Advent Calendar House

It’s 1988, and we’re getting lit at Bubbe’s Boarding House for Hanukkah. Take a spin with us as we meet a bunch of puppets you’ll never hear from again.

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🎙 Guest:

• April Ryley (@Where2NextApril, @motherchristmascosplay).


💬 Topics & Tangents:

A Simpsons animator designed the puppets for this weird, wonderful ’80s Hanukkah special (Splinter).

Caps for Sale.

Anton and his Easter Island head.

• April’s very non-kosher latke recipe.

Mayim Bialik explains the letters on the dreidel and other Hanukkah facts.

Calvin getting trolled by his dad in Calvin and Hobbes.


📼 Retro Commercial Break:

• 1970s/’80s PBS Logo ID.

• 1985 Teddy Ruxpin “Frankenstein” Commercial, preserved by Dinosaur Dracula. Teddy Ruxpin voice actor Phil Baron co-wrote this special.


🎤 And Now, These Messages:

Cool Kids Club.

Chanuka at Bubbe’s © 1988 Pan-Imago, Inc.

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Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.

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Title: Chanuka at Bubbe’s

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