This past weekend I attended ghoulardi Fest. For those of you outside the Cleveland area, ghoulardi (Erie Anderson, father of famous movie director Paul Thomas Anderson) was a local late night TV show host. It was a comedy show on channel 8 (WJW Fox affiliate) where ghoulardi would play a movie (usually a horror film), most often a “B” movie-ed wood must have been one of his favorite directors! and add his own comments, special effects, and props. These usually were edited poorly for comedic effect. He would also play short original comedy skits before or after commercial breaks. These skits would often star chuck “big chuck” schodowski, Tim conway, hoolihan, and later, “lil” John rinaldi.
Anyhow, Erie Anderson passed away in 1996, RIP, and cleveland has been celebrating his life with ghoulardi Fest ever since! My grandfather worked as a film editor at channel 8 on ghoulardi’s show, so he really wanted to make an appearance at this event and show off his family. He was also able to reminisce with old friends and coworkers. They even showed some skits my grandfather edited personally. Very interesting!
Here’s a lotus I spotted in the parking lot:
I’m guessing this car was either big chuck, Lil john, or hoolihan’s!
Ghoulardi Fest entrance sign:
The guy sitting at the table couldn’t add. We had a group of 4, tickets were 15 a piece, and we got charged 45. Win some ya lose some lol.
Big chuck, Lil john, and my grandpa:
My grandpa is in the middle. Big chuck and lil John were very happy to see my grandpa. They even invited him on stage while doing trivia! The most interesting story they told about ghoulardi was about the time the visited ernie’s house in studio city. He had a stucco house with a brick addition and an addition with aluminum siding. It was the ugliest house ever. He also had a ton of animals on his property, including ponies, chickens, pigeons, etc. Sounds pretty eccentric like a real life cosmo kramer!
As a matter of fact, ghoulardi liked to make fun of parma, Ohio and it’s residents. This is because when he lived in parma, he had all these animals. He also never cut the grass and was a nuisance to neighbors. So, the city sent him fine after fine. Eventually he had to move. This is why he made fun of parma residents for their white socks, and referred to the city as “Amrap”.
Preach, Lil John! :
Two pics of big chuck, Lil john, and hoolihan addressing their fans:
Ghoulardi sign on stage:
Entrance sign warped:
This photo effect fits ghoulardi’s twisted mind!
Well, that’s all I have. Thanks for reading and I am glad I was able to introduce you to ghoulardi. Or if you were already a fan, I’m glad to have filled you in on how ghoulardi Fest went!
PS look for ghoulardi’s son Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, in 2014. It is based on the book of the same name by Thomas pynchon. I am expecting it to be great just like all his other films. It is great to have ghoulardi’s son making movies so the Anderson family legacy survives!