I always look forward to going to The Hollywood Show four times a year. It has always been a tradition for my family and I. The Hollywood Show is one of the best memorabilia and celebrity shows where you can talk to a celebrity in an intimate manner. On my most recent visit (Oct. 18th), I got to chat with iconic actor Ed Asner of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.One of the highlights of my blogging life was having Ed Asner kiss my hand. Asner received many accolades in show business and served as former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He even received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. The accolades don’t change the man. He is so down to earth.
According to Wikipedia, Asner has won more Emmy Awards for performing than any other male actor. In 1996, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. But my favorite Asner’s role so far is his voice acting role on the animated critically acclaimed movie “Up“. I asked the iconic actor what was his favorite moment doing the movie Up, and he said, “Having my work received with great satisfaction.” Asner, who’s been donating his time to charities, mentioned, that his two favorite charities are Autism Speaks, and Defenders of Wildlife.
The Hollywood Show brings back a lot of good childhood memories of the stars I grew up with. Back in the days, I would put their pin ups on the wall of my bedroom. Take for instance Eric Estrada and Larry Wilcox of the hit tv show “CHiPs“. I was in 6th grade at La Merced school in Montebello when I fell for these two heartthrobs. Fast forward more than 25 years and I found myself talking to Eric Estrada and Larry Wilcox. I had a chance to throw a few questions with Erik.
Ruchel: What do you think of the Hollywood Show?
Erik: I think it’s a terrific show. My first time doing this Hollywood Show. The entire cast is here. It’s great to see everybody.
Ruchel: Will there be another CHiPs reunion?
Erik: No we already did in ChiPs 1999
Ruchel: Any projects coming up?
Erik: Yeah I have appearances on Fast and Loud. Then I’m doing some casino appearances America’s Greatest Game Shows. I host this live game show where we give away hundreds of thousand dollars
Another TV show I dug in my late teens was the lighthearted comedy show “Saved by the Bell” which aired from 1989 to 1993. Lark Voorhies played Lisa Turtle in Saved by the Bell. According to Wikipedia, Lark was nominated four times for the Young Artist Award and won in 1990 and 1993. Voorhies also played Alfonso Ribeiro’s love interest twice on the hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“.
I had a chance to chat with Lark Voorhies during my visit to The Hollywood Show. She mentioned that her experience with The Hollywood Show was great and it’s filled with collectors and connoisseurs and bountiful pleasures with interesting questions. Of course, I could not help but ask if there there going to be a reunion with Saved By The Bell. Voohies answered it might be in the works. What’s cookin’ now with her career? Lark has a cd out and working on her first feature film that will be executively produced, directed and written by her.
One thing great about the Hollywood Show, it does not only have iconic stars but also rising stars. Boo Boo Stewart best known for playing Seth Clearwater a werewolf in The Twilight Saga was there to do a meet and greet with the millenials.
Also, I bumped into my fellow pop culture blogger, Ms. Pinky Love-Joy Coogan @pinkylovejoy who was with her better half Keith Coogan @keithcoogan who starred in two cult babysitting comedies: Adventures in Babysitting (1987) & Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991). It was great to see these newlyweds.
Being a regular at The Hollywood Show, I can’t help but admire the person behind the successful event. What is the secret ingredient? The show continues to bring iconic celebrities and the cast of noted TV and movies that we grew up with. David Elkouby, owner of the Hollywood Show says, “The fact we worked so hard to bring so many people and people remember.It’s not just having the latest person, the current person…it’s a mix. And we bring in music, sports and actors. That’s what seems to work for us.” So don’t forget folks the next Hollywood Show will be on Jan 23rd-25th 2015.
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