Advent Calendar House

🦃 We’re talking turkey as we dig up and dig in to a 1983 Thanksgiving special from puppeteer Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF.

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🎙 On This Episode:

Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), nearsighted, hard-of-hearing turkey with a dream of making it in showbiz.

Chad Young (@HorrorMovieBBQ), a rat I promised $3 to if he made a silly face on my podcast, from the Horror Movie BBQ.

Tom Coombs (@classictomedy), an alley cat who talks like a Muppet but, for legal reasons, is definitely not a Muppet.

Jayme Kilsby (@brainexploderrr), hiding in a trash can to avoid being eaten alive.


💬 Topics & Tangents:

Imagicom Productions’ Holiday Specials Collection.

A Thanksgiving Tale, with curated retro Thanksgiving commercials.

The Joker at the 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

• A November 16, 1983 TV listing in an archived New York Magazine.

• Paul Fusco’s Space Cats.

• David Lander in Funland.

• Mental Floss’s Oral History of ALF.

• Today’s TV Trope: Invited as Dinner.

• The You Bet Your Life Duck.

• The art of making puppets fight: Throw them into the air from behind a fence.

• We compare the Thanksgiving play in this special to the one in Addams Family Values.


📼 Retro Commercial Break:

Butterball Turkey Commercial (1985)


🎤 And Now, These Messages:

Christmas Time in the City.

“A Thanksgiving Tale” © 1983 Imagicom Productions, Inc.

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