Hello!
May 4, 2016 6:11 PM   Subscribe

"There is no reason on earth why Prince Charming cannot walk through our front door!"

Bonus: I've curated the classic album, Lenny and Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones:
Side A pt 1
Side A pt 2
Side B pt 1
Side B pt 2
Side B pt 3
posted by not_on_display (16 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Man, I haven't heard "Night After Night" in decades!
posted by kimota at 6:53 PM on May 4, 2016


Hello!
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:02 PM on May 4, 2016


David Lander (the little "Hello!" guy from the linked video) plays Henry the Penguin in "Oswald", a gentle and engaging pre-schooler cartoon series. He is a dedicated friend to the titular character, but he has struggles with understanding other people and how he is different than they are. The sensitivity and sincerity with which he approaches the role, along with the soundtrack and lovely animation kept my interest as an adult in watching the series with my kid.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:05 PM on May 4, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ted McGinley sighting at 1:16!

Hard to believe Lenny eventually went to law school and moved to New Mexico. Shame about the electromagnetic hypersensitivity though.
posted by bondcliff at 7:11 PM on May 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


I also read David Lander's biography Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody which is really good. He does a lot of good spokesmanning for MS=related stuff.
posted by jessamyn at 7:15 PM on May 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


What ho?
posted by Parasite Unseen at 7:18 PM on May 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


Little known fact: Lenny and the Squigtones opened for Spinal Tap at Woolstock, the little-known sequel to Woodstock that took place on Max Yasgur's other farm. Due to a serious misunderstanding, the festival was only advertised in an animal husbandry magazine, so that of the half-million attendees, about 499,500 of them were sheep. On the plus side, the relative handful of human concertgoers all went home with a nice sweater and three pairs of warm socks.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:35 PM on May 4, 2016 [9 favorites]


This will show up in my dreams now. I'm considering never sleeping again.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:48 PM on May 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


Strange how memory works. I watched this show religiously as a child and, until two minutes ago, I would have bet good money that every time Lenny and Squiggy burst into a room they would both say "Hello!" in unison. But apparently it was always just Squiggy.

Now I'm hesitant to go revisit old episodes of Happy Days, for fear the Fonz never actually wore a leather jacket or uttered the famous catchphrase "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Potsie!"
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:05 PM on May 4, 2016 [8 favorites]


You're doing god's work here, not_on_display. This is definitely one of the more underappeciated parts of David St. Hubbins's career.

I wish he'd kept up with the music instead of becoming a crazy lawyer.
posted by rokusan at 10:37 PM on May 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


And both "Lenny & Squiggy" were part of the '70s radio comedy group The Credibility Gap, along with Harry Shearer, who, together with David L. Lander, did the team's most legendary "Bit" (as far as I am concerned), the "Rock & Roll Version of Who's On First" (and let's face it, the Squig did a damn fine Lou Costello).
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:09 AM on May 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


On the plus side, the relative handful of human concertgoers all went home with a nice sweater and three pairs of warm socks.

This was the show that inspired Smell the mitten!
posted by vanar sena at 2:19 AM on May 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


But apparently it was always just Squiggy.

Had exactly the same feeling. Just watching those entrances over and over and over again give you a sense of what great comedic timing they had.
posted by jessamyn at 6:50 AM on May 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, and if you focus on what McKean's doing physically without saying a word, while Landers flings the door open and says the line, you realize how subtly it enhances the duo's entrance. It's as if Kramer had been split into two people.
posted by not_on_display at 6:55 AM on May 5, 2016 [5 favorites]




I had forgotten that I stopped watching the show after they all left Milwaukee.
posted by JanetLand at 11:10 AM on May 5, 2016


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