Alonzo Bodden—Comedian, Actor, and “Last Comic Standing” Grand Prize Winner—Guest 09/29/2016

Alonzo Bodden
Alonzo Bodden

Just about everybody loves comedy. Who doesn’t want to be moved to laughter? When you’re having a great day, comedy makes the day even greater. When you’re having a bad day, it lifts you to where you begin to have a good day. Either way, we all love comedy and appreciate good comedy. Our next Ken Boxer Live guest is a master of comedy—and good comedy at that—Alonzo Bodden.

Bodden, born in Queens, NY, is an American comedian and actor who has risen to fame, at least partially, by his incredible grand prize winning performance during the third season of the reality television series Last Comic Standing. He also looks very much like a comic, whatever that means. If you like the comedy of the late great Patrice O’Neal, you will surely like the comedy of Alonzo Bodden.

Alonzo Bodden

His DVD, Tall, Dark and Funny, is quite clever—well-worth the listen. You can learn more about Alonzo Bodden at his website.

Please join Ken and Tai during their interview with this huge talent for what will surely be a very entertaining (and funny) 30 minutes.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, September 26th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 09/29/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Dee Wallace—the Mother from E.T.—Guest 07/14/2016

Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace

Dee Wallace, a former ballet soloist, first became known in both TV and cinema during the mid 1970s. Through her well-received appearances in several horror and science fiction films, Wallace quickly gained a loyal fan following. As we all remember her role as the mom from the 1982 mega hit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

In addition to her well-known, extensive list of sci-fi and horror movies, she has appeared often outside this genre, with varied roles within over 90 films.

Ken and Tai welcome Dee Wallace as the next Ken Boxer Live guest.

Dee Wallace
from movie “Cujo”

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, July 11th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 07/14/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Judy Norton—from “The Waltons”—Guest 02/25/2016

Judy Norton
Judy Norton

During the fall of 1972, CBS television premiered The Waltons, a show about a large, rural American family and its experiences living through the twin crises of the Depression and World War II.  America quickly grew quite fond of this family, especially its demonstrated strong moral values, values which many Americans at the time agreed were rapidly vanishing from the American landscape.

In this light, many found The Waltons therapeutic, a weekly, salutary dosage of scrupulous principles far removed from their own spun-out-of-control world of Watergate, Vietnam, and counter-culture protests.

What many found most striking about the series was how the family always stuck together, through both good and bad times—supporting one another, palpably acknowledging each family member’s innate worth. Understandably many of the series’ most devoted fans wistfully wished that they themselves had been raised in a Waltons environment, one so very different from the “Me Generation” ethos then spoiling down upon American culture.

Judy Norton
“The Waltons”

Which brings us to our special guest. One of the Waltons’ main characters is Mary Ellen, the eldest of the Walton daughters, played by Judy Norton. Whiny and rebellious as a teenager, increasingly wise and sophisticated as she matures into adulthood, Mary Ellen ends the series as a successful doctor.

We are delighted to have Judy Norton with us as our guest on our next episode of Ken Boxer Live. Ken and Tai invite you to join them during this sure-to-be exciting interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, February 22nd.  Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 02/25/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Martin Kove—from “The Karate Kid”—Guest 02/11/2016

Martin Kove
Martin Kove

A New York math teacher early in his career, Martin Kove is best known to his fans as John Kreese, the head instructor of the Cobra Kai karate school, from the hugely successful movie The Karate Kid, including its two sequels. Kove is also well known from the television series Cagney & Lacey where he played the honest police detective Isbecki. An actor known for his strong facial features, Kove has played both good guys and bad guys.

Kove, a real-life black belt in the martial arts (whom we will be careful not to offend!), is our upcoming Ken Boxer LIve guest. Please join us for a momentous interview with this exemplary actor.

For more Martin Kove biography please visit his IMDb page.

