Oddville, MTV

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Oddville, MTV
Genre Comedy
Format Talk, variety show
Directed by Kit Carson
Starring Rich Brown
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeremiah Bosgang
Producer(s) Rich Brown
Location(s) New York City
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
Original run June 16, 1997 – 1999
Chronology
Preceded by Beyond Vaudeville (1987-1996)

Oddville, MTV is an American variety television series starring Rich Brown. The series premiered June 16, 1997, on MTV.[1]

History[edit]

Oddville, MTV is based on the New York City public-access television cable TV series Beyond Vaudeville that Rich Brown hosted from 1987 to 1996.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Rich Brown as host Frank Hope
  • David Greene as silent co-host David
  • Melissa Gabriel as the announcer
  • John Walsh as Joey the Dancing Monkey

As an example of a guest star, Ian McGrady made an appearance throwing grapes high into the studio ceiling and catching them in his mouth, consistently. This was after an appearance by a so-called "human carpet", who read a manifesto of why needed to be vacuumed and then summarily stretched out on the ground and was vacuumed by an assistant.

Reception[edit]

Phil Gallo of Variety described the show as "'stupid human tricks' on methamphetamines as one act after another is whisked to the floor to perform before hitting the couch for a few questions". Gallo went on to describe Hope as having "an Everyman quality possessed by TV hosts from [Joe] Franklin to Uncle Floyd to Colin Malone", and said that announcer Gabriel has "a warm and enchanting presence".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richmond, Ray (June 4, 1997). "New MTV strip 'Oddville' to debut June 16". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b Gallo, Phil (June 16, 1997). "Oddville, Mtv". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

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