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WFLD Channel 32 - Chicago Stuff (Part 1, 1985)

Here's a lost Koz Klassic! - Chicago Stuff - was it a failed pilot? A consolation prize from Fox Television for cancelling Son of Svengoolie a month later? A half-remembered dream? It only aired once, at 10pm on a Sunday in December 1985 - so you couldn't be blamed for not knowing it existed. (I only heard rumors) In any case, it's a neat little package of Rich's schtick, so just think of it as an extremely early episode of The Koz Zone. :-)

Thanks to W.B. for helping out with the video description!

Here's Part 1 of Chicago Stuff, a half-hour Chicago humor showcase hosted by Rich Koz (of Son of Svengoolie fame) that aired on WFLD Channel 32. This part includes:

Opening sponsor billboard tag for Slice soft drink from Pepsi and pH balanced Secret anti-perspirant (voiceover by Jim Barton)

Opening title sequence, with voiceover by Jim Barton introducing host Rich Koz and special guests Emo Phillips and The Cleaning Ladys.

Rich Koz enters the stage and explains what Chicago Stuff is all about ("the kind of TV program you always hoped would be on, on a night when you wouldn't be home to watch it"), and indicates he has a remote so the viewer wouldn't have to do anything. He then changes to various channels with Koz playing the various roles: a supposed Spanish soap (Que Lastima, with subtitles), then to an editorial reply with "Milburn D. Femon" of the "Palatinian Liberation Organization," then to a Spanish remote control ad, a televangelist, "The Holycowers" (with Koz as Harry Caray as Ralph Kramden), and "Pee Wee Jacobson Perspective" (with Walter Jacobson as "Pee Wee" playing with dolls representing Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and Alderman Eddie Vrdolyak), before previewing the night's guests (he refers to Phillips as "Downers Grove's own") and showing a "hidden camera" of Phillips lethargically whipping a stuffed toy.

Rich then introduces an "Almost Live" "remote investigative report" from She-Nannigans by Jay Obvious (Koz), who explains that viewers are busy watching sports from a satellite dish and to change the channel for Chicago Stuff would "cause severe injury."

Next is an outdoor remote from cigar-smoking "Irv Gupasoup" (Koz as Irv Kupcinet), inviting viewers to join him in "the art of conservation" on a new game show he's hosting.

This is followed by the band The Cleaning Ladys performing in the kitchen, explaining that there are no ladies in the group, but they "play really good music." Voiceover by Jim Barton then asks, "Are you ready for Emo?"

Commercial: Slice and Diet Slice - "We've Got the Juice" (Christmas-themed ad)

[NOTE: All other commercials in this break were edited out.]

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 15th 1985 during the 10pm to 10:30pm timeframe.

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Pee-Wee Jacobson...BRILLIANT!
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Wednesday, April 27th 2011 at 11:31pm.

I vaguely remember watching the promo for this show, especially the part where he shows the number 72 on the refrigerator (in reference to William 'The Refrigerator' Perry of the Chicago Bears).

I like the scene (00:46) in which Koz (in a tux) carries a wheelbarrel of cat litter to the Shubert Theatre's production of 'Cats'.

I'm curious, wasn't 'Chicago Stuff' nominated for a local Emmy award?

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Wednesday, May 4th 2011 at 10:14pm.

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Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by FieldGal44 on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:22pm CT

Interesting points by D4C. They've since pared down their menu choices in order to speed up service and boost the coffers, but I've never understood why they've never tapped into the coupon market.

I agree that "I'm Lovin' It" is long past its shelf date. The now-infamous 2004 documentary "Super Size Me" and the recent "pink slime" controversy certainly hasn't done the company any favors either.

Plus, as consumers we've become much more aware of what we put in our bodies nowadays, and even McDonald's is getting expensive (seriously, $4.10 Egg McMuffins?) I've saved oodles of money over the past year alone just by getting a Foreman grill and cooking my own meals that I can stretch out over a few days. (Then again, I live in San Francisco, so I'm not exactly teeming with options.)


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:02am CT

"Anytime I hear that tune, I have to sing along...

McDonald's is our kind of place,
They feed you rattlesnakes,
They throw food in your face,
It's such a happy place!"

I remember most of it as follows...

McDonald's is your kind of place
??????
They throw pies in your face
They steal your parking place
McDonald's is your kind of place
Milkshakes taste just like slime
Hamburgers are greasy grime
French fries aren't worth a dime
McDonald's is your kind of place
It's such a wrecked-up place
McDonald's is your kind of place!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Detroit4Chicago on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:36am CT

Spot produced at a time when McDonald's was a much smaller company, even the growth potentials had a great future.

The "You Deserve a Break Today" campaign certainly was a boost; this "Our Kind of Place" was the beginning of it, I suppose.

My guess of the present "I'm Lovin' It" was made at a time (c.2006) when McDonald's was still relevant but company-wise had slow growth, even it was getting business from the Super Size and Dollar Menus. McDonald's was simple, but by the late 1990's, ideas like the McLean and the Arch Deluxe were man-of-failures. Changes had to come and when the new synergies (including the McCafe) were introduced, so did the "I'm Lovin' It" thing, done at a time when most of America's economy was rolling and heavy consumer spending in the mid 2000's was present. Self-gratification was the hip thing at the time, and McD jumped on it.

Although they McCafe was popular and profitable, I think what happened was that McDonald's was on a constant remodeling kick and changes to the menu. Around 2006, many of the MCD's that were older were remodeled with elaborate decor. Within less than a decade, many were demolished and given new bare bones outside architecture with somewhat posher accommodations inside (i.e.: plush seats, stool-side seating, etc) and double drive thrus for efficiency. I think that constant remodeling pushed the cost of food up, along with inflation. Plus, other fast food restaurants were cutting deals in the form of coupons, something that McD are shy on.

And "Please Have Your Payment Ready" is nice, it's also a turnoff.

Other than reasons aside, I now think the "I'm Lovin' It" thing is becoming dated, along with "What Happens Here, Stays Here" was a few years ago.


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Pete on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 6:54am CT

Very cool commercial.


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