Martin Kove in
“Shootfighter: Fight to the Death”

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, February 8th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 02/11/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Anson Williams—”Potsie” from “Happy Days”—Guest 01/28/2016

Anson Williams
Anson Williams

Ken Boxer Live is honored to have as its next guest the multi-talented Anson Williams. (Complimentary audience tickets to this event are available.)

Most of us remember Williams as the gullible, but lovable, Potsie Weber from the paradigmatic 1970’s television series Happy Days. Originating during a time of 1950’s nostalgia—American Graffiti, a movie with a similar theme, was a top-grossing film in 1973—Happy Days‘ eleven seasons (each of which roughly tracks one of the eleven years from 1955-1965) sits among those few series we deem as our all-time favorites, reminding us of a much simpler time not that long ago. Today the series resides in that wonderful television universe granted only to the very few: perpetual syndication.

Unlike most of the cast, Williams remained throughout the entire eleven seasons, although his appearances became less frequent during later episodes. Decades later Williams would return retrospectively to Happy Days, playing in various Happy Days-themed productions. Also, he and cast member Al Molinaro opened a now defunct chain of Happy Days-related diners called Big Al’s (mimicking its namesake from the series).

Anson Williams
“Happy Days”

After Happy Days, Williams began a very prolific career as a television director. Some of the series he directed include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Melrose Place, and Charmed.

In 2011 Williams was party to a breach-of-contract lawsuit that he and three other Happy Days cast members filed against CBS, the owner of the show, claiming they had not been paid for revenue derived from show-related sales items, such as dolls, greeting cards, t-shirts, and the like. This was finally settled with each cast member receiving $65,000 along with a CBS promise to adhere more strictly to paying the actors the residuals due them.

It truly is an incredible honor to have Anson Willams as our guest. Please join Ken and Tai for what will surely be a lively and exciting interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 25th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/28/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Paul Petersen—From the 1950s “Donna Reed Show”—Guest 01/14/2016

Paul Petersen
Paul Petersen

Ken Boxer Live presents Paul Petersen as its next guest. An actor, singer, novelist, activist—and former Mouseketeer— Petersen is widely remembered for his character Jeff Stone in the 1958 through 1966 television series The Donna Reed Show, a show that resonated well with the mores of late 50’s-early ’60’s American culture.

It, along with similarly themed shows like Father Knows BestOzzie and Harriet, and My Three Sons, solidly depicted what was then viewed as the ideal American family life: a father who worked to support his family, a mother who raised her adorable children, and dutifully obedient kids who knew without question that Father truly does know best. Our national collective memory still views that period—usually nostalgically, but always incorrectly—through that lens.

During various episodes, Petersen had many opportunities to showcase his singing talents, which placed him on the early ’60s pop charts with hits such as “She Can’t Find Her Keys,” “Lollipops and Roses”, and “My Dad,” which you can view with the YouTube link nearby.

After The Donna Reed Show ended in 1966, and finding himself haplessly and indelibly typecast as the all-American, clean-cut teen, Petersen found himself lost and abandoned, a teen-crooning relic out-of-step with the growing influence of the counterculture then taking hold of American youth.  His singing and acting career  waned. Making a wise, albeit forced, choice, he enrolled at college to begin a writing career, ultimately penning 16 very successful books.

Paul Petersen
“The Donna Reed Show”

Later in life, reflecting back on the special troubles child actors, such as he, endured after fame had vanished, Petersen created “A Minor Consideration,” an outreach program to protect the interests (emotional, financial, and legal) of former child stars.

For more biographical information about Paul Petersen, please visit his IMDb page.

Ken and Tai welcome Paul Petersen to the Ken Boxer Live set. Please join us for an exciting interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 11th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/14/2016, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Tab Hunter—All-American Actor (“Damn Yankees”), Singer, and Author—11/05/2015

Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter

The unforgettable Tab Hunter is our next Ken Boxer Live guest. For a full biography of this great actor, please visit his IMDb page.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, November 2nd. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

Tab Hunter
“Island of Desire”

(This episode first airs Thursday, 11/05/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)