Episode 65 – Bobby’s World
Bobby’s World was the creation of comedian Howie Mandel at a time when this sort of thing seemed to be all the rage. Why did Television executives think that an animated series for kids based on a stand up routine would be a good idea? Who knows, but it ended up with 8 seasons and over 80 episodes, so they must have gotten something right. Ultimately this show exists as an interesting example of what happens when you take adult oriented stand-up comics and give them a television series geared for children. Neither of us have watched this show in nearly 20 years so we have no idea if it’s any good, but when we get a listener request, duty calls!
Bobby’s World (originally known as The World According to Bobby, to parody The World According to Garp) is an American animated television series, which ran from 1990 to 1998, on Fox Kids. It was about the daily life of Bobby Generic (/ˈdʒɛnərɪk/ GEN-er-ic) and his very overactive imagination on how he sees the world. The show was created by Canadian actor-comedian Howie Mandel. Mandel also provided the voice of both Bobby and his father Howard Generic. It was produced by Film Roman for Mandel’s company – Alevy Productions – and Fox Kids Productions. The theme song for Bobby’s World was composed by John Tesh, along with Michael Hanna.
Fox Kids, CITV, Howie Mandel, Jim Staahl, Jim Fisher, Film Roman, Mitch Schauer, Gary Conrad, Phil Roman, Lee Mendelson, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Freakazoid!, John Tesh, Entertainment Tonight, Mark Koval, Robby Merkin, Gail Matthius, Charity James, Bobby, Kevin Smets, Pamela Segall, Recess, Edie McClurg, Tino Insana, Uncle Ted, Frank Welker, Pauly Shore, Debi Derryberry