Turns out this native Bostonian, MC and stand-up comic is also a stand-up guy. Whether saving ducklings on Storrow Drive during rush hour, helping a (usually famous) friend in need, or adopting a very lucky dog from a shelter, Ken is the kind person you just don't meet very often anymore. Or, at all. Add in a killer sense of humor, love of scary movies, and a penchant for breakfast cereal, and you have one hilarious human.
When Ken (aka the #TVGuidanceCounselor) invited me on his podcast, I was excited to hang out with the one and only curator of TV Guide history. He's had incredible guests on his show--like the talented Bonnie Hunt--and I'm honored to now be among them. Ken and I have actually interviewed many of the same folks, including Cassandra Peterson--though most fans know her as "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark." So it was a real blast (from the past, present and future) to chat with this eclectic, compassionate comedian, MC, musician, and fellow pop culture enthusiast.
"Rewriting (his) childhood" is at the heart of Ken Reid's love of nostalgia...and, limited-run breakfast cereals. I thought I was the only one buying up the special edition boxes of Star Wars cereal or pretty much anything with marshmallows, rainbows and unicorns. Cookie Crisp is also a favorite--anything I wanted as a kid but never got. That's part of what makes Ken so good at his job--he's insightful.
Ken Reid sees the world differently, and that's what makes his podcast, comedy shows, and live interviews at places like Denver Comic Con (where you can see Ken live 5.31-6.2 in 2019!) so entertaining. In all his years of doing interviews with celebs, the only time Ken Reid has come close to shedding a tear was with Ron Perlman of Beauty and the Beast Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy fame. The guest that got away, however, was another Ron...the late, great Ron Glass (1945-2016).
Ron Glass was a staple in the Whedonverse thanks to Joss Whedon's love of nostalgia--Ken, Joss and I all have that in common. Barney Miller was what got Ron his roles in Whedon projects like Serenity and Firefly. When Ron Glass called to me from backstage during a Firefly Panel in 2014, it was the first and only time I got seriously "faklempt" a la Mike Myers' Saturday Night Live (SNL) drag-character, Linda Richman. Why? Barney Miller was playing in the background when I was but a babe in Boston. Hearing Ron's voice had an unexpected psychological domino-effect I'll never forget.
Speaking of unforgettable, Ken Reid's work as a stand-up comic in Boston recently included MC-ing a night with 3 SNL greats: Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan (pictured below after their recent show with Ken--taken with Chris's iPhone at his request by Ken). Thanks to Ken's love of nostalgia, Pretty in Pink alum, Molly Ringwald, has even been on Ken's Comic Con couch. Btw, Ringwald is currently starring in Riverdale, which lost a 90210-nostalgia star near-and-dear to all 80's kids hearts, Luke Perry (1966-2019).
Side-note: Luke Perry co-starred in the first (and only) Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (1992), written by Joss Whedon. Interestingly, #TVGuidance Counselor just featured Tom Arnold as a guest--Tom Arnold was married to Roseanne Barr. One of the first paid gigs Joss Whedon ever worked on was the show, Roseanne, starring Roseanne Barr. Gotta love pop culture mythology! I know I do....
Ken Reid is witty, intelligent, and funny-as-hell. If you get a chance to see him live, don't hesitate. But if you don't frequent the Boston comedy scene and won't be in Denver at the end of this month, subscribe to Ken's #TVGuidanceCounselor podcast...I have to say, as the #PopCultureProfessor, I love listening to gems from Ken's archives, like the episode where Ken interviews Tracy Newman, writer of the Emmy-winning "The Puppy Episode" from Ellen, starring Ellen Degeneres.
#ICYMI: "The Puppet Episode" made TV, pop culture, and LGBTQIA history in 1997 as the first female-focused show to have an openly gay character AND star. I mean, you just can't find stuff like that anywhere else, making #TVGuidanceCounselor as unique as its creator and host.
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Ken Reid may not know what he'll be doing in 10 years, but I'm fairly certain he'll be the one in the hot seat as someone interviews him for his body of work. Crediting comedians like Bonnie Hunt, Bob Newhart and the entire cast of SCTV for his comedic chops, Ken Reid is one to watch, mainly because, he's one-in-a-million.
Did you hear that, Winona Ryder??? One. In. A. Million. Have your people call Ken's people or risk #FOMO. We fans want the star of Beetlejuice, Heathers (recently featured in Riverdale), Mr. Deeds, Mermaids, and Stranger Things on #TVGuidanceCounselor!. You can talk about what it was like to be married to Keanu Reeves, whose next John Wick installment premieres on May 17th!!!
Until Winona gets savvy to the goodness that is Ken Reid, look for Ken and I at the Boston Sci Fi Film Fest in 2020. And, yes, we may be joined by a famous Buffy alum, but you didn't hear that from me!
"Stay classy, San Diego!"