The Bill Tush Show (simply called "Tush" on screen) is one of my favorite memories of early cable TV, when no one really knew what would work and almost anything and everything could be tried...just as long as it didn't cost too much.
Bill Tush himself, the host, was an amiable ex-newscaster whom I always thought resembled Charley Chase, the old-time movie comic, but with blow-dried 80's hair. The main set of the show was a long hallway lined with doors, thru which Bill could walk into (or look in on) the sketch situations.
Some of your other reviewers have mentioned the regular features like "Captain Space" (my favorite of those segments being a visit to the "Planet of the Anchormen," which caused the Captain and crew to act like local-TV news...well, anchormen) and the "Tammy Jean Pickett Hour of Inspiration," featuring the sadly departed Jan Hooks.
Less frequent but hilarious were the recurring spoofs of those late-night record offer commercials, always featuring "Ada Frump, the Bulgratzian Balladeer," singing her "hits" like "Goodbye, Toledo, Goodbye" and "I Hurt Myself Pushing Heavy Things," and a sketch taking place in a greasy-spoon diner.
Recurring gag lines included the Ravishing Dahrla's (Captain Space) hysterical "WE'LL ALL BE KILLED!!" and a throw-away line in sketches involving small-talk about characters' children, "My two do too."
While some of the humor was topical, all of it was well-written and played. "Tush" is still a great example of how ingenious comedy can overcome a bargain-basement budget.
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