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    Wondering what folks here think about Andy's venture into the world of late night talk? First show aired last night with Mayor Mufi and ukelele extraordinaire Taimane Gardner.

    My observations: Everything seemed to go as planned, with no technical glitches. Andy seemed to be a little nervous in his opening monologue, and the sparse audience response didn't help. (Wonder how many people were in the audience? Sounded like only a small handful.) He seemed more relaxed when interviewing the Mufster, even got him to start singing at one point. Of course, it should be noted that they have been friends for years. Will be interesting to see how he interacts with personalities who are less familiar to him. Taimane was strictly a musical guest, but her one number (a Led Zeppelin/Beethoven medley) sounded super and was a good choice for the opening show.
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    Is this one that airs on KVFE at 9:30 pm?

    I will admit I wasn't paying much attention to this week's TV Guide so your note was the first I heard of this show. I take it's a weeknight show?

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    There is only one row of seats for the studio(?) audience.

    What does that tell you?

    I'm hoping this works out for him, since he got kicked out after a brief hosting stint with KGMB's Hawaiian Moving Company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Wondering what folks here think about Andy's venture into the world of late night talk? First show aired last night with Mayor Mufi and ukelele extraordinaire Taimane Gardner.

    My observations: Everything seemed to go as planned, with no technical glitches. Andy seemed to be a little nervous in his opening monologue, and the sparse audience response didn't help. (Wonder how many people were in the audience? Sounded like only a small handful.) He seemed more relaxed when interviewing the Mufster, even got him to start singing at one point. Of course, it should be noted that they have been friends for years. Will be interesting to see how he interacts with personalities who are less familiar to him. Taimane was strictly a musical guest, but her one number (a Led Zeppelin/Beethoven medley) sounded super and was a good choice for the opening show.
    when does it come on? What channel?

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    Made it just in time for Tuesday's night airing. They didn't show the audience but he did mention that it was coming from a furniture store.

    Like the bit about stuff from Long's Drug store that included Hawaiian scented air fresher made in Wisconsin, butt paste and roach tablets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star of Gladness View Post
    when does it come on? What channel?
    9:30 pm, on KFVE (channel 5), looks like Monday to Friday nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    Made it just in time for Tuesday's night airing. They didn't show the audience but he did mention that it was coming from a furniture store.

    Like the bit about stuff from Long's Drug store that included Hawaiian scented air fresher made in Wisconsin, butt paste and roach tablets.
    The show's coming from the Hawaii Design Center (eek...I think that's the name) on the corner of Kapiolani and Keeaumoku. I think a decent size audience would be to Andy's advantage. That may not be possible there. Seems like a strange venue to me. I can almost see it in that big room off Dave and Busters.

    The Long's BoC <g> was fun and I couldn't help but wish for a BoC from the 99 Store a la Leno!

    I think the show has potential but a half hour seems to cut Andy off when he's just getting warmed up. I wonder if the show will go to one hour when/if it catches on. Regardless, I wish Andy well and hope the show's a big success with both audiences and sponsors. I plan on watching.

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    Andy was on the cover of the Midweek a week or so talking about the show, he said he has lined up some of the famous actors from Joe Moore's upcoming play: Richard Dreyfuss and George Segal. Not bad.

    The recent morning talk show with Branscombe Richmond bombed in part I think because some of the guests interviewed were taped from a collectors show in Los Angeles and not even in Hawaii.

    If they can pull in the Hollywood guests like Andy says they are trying to get, more power to them, but I don't know why Hollywood celebs would want to come on the show when they are on vacation and why would they fly this far to promote themselves unless they are filming a movie I guess.

    The boasts in the article saying they would like to eventually sell the show so it can air on the mainland to compete with the likes of Leno and Letterman are unrealistic goals I think or maybe it's a subtle joke Andy is pulling by saying this.

    This *might* have worked years ago locally with Don Ho, Jim Nabors or Richard Chamberlain pulling in celebs and singers in their prime filmed over here. I know Don Ho tried it in 1976 on ABC but does anyone know the guest list he had?

    Nonetheless....I wish Andy all the best.....!!

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    The "set" is actually looking out on Kapi`olani and Pi`ikoi?, definitely not Ke`eaumoku.

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    Here's some more information that was in the Star-Bulletin last month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    The recent morning talk show with Branscombe Richmond bombed in part I think because some of the guests interviewed were taped from a collectors show in Los Angeles and not even in Hawaii.
    Bombed? You mean it's gone? Canceled? You mean what they show at 4:30 in the morning on KHON is re-runs? Really?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Nonetheless....I wish Andy all the best.....!!

