Category Archives: Television

Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “D.C. Follies” (1987-1989)

Primetime comedy series created by Sid and Marty Krofft, who took a tip from the UK’s “Spitting Image” and employed puppet caricatures to satirize the then-current political and pop cultural landscape; Fred Willard, as the bartender at a Washington watering … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology

“Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2009, CBS/Paramount) Like the actor/comedian Chris Rock himself, this Emmy-nominated UPN/CW series, which he co-created with Ali LeRoi, was smarter, funnier and far more thoughtful than most of its peers. Anchored by an excellent cast (with standouts … Continue reading

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Budd Friedman’s New Book ‘The Improv’ Chronicles Stand-up Comedy’s Greatest

The history of stand-up comedy in the US would be a lot different without Budd Friedman. In his new book, The Improv, Budd, along with co-author Tripp Whetsell, tells about the evolution of stand-up, from the days of the Catskills … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert: Kiss in The Makeup Years

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV late on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show. … Continue reading

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American Horror Story: Cult Looks Promising

The first American Horror Story, called “Murder House” was extremely popular, with “Freak Show” close behind. But during “Hotel” and “Roanoake,” the series seems to have been losing fans. When I asked people about the upcoming “Cult,” most of them … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Sid and Marty Krofft’s Supershow

Last Saturday night, La La Land Gallery hosted an artists reception for “Sid and Marty Krofft’s Supershow,” with art curated by┬áKii Arens and inspired by the kooky and colorful world of Sid and Marty Krofft. Participating artists included Chris Shary, … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert: Blue Oyster Cult in Landover, MD 1976

Travel back in time with us to the pre-cable and VCR days when rock bands could only ever be briefly glimpsed on TV on Friday nights, and if you were lucky, you might get to see a full show by … Continue reading

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Meet Sid and Marty Krofft at the La La Gallery Krofft Super Art Show Saturday!

Was your first childhood crush Jimmy from H.R. Pufnstuf? Did you have nightmares about the Sleestak? Will you ever get the theme from the Banana Splits show out of your head now that I have mentioned it? If you answered … Continue reading

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American Horror Story at The Paley Center

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is presenting a free exhibit, “American Horror Story: The Style of Scare” through August 13th. The exhibit, featuring the work of writer-director-producer Ryan Murphy and award-winning costume designer Lou Eyrichis encompasses nearly 4000 square … Continue reading

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Don Most Talks About Happy Days, Directing and His Love of Big Band Music and Creating His New Mostly Swinging CD

Donny Most started out his career working as an actor, portraying Ralph Malph on the iconic TV show Happy Days. More roles came, on shows like Love Boat, Teen Wolf, Murder She Wrote, Star Trek: Voyager, Glee and Family Guy. … Continue reading

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