Here, from 1980 courtesy of Cleveland Memory Grenade, are a couple of parts of what appears to be an hour comedy special, reminiscent of Satuday Night Live. This show may have been a monthly series, but am not sure about that as yet. Paul Tapie heads up a young comedy troupe in a number of blackouts and comedy sketches, with guest Jay Lawrence, then of WBBG-1260AM. Lawrence earlier had been at KYW/WKYC-1100AM from 1961-67. He is credited with the long drawn out "laugh" that ended many of the Channel 8 Hoolihan and Big Chuck skits over the years. Bill Ward, later of WJW-TV, is the announcer. Here are what I consider the most interesting parts of the special..As with most shows of this type, some of the jokes work better than others, but It is interesting to see how much of Channel 5, in particular gets spoofed here and what they got away with..This show was aired on a Friday Night at 11:30PM
The "related videos" should have the parts I don't post here, as well as some promo spots for the show..Cleveland Radio Legend Bob James produced the show.
Highlights:A "retro-look" WEWS station ID..An opening disclaimer "No white socks or Kielbasa here"..
The Best overall part in my mind:
A funny spoof of local Cleveland TV News in 1980 with "Smiling Mona Mona" and "Overpaid Doug Hambrick" "EyewitnessActionCenterNews"
Paul Tapie, in a YouTube Comment, says that they almost sold this show to Paramount in Syndication. Interesting artifact of the early 1980's..Anybody with more info about the date this show aired, or if it was a series..email or comment..Thanks..