The Coalition To Get “Almost Live!” On DVD

Here at Seattle Sportsnet, we like to use our pseudo-celebrity to do good every now and then. Which is why we’re starting a coalition to get longtime comedy sketch show Almost Live! on DVD.

If you’re a native Seattleite, you likely know all about Almost Live!. For 15 years (1984-1999) the Emmy award-winning program was a Saturday night staple on local NBC affiliate KING 5 television. Emulating the style of Saturday Night Live, Almost Live! put a Northwest spin on humorous local and national happenings with an ensemble cast of comedians.

Hosted for 13 years by John Keister, the show poked fun at a number of different Seattle-area subjects, including the white trash outposts of Renton and Kent, the upper-class suburbs of the Eastside, and the frequent follies of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Sonics (If you hated Bobby Ayala and Jim McIlvaine, Almost Live! was likely to blame).

In addition to providing late-night laughs for over a decade, Almost Live! jump-started the careers of two prominent actors: Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) and Bill Nye (Bill Nye The Science Guy).

Today, you can still catch reruns of Almost Live! in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning, but really, who’s up at 1:00 am to watch? (Besides those jobless hippies out in Fremont.)

It’s been 10 years since Almost Live! was taken off our local airwaves and it’s time we got it back. A show this good should be on DVD for everyone to watch whenever they want and we’re going to make it happen.

With your help and support, we can urge KING 5 to produce and sell copies of the greatest television show in the history of our fair city. You can join the movement on Facebook by clicking here, or show your support by commenting on this article as a means of e-signing our petition.

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, everybody! Let’s make this happen for the good of Seattle!

15 thoughts on “The Coalition To Get “Almost Live!” On DVD”

  1. “Almost Live” most certainly MUST BE PUT ON DVD. It was hilarious, rivaling “Saturday Night Live,” the entire cast was fastastic, every one of them. It was nice John Keaster and a couple of other cast members came back for a new show for a few years, but “Almost Live” was some of the best TV, we enjoyed it so much,and want to see it again and again.

  2. As the “webmaster” (term loosely used) of the Almost Live link above, Thank You! We need to preserve the true history of Seattle the years it was on. Whether you watched Sundays at 7 when it started or 11 on Saturdays when it made it to Comedy Central it WAS Seattle for 15 years and a DVD would ensure its survival.

  3. OMG, this is a brilliant idea! Go for it! I would totally buy these! I lived in the Dexter/Harrison area for almost a decade. It was so much fun seeing my apartment building and car on TV.

  4. I’d love to see any of the shows on DVD! I always regretted not being able to get the VHS they put out at one time (15th anniversary, I think?). I live in BC, and all my knowledge of Seattle and area came from Almost Live! One half hour of that show was 100% funny, unlike the hit and miss of SNL that always aired after it.

  5. Yes, yes, yes! King5, you made me so sad when you cancelled “Almost Live!”, but you can make me happy by releasing them on DVD. Come on, we know you have the tapes, and it can’t be that hard to put some (not even all, if you don’t want … How about the hour- or two-hour-long specials you used to have?) on DVD. And you know many locals would buy them.

    My VHS tapes aren’t going to last forever. I need John Keister and friends on DVD!

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