- GHOULARDI *
- (Ernie Anderson: died February 6, 1997)
See all Ghoulardi products for sale at Amazon.com.
- Check out the Ghoulardi
Ernie Anderson entries in Wickipedia.
- Read about Ghoulardi -- Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride
(see book reference description below), with full details about orders,
on the publisher's webpage.
- Watch a great video clip of Ghoulardi
(hosted by BIG CHUCK and LI'L JOHN) at You Tube!
- See a brief bio and dozens of images of Ghoulardi --
and hundreds of images of a host of other horrors —
at the incredible Horror Host Gallery website,
courtesy of video archaeologist
- Visit the Ghoulardi Fan Home Page.
- See Ernie Anderson's Internet Movie Database credits.
- Shock Theater
- Friday at 11:20 pm
- January 18, 1963 - November 1966
- Masterpiece Theater
- Saturday at 6:00 pm
- April 13, 1963 - November 1966
- Laurel, Ghoulardi, and Hardy
- Weekdays at 5:00-5:30 pm
- July 15, 1963 - December 9, 1963
- All above shows on WJW-TV, Channel 8 (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Name of show?
- Weekdays at 4:00-4:30 pm
- November 11, 1963 - December 9, 1963
- WSPD-TV, Channel 13 (Toledo, Ohio)
- Elena Watson's Television Horror Movie Hosts reference:
mention (pp. 79, 111) and whole chapter
with two pictures --
Ch. 7, "To Ghoulardi, 'All the world's a purple knif',"
- Other book reference:
Ghoulardi -- Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride
by Tom Feran and R.D. Heldenfels,
Gray & Company, Publishers, Cleveland, 1997
$17.95 retail, softcover, 174 pages, 8x8.
(To order, see link above to publisher's webpage.)
- Magazine references:
- Feature article
by Michael Weldon about Ghoulardi and other Cleveland horror
hosts, "The Hosts That Ate Cleveland," in issue #24 (December
1982) of Fangoria, pp. 28-32.
Four pictures of Ghoulardi, two of The Ghoul.
- Feature above reprinted with changes
as "Stay Sick with Ghoulardi" in issue #2 of Michael J. Weldon's
own magazine, Psychotronic Video, (Spring, 1989), pp.
38-43. 6 pictures of Ernie Anderson, more of other hosts.
- Ghoulardi appears with group of other horror hosts
in cover painting by Terry Beatty on issue #8
of Scary Monsters.
- Feature article "Hey Group! It's Ghoulardi!" in
issue #2 (June 1994) of Monsterscene,
a great magazine with terrific covers by Basil Gogos, sadly no longer being published.
- Feature with 4 photos and 4 ads or drawings,
"Ghoulardi Rules Cleveland!" by Mike Olszewski,
in issue #8 (? 1997) of
Outré, pp. 31-33, 80.
- Discussed in article "Here we go-o-o again - Remembering Big
Chuck and Little John (and Hoolihan)" by Mike Acord in Scary
Monsters #32 (September 1999), pp. 20-23.
Three pics of Chuck and John, two of Ghoulardi
(mentioned in the article).
- Unlike most horror hosts, Ghoulardi was a hipster rather than a monster.
He wore a phony mustache and goatee, hornrimmed glasses with a lens missing, a matted, thrown-on wig, and
a long lab coat festooned with large pinback buttons.
He laughed at authority, encouraged non-conformity, used ethnic humor in his skits, and spouted catchphrases like
"turn blue," "cool it" "purple knif" and "stay sick."
- The first movie hosted by Ghoulardi (who went nameless on that show) was The House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price.
- Music used on the show
(from the "Songs in the Key of Ghoulardi" list in the Feren and Heldenfels book cited above) included:
"The Bat" by the Ventures,
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MGs,
"Pygmy" by Baby Stix & the Kingtones,
"The Bomb" by Johnny & the Hurricanes,
"I Lost My Kielbasa" by the Dave Stacy Orchestra,
"Rumble" by Link Wray,
"Buzzsaw" by the Turtles,
"Incoherent Blues" by The Oscar Peterson Trio,
"Silent Movies" by the Old Perfesser,
"Cherokee" by the Cherokees,
"I've Got a Woman" by Jimmy McGriff,
"Space Rock, Parts One and Two" by The Baskerville Hounds,
"Constipation Blues" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins,
"Night Owl Blues" by The Lovin' Spoonful,
"Stronger Than Dirt" by Tom King and the Starfires,
"Desert Rat" by Duane Eddy,
"Eddie's Blues" by Eddie Cochran,
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by the Rivingtons,
"Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs,
"Ghoulardi Polka" (Hej Gory Moje) by the John Borkowski Orchestra,
"Peanuts" (Lacacahuata) by The Sunglows,
"Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen,
"Greasy Spoon' by Hank Marr,
"Pink Dominoes" by The Crescents,
and "Turn Blue" by Jimmy McGriff.
- As his show progressed and more skits were developed, Ernie Anderson got invaluable assistance on- and off-camera from "Big Chuck"
Schodowski, who was a fan of TV comedy genius Ernie Kovacs, and brought a lot of the same sort of hilarious creativity to Ghoulardi's show.
When Ernie Anderson left the show in 1966, Ghoulardi was replaced by "Hoolihan and Big Chuck."
Bob "Hoolihan" Wells moved on in 1979, but Big Chuck is still on the air with his long-time second TV partner
"Li'l John" Rinaldi.
For more about all these guys, see
HOOLIHAN and BIG CHUCK and LI'L JOHN.
- Ernie Anderson moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was tremendously successful off-camera as
the main "voice of ABC" television, providing voice-overs for shows like The Love Boat,
McGiver The ABC Sunday Night Movie, and American's Funniest Home Videos.
He was also the announcer for most of the run of The Carol Burnett Show on CBS.
- Ernie Anderson's son, Paul Thomas Anderson, is a film director whose works include
Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
His production unit is called "The Ghoulardi Film Company."
- Ernie's off-camera right hand man during the run of his show was teenager Ron Sweed, who first met his idol dressed in a gorilla suit to make an impression.
In 1971 he got Ernie's blessings to carry on the Ghoulardi tradition and began hosting horror movies with riotous abandon
as another fiendish hipster called THE GHOUL.
He's still on the air!
Original Ghoulardi post card from 1965.
Click for larger view of both sides, including autograph
signed for Ernie Anderson by his assistant
Ron "The Ghoul" Sweed
(but spelled as Ernie always did with no "H," "Goulardi")!