Back before the endless swarms of reality TV shows took over the airwaves, networks used to make their cheap programming by giving people their own singing, dancing, stupid skit-having variety show.  Dean Martin had one, so did Mac Davis and even fictional types like Sha Na Na, The Brady Bunch and the fully animatronic Mandrell Sisters.  (They’ve been repurposed as part of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ at Disneyland, or so I’ve heard.)  It’s also pretty much the reason why we know who Donny and Marie are.  The last attempt that I can remember was just a couple of months ago with Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, leading to today’s unscripted query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Tony Stark would host one heck of a jam, and could even bring his own guest-stars, asking: What fictional character deserves their own variety show?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Based on the final act of their first adventure, I’m gonna say I’d like to see the variety show Bill & Ted could put on (with a little help from Rufus’ time machine, of course)

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