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Fridays 

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

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Bill Lee, John Moffitt
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3   2   1  
1982   1981   1980  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Burns ...  Announcer / ... 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Brandis Kemp ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Mark Blankfield ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Maryedith Burrell ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Melanie Chartoff ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Larry David ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Bruce Mahler ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Michael Richards ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
John Roarke John Roarke ...  Various 58 episodes, 1980-1982
Rich Hall ...  Himself 21 episodes, 1981-1982
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

At the end of each episode, we see close-ups of actual snapshots of the entire production crew, with a hand guiding us through the photos. See more »

Alternate Versions

The episodes went into syndication in the late 1980s and were edited down to 60 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tempest (1982) 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 johnedit-2See 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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