The Wallace and Ladmo Show (1954–1989)
"It's Wallace?" (original title)

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"The Wallace and Ladmo Show", the longest-running same-cast kids' show in television history, featured sharply observed comedy skits that satired popular films, television shows and music ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mike Condello ...
 Commodore Condello (1963-1974)
Cathy Dresbach ...
 Jodi, Dotty, Perky The Clown (1984-1989)
Harry Florian ...
 Officer Harry
Dan Horn ...
 Dan (1981-1986)
Ladimir Kwiatkowski ...
 Ladmo
Pat McMahon ...
 Gerald, Captain Super, Marshall Good, Boffo The Clown, Aunt Maude, The Wizard, Bobby Joe Trouble, Hub Kapp, Frank Discussion, Zoomar, Caveman Elmer Blisco
Tim Parsons ...
 The Great Parsoni
Bill Thompson ...
 Wallace Snead, Mr. Grudgmeyer, Aqua
Ben Tyler ...
 Ben (1984-1989)
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"The Wallace and Ladmo Show", the longest-running same-cast kids' show in television history, featured sharply observed comedy skits that satired popular films, television shows and music acts, lampooned local and national politics and mercilessly mocked the station management and program sponsors. Aiming its comedy squarely at hip adults, and never talking down to kids in the audience, it won over legions of fans of every age who still turn out by the thousands for revivals and conventions. It was the "Saturday Night Live" of its age, daring and subversive, a comedy landmark. Written by Caitie Dee

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1 April 1954 (USA)  »

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Wallace Snead began as a character on "The Golddust Charlie Show". He got his own show when no one else wanted to host a syndicated cartoon package. See more »

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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Local Kids' TV (2011) See more »

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A True and Wonderful Phenomenon
30 December 2006 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

There really isn't much point in describing the Arizona-based kids show. It was a true Arizona phenomenon, and if you didn't live it, you could not possibly understand. When I have tried to tell non-natives just how much impact it had in our state, I have often had them laugh in my face.

Folks, you have to realize that it was a different time! From the 1950s through the 1970s, there were no video games, or VCRs, or DVDs, or any other electronic gadgets that today's kids take for granted, nor was there cable TV. There was only antenna television over the free airwaves, and Wallace and Ladmo brought joy to tens of thousands of Arizona children who watched them everyday. Countless Arizona children grew up on Wallace and Ladmo, and our memories are strong.

When Ladmo died in 1994, thousands of Arizona residents who had watched him as kids jammed the funeral service, shutting off streets. The Arizona Historical Society Museum has a permanent exhibit on Wallace and Ladmo, a testament to their impact on the state.

But you had to have lived it to understand how a kids show could have had such incredible influence. So, to those of you who weren't there, stop ridiculing us for our memories, as you seem to delight in doing. You wrong us with your insults.

Perhaps non-natives would understand more (then again, maybe not) if more footage of Wallace and Ladmo existed. The bulk of their surviving footage is from the 1980s, their weakest decade. KPHO-TV in Phoenix sadly did not have the foresight to start preserving earlier.

I and countless others will always love Wallace and Ladmo. For us, they will live forever!


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