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Chanuka at Bubbe’s

Episode Summary

Get lit at Bubbe’s Boarding House full of Simpsons prototype puppets. Guest: April Ryley. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🕎 It’s 1988, and we’re getting lit at Bubbe’s Boarding House for Hanukkah. Take a spin with us as we meet a bunch of puppets you’ll never hear from again.  


🎙 Guest:  

April Ryley (@Where2NextApril, 📸 @motherchristmascosplay).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. A Simpsons animator designed the puppets for this weird, wonderful ’80s Hanukkah special (Splinter).  

2. Caps for Sale.  

3. Anton and his Easter Island head.  

4. April’s very non-kosher latke recipe.  

5. Mayim Bialik explains the letters on the dreidel and other Hanukkah facts.  

6. Calvin getting trolled by his dad in Calvin and Hobbes.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

1970s/’80s PBS Logo ID.  

1985 Teddy Ruxpin “Frankenstein” Commercial, preserved by Dinosaur Dracula. Teddy Ruxpin voice actor Phil Baron co-wrote this special.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Cool Kids Club.  

“Chanuka at Bubbe’s” © 1988 Pan-Imago, Inc.  

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Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.  
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