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)
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 Himself (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Essentially, this was the show that everyone was tuning into after The Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players left Saturday Night Live. SNL's new cast was bombing badly, with only two cast members gaining any recognition (Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo). Fridays was doing well, until reality intruded in the form of Nightline with Ted Koppel. Originally, Koppel's news show was simply an update to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Each night ABC would begin a summation of the days events in Iran immediately after the local news. Koppel's show became a permanent fixture, and was expanded to a full hour. Rather than start the show on Fridays at 12:30am, ABC tried to move the show to primetime, at 8pm, and on a different day of the week, no less! The last latenight episode featured Melanie Chartoff and Brian Mahler remaining in character but going off script and complaining about going to primetime. And they were right. The latenight audience did not find them, and the show was cancelled shortly ... Written by GrandTetonRider

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The new late-night lunacy from ABC! See more »

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Trivia

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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Featured in Kramer vs. Kramer: Kenny to Cosmo (2004) See more »

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ABC's show "Fridays" was the best in television comedy
11 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Friday's was one of the best shows I have ever watched. It was well written and superbly performed. I would love to see the show re-runs so they could be enjoyed by a whole new generation of people. The character development was superior to anything on television today. I was trying to tell my 21-year old about this show but words can't describe the superior comedic performances that appeared week after week. I still don't understand how lesser-quality comedy shows survived while this one didn't. The pharmacist and the angry little kid (played by Michael Richards) was side-splitting comedy at its best. I still chuckle when I think of some of those crazy skits. Any ideas out there on how to revive the shows for syndication?


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