TV Guidance Counselor Podcast

February 16-22, 2002

Today Ken welcomes comedian Andrew Durso to the show.

Ken and Andrew discuss fine sodas, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, MMA, aspiring rappers, why sports fans are the new nerds, Professional Wrestling, NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, robot fighting, Ken's love of Winona Ryder, Cops, America's Most Wanted, SNICK, Extreme Sports, The Undertaker, Limp Bizkit, Wilfred Brimley's executioner status, Beavis & Butthead, Nicktoons, being obsessed with "Log", Somerville pizza, Buffy, Bernie Mac, sinking subs, Justin Timberlake, Mermaids, Japanese Wrestling, the dark times of music of the early 00s, Undeclared, That 80s Show, Competitive Eating, fighting a reversal, creepy swingers, Stonecutters tattoos, David Cronenberg's later career, WCW movies, Ready to Rumble, The War at Home, Weakest Link, Mad TV, Friday Twang, Jason X, anime, pre-Power Rangers Power Rangers, 8mm, Making the Band, weird couple combinations on Friends, and celebrity weddings.

Direct download: Andrew_Durso_Final1.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 8:49am EST

October 20-26, 1979

Today Ken welcomes musician Josh Caterer (The Smoking Popes, Duval) to the show.

Ken and Josh discuss early afternoon punk rock matinees, WKRP in Cincinnati, shows evolving past their pilot episodes, gay characters on television, Barney Miller, The NEW WKRP, Hugh Wilson, The Famous Teddy Z, Bait and Switch, KISS, The Clash, Andy Capp, loving substance abusers, Cheers, anti-authoritarians, punk rock on TV, Dragnet, Mr. Rogers, a life of kindness, cycles of maturity, not enjoying life until you are about 30, The Brady Bunch, Jim Henson, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Monkees, The Young Ones, The New Monkees, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ted Knight, why you can't argue with Cloris Leachman, rock music on TV, having a lifelong passion for music, culture clashes, Sylvia Sidney, Doctor Who, Tom Baker, appreciating a slowness in visual media, hindsight, What's New Pussycat?, wanting to be Peter O'Toole, Twin Peaks, hating Twin Peaks: The Return, why Cheers may be the best theme song, David Lynch's body of work, The Straight Story, Better Call Saul, and why The Twilight Zone made a generation of people better people.

Direct download: Josh_Caterer_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

It's a Thanksgiving Leftover Special!

Two chats left over from this Summer's Denver Comic Con.

First up chats with Michael Chiklis. Ken and Michael chat Miami Vice, art thieves, The Comish, The Shield, Fantastic Four, the horrors of being trapped in "The Thing" costume, Gotham, Donal Logue, being a team oriented actor, trying to make people think and feel, panel wars, the grey area in law enforcement, Purgatory, and a possible Shield reunion.

Next Ken talks to Ryan Hurts (Sons of Anarchy). Ken and Ryan discuss Saved by the Bell the New Class, being a second generation actor, being an ambiguous character, improv, Men in Dresses, having your own wolf pack, motorcycles, loving stand up, character actors, Robin Williams, Ron Pearlman, Punch Line, Ghost Rider, collecting comics, Paul Chadwick's Concrete, Werewolves on Wheels, and a possible SoA prequel.

Direct download: Michael_Chiklis_Ryan_Hurst_DCC_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

