Tuesday, November 17, 2009
R.I.P. KEN OBER
Sad news today, as Ken Ober, host of one of the greatest game shows of all time, MTV's Remote Control, was found dead over the weekend at the age of 52.
Following the short but historic run of Remote Control, which aired from 1987 through 1989 and helped to launch the careers of comedic greats Colin Quinn, Adam Sandler and Denis Leary, not to mention introducing teen male eyes to one of the hottest women in TV history that was Kari Wuhrer, Ober worked behind the scenes on such shows as Quinn's Tough Crowd on Comedy Central and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Enjoy these old Remote Control clips and remember the laughs and useless knowledge this Gen-X icon gave us at the dawn of the Reagan era.
Read fellow MTV veteran and rock journalism great Kurt Loder's touching remembrance of Ken here.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ober. Thanks for all the laughs and entertainment at a time when I personally needed it most. -Ed.
Remote Control 1989:
Weird Al vs. LL Cool J vs. Julie Brown episode:
Adam Sandler as "The Stud Boy":