After a LONG wait, Peacock's new "re-imagined" revival of "Saved By The Bell" is here! You've read the reviews, you've seen the show... now get the REAL scoop on everything from new characters and old favorites to writing choices and those Easter Eggs that only hardcore "Bayside Buddies" will spot from the Emmy-Winning mind behind it all, Executive Producer Tracey Wigfield! It's the ultimate companion podcast to the new "Saved By The Bell" on this week's Laugh Track, supporting our friends at No Kids Hungry!
Starting his sitcom life at just six years old, Michael Fishman aka "DJ Conner" has literally grown up alongside his TV family... not just during nine top-rated seasons of "Roseanne", but his adult return to Lanford nearly 20 years later on the hit revival, "The Conners". This week, Michael tells all about his life as part of TV's most relatable family and how he fought through 20 years of challenges to find his way home to his family once again. Plus, we deep-dive into his directorial debut - this year's edition of the traditional "Conner's" Halloween Episode!
On this show, we often talk about sitcoms taped in front of a studio audience as a unique type of theatre, but is there any type of TV entertainment more entertaining, more hilarious, and more LIVE than pro wrestling? World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been a TV constant for decades, and this week, we bring you back to a classic conversation with CJ Perry (better known to WWE fans as LANA) about her amazing career as a consummate entertainer in and out of the ring, from her role in the "Pitch Perfect" movies to mixing it up with household names like John Cena and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Plus, it's another "Catchphrase of the Week" with Vickie Guerrero!
Beyond her countless film appearances and dramatic roles, MOLLY HAGAN is flat-out TV sitcom royalty. From "Friends" to "Seinfeld" all the way back to "The Golden Girls", plus her regular role on Fox's groundbreaking show "Herman's Head", Molly has done it all, worked with EVERYONE from Jennifer Aniston to Bea Arthur and is here to tell us all about it! Plus, AEW's VICKIE Guerrero is back with the "Catchphrase of the Week", all supporting NO KID HUNGRY!
This week, "The Laugh Track" brings you an exclusive after-party for one of TV's most exciting - and hilarious - shows, "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD!" After seven amazing seasons, Agent Phil Coulson and crew have finally said farewell in grand fashion, and we've got round-table chats with Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet and the ENTIRE cast with their post-finale thoughts as they share, laugh and reflect on the sci-fi ride of their lives. Listen, enjoy and share this one-of-a-kind jam session with Marvel's finest, all supporting our friends at NO KID HUNGRY! Plus, Former WWE/Current AEW Wrestling star VICKIE GUERRERO returns for the "Catchphrase of the Week!"
From "How Rude!" to marriage and motherhood, we've watched Jodie Sweetin's "Stephanie Tanner" grow up over the course of TWO hit shows. With "Fuller House" recently wrapping up on Netflix, we caught up with Jodie to reflect on her life in the Tanner family, making her directorial debut, and the nostalgia-filled episode she chose for us to deep-dive into - "The Nearlywed Game".
PLUS: a brand-new segment, as WWE & AEW Pro Wrestling megastar VICKIE GUERRERO drops her TV catchphrase of the week! Grab your earplugs and email us the TV show and character or actor responsible for this week's catchphrase, and we'll shout you out right here on "The Laugh Track!"
Damn it, Jerry! For JIM O' HEIR, being the punching bag of the Pawnee Parks and Rec Department was a way of life, and for seven awesome seasons, that was fine by him. Jim chatted with us about all things "Parks", from landing the role to figuring out exactly who Jerry (aka Gary aka Larry, and so on) Gergich truly was and why his home life needed to be picture-perfect (including being married to Christie Brinkley!) Plus, Jim gives us an amazing inside scoop on how this year's remotely-produced reunion special came together. It's a fun, in-depth conversation befitting one of TV's most popular feel-good shows... as always, supporting our friends at No Kid Hungry!
