The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 8: TV Comedies

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DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the eighth episode they have some viewer mail, a discussion on Van Damme’s new UNIVERSAL SOLDIER and Danno’s discovery of falling asleep to Ken Burns films. Then it’s on to a discussion of Danno and Matt’s favorite TV comedies and comedians.

TV shows and comedians discussed include: SNL, CHEERS, TIM & ERIC, SPONGE BOB SQUAREPANTS, JOHNNY CARSON, JON BENJAMIN, SPACED, M*A*S*H, MATT BERRY, RICKY GERVAIS, RED DWARF, MST3K, MR SHOW, and THE SIMPSONS.


Comments

  1. Captain Ringfinger says:

    Listening to this episode was very different than say the music episodes because although we share some simliar taste in music, music means way more to you two than it ever will to me, so I’ll never be able to connect with someone over music.

    This episode was different for me because our friendships were mostly based on T.V. and movies. To this day my life is nothing but Simpsons and MST3K references, non-stop, to myself. Your “Alzheimers” bit was dead on, we’ll all just be quoting the Simpsons randomly til the day we die. Hell, I’m proud to be part of the Simpsons generation. I remembering watching it on tracey allman (because of my older borthers) and thinking “this would be great as a show but how in the world could they stretch it out to 30 minutes?” 20 years later . . .

    Matt, you mentioned 2 of my favorite Cheers episodes, the Beard growing contest and the Snipe hunt. I remember those 2 episodes more than any other.

    Danno, you had a great synopsis of M.A.S.H. which is one of those shows my dad introduced me to and my dad and I could connect about that.

    Matt, LOL about the Simpsons “Critic” episode. For those too young to remember, pre-dvr we had VCR’s which were expensive Christmas AND birthday presents and I remember you rewinding that belch wayyyy more than once and me coming into the room and saying “stop replaying that!” for fear of busting the VCR/breaking the tape/or sheer annoyance. I was kinda bossy sometimes, sorry. But yeah that was fun.

    If I ever need to try to explain why MST3K is important to someone I’m just going to point them to this podcast at 1:05. You guys have a great way with words. Yes it’s made in MN but that’s not why I love it to death. It truly captures the MN conditon, which you stated so eloquintly: “nihlistic Liberalism”. Genius!!! “Resolve and resentment”!! If I ever get a tattoo it’s going to be based on your description of this cultural phenomenom. I’ve spoke to people not from the Midwest and they simply don’t get it. If it were anything else I’d never say “if anyone out there doesn’t like it, then Fuck You!” but MST3K deserves that statement. You two guys have to know that you’re doing something important here with this podcast. Keep up the great work.

    I thought the exact same thing about Invention of Lying, a great concept that could have been soooo much better.

    Red Dwarf, Danno knows the deep, deep emotional connection I have to this show, we’ve talked about it many times. Shows like this make me feel less alone in the universe. If you haven’t seen it and like British comedy, you’ll love it. BBC!

    South Park, you guys nailed it again, not always super funny but “These guys are right about everything”. Many times I can’t put my thoughts into the right words but somehow Matt and Trey do.

    House of Cosby is good.

    I’ll check out Tim and Eric, keep the recommendations coming. I also watched Universal Soldier DoR based on your comments and it is way better than I thought. it had been sitting on my Netflix instant queue for months. There are some great classic fight scenes.

    As a final note, TV and Movies are just as important as any ballet, musical, book, or play. There is some great stuff and a lot of crap.

    | Reply Posted June 25, 2013, 4:34 pm


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