Today Ken welcomes actor Amanda Wyss (Nightmare on Elm St., Better Off Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) to the show.Ken and Amanda discuss growing up in Manhattan (beach), sea side towns, a childhood of commercials, getting rides into Hollywood for auditions, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, working with Loni Anderson, Made for-TV movies, Better Off Dead, how great Curtis Armstrong’s book is, being a film or a TV actor, Westerns, Silverado, watching old movies, The Brady Bunch, Shaun and David Cassidy, This House Possessed, Otherworld, Buck Rogers, Erin Gray, Star Trek, variety shows, watching a TV placed on top of a broken TV, Streets of San Francisco, Yvonne DeCarlo, John Wayne, Great Scott and Cathouse Thursday, the comprehensive credits in TV Guide, Planet of the Insects, the pace of television, playing Sharon Gless’s niece of Cagney and Lacey, Eva Marie Saint, being a stage actor, the importance of rehearsal, the double edged sword of digital cinema, Wes Craven, Nightmare on Elm St, losing memorabilia when you sell a car, and the mystery of the “Beth” coat hangers from Better off Dead.
About Ken Reid
I’m Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I’ve been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and MSN. I own every issue of TV Guide. Each week a guest chooses an issue at random, picks their viewing choices from that week and the show is our discussion of the tough viewing choices of our past. We get into stories about growing up, people’s relationship with television, some cultural/media studies dissection and I spit out a lot of trivia.
Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.