Ed the Sock

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Ed the Sock

Ed the Sock is a sock puppet character, created and voiced by Steven Kerzner, that became a Canadian television personality who first appeared in the 1990s. He is best known for his appearances hosting programming on MuchMusic and his own talk show, Ed's Night Party, later renamed Ed & Red's Night Party.[1] Ed the Sock is a gray sock puppet that has green hair and eyebrows, round eyes, a scowl, a cigar sticking out of his mouth, and a rough, gravelly voice.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kerzner was a producer in the 1990s at Newton Cable,[2] during this time the show went through several co-hosts which included Harland Williams, Eric Tunney and Tim Rykert. After Newton Cable was purchased by Rogers Cable in 1993, Kerzner was able to repackage the program for a wider cable audience with Ed the Sock as the star.

The new show attracted the interest of producer John Brunton, who took the program to CITY-TV. This show, co-hosted by "Humble" Howard Glassman (better known as half of the local radio morning show Humble & Fred), debuted on February 10, 1995, at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. Brunton later departed the show after having some creative differences with Kerzner.

Kerzner was also a political aspirant, running unsuccessfully as a candidate for school trustee and for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in the 1990 Ontario provincial election. A fiscal and foreign-policy conservative, Kerzner's political heroes at the time included Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. In recent years, however, he has offered left-of centre views, arguing in favour of rights for same-sex couples, care for the homeless and other causes. He has since stated in a 2009 interview that he is no longer a conservative.[3]

Ed's Night Party and other projects[edit]

The logo of Ed & Red's Night Party

Besides Ed's Night Party, which aired in countries around the world including the United States (late night on the G4 Network), Ed was a fixture on MuchMusic. The show was in the late-night slot because of its overt depictions of sexuality, primarily involving sexualized women and Ed's off-colour remarks. Among Ed's shows were Ed's Big Wham Bam, a weekly live two-hour program that featured viewers performing talents like singing, dancing, and cooking; and the annual Fromage, a program which featured and mocked the cheesiest music videos released in the year, which Ed began hosting in the late 1990s, following former host and Fromage creator, MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward. Ed also hosted a popular but short-lived series in which he and guests watched and made fun of bad movies called Ed's Nite In.

Ed was joined on Ed's Night Party! by Liana K (Liana Kerzner, wife of Steven), a busty redhead who became Ed's first female co-host and his most popular one, and who also is featured in a pin-up calendar, which was offered on Ed's official website. For several years, Liana has been the senior producer and writer of all Ed's projects. With the addition of Liana as co-host, the show was renamed Ed & Red's Night Party. Ed the Sock maintained co-hosting duties. This was the last Fromage as Ed's relationship with Citytv ended when new owners re-branded the channel, but the Ultra-Fromage style was a template for what would become I Hate Hollywood on CHCH-TV[4][5][6]

Ed & Red's Night Party ended its CITY-TV run on August 31, 2008. Creator Steven Kerzner stated that, while the weekly TV show was ending, the character would likely live on in other projects that were already in the works.[7]

Return to television[edit]

This Movie Sucks! as seen in the first episode

After two years off the air, Ed returned to television on CHCH-TV Hamilton[5][6] with a new show This Movie Sucks! which is similar to his old show on City-TV, Ed's Nite In. The show is once again co-hosted by Liana K and also features comedian Ron Sparks. In each two hour episode Ed has guests over to watch (and make fun of) a bad movie. This Movie Sucks! was named one of the five best television shows of 2010 by Toronto Entertainment[8] and one of the three best new shows of 2010 by Excalibur Magazine.[9][10] A third season of This Movie Sucks! is currently under production.

The series will be joined on CHCH-TV by another Ed-hosted series called I Hate Hollywood which was originally expected to air in September 2010,[11] but was later rescheduled and is now scheduled to air Wednesday nights and weekends, beginning May 2, 2012. The show will feature Ed and Liana making fun of the latest celebrity gossip and news.[12]

FU Network[edit]

In late 2016, Ed the Sock created the FU Network with the intended goal of restoring the immediate, unpredictable and authentic energy of classic Much merged the connectivity and immediacy of the internet, from there he would do a live show with Liana K in downtown Toronto, Ontario. In April 2017, Ed gained media attention after he posted a video on to his YouTube channel titled "Who Murdered MuchMusic", documenting what he refers to is the demise and downfall of the Canadian music channel by pointing the finger at Bell Media and said that their behind the scenes management killed the station.[13] This resulted in his video being taken down by Bell Media On the grounds of copyright infringement and was unable to live stream for 90 days because of the initial incident. In July 2018, he launched an Indiegogo campaign to have the network officially launch online and had reached his goal of $35,000 through Indiegogo donations and Paypal donations.

Inspirations[edit]

Ed is based on two actual people, whose names remain undisclosed.

