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TV Guidance Counselor Episode 177: John Hodgman

January 14-20, 1978

Today Ken welcomes comedian, actor, writer and fake internet judge John Hodgman to the show.

Ken and John discuss John's love of the Wilbur Theater, how good cold marble feels on your armpits, The Combat Zone, tunnels, nudie bars, questing for a Quest for Fire, Brookline as The Vatican, Videosmith, Doug Loves Movies, Jim Gaffigan's wasteful performance rider, washing dishes in a gay restaurant, throwing your parents out of the house, Strawberries, Filene's Concert secrets, Detroit airport secrets, The Westin, Werewolves as Football Players, Charles Addams, The Superbowl, drawing Tippy, the sadness of your grandmother writing disco songs, Venus Flytraps, Toyota Celica, The Muppets, Edward Gorey's words of wisdom, self taught clarinet mysteries, nightmare inducing basements, Spenser for Hire, imported beer, the class system of Cheers, the completely illogical motivations of Daredevil, Tabitha, latch key Bewitched, WLVI TV56, WSBK's The Movie Loft, TV38 sadness, We Don't Knock, uncut movies, Petticoats, Plenty Uptopp, Tony Randall, Chesty Morgan, Love Sydney, Love Boat, cliffhangers, Super Night at The Super Bowl, variety shows, Pearl Bailey, Colombo pigskin, cannibal cruise ships, Friends as the new Brady Bunch, 00s nostalgia speculation, and hunting Sha-Na-Na.

Direct download: John_Hodgman_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 176: Ann Magnuson

September 11-17, 1971

Today Ken welcomes actress, writer, musician, artist Ann Magnuson to the show.

Ken and Ann discuss Ann's interesting history with TV Guide, literally keeping up with the Joneses, the importance of The Fall Preview issue, The Psychotronic Video Guide, Club 57, The Cramps, PBS, educational through television, The Space Lady, YouTube holes, anti-Hippie Scare Films, LSD, Dragnet, Diane Linkletter, when Timothy Leary isn't dead but instead at a BBQ with you in Malibu, having no desire to try Ayahuasca, TV forming your view of New York City, Lance Loud, American Family, how Glam Rock Begat Punk Rock, the golden age of talk shows, the High Brow arts and intelligence of New York, Steve Allen, Gore Vidal, The Vietnam War on TV, the nature of Dreams, Carl Jung, Keith Herring, David Bowie, The Hunger, CBGB's, revisiting West Virginia annually, the corrupting influence of Fox News, reality television, the perfection of The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, "sur-rualism", Ann's Made for TV, being at the center of important cultural movements, living in London '76-77, seeing Sid & Nancy in person, The Damned, Nick Kent's Apathy for the Devil, Anything But Love, playing Lillian Munster, variety shows, Bat Masterson : First Crush, The Midnight Special, Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan, Julie Andrews, being forbidden to watch James Bond, John Ritter, Mark Harmon, respect for Corey Feldman, the celebrity as modern day blood sacrifice, meaning vs. matter, the three forces of live, and the search for meaning in the 21st Century.

Direct download: Ann_Magnuson_Final1.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 175: Mark Valley

Today Ken welcomes actor/comedian Mark Valley (Keen Eddie, Fringe, Human Target) to the show.

Ken and Mark discuss the nature of leaf blowing, the mid 70s, the premier of Barney Miller, upstate New York, taping TV on audio cassettes, Soap Opera exposition, earning cue cards, Marlon Brando, how a military career being stationed in Germany leads to becoming an actor, growing up with CBC and Canadian media without being Canadian, German Method acting, Hasselhoffin', All in the Family, Vietnam on TV, The Gulf War, The Macy's Parade, Spin City, Charlie Sheen, musical theater, The WWII Model, Keen Eddie, ER, Alexie Sayle, meeting the owls from Harry Potter, movie vs. TV, acting, working in the UK, the Queen, Alan Partridge, Boston Legal, acting against William Shatner and James Spader, Fringe, being starstruck, the difficulty of walking and then talking, George C. Scott, and wanting to be an old miserable actor someday.

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

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 174: Ryan Shores

March 15-21, 1997

Today Ken welcomes comedian and loyal listener Ryan Shores tothe show.

Ken and Ryan discuss Ken's "Very Special Episode" One man showfrom 2008, Mr. Belvedere, AIDS, The Hogan Family, Orange County,Goosebumps, Elmo, Wishbone, America's Most Ticklish Toddler, MMA,ESPN 2 Strongest Man in the World Competitions, America's MostWanted, COPS, Scottish Fiddle, Joe Dante's Second Civil War, I LoveLucy, Tales from the Crypt, Howling II, boobs, strange extinctAustralian animals, sadness over the Tasmanian Tiger, Shark Nerds,Beatlejuice the cartoon, 3rd Rock from the Sun, celebratingmediocrity, Glen Danzig, X-Files, Odd Couple, calling Ken out, WWF,James Remar, St. Patrick's Day, Newhart, Secret World of Alex Mack,Unsolved Mysteries, Fraiser, Marlee Matlin, Baywatch Nights, JimCarey, Newsradio, Mad About You, Debi Mazar, Wings vs. Drew Carey,loving Amy Yasbeck, "the pickle chills", NCAA killing Seinfeld,Rocky, gambling life lessons, bookies at wakes, Brando, FamilyMatters, killer bikers, Millennium, Timmy Baterman, Pet Semetaryand the best Stephen King adaptations.

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

TV Guidance Counselor Episode 173: Musetta Vander

Today Ken welcomes actress Musetta Vander to the show.

Ken and Musetta discuss proper name pronunciation, beingfascinated by America, being a second generation professionaldancer, being ruled by fate, hosting a video show on South AfricanTV, Blade Runner, having no TV in South Africa until the mid-70s,the value of radio dramas, the intimacy of television, CarolBurnett, the shock of American happiness, Telemusic, being in a RodStewart video, Tina Turner, SABC, childhood discipline, Kojak,converting Beta Sp tapes to PAL to send to your parents, AndieParker, Hawaii, the audition process, being the wrong kind ofAfrican American, Apartheid, Red Scorpion, Cannon Pictures, Alienfrom LA, American Ninja 2, accents, the beauty of sci-fi, ChrisIsaak, Amy Grant, banned videos, Alice Cooper, Oblivion, whipskills, filming in Romania, replacing horses with Romanian grips,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Sean Connery, VIP, Wild WildWest, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Mr. Robot and loving the worldof marathoning TV.

Direct download: Musetta_Vander_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

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