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A Thanksgiving Tale

Episode Summary

Pre-ALF Paul Fusco as a turkey whose dream of stardom ends with dogs and cats living together. Guests: Tom Coombs, Jayme Kilsby, Chad Young. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🦃 We’re talking turkey as we dig up and dig in to a 1983 Thanksgiving special from puppeteer Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF.  


🎙 Guests:  

Chad “Ecto” Young (The Horror Movie BBQ, TPIF: Thank Pod It’s Funny, @horrormoviebbq).  

Tom Coombs (@ClassicTomedy, TPIF).  

Jayme Kilsby (@brainexploderrr).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Imagicom Productions’ Holiday Specials Collection.  

2. A Thanksgiving Tale, with curated retro Thanksgiving commercials.  

3. The Joker at the 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

4. A November 16, 1983 TV listing in an archived New York Magazine.  

5. Paul Fusco’s Space Cats.  

6. David Lander in Funland.  

7. Mental Floss’s Oral History of ALF.  

8. Today’s TV Trope: Invited as Dinner.  

9. The You Bet Your Life Duck.  

10. The art of making puppets fight: Throw them into the air from behind a fence.  

11. We compare the Thanksgiving play in this special to the one in Addams Family Values.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Butterball Turkey Commercial (1985)  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Christmas Time in the City.  

“A Thanksgiving Tale” © 1983 Imagicom Productions, Inc.  

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