Usually I take celebrity deaths mourn for about twenty-five seconds and then move on with my life. Of course other times I have gone the other way and carried on like they were the greatest events ever, like when Anna Nicole Smith died.
We lost a few celebrities this year. One guy that molested children and owned a chimp… then there was some other people that did some stuff. All of them though couldn’t hold a torch to a man… no a legend… that we lost over the weekend. (Except maybe Bea Arthur.)
Ken Ober the former host of one of the single greatest TV shows ever on MTV, “Remote Control” died over the weekend.
I’ve professed my love of “Remote Control” before. The show taught me that my encyclopedia like knowledge of pop culture was worth something. My sense of humor was shaped a little bit by the show. Teaching me that apparently sarcasm was funny and it led to Kari Wuhrer sitting next to you.
(Note: Being sarcastic does not lead to Kari Wuhrer sitting next to you in middle school. Just a girl with green boogers in her nose and a kid that you made fun of for shitting himself on the bus in the forth grade.)
Also the show introduced me to Colin Quinn, Adam Sandler, and Dennis Leary.
Half the time I missed out on the double entendre because I was like 10-12 when the show was on but whatever, at least I was learning stuff about “I Love Lucy” and music videos. Ober was the ultimate game show host. He deftly cracked wise, talked to his mother upstairs, and managed a three ring circus of people that routinely showed up half in the bag for every show.
Next to Chuck Berris he was the single greatest game show host of all time.
(Take your Richard Dawson and Bob Barkers and jam them up your ass.)
The Labor Day edition of Remote Control where they did a telethon for gingivitis:
All class… Trying to fight for a disease that doesn’t get talked about enough…. (If only he could have had more time.)
I always secretly hoped that I could host a new version of “Remote Control” or the “Gong Show”. Now I know that isn’t going to happen and I have to just learn to appreciate the genius that was Ken Ober.