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Rhonda Shear to revive 'Up All Night' on Tampa's Ch. 38

Rhonda Shear during Up All Night's heyday

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Rhonda Shear during Up All Night's heyday



Rhonda Shear is about to go up all night again.

The comedian and B-movie actor, who now runs a fast-growing shapewear and intimates firm in St. Petersburg, became a cult classic in the ‘90s on the USA Network show Up All Night, a show that bookended comedy bits around truly awful movies like Vampires on Bikini Beach that played in the wee morning hours.

The show ran from 1989 to 1998 with Shear on Friday nights and comedian Gilbert Gottfried on Saturdays gloriously reveling in cult classics and B movies with comedy bits sprinkled throughout.

Shear Enterprises is resurrecting Up All Night and is quietly releasing the first episode at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning on WTTA Ch. 38. It will feature the return of Shear, a spotlight on the Big Cheese, a St. Petersburg rapper who stumbled upon viral-video stardom in 2009 with his parody of Plies’ Becky, called Gimme Dat Bacon, which was featured on Web Soup and Comedy Central’s Tosh.0.

Saturday’s show will also have a comedy clip of the week, and clips from the movie Giant Balls from Outer Space. The producers are asking viewers for submissions and pulling videos from the “Rhonda Vault” including flashbacks to USA: Up All Night.

They have filmed four more episodes are in the process of syndicating and hope to be in more markets within a year, Shear’s representatives said. The plan is to continue to film and collect submissions from viewers for the next few months.

So if you aren’t sleepy after the bars close Friday night, settle in for some cheesy movies and ‘90s flashbacks in the wee hours of Saturday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:10pm]


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