Night Stand with Dick Dietrick

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Night Stand with Dick Dietrick
Also known asNight Stand
Created byPaul Abeyta
Peter Kaikko
Timothy Stack
Presented byTimothy Stack (as Dick Dietrick)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes96 (divided into 2 shows per episode)
Executive producer(s)Larry Strawther season one;
Timothy Stack season two
Production location(s)Sunset Gower Studios, Hollywood
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)RC Entertainment
Big Ticket Television
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
CBS Television Distribution
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1995 – 1997

Night Stand with Dick Dietrick is an American television comedy show that satirized American tabloid talk shows. The series was originally broadcast in first-run syndication from 1995 to 1997, as well as on the E! Entertainment Television network. Night Stand was co-created by Paul Abeyta, Peter Kaikko and actor/writer Timothy Stack, who also starred as the show's host Dick Dietrick. The show benefited from contributions by writer/friends of the creators, namely co-exec producer Larry Strawther (the first season show-runner) and the long-time comedy writing team of Bob Iles and Jim Stein.


Night Stand premiered September 16, 1995 in syndication, running in over 87% of the US markets, mainly as a Saturday evening program airing against, or if carried by an NBC station, after Saturday Night Live. It also aired on E! Monday-Thursday at 10:30 p.m. (between Talk Soup and Howard Stern) and was distributed internationally. The partnership with E! led to a follow up second season.

Unlike other shows, each hour-long syndicated episode was actually divided into two separate half-hour programs which yielded 96 episodes for E! reruns. (E! kept the show for several years but only in reruns.)

Much of the Night Stand production team went on to work with Howard Stern on Son of the Beach, with some of their "guests" also making appearances.

A well-received parody of tabloid talk shows, Night Stand had plenty of funny scenes, but one scene unexpectedly went too far when Dietrick (Timothy Stack) tore the clothes off a male model named Kal (played by Kevin Light) to see if he could impress a seemingly uninterested young woman guest, Gloria Holt (played by Beth Tegarden) looking for dates in the episode "Love on the Internet," produced in 1995.[1] After ripping off his shirt, the model's trousers were next, but Stack accidentally pulled Kal's underwear down as well; as a result, there was a brief (and unscripted) glimpse of male genitalia, much to the shared shock of the audience and the performers. This scene has sometimes turned up on outtake and blooper programs such as It'll be Alright on the Night.

Night Stand was the first production from Big Ticket Productions, the company formed by former Warner Bros. development executive Larry Lyttle. Strawther had worked with Abeyta and Kaikko at Merv Griffin Productions and later worked with Lyttle on the shows "My Sister Sam" and "Night Court." Strawther brought on Night Court director Jim Drake and they developed the tape-four-shows-a-week format that made the show financially practical. Strawther did not return as show-runner for the second season after he and Stack differed on when silliness went "over the top."

The show's original slogan "If you don't have Nightstand, you don't have Dick" and The Comedy That Makes Up Talk was later changed to The Comedy That Makes Fun of Talk.

Night Stand helped Big Ticket Productions get started. They did even better on its next project, "Judge Judy." The show's original publicist was Howard Bragman, who is now considered one of Hollywood's top publicists.

Produced: 1995–1999 (96 episodes, 2 shows per syndicated episode)


Recurring guests[edit]

  • Christopher Darga – Bob, a frequent guest involved in various exploitative and depraved endeavors. When confronted by Dietrick, he would inevitably offer the unconvincing excuse, "I'm sick. I need help." Darga and Vic Wilson (who also auditioned for the role of Bob) were well-remembered by Abeyta, Kaikko and Strawther who cast them as announcers Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship a few years later on their cult hit, "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC)."
  • Tim Silva – Dr. Lonnie Lanier, psychologist and expert—one of the many Groundlings graduates who appeared on the show. Stack was a product of the Groundlings system.
  • Steve Valentine – 'The Astounding Andy', hypnotist and magician

Guest stars[edit]


  • Scott Moore (31 December 1995). "IT'S NOT JUST ANOTHER TALK SHOW". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  • "Glued to the tube. Stacking up against reality of TV talk shows" Newsday 11/21/1995
  • Graham, Jefferson (Nov 22, 1995). "Taking a comic 'Stand' on trashy talk". USA Today. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  • James Wolcott (1 April 1996). "TALKING TRASH". The New Yorker. p. 99. Archived from the original on Feb 5, 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  • Katherine Wojtecki (Nov 30, 1995). "Not Oprah or Donahue: The anti-talk show host". Campus Press. Archived from the original on 5 October 2000. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  • Kenneth Plume (March 1997). "Saving 'Night Stand with Dick Dietrick'-- Fans Hope E! Won't Be 'Dick'-less". Tibby's Bowl. Archived from the original on 15 February 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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