Manny P. here…
Svengoolie is a hosted movie show in the tradition of such faire as Vampira and Elvira. It’s a long-running local program in the Chicago area, and recently, expanded nationally, airing each Saturday night on Me-TV. The show airs low-budget science-fiction and horror movies with host Svengoolie, currently played by Rich Koz.
Koz got his start in broadcasting at WMTH-FM, a high school radio station in Park Ridge, Illinois. While at Northwestern University, he sent the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop, material for the horror-movie program. Impressed by his sense of humor, Bishop subsequently invited Koz to the show. In 1979, he carried on the tradition of Svengoolie. Out of costume, Rich also presents the syndicated Three Stooges Stooge-a-Palooza program.
Before and after the commercials, Svengoolie presents sketches, tells corny jokes, and does song parodies, spoofing the movies being aired. Another recurring gag involves rubber chickens thrown at Svengoolie after an unusually weak joke—usually at the end of an episode’s closing sketch. The program resembles the bold humor of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, except with silly clip segments aired outside the film. In 2006, they obtained broadcast rights to classic Universal horror flicks of the 1930s and 1940s. The show also aired the Abbott and Costello Meet series, with Universal Studio Monsters; and Hammer Film Productions, which were distributed by Universal-International.
Between 1979 and 1986, the Son of Svengoolie program won three Chicago Emmys. For its 25th anniversary, Svengoolie was given a Silver Circle Award by the Chicago / Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their outstanding contributions to Chicago television.
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