Co-founder of The Frantics, host of History Bites and Prisoners of Gravity, talks sketch comedy, TV production, and how Garry Shandling killed Four on the Floor
Rick Green is a legendary sketch comedy writer and actor and literary TV journalist. He co-founded the comedy troupe The Frantics with Dan Redican, Paul Chato, and Peter Wildman, and co-wrote and co-starred in their short-lived but superb TV show Four on the Floor. He also worked on The Red Green Show, The No Name Show, and All in Good Taste.
While Green may be best known as the host of the science fiction and fantasy literary show Prisoners of Gravity and the history-media-satire History Bites, he’s received widespread acclaim for ADD & Loving It, a comedic-scientific look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that The Globe & Mail called “brilliant.”
In today’s episode, I speak with Rick Green about:
- The similarities between History Bites and The Daily Show
- The unproduced, but fully-written second season of Four on the Floor
- How Garry Shandling killed Four on the Floor
- The writing approach that was responsible for producing the superb quality of Four on the Floor
- The creative risks, and the remarkable creative success of Prisoners of Gravity, and how it helped create the Watchmen feature film, and
- The effect he’s had on thousands of people through his documentary on ADHD
This episode’s conversation is from sublevel 19 in the archives of the Grand Lodge of Imhotep. It’s never been aired before now. I spoke with Rick Green during the Pure Spec con at the Edmonton Convention Centre on October 04, 2009. We began by discussing the deeper purpose of History Bites.
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