    Aj
    Agreed! I grew up with his comedy and one of his brothers was a classmate. He was all the rage back then and I think he deserves more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimo View Post
    The "set" is actually looking out on Kapi`olani and Pi`ikoi?, definitely not Ke`eaumoku.
    Aha! Thanks! After I hit the submit button I wondered if it was Piikoi!! I decided to go to bed inside of checking out my curiosity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    [...]If they can pull in the Hollywood guests like Andy says they are trying to get, more power to them, but I don't know why Hollywood celebs would want to come on the show when they are on vacation and why would they fly this far to promote themselves unless they are filming a movie I guess.[...]
    I can only guess and I'll guess that celebs who might appear on Andy's show will already be in Hawaii, working! Just look at all the public appearances in which the cast from "Lost" participates. Most of those appearances are dictated by the shows publicity dept.

    If the show can score Spielberg, Lucas or Harrison from the Indiana Jones set on the Big Island, I bet the producers of Andy's show would either find the money to fly him to Oahu or be able to score a free ticket in trade! That's assuming any of them would fly a public airline and that they're still in Hawaii! What a score that'd be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by from the Star Bulletin article that buzz1941 linked
    "NightTime" will be taped with a live audience at the Honolulu Design Center, right behind street-level windows at the corner of Piikoi and Kapiolani. If you're stuck in traffic there, you'll become part of the set's background. The plan is to film three shows on Monday and two on Thursday.
    I was kind of wondering when it was taped. During last night's show Andy's openning you could see in the back that is was around dusk, but during the two guests appearances it was really dark outside.

    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    I can only guess and I'll guess that celebs who might appear on Andy's show will already be in Hawaii, working! Just look at all the public appearances in which the cast from "Lost" participates.
    All they need is a different cast member from Lost to come in once every other day and they would be able to fill in one fourth of a month's worth of guest slots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    I can only guess and I'll guess that celebs who might appear on Andy's show will already be in Hawaii, working! Just look at all the public appearances in which the cast from "Lost" participates. Most of those appearances are dictated by the shows publicity dept.!
    I don't expect Andy's show to attract the super heavyweights in the entertainment field (think Affleck, DiCaprio, Stallone, etc.) whenever they are here in Hawaii to relax. But I agree with you. Those who are here to "work," whether it be in film or on TV would be the better bet. Sheesh, can you imagine what kind of guest star actors Andy would have been able to invite when shows like Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum were on the air?

    As for Andy and his producer talking about competing with the likes of Leno and Letterman,... yeah, maybe that is a pipe dream. But if you start off thinking small, that's all you'll ever end up being. Good for Andy in shooting for the stars now. Eventually though, for the show to remain a fixture on the airwaves, he's gonna have to find a niche. As for whether there is a market for a Hawaii-based late night talk show taped before a live audience, no one knows if it will succeed or not until someone actually tries it. And Andy is just as good as any candidate to be the first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    [...]But if you start off thinking small, that's all you'll ever end up being. Good for Andy in shooting for the stars now.
    Bingo!!!
    Eventually though, for the show to remain a fixture on the airwaves, he's gonna have to find a niche. As for whether there is a market for a Hawaii-based late night talk show taped before a live audience, no one knows if it will succeed or not until someone actually tries it. And Andy is just as good as any candidate to be the first.
    I think audience tickets and a larger audience might help the show and give Andy that feedback and energy comedians and hosts need. Maybe offer blocks of tickets to potential corporate sponsors, to UH students, to HT members (); various groups that can fill the seats. Make attending the show a "must do" event. That should help to spread the word and generate interest.

    I remember when the Arsenio Hall show first started. A staffer went to Loyola Marymount U with enough tickets to fill that stage's audience section. My daughter got one and showed up. She ended up on the show playing Arsenio's version of The Price is Right along with Bob Barker!!!

    A half hour just isn't enough time for a late night type show but I'm counting on Andy to make it successful enough to go to one hour.

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    Right now the show is looking for sponsorships. At the end of the credits for Tuesday's night show there was an annoucement for those wishing to sponsor the show. No other information was available for being a guest or being an audenice member.

    And if they are taping their shows on Monday and Thursday it will be more than likey doing the 1/2 hour format. Taping three shows on Monday is going to eat up at least 2 hours assuming nothing bad happens that requires redoing a segment.

    Also does the Honolulu Design Center closes during the taping or just a certain part of the store is unavailable during taping since you don't want anyone coming in looking to buy furniture while Andy is doing the show? Then again it might be the start of running joke that every so often the set pieces get taken off during the show because they got purchased.

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    Thanks for the correction on the name of the 'set'....it is indeed the Honolulu Design Center....at the corner of Pi'ikoi Street and Kapi'olani Blvd. It's home to the only ENOMATIC wine dispensing system in Hawaii...it's a new concept but totaly cool....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star of Gladness View Post
    when does it come on? What channel?
    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    9:30 pm, on KFVE (channel 5), looks like Monday to Friday nights.
    It also re-airs on CW (digital channel 93) at 12:00 midnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
    Here's some more information that was in the Star-Bulletin last month.
    Thanks for this link, Burl. Dunno how I missed it earlier! I was happy to read the following:
    ...A new half-hour show every weeknight, later expanding to an hour? They'll have to be on their toes right out of the starting blocks. Is there enough talent floating about in Hawaii every week to keep it fresh?