Some people contend that it inspired the creation of Ed's American counterpart Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. The controversy dates back to 1997 when Ed agreed to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The appearance was suddenly cancelled, and one to three months later, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog debuted.[14][15] Ed afterwards expressed such resentment towards Triumph that NBC (the network that aired O'Brien's show) stated they "didn't want Ed anywhere near Triumph" when Conan visited Canada for a week of shows during February 2004.[16]

Other appearances[edit]

Aside from television, Ed has had some radio appearances[17] and has guested at several sci-fi conventions. He and Liana K co-hosted the first ever Constellation Awards in 2007.[18] He also was an advice columnist for Faze Magazine in 2001 and 2002.[19]

With other performers in the Toronto community, Ed is a sponsor of and appears annually at the Toronto-based convention called Futurecon, which is held every year on New Year's Eve,[20] frequently with partial proceeds benefiting charities.

Since June 23, 2011 both Ed and Liana have been hosting Ed & Red's Podcast for gwmp.tv.[21]

In 2012-2013, Ed has made appearances on Frank D'Angelo's The Being Frank Show, a paid infomercial program on CHCH-TV, the same network which formerly produced This Movie Sucks!.

Most recently, in 2018 Ed appeared on the fourth episode of Wrongspeak podcast with Jonathan Kay and Dr. Debra Soh.[22]

FU Party[edit]

Shortly before the start of the 2011 federal election, Ed announced his intention to run for Prime Minister of Canada as head of the new "Fed-Up Party". The FU Party's stated goals include fighting apathy and stupidity in government.[23] Throughout the campaign the "FU Party News Centre" posted links to various articles and videos trying to encourage people to vote and criticizing the political establishment, especially the government and re-election campaign of Stephen Harper. Around this time, Ed also started his own WordPress blog called "Nobody's Puppet!" where he elaborated his thoughts on politics but also on the media industry.

Ed declared victory for the FU Party on April 28, 2011, citing that he had successfully assailed apathy after the record turnout at advance polls, and because to him the "Orange Surge" showed that Canadians had learned that they have a choice. While not officially endorsing the New Democratic Party, Ed stated that the "NDP has become the FU vote" and as such withdrew from the race. While the election did grant the NDP a record number of seats in Parliament, actual voter turnout was not much higher than in 2008, which helped the governing Conservative Party to win the majority of seats.[24] Ed stated he hopes the FU Party will continue to provide "smartass commentary for a dumbass political establishment." It should be noted that Fed-Up was purely a joke political party and was never registered with Elections Canada.

Ed's Nite In[edit]

Ed's Nite In
Starring Ed the Sock
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Release
Original release January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18) – March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)
External links
Website

Ed's Nite In is a Canadian short-lived TV series on Citytv in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, hosted by Ed the Sock. Ed would screen bad movies with his co-host/wife Liana K and invite friends/guests over to watch and make comments on the films.

The show was slightly different from Ed's later bad movie show This Movie Sucks! in that the movies they broadcast were more current and in Ed's Nite In Ed and his friends did not make comments during the movies.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ed the Sock brings his wisecracks back to TV The Canadian Press, May 13, 2010 (Article by Bill Brioux)
  2. ^ The rough life of Ed the Sock TV GUIDE, 2010-06-03 (Article by Janine Oliveira)
  3. ^ Sock it to me! At home with Ed The Sock's creator The Toronto Star, April 4, 2009 (Article by Rita Zekas)
  4. ^ Hamilton
  5. ^ a b CHCH expands programming for fall Media in Canada, July 27, 2010 (Article by Katie Bailey)
  6. ^ a b CHCH-TV 'tweaks' format THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR, August 26, 2010 (Article by Steve Arnold)
  7. ^ "Citytv socks it to Ed". Toronto Sun. June 25, 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. 
  8. ^ Phung, Wei. "Looking Back At All The Best of 2010", Toronto Entertainment, 27 December 2010
  9. ^ Miller, Amy. "The Best New Shows of 2010", Excalibur Magazine, 6 January 2011
  10. ^ The Best New Shows of 2010
  11. ^ Ed the Sock brings his wisecracks back to TV with new indie show on CHCH Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. The Canadian Press, May 13, 2010 (Article by Bill Brioux)
  12. ^ Ed The Sock Returning To Save Television Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine. CHARTattack, May 14, 2010 (Article by Kate Harper)
  13. ^ Former TV Personality Ed The Sock Comes Under Fire Over Who Murdered MuchMusic Video Entertainment Tonight Canada, April 6th 2017 (Article by Rachel West)
  14. ^ “This Movie Sucks” Discussion bureau42.com, July 11, 2010
  15. ^ Is Triumph just a poor man's Ed the Sock?? Archived 2009-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Ed the Sock Everything 2, Originally posted on June 19, 2008. Retrieved on May 4, 2011
  17. ^ Ed The Sock Headlines This week’s edition of The Sports Guys[permanent dead link] January 21, 2011
  18. ^ 2007 Constellation Awards Archive
  19. ^ ASK ED & RED... Faze Magazine
  20. ^ Futurecon
  21. ^ Ed & Red's Podcast Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. gold water moving pictures
  22. ^ "Wrongspeak Podcast". SoundCloud. Retrieved 7 September 2018. 
  23. ^ Ed the Sock for Prime Minister - TV Legend announces new party to fight apathy & stupidity Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine. Ed the Sock Website, March 23, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2011
  24. ^ Low voter turnout Monday helps deliver Conservatives' coveted majority[permanent dead link] The Canadian Press, May 3, 2011

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