He is one of the most prolific comedic performers of tjhis (or any) era of entertainment. From launching his career on the national stage known as "Star Search" to becoming one of the most in-demand voiceover actors in animated TV and films, BRAD GARRETT may be best known as "Robert Barone", downtrodden onlder brother on "Everybody Loves Raymond". From hanging with the Rat Pack to his recent role on "Single Parents", Brad and I discussed his entire career on this classic interview for Edge Magazine just a few years ago, and now you can hear it in it's entirety on "The Laugh Track"!
We loved as Punky Brewster's partner-in-crime during her childhood and grew up with her for almost a decade as "Maxine" on "Family Matters"... but what was it like for HER growing up on prime time? CHERIE JOHNSON joins us to chat about balancing her teen years with being on TV, emerging as a character alongside "Steve Urkel" and "Waldo Geraldo Faldo", and her upcoming return to her roots alongside Soleil Moon Frye for Peacock's "Punky Brewster" reboot!
She's done it all, she's worked with everyone and we love her for it. From starring in some of Fox's first sitcoms ever to popping up in A-list comedies like "Cheers" and "Family Ties", ALISON LAPLACA has been an ever-present force on our television screens for many years. This episode, we dive into Alison's entire career before focusing on the role that will live in infamy: Joanna - Bloomingdale's Executive, Chandler's freaky short-term relationship, and Rachel's boss on "Friends". Alison tells all about working with the cast, her character's untimely demise and the long-term affects that the role had on her career... plus LOTS of stories about everyone from John Larroquette to Roseanne & Tom Arnold. If you like TV, don't miss this amazing conversation with one of our generation's most accomplished icons!
It was gone before anyone could realize it's genius, but Judd Apatow's brilliant slice of high school life known as "Freaks and Geeks" effectively set the stage for 20 years of well-received TV and big-screen projects to come. In one abbreviated season, the show not only managed to build a world of relatable hilarity for anyone who remembered what high school was REALLY like, but it also managed to help launch the careers of Apatow, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips and countless others. This week, SARAH HAGAN, who played Cardellini's (aka "Lindsay Weir's") best friend "Millie" joins us to talk about the show's casting process, the network's problematic attitude about the show, whether it was ahead of it's time, and the episode she hand-picked to chat about: "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers".
This show supports No Kids Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.
She's shared a creative bunker with everyone from Tina Fey to Mindy Kaling (and scored an Emmy in the process!). After making her mark on shows like "30 Rock" and "The Mindy Project", she created and led "Great News" to a successful two-season run on NBC. Now, the pressure is REALLY on, as generations of rabid fans anxiously anticipate Tracey Wigfield's newest project: a newly-imagined single-camera reboot of "Saved By The Bell"! Fans are clamoring for details, and Tracy doesn't disappoint as we get in-depth about how this show came to be and what we can expect when we all return to Bayside High!
She's one of the coolest people you'll ever meet, so it's only right that she was invited to hang out at the cool table on TV comedy back in 2000 when she was cast in the role of "Elizabeth Stevens" - aka the college student who sparks a relationship with Ross Gellar aka daughter of Paul Stevens, played by Bruce freakin' Willis, who simultaneously is dating Rachel - got that? Elizabeth chats with us about working with David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and the man who starred as John McClane in "Die Hard", the movie that Chandler and Joey ironically revere... plus, how she scored the gig, how she was asked to DRESS for the audition, and all things about the episode she chose to break down with us - "The One Where Paul's The Man" (and, in the episode's most memorable scene, "Just A Love Machine"). Get Up, Close and personal with Alexandra Holden on this week's episode!
It's star's reputation sadly went from "America's Favorite Dad" to shameful criminal in recent years. However, it would be equally wrong to ignore just how popular, comforting and downright funny "The Cosby Show" was OR the show's undeniable contributions in breaking down racial stereotypes. The world is just as crazy as ever, so we could use those laughs, those classic moments, and those feel-good images of the family we all wanted to be, regardless of color. This week, we revisit the Huxtable residence with Geoffrey Owens who played "Elvin", eventual husband to Sondra Huxtable. We chat about his entry on the show, evolving into a full-fledged cast member, and the 2-part episode HE chose - "The Birth". Turn off social media and the news for a bit and travel back with us to the days that a family comedy ruled TV. You'll be glad you did!
