Wednesday, July 07, 2021

EP232: George Wendt Part Two

This week we discuss the changes that occurred during the run of CHEERS, the series finale and disastrous live cast appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW, and life after CHEERS.

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Greg B said...

Excellent interview with Mr. Wendt, really enjoyed both parts.

Philly Cinephile said...

Regarding your comment about the implausibility of Rebecca not realizing that the Harvey Fierstein character was gay, it was a quite common occurrence among teenage girls who were involved in high school theater to fall for boys who turned out to be gay. It's probably less common today now that it's more acceptable to be out in one's teen years. But back in the day, among teen girl theater geeks, cute and funny boys, who loved the theater, shopping, Duran Duran, and who didn't make sexual demands on them, were highly prized and the objects of misguided affection. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of female viewers saw themselves in that episode.

Ere I Saw Elba said...


Loving these George Wendt interviews the past week. It was especially interesting hearing about his story about directing an episode of CHEERS. Good thing the actors and cameramen were so experienced. I probably would have torn my hair out having to direct such a fast-paced live audience show.

DyHrdMET said...

I'm taking a cross-country flight (and then a return flight) in a couple weeks. That's a lot of time to kill on an airplane and at the airport, and I was thinking of listening to some of your podcast episodes (I've never gotten into any type of podcast). Which episodes of yours would you recommend (just by name, I'm thinking this George Wendt one would be good, but what else to fill about 12 hours of travel time)? Thanks.

Craig Gustafson said...

Eons ago when I was taking workshops at the Second City, I would frequently hang around afterwards and see the show, so I saw George Wendt on stage a *lot*. Especially memorable was the Test Tube Baby song, which he did dressed only in a bonnet and diapers. But he was just This Local Guy onstage, not a star. Then a couple of weeks ago, I saw This Local Guy as the killer on "Columbo," part of an acting triangle with Peter Falk and Rod Steiger. That must have been an amazing experience.
But then, at some point Falk and Steiger were known as This Local Guy; no big deal.