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just watched wall-e a month ago with him in it. rest in peace




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eddstarr



Can't talk about Fred Willard without the Second City (SCTV) cast, but I still have to go one jump earlier in time!



 





Fred Willard represented the first wave of talent from Second City,  which includes the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players" on NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1975. 



It is no exaggeration when I say that The Second City Theater of Chicago (plus Toronto and Los Angeles) set the pace for comedy in the last half of the 20th century with actors that range all aspects of entertainment.



Fred Willard caught my attention when he teamed up with Martin Mull in the mid-70's multi series, "Mary Hartman/Fernwood-America 2 Night", TV series that spanned daytime and late night television programming hours.



"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" was the weekday soap opera spoof that became an instant hit following the odd happening in the strange world of Ferwood, Ohio. This weird little town was in the middle of a crime wave, an unidentified man was exposing himself in public for more than six months. 



The Fernwood Police finally made an arrest!





To the gratitude of college students across the country, where Mary Hartman left off on weekdays another show took up the job of informing the citizens of  Middle America. Martin Mull and Fred Willard hosted the locally produced, late-night talk show, "Fernwood 2 Night", and my friends and I thought we had landed in the Twilight Zone of Ohio!





There are different kinds of comedians and Fred Willard was the type I loved most. His comedy was conversational and circumstantial. Comedy misunderstandings seem easy but Fred had the right kind of chops to make ordinary dialog flat out funny!




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shakin steak



my friends and I thought we had landed in the Twilight Zone of Ohio!
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You oughta write articles, Edd. Seriously, your posts are always thoughtful and engaging. And you have a lot to say, which I usually have trouble with and that’s why I don’t write. But you’ve got 239 words there (according to a word counter website I pasted your post into) and I bet you could theoretically expand it to article length.
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Vaporman87

Oh I have little doubt that Edd could write full novels on certain subjects. The man knows more than I'll ever forget.



shakin steak wrote :







my friends and I thought we had landed in the Twilight Zone of Ohio!

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You oughta be in pictures, kid — err, I mean,

You oughta write articles, Edd. Seriously, your posts are always thoughtful and engaging. And you have a lot to say, which I usually have trouble with and that’s why I don’t write. But you’ve got 239 words there (according to a word counter website I pasted your post into) and I bet you could theoretically expand it to article length.
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eddstarr

Wow. thank you for the kind words!



Actually I'm already doing what I enjoy most - sharing the best of 20th century entertainment with firends. Ever since my post from "Fernwood 2 Night", I thought you guys would enjoy the incident from the previous night's episode mentioned in the video clip above.



This clip shows the house band, the audience and the closing credits:




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shakin steak

 



 



eddstarr wrote :

 




Actually I'm already doing what I enjoy most 


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He’s not gonna do it. Vaporman, just compile his appropriate posts into articles and give him Store points  



 



eddstarr wrote :

I thought you guys would enjoy the incident from the previous night's episode mentioned in the video clip above.


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Oh, I certainly did 


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Vaporman87

Don't make me come over there, Edd. 


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eddstarr
Ya know - I work for wages and tips. Also fish & chips

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