Meet Wally Sparks

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Meet Wally Sparks
Directed by Peter Baldwin
Produced by Leslie Greif
Written by Harry Basil
Rodney Dangerfield
Starring Rodney Dangerfield
Debi Mazar
Michael Weatherly
Cindy Williams
Alan Rachins
Burt Reynolds
David Ogden Stiers
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Raúl Dávalos
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release dates
January 16, 1997
Running time
105 min.
Language English

Meet Wally Sparks is a comedy film released in 1997 by Trimark Pictures. It stars Rodney Dangerfield, who cowrote the script, and was directed by Peter Baldwin.


Wally Sparks (Dangerfield) is the host of a sleazy tabloid-style TV talk show who makes Jerry Springer seem gentle by comparison. His show has become so foul that he's alienated his not-especially-discriminating viewers, and his ratings are taking a nosedive.

Lenny Spencer (Burt Reynolds), head of the network carrying his show, gives Wally an ultimatum—he has a week to clean up the content and boost his ratings, or his show gets cancelled.

Wally's producer, Sandy Gallo (Debi Mazar), comes up with an idea—Floyd Preston (David Ogden Stiers) is the governor of Georgia and a staunch conservative known for his attacks on the lowbrow content of Wally's show, so what better way to demonstrate that Wally is trying to change his ways than having Preston on as a guest?

In order to persuade Preston to appear, Wally attends a reception at the Governor's Mansion, where he makes the mistake of getting in a drunken game of strip poker with Preston's wife, Emily (Cindy Williams), while somehow involving himself in a plot to blackmail the Governor. And the complications keep coming when Wally's son, Dean, begins a romantic relationship with the Governor's daughter.



The film is notable for its cameo appearances by a number of entertainers, including Tim Allen, Sally Jesse Raphael, Lenny Clarke, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Gilbert Gottfried, Julia Sweeney, Michael Bolton, Tony Danza, Ron Jeremy, John Melendez, Bob Saget, Jerry Springer, George Hamilton, and Roseanne Barr.