All posts tagged: 1980s

Super Dave Osborne

Super Dave Osborne was the naive and always optimistic stuntman played by Bob Einstein. You may recognized Einstein as Marty Funkhouser from Curb Your Enthusiasm, but in the 80s he was the Super One whose stunts would go spectacularly and hilariously wrong. Always accompanied by his assistant stunt coordinator Fuji Hakayito and with announcer Mike Walden covering the action, The Super Dave Osborne show was all about the anticipation of Dave’s latest outrageous daredevil stunt. Reminiscent of Evel Knievel, Dave would give a big thumbs up and detail the upcoming trick with Walden. Then (and always) something would go disastrously awry, resulting in an Dave being squished, squashed, blown up or whatever other bodily injury you can think of. The show also featured tons of musical and variety acts, but that’s not why we watched…   Advertisements

Ravishing Rick Rude: Wrestling Legend

It was 15 years (this month) since the passing of wrestling legend Ravishing Rick Rude. The self-proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive”, Rude was known for having one of the best physiques in the history of professional wrestling. A physique he would gladly show off, along with his famous airbrushed tights. In the glory days of the WWF, Rude would burst onto the scene in 1987 and was quickly one of the most hated superstars. And how could you not hate him. He would come out to cheesecake music, grab a microphone and belittle you, and then disrobe and grind his hips to prove not only he was more man than you, but he could also get your lady. The really interesting thing about Rude was that he wasn’t like the other villains in the WWF back then. The stereotypical bad guy was known for talking tough, but then cowardly running away and cheating. Rude, however, was known for talking tough and being tough. This combination made him a serious contender which scored him a reign as …

Are you a Genuine Nerd?

In the late 1980’s something strange happened in pop culture. The jocks/cool kids were becoming the ones scoffed at, while the “genuine nerds” of the world were getting their well deserved glory. How else do you explain the story of Toby Radloff, a Cleveland file clerk turned comic book character turned MTV corespondent. You might recognize his story as the funny subplot to the 2003 film American Splendor, but his celebrity was no joke.   If you were to ask anyone to describe an exaggerated stereotype of a nerd, you’d get Toby Radloff. With a distinctive manner of speech and very quirky mannerisms, Toby is as nerdy as you can get…and is very proud of it. The MTV audience of the late 80’s got a kick out of Toby, at first for comic relief. But he quickly became a figure of inspiration. He wasn’t ashamed of who he was or what he wore, he was proud to be a nerd. Shortly after the release of Revenge of the Nerds and with Toby all over MTV, …

GLOW- The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

GLOW was a TV series/wrestling promotion in the late 80’s that centered around cartoon-like female characters. It featured over-the-top comedic segments, music videos and oh yes, wrestling. What’s interesting though is that the majority of its performers were not trained wrestlers, they were actresses, models and dancers. GLOW was a little before my time, but my dad always had found memories of it. It’s year 2000 reboot (WOW – Women of Wrestling) was something I remember, although without the big hair attitude of the 80’s, WOW wouldn’t survive more than a few seasons. In a time when the World Wrestling Federation’s popularity overshadowed it’s competition, it’s easy to forget how popular GLOW really was. Only one of the GLOW cast members went on to have a notable wrestling career afterwards and that was Tina Ferrari, who was known as Ivory in the WWE. She went on to capture 3 WWE Women’s title in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I suggest for any wrestling fan, or even pop culture fan to check out the GLOW documentary …