October 17-23, 1987

Today Ken welcomes writer and cult personality Josh Hadley to the show. Ken and Josh discuss time travel, the golden age of pay cable movies, 8 Million Ways to Die, 9 Deaths of the Ninja, Citizen Kane, Return of the Living Dead, Emmanuel, Skinemax, Beastmaster, reality TV, hoarding, Chicago, Wisconsin, butter burgers, Central time, bedtimes, pre-Prime Time, Tales from the Darkside, Freddy's Nightmares, Friday the 13th The Series, bad Star Trek, good Star Trek, having a thing for Jo on Facts of Life, Spenser for Hire, Hawk, Werewolf, being terrified of Chuck Connors, Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, Hunter, The New WRKP, Cop Killer, The New Twilight Zone, Small Wonder, She's the Sheriff, Neo-Nazi groups, Peter Weller, Frank's Place, Morton Downey Jr, Geraldo, Cropsey, The Day My Kid Went Punk, Quincy Punx, Crime Story, Gregory Hines: Action Star, Wolfen, First and Ten, HBO getting greedy after the OJ Simpson Trial, Ray Bradbury Theater, Monsters, Night Court, Headbangers Ball, MTV's The Cutting Edge, Miami Vice "The Big Thaw", and the hypocrisy of undercover reporting circa 1987.

Direct download: Josh_Hadley_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 10:34am EST

June 23-28, 1978

HOMECOMING WEEK! Ken welcomes back Michael Ian Black to the show.

Ken and Michael discuss the Eastern Block part of Boston, Mexican Ice Cream Parlors Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles events, marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, VTRs, renting the Blues Brothers because your father passed away, censored State sketches, performing in an arena, Scientology, cults, Awards Ceremonies, Laurie Metcalf, they/them vs. him/her, Rhoda, the horrors of Valerie's firing from Valerie, Baseball, unplugging from the horrors of today, Trump, MSNBC, Chris Mathews, Airplane, Wet Hot American Summer, bowling, and the wonders of news bloopers.

Direct download: Michael_Ian_Black_II_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 9:30am EST

May 31 - June 8, 1980

Ken welcomes back to the show TV Guidance Counselor Legend John Hodgman.

Ken and John discuss dream jobs, The Coolidge Corner Theater, Vacationland, Boston, Halloween Specials, Rosemary's Baby, all night movie marathons as a kid, The Evil Dead, The Movie Loft, Friday the 13th, Dana Hersey, The Canned Film Fest, being an only child, having your own apartment in your parents' house, Weird Al Yankovic being the best, The Big Slick in Kansas City, levels of fame, Paul F. Tompkins's bit, leaving it all on the field, true showmanship, Levar Burton's secrets, Bozo the Clown, Candlepins for Cash, passive aggressive gameshow hosts, being embarrassed to be on TV, SCTV, Sale of the Century, Robert Urich, Vegas, artwork of yourself, when Flash Gordon fought the Incredible Hulk, Robert McKenzie's love of Here's Boomer, Jeff Goldblume's jazz show, Bart Braverman, Wednesdays, Happy Days, Zoom, The Gong Show, Oingo Boingo, Doctor Who, WGBX 44, You Wrote It You Watch It, Sha Na Na, the LIVE! event at the Coolidge Corner, being pressed for time, Daniel Kitson, John's Book, having a show on WMFO as a teenager, Harold and Maude, celebrity encounters, Roger Corman's love of free popcorn, The Gone with the Wind basement, Stop Making Sense, stalking celebrities, John's boat, city vs. country, why Mainers want to be left alone, phone calls from David Horowitz, snap judgement, questions for John, Ken's old punk band, becoming a writer, ukuleles, Roadrunner and standing ovations.

Direct download: John_Hodgman_Vacationland_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

June 12-18, 1999

Today Ken welcome authors, media personalities and best friends Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin to the show.