She burst onto the Hollywood scene back in the 90's with appearances in classic movies like "Clueless" and "Bring It On", and she's been a fixture on our big and small screens ever since. This week, NICOLE BILDERBACK chats with us about the unique experience of stepping into the fastest-paced comedy on TV today (as Captain Kim on this season's premiere) , "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"... plus a whole lot more!
If "Welcome Back Kotter" and "The Big Bang Theory" conceived a baby sitcom, it may well have been "Head of the Class"... an 80's hit about very intelligent teens facing very normal teen problems. With a cast that included sitcom legend Howard Hesseman and a young Robin Givens, one of this ensemble comedy's most popular stars may have been Leslie Bega, who played the gorgeous, whip-smart Maria... but this show was just in Bega's amazing life and career. We chatted with her about her world travels, transitioning in and out of Hollywood, and the episode she hand picked, "Partners", which focused on Maria and her new boyfriend - a rookie actor named Brad Pitt!
Her IMDB page may as well say "Va-Va-Va-Voom!" because Alex Meneses has been wow'ing us with her vivaciousness, versatility and acting chops for quite some time! We've loved her on everything from dramatic roles to a starring turn on Eva Longoria's "Telenovela", but her most memorable character may be her turn as "Stefania", the exotic beauty that Robert Barone fell for on "Everybody Loves Raymond" who evolved into a recurring character spanning multiple seasons. We chatted about her experience working with the cast at the peak of the show's popularity (both on their soundstage and on location in Italy), wrangling Ray Romano for a fundraising event, and holding her own with Brad Garrett!
Is there a funnier character in all of TV history than George Costanza? This week, we get some deep insights from the always-entertaining JASON ALEXANDER about his days growing up in Jersey, his love affair with the stage, and his iconic role as "Seinfeld's" neurotic nightmare. What was the partnership like between he and Jerry Seinfeld from the very start? We all have our favorite scenes and episodes from the show, but which does Jason himself hold high on a pedestal? These questions and more are answered here, so if you any kind of "Seinfeld" fan (or simply a fan of TV, acting or people with a passion for those things), you need to listen to this episode!
She appeared in The AVENGERS movies, but in real life, this week's guest is an even bigger super hero. From touring the world drumming for everyone from Macy Gray to Rihanna to being Resident Director for "The Lion King" on Broadway, AMEENAH KAPLAN may still be best known for her role of "Val Johnson", warehouse foreman and eventual romantic partner to Craig Robinson's Darryl on the single-camera powerhouse known as"The Office." This week, Ameenah chatted with us about her insanely diverse career, trying to fit in with the cast, and hot times poolside for the episode she appropriately chose for this week's "deep dive": Season 8's "Pool Party!"
- 'She's the comedic heart of one of the most popular family sitcoms of all time, bring laughs amidst the baby antics and family hugs. While the character of Kimmy Gibbler endures on both "Full House" (still popular all over the world) and its recent Netflix reboot, "Fuller House", ANDREA BARBER herself just might be even MORE entertaining. We talk about growing up with the Tanners, returning to show business after a two-decade absence, telling all in her recent memoir, and her episode of choice (in which we get to see Kimmy's dramatic side) from the original "Full House": "Birthday Blues!"
There's never been an edgier sitcom or a more raucous studio audience than that which we watched every week on Fox's first flagship hit, "Married... With Children". This week, "Marcy Darcy" herself, AMANDA BEARSE, joins the show to chat about her 11 seasons on the show alongside Al Bundy and family, acting vs. directing, and the gem of an episode that she chose for this week's deep-dive, "The Worst Noel".
"The Laugh Track" is here to get up, close and personal with your favorite stars of the most popular TV comedies - past, present and future. On this show, we recognize sitcoms as nothing short of theatre, so it's nothing short of an honor to bring you this week's conversation with a star of one of the classiest comedies in TV history. The show is "Frasier", our guest is PERI GILPIN, and on this show, she tells all about her path to being cast as Roz, the REAL relationship between the cast, and rumors of a reboot... PLUS, we take a deep dive into an episode that SHE chose: "Roz & The Schnoz!"