    Bryan is confident. "And we'd like to position ourselves like Johnny Carson and discover new talent -- Hawaii has many great young filmmakers, for example," said Bryan...
    A springboard for local talent. I like that.
    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    [...]And if they are taping their shows on Monday and Thursday it will be more than likey doing the 1/2 hour format. Taping three shows on Monday is going to eat up at least 2 hours assuming nothing bad happens that requires redoing a segment.
    That would be with no warm-up and not swapping out the audience. At this point it doesn't sound like there's enough of an audience to do that.
    Also does the Honolulu Design Center closes during the taping or just a certain part of the store is unavailable during taping since you don't want anyone coming in looking to buy furniture while Andy is doing the show?
    I guess that depends on when the store closes and the show starts taping.
    Then again it might be the start of running joke that every so often the set pieces get taken off during the show because they got purchased.
    That could be a funny schtick but it would have to be scripted because of extraneous noise! Which leads me to wonder what other, fun segments the show could create, esp. those that might resonate on a local level. I'd love to see ideas from the HTers!

    I mentioned mine earlier...a BoC from the Murakai 99 Store, where most items are $1.49!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    A half hour just isn't enough time for a late night type show but I'm counting on Andy to make it successful enough to go to one hour.
    Half an hour is plenty of time. Carson Daly's been doing it for the last five years with Last Call on NBC.

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    Was at the Thursday Taping. Looks like folks can wander in and sit down(as long as the store is open). 1 show took 2 hours to tape with crew calling for restarts during the monologue or 1st segment. It really killed audience reaction (having heard the same joke/bit 2 time prior). They gotta get to "live-to-tape" like the big boys or it'll kill the production(don't wander off the set Andy..back on in 2minutes). Industrial grade video switcher/cameras.. very confined set area.. no audience shots..with a can't see anything in the background after the sun goes down set. Note Tuesday nights show started with a 7ish pm lighting and you could see outside.. 2minutes of TV time later its all black outside (cause they stopped/restarted/stopped way too many times).
    All new productions have bugs in 'em but this one sure has more than the usual. I am very much in favor of local programming so I hope they work 'em out quickly. 260 weekdays a year is a pretty aggressive schedule! Good luck to them. I think a well produced once-a-week would be hard enough... There's a reason Johnny Carson had a 20 man writer staff.

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    I caught last nights show. Andy was great, I think a 30 minute format will work and the the stuff his producers bought at Long's was awesome.

    Did you catch what KHON TV-2 was running at 9:00 & 9:30 pm? INFO-mercials. The 9 pm info-mercial was selling a mop and the 9:30 pm one was disgusting, bowl movement stuff. I know KHON is running off all their news talent, they are certainly going to run off all their viewers with these types of info-mercials. Friends and Raymond are good TV watching shows, but with Andy doing his thing up against info-mercials, Andy will get bettering ratings and ratings is what he wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betamax View Post
    Was at the Thursday Taping. Looks like folks can wander in and sit down(as long as the store is open). 1 show took 2 hours to tape with crew calling for restarts during the monologue or 1st segment. It really killed audience reaction (having heard the same joke/bit 2 time prior). They gotta get to "live-to-tape" like the big boys or it'll kill the production(don't wander off the set Andy..back on in 2minutes). Industrial grade video switcher/cameras.. very confined set area.. no audience shots..with a can't see anything in the background after the sun goes down set. Note Tuesday nights show started with a 7ish pm lighting and you could see outside.. 2minutes of TV time later its all black outside (cause they stopped/restarted/stopped way too many times).
    All new productions have bugs in 'em but this one sure has more than the usual.
    Thanks for the insight you provide as one of the audience members. During the Long's BoC segment, there appeared to be a wierd edit right in the middle. And I agree with Helen. While having the intersection of Piikoi and Kapiolani in the background is neat, it can be distracting when it suddenly changes from a 7pm environment to 8:30. But the show is just beginning and first impressions are important. I guess these editing/re-take gremlins are the price of trying to present to the TV audience (which is far larger than the "studio" audience) a presentation free of flubs and mistakes on the part of Andy and his guests, as well as perhaps some technical glitches (like out-of-focus cameras) on the part of the production crew. NT wants to be taken seriously and not come across like some local version of Fernwood 2-Nite. But as everyone gets more comfortable and confident, you would hope that the taping sessions would go down more smoothly.

    As far as camera shots of the audience, I would have to say that it is probably a wise decision at this point NOT to have them if there's only a small handful watching. As I said, first impressions are very important. Maybe when the audience gets bigger and every other aspect of the show becomes more polished, then audience shots could be incorporated.
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    I'm flying in to do a benefit show for the Kamehameha Lions Club on Saturday, August 18. I'll be on the show next week Friday to pimp that out(shooting on Wednesday night). Come on down and hang out!

    The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is doing the show with me on Saturday, so maybe he'll be at the Night Time taping as well.

    Who knows? Just be there.

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