Ken Reid gives a tribute to Allee Willis

Ken revisits a 2016 talk he had with the great Allee Willis who sadly passed away on Christmas Eve 2019.

Ken and Allee discuss The Color Purple on Broadway, hating theater, swearing, having a TV in every room on every wall, growing up in Detroit, TV as a babysitter, a diet of candy, the sophistication of Health Bars, CHiPs, Erik Estrada’s tight beige uniform, disco scores, writing songs for Earth Wind and Fire, Wonder Woman’s disco devil, American Bandstand, Soul Train, Hullabaloo, Shin Dig, the invention of the teenager, cutting edge Variety, The Smothers Brothers, Laugh In, counter culture, Columbia Records, falling in love with Los Angeles, Freaks and Geeks, falling in love with cable news, Car Chases, 30,000 hours of footage, Just Say Julie, Allee’s amazing wonderful house of treasures, rooftop drums, The Breakfast Club, being a music video production designer, The Cars “You Might Think”, Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, painting, combining music with art, writing “I’ll Be There For You” the theme from Friends, returning the AFI Women’s Directing Award in 1991, Kevin Bright, hating the Memphis school’s bastardization of mid-century modern, storage spaces filled with treasure, Storage Wars, Sid & Marty Kroft, HR Puffnstuff, Electrawoman and Dynagirl, collecting lunch boxes, Greatest American Hero, the loss of the theme song, R&B, “Friends” at sporting events, a sea lion’s love of “Boogie Wonderland”, the wonders of the internet, Vice TV, enjoying The Principal’s Office, hating foreign real housewives, and having a brand identity.

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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