What have you been up to since Almost Live ended?
Nancy and I left Almost Live in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles and worked in television there for three years. We learned a tremendous amount about writing and producing. Coming back to Seattle, Nancy rejoined Almost Live. I taught classes in writing, comedy, improvisation and did some video work for Microsoft. I went to grad school at Seattle University in 1996 and got a master's degree in psychology. I am currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Fremont. See www.joeguppy.com
What was your favorite Almost Live sketch?
Very difficult to select a favorite sketch. But I'd go with "The Bead Store," a man on the street interview segment that won a northwest Emmy. I love Nancy Guppy in "Sandi Todd: Every Guy's Nightmare." Nancy also created "Nature Walk with Chuck" which stars my good friend Matt Smith. Almost Live was all about collaboration, and improvising with John Keister on "Can I See Jill" and Pat Cashman in the original "Plumber" was a delight. I also have my own personal favorite piece, that features Bill Nye at the end pouring ketchup on his head. But it's quite obscure and not to everyone's taste. It's called "Maturity and Stupidity."
What is your best Almost Live memory?
It was the non-stop laughter and camaraderie that made it so much fun. It's also very satisfying to craft video pieces that play to an audience and get laughs. Impossible to pick a "best" memory but you can't beat being in a supportive role for the brilliant Pat Cashman in "Plumber." It was an honor to be there. Great working with director Steve Wilson, who really knew how to take care of the performers during live sketches. Check out the awesome production work, with graphics and music cues, that Steve wove into "Garage Sale Network," all done in real time.