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Here is a commercial Joe recently did:
Here is a commercial Joe recently did:
As Logan and I discussed in the most recent episode, Charlotte Rae had a tiny role in the film version of “Hair.” It came out in 1979, so it was most likely filmed in 1978, and her hairstyle pretty much matches the way it looked on Diff’rent Strokes’ first season (1978-1979). Little more than a cameo, it’s still fun to see her among all the hippie chaos of this doomed dinner party. (She is occasionally shown in the scene, but you get the most of her during the song which starts around 6:00.)
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OK, according to dictionary.com, either of the pronunciations I used are acceptable. Whew. Maybe I’m not stupid after all. Maybe.
Our conversation about Logan’s friend matching stills of Sarah Paulson crying, the video I was thinking of was the one below of Julianne Moore and how often she has cried in pretty much every one of her films.
And of course, the famous “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal:”
I have shared several Gloria Loring performances, and constantly mention what an amazing singer she is. Here is her biggest hit, “Friends And Lovers” - written for and first performed on “Days Of Our Lives” in 1985.
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It all started over 6 years ago…
A year and a half later, we were thrilled to be cast in the lead roles of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL (January 2014). That’s me as Lawrence, Wesley as Freddy (disguised as Ruprecht - he’s very affectionate).
Including this pic not just because I love it, but also because Jillian Gizzi was our Christine, and she is an AMAZING talent.
Nowadays we get to work together at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre.
And we can both be found at Hollywood Studios (though at different places)…
Some of my closest buds: Justin (he’s the one who texts in one of the outtake extras - he is the one who bought me my Tootie doll last Christmas!), Wesley, Steve, and me. GOD I love these boys.
This is the comic Justin texted us during the show. Hilarious!
And just needed to put this here… WTFFFFFFFF?
Wesley’s Danny Kaye tribute cabaret. Graphic design by ME!
OMG! Matthew Arter just texted me some important info about Heather Kerr … I didn’t realize she was the one who played young Eunice in a flashback episode of “Mama’s Family” — and she is AMAZING! Here is the episode where she amazingly channels a young Carol Burnett. (from 1988, she appears around 9:45)
Just so you know, Dear Listeners, I do not agree with this philosophy. In my case, the “dumb” factor is ME… committing 4 years of my life to synopsizing an old sitcom every week. AND YET I LOVE IT!
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Sorry, David, er— I mean, folks, Ken is straight and married. To a woman. *sigh*
Here is one Of The fan emails I wrote to Ken (yes, my obsessions extend far beyond “The Facts Of Life…” In fact, the podcast came very close to being about “Laverne & Shirley.” (And, I will add, once I complete “The Facts Of Life,” that is not out of the running for the future.)
David from Brockton here. We’ve corresponded before, FWIW. I have a Brockton Shoemakers baseball shirt thanks to you. :-) Thought I’d write you more fan mail.
(1) Listening to you & John Hodgman talk extensively about ShaNaNa brought back so many memories! I loved that show when I was a kid. Interesting fact you may not know: Lennie Baker, sax player and vocalist for the group during its TV-show years, was from Whitman. I had heard when I was a kid that he was from Stoughton, but he may just have lived there in the 1970s/1980s. Or I’m associating it with my father meeting him and getting his autograph at the Cedar Lodge in Stoughton on 27 just north of the Westgate Mall area — where Nocera’s is now. Lennie is easily identified as “the fat one” (bald with a goatee like most Greasers in the 1950s - LOL). I was very happy to hear John crediting the group as great singers and musicians, because they were; Lennie beautifully sings the vocals for “Blue Moon” on the Grease movie soundtrack album. According to Wikipedia, he passed away early last year. :-( Otherwise I’d say you should get him on the show.
(2) COMPLETE CHANGE OF SUBJECT: I love every time you point out that “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” were period shows that forgot they were period shows. I thought of you watching a later episode of L&S on Hulu recently: Season 8, Episode 19, the one where David L. Lander (Squiggy) plays his own sister Squendolyn in drag. (This is a post-Cindy-Williams episode, obviously.) At the top of the episode, when he approaches Carmine about taking his sister on a date, Squiggy offers him $200. Um, excuse me? Ken, would you offer a friend $200 TODAY in 2017 to do you a favor? That’s a lot of money! Then factor in that this episode aired in 1983, at which time $200 was more than an average week’s salary - about $500 in 2017 dollars. THEN take into account that L&S’s final season takes place in 1967 (oops, forgot it was period!) when $200 was more than TWO week’s average salary! Nearly $1500 in 2017 dollars! WHAT THE FUCK!?! Just more proof that in the later seasons, the writers just didn’t give a shit.
OK, I’m running out of exclamation points. Thanks for letting me geek out a little bit. Love the show. Keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll keep listening!
