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Aisha Tyler ...  Herself - Hostess 19 episodes, 2001-2002
John Henson ...  Himself / ... 13 episodes, 1995-1999
Jeff Zimmer Jeff Zimmer ...  Senor Sock / ... 9 episodes, 1995-1997
Tom McNamara Tom McNamara ...  Stage Manager / ... 8 episodes, 1996-2000
Robert DeCesare Robert DeCesare ...  Various Sketch Characters / ... 8 episodes, 1999-2000
Myreah Moore Myreah Moore ...  Herself - America's Dating Coach 8 episodes, 2000
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The weekend recaps were always the best
27 August 2007 | by kegl9113See all my reviews

I can't believe how many people hate Hal Sparks! He was my favorite host of the show, hands down. I hate celebrity gossip and generally dislike talk shows, but when Hal Sparks hosted Talk Soup, it was must see TV for me. I rarely missed an episode during his run, and was saddened when the guest hosts started pouring in (although most of the guests still did a fine job).

Anyway, for all the people who dislike Hal Sparks, I imagine they must have never seen the weekend specials. They were hour long episodes of Talk Soup that comprised the best clips from the entire week, and were padded out by sketch comedy bits. The original bits that Hal Sparks did were hilarious. In one he got possessed by a bad comedy demon, and in an exorcist like scene his head spun as he told dated jokes about airline food. One episode was dedicated to making fun of Multiplicity, as a bunch of cloned Hal Sparks kept multiplying through out the episode, over-running the studio.

OK, maybe these don't sound as funny when I describe them, but all I know is that besides Talk Soup, the only other two shows I watched consistently during those years was The Simpsons and Late Night with Conan O'Brian. So if you like the comedy stylings of those shows, then you'd probably like Talk Soup during the Sparks years.

That said, Henson and Tyler were both great hosts as well. All three hosts brought something different to the table but they were all fine comedians in my opinion. Of course, throughout the Tyler and guest star years, my interest in this show began to wane, but every now and then I catch The Soup, the show's spiritual successor, and sure enough, the new host can bring some pretty unexpected laughs from time to time.

OK, I've wasted enough time talking about a TV show that isn't on the air anymore and on a channel that I generally despise. Go watch something else!


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