2802, 2024

That Show - Opie's Back!

Nick looks back at the only time that Ron Howard hosted "Saturday Night Live," it was on October 9, 1982, and it featured some purposely edgy material, including Ron's monologue in which he downs a beer on stage, and a controversial sketch called "Opie's Back!" In the sketch, Howard returns to his classic role of Opie Taylor, only this time Opie is a tough cop who comes back to find that his dad is dead, and that Maberry has turned into a dark, corrupt cesspool of sex, drugs and violence. You will hear the sketch, learn about the background and who wrote it, and how it was received. You will also hear about Howard's career up until that night, and what followed, plus stories about Season 8 (in which the sketch appeared), Eddie Murphy, and some behind-the-scenes tales. Coincidentally, Mayberry would turn violent and dark 16 years later on the SNL rival comedy show "Mad TV," the results were not nearly as funny....and you will hear that as well. Opie is a badass, and here's the proof. [Ep60]

2102, 2024

That Show - Special Guest: Esmeralda Leon

Nick welcomes Esmeralda Leon to the podcast, who is his buddy and the co-host of the final segment of every episode of "The Nick D Podcast." Esma has worked in the radio and broadcast business for years as a host, news anchor, traffic reporter, voiceover artist, contributor to comedy shows, and more. She has been a fan "Saturday Night Live" for years, and in this episode, she talks about watching the show as a kid, her fun memories of SNL, the cast members she loves the most, and she chooses her 5 favorite sketches of all time. You will hear portions of those hilarious sketches, which include the work of Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Norm MacDonald, Pete Davidson, Adam Driver, and many more. This is a fun walk down memory lane with a great broadcaster, and an old friend who loves SNL. [Ep59]