Fridays (1980–1982)

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Burns ...
 Announcer / ... (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Brandis Kemp ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Maryedith Burrell ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Darrow Igus ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bruce Mahler ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Roarke ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Rich Hall ...
 Himself (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
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A skit-oriented variety/comedy show, this was an attempt by the ABC network to cash in on the success of Saturday Night Live. The formula is very similar, right down to having fake commercials and a bogus newscast. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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During one memorable episode, broadcast live, guest star Andy Kaufman broke character during a sketch. He got into a shoving match with Michael Richards which degenerated into an on-camera brawl. It was later revealed that this was a set-up and Kaufman and some of the brawl participants and the cast were in on the gag, but most of the crew were caught completely off-guard. Melanie Chartoff discusses this in an interview with David Brody found on Youtube. See more »

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Despite reputation as a second-rate rate ripoff of Saturday Night Live, it usually was much better.
29 December 1999 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

Created in early 1980s by ABC as an imitation of "Saturday Night Live," it was more extreme, crazier and funnier than "SNL." Besides Andy Kauffman, it featured Larry David and Michael Richards (both later of "Seinfeld").

Richard's violent, war-mongering and ultimately self-destructive boy in the sandbox was a brilliant creation. It broke the rules of physical comedy, going far beyond the predictable smart-alek jokes of "SNL." Richards was the genius of the show, not Kauffman, who by then was sadly running out of ideas.

By the way, the Kauffman episode of "Fridays" depicted in the movie "Man in the Moon" was not a spontaneous outburst. It was planned ahead of time, according to B.K. Momchilov, who runs the Andy Kauffman Home Page.

The Comedy Channel should play "Fridays" re-runs to offset "SNL's" stale re-runs.


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