Ken, Gaby and Allison discuss how busy everyone is, Ken's first meeting with Allison, hitting, weird parts of Boston, segregation, ethnic neighborhoods, fear of the turn of the Millennium, Y2K vs Billy Joel, Star Wars, found footage media, I Hate Everyone But You, Blair Witch Project, kicking a map, horror movies, The Thing, Growing Pains Leo, Splice, Joe Bob Briggs' #1 rule of horror, The Faculty, Stephen King's Danse Macabre, Ken's coffee covered Wonder Woman shirt, SpiceWorld, Eddie Murphy, how Ginger Spice led to a generation of bi-women, UK album charts, Willenium, falling off a horse, BMG, Martial Law, Walker Texas Ranger, NYPD Blue, Golden Girls, watching Zach and Mira with your mom, Dads and Sex In the City, watching Animal House with your Rabbi, All That, The Crow TV series, hypernesia, Marilu Henner, MTV's Undressed, the wonders of the movie "Freeway", Zoe Duncan Jack and Jane, Everybody Loves Raymond, Men of a Certain Age, arguing about who played Zombies in Night of the Living Dead, Friends of Eddie Coyle, how a folded vs rolled movie poster can tell you a lot, collecting comic books, taxidermy, Beaver Lamps, Spring Break, Florida, bikers vs frat dudes, Strangers with Candy, South Park, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hating hi-fives, falling asleep during True Romance, Road Rules, awards shows, when Ricky Martin could fly, Jennifer Lopez's Waiting for Tonight, Spin City, Fraiser, loving David Hyde Pierce, being very badly hurt, aliens, and secret Bat Mitzvah themes.

Direct download: Gaby_Dunn_and_Alison_Raskin_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 9:05am EST

May 31 to June 6, 1986

Today Ken welcomes actor comedian Jay Larson to the show.

Ken and Jay discuss Jay's hometown, Reids, WKRP, having every comedian from Stoneham, Mario Cantone, Nancy Kerrigan, MacGuyver, suburban ingenuity, woods porn, being a Navy man, growing up with cable, growing up with a single mom, being shocked that CNN existed as long as it has, This Old House, Hugh Howser's California Gold, Best Bars in America, loving Portland, Mr. Sunshine, swingers, actors never being blamed for bad comedy, thinking George Clooney is Schneider, doing audience warm up, The Dating Game, "in the butt", Love Boat, loving TV houses, Golden Girls, horny old ladies, 227, Magnum PI, a fascination with guest houses, beach culture, Fight Back! with David Horowitz, Full House, the Olsen Twins, Joel McHale, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, You Again with John Stamos, Valerie's Family, Jay's role in Twin Peaks: The Return, auditioning for David Lynch, owls, Jim Belushi, Barney Miller, Newhart, Who's the Boss, child actors, Growing Pains, wanting to live about a garage, kitchen greenhouses, loving a home office, Moonlighting, BMW 635 CSI, always wanting a leather jacket, the Amish, St. Elsewhere, Mark Harmon, Cosby, disappointing series endings, Family Ties, Michael J Fox being the best guy, the Keaton's griddle, The Celtics, the Bruins, Webster, The Papadopolis' Class Doored fridge, Mr. Belvedere sitting on his own balls and how 70s television may have been more enlightened than today's television.

Direct download: Jay_Larson_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 10:09am EST

For our annual Halloween special Ken welcomes returning guest Sam Furst (Monsters are Good) and surprisingly first time guest Rachel Reid (Ken's wife) to discuss the long thought lost made-for-TV Nickelodeon movie Cry Baby Lane, which aired on October 28, 2000. 



Direct download: TVGC_2017_Halloween_Special_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Today Ken welcomes author, artist, and personal hero Stephen Bissette to the show.

Ken and Steve discuss Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Medic, Davey Crocket phases, Disney Halloween, Donald Duck, witches, Green Acres, Mr. Peepers, Dick Van Dyke Show, Elizabeth Montgomery, TV Guide covers, the 1950s, Dr. Syn The Scarecrow, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane, Dick Smith's Dorian Gray, David Suskind, Secret Agent Man, Patrick MacGoohan, Captain Clegg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mr. Boogedy,  The Nightmare Before Christmas, Red Skelton's Halloween episodes, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff's crossdressing role on Honey West, Star Trek Halloween, Famous Monsters, Make Room for Daddy, having a pumpkin stuck on your head, scary Cheetah masks, raising hell with teens, Night of the Living Dead, Dusk til dawn Drive-In marathons, Twilight Zone marathons and why John Carpenter's Halloween is still the best Halloween media. 

Direct download: Stephen_Bissette_Halloween_Final.mp3
Category:Educational Comedy -- posted at: 10:39am EST