Ken reminded me of these commercial gems, tucked in the recesses of my memory.
Here is the run-down of who hosted “The Hollywood Squares” … which incidentally WAS on NBC’s daytime lineup. When this episode of FOL was made, the Peter Marshall version was just winding up.
Peter Marshall (1966–1981)
Jon Bauman (1983–1984)
John Davidson (1986–1989)
Tom Bergeron (1998–2004)
In the Extras, Ken and I talk about the oft-forgotten Jon Bauman version which was an hour-long mashup called “The Match Game / Hollywood Squares Hour.” As a kid I was fascinated with the set-change, which you can see here around 16:00.
Also discussed in the Extras, here is a forgotten gem (?) of a TV movie… Thanks to my Unofficial Historian/Researcher Bob for finding this and posting it to YouTube. This includes all of the extras on the home video release.
I said it so much during our Skype call and on the show, but I CANNOT THANK KEN ENOUGH for so readily agreeing to be on my show.
Did you notice the new music? (How could you miss it?) I’ve really been wanting to standardize my ‘end credits’ and have some music to underscore it … so I wrote a theme song for myself. My friend Ned Wilkinson arranged it and laid down the tracks, and I think it came out AMAZING! So I put it at the top of the show also now. You can look forward to hearing it in every show from now on!
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A later version by Tiger, which used a cassette tape:
We discuss this in the Extras… here is one of the ‘restored’ scenes (it’s actually screen test footage … and it has some SERIOUS continuity problems with Christopher Reeve’s hair and glasses). I think it’s pretty awful. So please watch it.
An appearance on Lola Falana’s variety show in the 1970s:
A later appearance on David Letterman:
In an effort to bolster the fledgling ratings for “Hello, Larry,” NBC decided to connect it to its lead-in show, “Diff’rent Strokes” … even though the shows were not at all related in their creation. They had Philip Drummond purchase the radio station where his war buddy Larry works, and thus we had reason for the DF cast to visit HL. Which they did 3 times, including this episode which included Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Garrett. (As we discuss on the show, “Hello Larry” would be canceled after 1 season, giving way for “The Facts Of Life” to take over its slot and build on the audience already watching NBC that night, thanks to DF and the 8:00-9:00 show: “Real People.”
PERTINENT TO THE FACTS OF LIFE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (FOLCU):
When Mr. Drummond offers to bring Mrs. Garrett to Portland, OR, she happily explains to Arnold that Portland is near Seattle, and “it will give me a chance to visit my sister Beverly; she’s only an hour away!” GOOD WORK, FACTS OF LIFE WRITERS!
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(Maybe by posting all of these nobody will notice I forgot to take a picture of the two of us together. GRRRR)
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Here is a full account on pophistorydig.com of that time some TV sponsors lost their shit because a famous white woman touched a famous black man’s arm:
Playboy Playmate of the Month September 1978
in “Bachelor Party”
…including a short bio about her early days and how the Mrs. Butterworth syrup commercial was her FIRST AUDITION! With a sweet cameo from Charlotte Rae… and sets and costumes inspired by her “Facts Of Life” roots.
(Um, who is performing the song during the dance? Little pitchy, dawg.)
For some reason, this episode isn’t available on DailyMotion. Thankfully I found it at Richard Dean Anderson’s official website, rdanderson.com. Click the photo below, then select “The Facts Of Life” image from the top row.
While I was hunting this down — and thinking I wasn’t going to find it — I stumbled upon a blog called Allison’s Written Words (which looks like it hasn’t been posted on since 2015), and she wrote a detailed synopsis and analysis of this episode. An enjoyably detailed read. :-)
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Once again, I have mis-remembered Natalie’s date of birth. In S1 E10, Blair clearly states on the phone that Natalie’s DOB was 9/2/1966. I wrongly said 1965. Not the first time I’ve messed this up; it probably won’t be the last. HOWEVER, I was correct that Natalie saying she’s a Taurus in this week’s show is wrong. Someone born on September 2nd would be a Virgo. So there.
This is where (and how) I take my copious notes for each episode.
a character of the late Johnny Carson when he hosted The Tonight Show.
photo from the 1970s
photo from the 1970s
Young and HOT movie star in the 1950s…
…older, and STILL attractive in the 1980s (best known for playing Mr. Rourke on “Fantasy Island”).
and her teeth
Just some random fun to share. This spoof of “Valley of the Dolls” is from the very first season of the Carol Burnett Show. S1 E19, first broadcast 1/29/68. It features Carol and Vicki Lawrence, but the uncredited actress in the Sharon Tate role is none other than our own Gloria Loring, co-writer and singer of the theme song to “The Facts Of Life.” ENJOY!