Talk Soup

E! (ended 2002)


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This show started the classic era of rub-it-in-your-face satire about 5 born-to-host comedian parodiers consisting of Greg Kinnear, John Henson, Hal Sparks and Aiesha Tyler. This show was born in 1991 poking fun at Jerry Springer and many other at TV shows and mocking the celebrity lifestyle and idiots on reality shows. This show aims at jerks, prettyboys or girly-girls, morons or drama kings or queens as well as just plain freaks and behavioral weird-outs! This show also had a sock puppet named Senor` Sock but was put to rest in a dramatic episode of Talk Soup when America's favorite sock puppet was shot by John Henson when Senor` Sock caught rabies. A moment of silence-----Spoofing-off smack-in-the-face and pure sass and smart-head comedic talent in this enjoyable exciting and treat-to-watch fun half-an-hour packed with as much juicy gossip and crack-you-up hilarity that ran from 1991 to 2002! This show was the start-up to the latest "The Soup" which is a whole other, yet incredibly funny and satirical, story. Well despite the annoyance of the hosts as said by many others, pure brilliance my friend. Pure brilliance. Ladies and gentlemen, TALK SOUP!moreless
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  • Hal Sparks

    Hal Sparks

    Host (1999-2000)

    Greg Kinnear

    Greg Kinnear

    Host (1991-1995)

    Aisha Tyler

    Aisha Tyler

    Host (2001-2002)

    John Henson

    John Henson

    Host (1995-1999)

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    • "Talk Soup" looked at and made fun of the world of TV talk. There was a 30 minute edition daily and the big one hour weekend edition that played Friday through Sunday.moreless

      Talk Soup showed how much fun one could have with a small budget but a lot of immagination. Led by executive producer Alex Duda, the show was never afraid to try anything. Greg was the master and made the show what it was. John picked up the ball and ran with it to bring it to even more comic heights. Aisha did a nice job trying to save the show after the one year Sparks fiasco. The show featured guest appearances from everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Phil Hartman. It featured excellent use of movie trailers, into which they would insert the host or the show's amusing crewmembers: Tom, Perrin, Alan Wu and of course the toast of Argentina, Senor Sock. There was an entire series of "Beach Week" shows in which John Henson pretended to do the show from the beach, (which was merely projected on the green screen behind him) and welcomed guests like Dawn Wells, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon and Donna D'Errico. A "talk Soup in Space" show featured Dr. Smith and the robot as well as the guys from MST3000. There was a quote of the week, a clip of the week and a letter segment. The show won an Emmy for Best Special Class Program in 1995.

      It was a great experience!moreless
    • It was like watching a live action Beavis and Butt-Head but instead of skewering music videos they mocked the fertile ground of talk tv.

      I watched Talk Soup from Kinnear to Sparks with every skunk boy Henson in between and I loved it. The show was a great way to poke fun at all the demented dopes paraded around on various talk shows every day. My favorite host had to be Henson who was excellent as the amoral everyman with perfect comic timing and delivery. The best thing about it was the show's complete lack of seriousness (which is easy to pull off when your show is about making fun of the easily mocked daytime talk shows)they never took themselves or the topic too seriously. They even had Kato guest host for god's sakes. Any show with Kato has to be good.moreless
    • This series is a true guilty pleasure.

      I love this show. There is a lot of crap on TV these days. The Soup (formally known as Talk Soup) filters that crap and leaves only the best of that crap. It then takes that crap and mocks it.

      Ok. Actually they take some great clip from an otherwise unwatchable show, then they mock it. They do the same with celebrity news and gossip.

      There is also Chat Stew segment where they make fun of talk shows like The View, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Tyra. But my personal favorite bits are the weird clips from Japan and What the Kids are Watching.

      I love this show because I know I'm not missing anything by avoiding shows like Flavor of Love, Laguna Beach, House of Carters, or Breaking Bonaduchi.moreless
    • Hal Sparks is love.

      While it wasn't my favorite show by a long shot and didn't always have the freshest or funniest comedy Hal Sparks was a true gem. No matter what he does the guy is a laugh riot so there's no way he couldn't be great on this show. While some of the skits fell short Hal still kept me loving it.

      Someone tell me I\'m crazy. Last nite; Country Music Awards; Camera shows multicast of all 5 nominees for Female Country Artist of the Year; they read the winner (Carrie Underwood); simultaneously - the other four nominee facial reactions (live) are being broadcast; Faith Hill goes berserk and angrily screams \"What?\" . . . while the other three losing nominees clap and smile, politely! You gotta see this folks! If you missed it live . . . just roll back your TeeVo and check this out! Unbelievable faux paux for (the surprisingly not-so-nice) Faith Hill!moreless