Ken Reid and Chip Pope

This week Ken welcomes comedian and all around Hollywood player Chip Pope to the show.

Ken and Chip discuss growing up in Texas, The Last Picture Show, taking out all the good looking people, fights at the Rodeo Grounds, taking your shirt off, weird Massachusetts city names, moving to LA, TV watching in coming of age autobiographical childhood tales, the love hate relationship with L.A., Bo Burnham’s Nightmare on Elm St, Newhart, On Golden Pond, how long it takes a show to find itself, shows improving over time, TV ratings, your show getting canceled, Cheers, Taxi, Kent III, cigarettes, getting cast as a skateboarder in Man in the Moon and being cut out, CED RCA Selectadisc, betamax, HBO, Jeff Altman, having a black and white TV well into the 1980s, the weird peeing like a man in Personal Best, SCTV, David Letterman’s “They Took My Show Away”, Voyagers, gun accidents on set, OJ Simpson in Cocaine and Blue Eyes, Betty White in “Just Men”, daytime gameshows, Square Pegs, Beau Bridges TV movie directorial debut, playing John Ritter, knowing you won’t get a part, The Greatest American Hero, Ed Koch: Confirmed Gay, mixing disparate half hour comedies, comedians being series in films, Dane Cook: Serial Killer, Dukes of Hazard, and the insanity of show biz.

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.

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