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Podcast: Whatever happened to Skippy from 'Family Ties'?



skippy.jpgMarc Price probably was worried from the moment he got a call from Hollywood asking him to join TV's Family Ties: It's usually a curse to be an add-on character late in the life of a successful TV show. Just ask Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch. Lucy Ewing from Dallas. Ummm ... Scrappy-Doo from The Adventures of Scooby-Doo. Well, you get the picture.

But Price nailed it as Skippy, the nerdish friend to Michael J. Fox's Alex P. Keaton and would-be soulmate to Mallory Keaton. Unlike most late additions, his character had depth and dimension in addition to providing extra laughs.

So I was pretty floored when I got an e-mail out of the blue a month ago from Marc Price saying essentially, "Hey, it's Skippy from Family Ties. Wanna chat?"

Hell yeah, I did. Turns out Marc is still active in Hollywood, usually as a producer on various cable TV shows. And he tours the country doing stand-up comedy. You can guess what happened next: Podcast time.

Marc catches us on on behind-the-scenes scoop on Family Ties, the public and private lives of his castmates and some interesting stories about life on the road (including a woman in Grand Rapids who got too secure a grip on Marc after a comedy show).

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[Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 2:00pm]


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