, secret tunnels, rejecting the suburbs, 60s TV, Wild WildWest, Land of the Lost, Jethro's acid trip, Sesame Street enticingyou to the city, living in a re-runs world. Bewitched, The BradyBunch, I Dream of Jeanie, The Monkees, never being able to go backafter Star Wars, The Million Dollar Movie, cute teenage boys asYouTube stars, Rache's 6-year-old complaint letters, Childhood TVTrauma, the fear of Snuffy, 70s horror novels, Sunday Night TVinduced depression, punk rock scare TV, Merv Griffin, Mike Dougles'street cred, kids today and their sampling culture, the lack ofhumor in pure re-creation, drowning in a sea of pop culture,re-visiting the Running Man, discovering The Room, The Return ofthe Midnight Movie phenomenon, TV Guide's technologicalpredictions, Eraserhead, Gas Station Television and why Boston onlyhas bests these days an no worsts.

Direct download: Rachel_and_Sean_Slade_Final1.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 166: Robbie Rist

On this special Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens edition of the show Ken welcomes musician and actor of face and voice Mr. Robbie Rist (The Brady Bunch, TMNT, Kidd Video) to the show.

Ken and Robbie discuss The Cousin Oliver incident, Kidd Video, being a musical kid, twists of fate, growing up in Los Angeles, being a Mad Scientist, Monster Movies, B-Movie innovation, fantasies of murdering Cousin Oliver, The Brady Bunch, Big John Little John, the secrets of Vincent Price, latch key kids, punk rock lives, Lucas Tanner, renting lions, South Park Morality, The Monster Squad TV Series, identifying with the Wolfman, The Incredible Hulk, the dark times in a post Vietnam world, 90s Dark comedies, how 6 weeks of work can follow you forever, Renee Semard, Turn Me Up, Cutting off balls, Ami Dolenz, She's Out of Control, Mickey Rooney, playing Ted Baxter's son on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, how "Oh my nose!" may solve the world's problems, shared cultural experience, Post Apocalyptic Pop Culture, Sharknado, doing the music for Sharknado, getting killed in Sharknado, the theme from S.W.A.T., the Young Ones, Land of the Lost, Michael Bay's disdain for humanity, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chosen Survivors and why we should remake bad movies.

Direct download: Robbie_Rist_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 165: David Fury

Today Ken welcomes writer, sometimes actor, producer David Fury(Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Lost, Fringe, 24, Dream On) to theshow.

Ken and David discuss high school guidance counselors, SoapOperas, General Hospital, One Life to Live, living on or in LongIsland, assisting Elizabeth Taylor, Luke and Laura, Stand Up,sketch comedy, learning comedy through repetition, Bob Newhart,WPIX, being a Monster Kid, teaching your kids the wonders of oldmovies, the intersection of Horror and Comedy, It! The Terror fromBeyond Space, Fiend Without a Face, Cronenberg's The Fly, TheTwilight Zone, allegory, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Memptile, TheBig Story vs. the little story, 24, Doctor Who, Mad About You, TheJackie Thomas Show, Joss Whedon, Angel, Re-Animator, Roseanne,Brain Trust, Gary Kroeger, Comic Strip Live! on Fox Late night, newSCTV, HA!, The Newhart finale, Dream On, Tippy Top, John Landis'casting approach, HBO's First original program, Keifer Sutherland,Ball & Chain, Bryan Cranston, Fringe mysteries, thedemoralizing state of learning about serial killers, Son of Saul,and kind of opening a TV Guide.

Direct download: David_Fury_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 164: James Lorinz

Today Ken welcomes actor and filmmaker James Lorinz to the show.

Ken and James discuss the 1970s, growing up in Queens, Barney Miller, Gregory Ciera, killing hold up men, Valerie Harper's City, serious episodes, Good Times, Normal Lear, All in the Family, One Day at a Time, spending quality time with Talcum Powder, Mannix, being the Monster under the Castro Convertible, shooting on the lot, Tom Poston, Frankenhooker, Alan Young, Zsa Zsa Gabour, Unforgettable, testing pilots, Street Trash, parking spaces, your parents loving your dress, The Twilight Zone, pornographic aspirations, Louise Lasser, Woody Allen's sexual prowess, Mary Hartman, being perplexed by Dark Shadows, To Tell the Truth, SNL, Bill Boggs Midday Live, Price is Right, Room Service, the most awkward interview of James' life, Welcome Back Kotter, On the Rocks, Hogan's Heroes, Bing Crosby: Nazi Sympathizer, The San Pedro Beach Bums, Fish, collecting TV theme songs, film school, Richard Dawson, Bob Barker, Alice, One Day at a Time, Muhammad Ali, Modern Family, The Jerky Boys, Breaking Bad, The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, Batman, The Munsters, Abbot and Costello, Superman, Jean Sheppard and a shared love of collecting old magazines.

Direct download: James_Lorinz_Final1.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 12:30am EDT