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“The Homemade Comedy Special” (April 8, 1984)

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Before YouTube, before the internet, before even “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” this special featured ‘homemade’ commercials, songs, comedy skits – anything and everything – sent in by ‘The United States of America.’

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GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

STATION: NBC
AIR DATE: April 8, 1984
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour

CREW AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

CREATOR: Kenny Solms and Rob Krueger
DIRECTOR: Marty Pasetta
WRITER: Kenny Solms, Martha Williamson
PRODUCER: Dan Angel, Kenny Solms
ART DIRECTOR: Jeremy Railton
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Rob Krueger
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Evan Wright
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Pamela Lundquist
ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER: Carol Kahl
RESEARCH: Ned Gill
CLEARANCE ADMINISTATOR (SIC): Bridget O’Brien
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Tracy Abbott
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Larry Cohen
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR: Jocelyn Railton
ViSTAR RESEARCHERS: Rob Nino, Linda Williamson, Suzanne Maloksy
PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES: Evan B. Kellogg, Pat Forrester, Gregg Fienberg
SET DECORATOR: Paul Knotter
STAGE MANAGER: Mary Pasetta, Jr.
LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Greg Brunton
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Gene Crowe
AUDIO: Doug Nelson
VIDEO: John Palacio
VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: Bill Breshears
CAMERAS: Tom Geren, Larry Heider, Wayne Orr, Dave Levinson
MAKE UP: Ralph Gulko
HAIR STYLIST: Barbara Lorenz
TV FACILITIES: Green/Crowe & Co.
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION: Greg Sills
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Kenny Productions Inc., ViStar Productions Inc.
DISTRIBUTOR: NBC

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CAST

Host…Angie Dickinson
Host…Michael J. Fox

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Commercial Segments

Feminine Protection: Dana Victor, Los Angeles, CA
Benihana Was a Restraunt: Randy Thompson & The Four Egos
Harvard Law School: Dana Victor
Rope on a Stick: Ron Stevens and Joy Grdnic (sic?); Granada Hills, CA
Kats ‘n’ Kids: Ralph ross, Dan Angel, Harry Ratner; Costa Mesa, CA
Reversitech: B.A.M; Portland, OR
Cyanide-a-Tabs: Kim Dempster, Brian Bradley, Cynthia Szigeti
Lizard Aerobics: Dennis Connor; Scottsdale, AZ
Orient Express Card: Timothy Manning; Pasadena, CA
Alvin Stein Jeans: Ralph Ross, Dan Angel, Harry Ratner
Mr. Cheese Head: Ron Stevens & Joy Grdnic
Pretentious: Kim Dempster, Mia Hunt
Larry H. Sewer, Attorney at Law: Rob Gephart; Huntington Beach, CA
Few Words from your Phone Company: Timothy Manning
Spirt: Ken Marquis & Tim Burns; Valencia, CA
Loco Bobby Boyd: Jim Ward, Jonathan Taylor, Ron Posner; Santa Monica, CA

Impressions Segments

Rocky Balboa, Mr. T, Tonto, Beaver: Bob Diverde; Chicago, IL (showed up in studio audience)
Charles Nelson Reily as Hamlet: Kim Dempster, Brian Bradley
Walter Cronkite, Elmer Fudd, Ronald Reagan: Mark Chaplin; Oakfield, ME
Tammy Wynnette; Linda and Laurie Harper; Ashland, TN
Richard Burton is Wolrd War II; Kevin Lowe and Mark Rudnitsky; New York, NY
The Tonight Show with Joan Rivers; Cheryl Bernstein, Jim Ward, Jonathan Tydor, Ron Posner

Bonus Commercial Segment

Pain Relief; Douglas Dykstra; Oxnard, CA

News Segments

Chris Palmer, Jonathan Tydor, Ron Posner

TV & Movie Parody Segments

Police Squat!: Andrew Ross; Beverly Hills, CA
Tammy’s X-citing Adventure; Frank Rehwaldt; Pullman, WA
Wild Kingdom; B.A.M.; Portland, OR
Drive-Up Mailbox; Timothy Manning (not really a parody of anything, just a comedy bit)
The Tunyet Show starring Yonny Karsonavich; Barry Hickey, Rick Zahradnik; Colorado Springs, CO
Attack of the 50 Foot Shrunken Apple-Head Woman; Susan Seagrave; Concord, CA

Music Segments

A Tisket A Tasket; Andrew Ross
Do You Know the Muffin Man?; Susan Seagrave
I Dance For You; Frank Rehwaldt
American Ride; Phillip Roth; Portland, OR

Comedy Segment

Instant Tan; Eileen Finney; Los Angeles, CA

Horror Movie Trailer Parody Segment

Night of the Living Mister Rogers; Dan and Greg Beastrom; Malibu, CA
The Raging Elephant Man; No credit
Killer Shipping Carts; Ralph Ross, Dan Angel, Harry Ratner

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Homemade Comedy Special Theme…Marc Tanner/Jon Reede/Marc Greene…Instrumental

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EXTRAS

Video

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5