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!