Talking with Ken Reid, The TV Guidance Counselor

By Jason Harris

Courtesy of Ken Reid Tumblr page.

Courtesy of Ken Reid’s Tumblr page.

Ken Reid is a stand-up comedian and a podcaster, TV Guidance Counselor. He will be attending the New England Super Megafest this weekend. He will be performing Friday night at the Cosplay Comedy Kickoff Party. I had the pleasure recently to ask a number of questions about

Q:     In 2003, you decided to try your hand at stand-up. What was the impetuous behind that decision?

A:     I had been in bands from 1996-1999 or so, I am in no way shape or form a musician, but always wanted to perform. Once the band broke up and I had no musicians to ride the coattails of I thought stand up was my only route. I always liked comedy and watched tons of stand up, so i gave it a go.

Q:     How many stand-up engagements do you perform in a year?

A:     I average about 2 a week so 100-150 a year is probably about the normal.

Q:    Do you have any engagements coming up? If yes, where and when?

A:     I’ve taken the rest of 2015 off for the most part for a much needed breather, but I’m still doing the podcast weekly and will be back to frequent shows in 2016. My updated schedule is always at

Q:    When did the idea for your podcast, TV Guidance Counselor, come about?

A:     Friend and fellow comic Sean Sullivan basically told me that I have all these TV Guides, when people come over my house we often will flip through them and discuss old shows, why not just do that as a podcast? I wanted to do a podcast for a long time but didn’t have a great idea that would be different from the usual two comics just chatting format, until Sean threw that at me. I also do almost no pop culture stuff in my stand up, despite that occupying a huge part of my brain, so it was a great excuse to exercise a lot of that stuff.

Q:     When did you start collecting TV Guides?

A:     As early as I can remember. There are photos of me at age 2 with a TV Guide in my hand.

Q:    What issue made you want to collect TV Guides?

A:    Not sure if it’s a specific issue really . I like having the little digest sized time machine on hand.

Q:    Are you still collecting?

A:    Not new issues, but if I see some old ones I don’t have, I grab them.

Q:    What were some of your favorite shows growing up?

A:    Just the Ten of Us is a lifelong favorite, Newhart, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The Facts of Life. Weirdly I’ve been lucky enough to have people who’ve been on all those shows guest on my podcast.

Q:    What are some of your favorite shows now?

A:    Weirdly I don’t watch too much new stuff. I like The Flash, and I still watch Supernatural. Fringe was the only show I watched weekly as it came out and LOVED in the last few years. I think it is the best sci-fi show of all time.

Q:    Who are some of the people you would like to have on your podcast?

A:     I do have some dream guests. Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Cassanda “Elvira” Peterson, John Larroquette, John Waters.

Q:     You will be at Super Megafest in November and the Pop Culture Expo in December, are these the first conventions you have been a guest at?

A:     Weirdly no. Gary at North East Comic Con has had me do live TV Guidance Counselors at the last few. I always have a good time. Last year, I did the stand up show at Super Megafest, which was also fun.

Q:     What drew you to being a guest at a convention?

A:     They asked, and I’m almost always there anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Q:     Are there any comedians you looked up to growing up?

A:     Dana Gould was my absolute #1 for sure. I was also always a huge Bob Newhart fan.

Q:    Who are some comedians today that you would suggest people go see?

A:    Hmm….I’d still go with Dana Gould.

Q:    Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to become a comedian?

A:    Don’t do it! But if you must be prepared to be terrible for at least two years even if you think you are. Don’t do it with a goal in mind, just do it to enjoy doing it and you’ll be fine.

If you are free this weekend, go to Super Megafest to hear Ken and to meet a lot of celebrities. Find out more information here.

Experiencing ‘Some Guy Who Kills People’

Experiencing Some Guy Who Kills People

by Jason Harris

Some Guy Who Kills People movie poster

Recently, I received a copy of the movie, Some Guy Who Kills People. I wasn’t expecting much with a b-movie title like that, but I was pleasantly surprised. The movie is about Ken Boyd portrayed by Kevin Corrigan (The Dictator, The Departed, TV series Fringe and Grounded for Life). Boyd was recently released from Cotton Valley State Hospital, a loony bin, after trying to commit suicide. After leaving the hospital, he returns home to live with his overbearing mother, Ruth, portrayed by Karen Black.

Black tells him as she takes a knife out of his hand that “7 in 10 people try to commit suicide twice.” She replaces the knife with a spoon and says to him, “if you are going to off yourself, you are going to have to earn it.” This is just one instance that could nominate Ruth for the Mother of the Year award.

Ken isn’t only treated badly at home; he gets the same treatment at his job, scooping ice cream, and walking around town. It’s no wonder he wants revenge on the people who caused him problems throughout his life. Everybody who has ever been bullied can feel a little bit of happiness when Ken gets his revenge.

This movie also contains a feeling of family, which I never thought possible in this movie. This sense of family comes about when Ken finds out he has a 9-year-old daughter and she moves in with him and her grandmother for awhile to get to know her father.

Some Guy Who Kills People writer Ryan Levin, whose credits includes an episode of Scrubs, the television series he is a production assistant on, brings as much comedy as he brings violence to Ken’s victims. For instance, the movie’s town sheriff portrayed by Barry Bostwick eats popcorn at a Drive-in movie theater crime scene as he says, “You don’t cut off a man’s head unless you are one angry fella.”

The movie is directed by Jack Perez, who has written an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the movies Wild Things 2, Monster Island, and Unauthorized Brady Bunch: The Final Days.

The movie has locked up a U.S. Distributor and a release date hasn’t been finalized yet, Levin said.

When this movie is released, you should definitely take a chance to see it. You won’t be disappointed.