In a recent interview with Akron, Ohio, author David Giffels (interview post coming soon!), I was introduced to the 1960s local TV celebrity, Ghoulardi (played by Ernie Anderson). Ghoulardi was the late-night horror host of Shock Theater on Cleveland station WJW-TV.
According to David (and many others), Ghoulardi’s brand of irreverent humor helped shape Cleveland’s quirky sense of humor that continues today.
Who shaped your town’s brand of funny?
From an article celebrating 50 years since the ghoul’s first TV appearance, by John Petkovic on Cleveland.com.
He [Ghoulardi] ruled through mayhem and mockery. He turned followers into zombies. And he altered the gene pool, leaving a legion of freaky followers to continue in his wake.
Hey, groop, blow off some boom-booms for the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Ghoulardi.