What have you been up to since Almost Live ended?
After the show ended in 1999 I moved over to KOMO where I directed “Northwest Afternoon” for 9 years. I wound up back at KING and am please to be directing “New Day Northwest” with Margaret Larson. Best thing is that it is produced daily, in front of a live studio audience, out of Studio B ... the same studio we did Almost Live for 15 years.
What was your favorite Almost Live sketch?
Geeze that is tough. The thought of any sketch that had Bob Nelson or Pat Cashman in it brings a smile to my face. “Roscoe’s Rug Emporium” and any version of “Uncle Fran” pretty much kills. But I really like any of the studio bits that were performed, without a net, in front of a live studio audience. Like the game show sketches “True or False” and “The Drain Game”, and a particularly good talk show called “Literally Speaking” where Pat takes some great hits from Joel. When I look back, it is amazing how much stuff still makes me laugh out loud ... even when I know the punch line that is coming.
What is your best Almost Live memory?
Too many. Dropping a giant foam rubber 2K Light on Governor Gary Lock’s head, Joel McHale riding a horse into the studio as William Wallace, Dave Grohl and Nancy Guppy fighting over a guitar in “Me," and the summer of 1992 where we produced 65 shows in 16 weeks for Comedy Central. But the best memories are of my “Almost Live Family”. We all got along great and had a blast producing all that material. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them. (Mainly because they all owe me money.)