Fridays (1980–1982)

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Live late-night comedy sketch show similar to "Saturday Night Live."

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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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Referenced in Man on the Moon (1999) See more »

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would have beaten SNL
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fridays was my favorite late night show. They were a different type of humor than SNL, and given the time would have beaten them in the ratings. This show was similar, but more cutting edge than Boys In The Hall, from the same era.

One of my favorite recurring skits was Richards in drag going up an escalator talking gossip to the camera. Because he is more focused on talking to the camera than getting to the top people become impatient. He would always end with "Oh, shut up!".

The pharmacist with Mark Blankfield was also very funny. He would "accidentally" take medications with the signature lines "I can handle it" and "Take a pill".

I too wish they were for sale somewhere online.


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