Here Lies Wally George

The story of the father of combat TV as told by female wrestlers, punk rockers and a furniture-throwing pacifist

Kuc: Timothy Leary, I think he was a riot on the show. He wasn't intimidated by [Wally]. He told Wally to "Calm down, calm down." Not even the audience got to him. After he appeared on Hot Seat, I saw him . . . doing a lecture. He was taking questions from the audience, and I asked, "Hey, what do you think about Wally George?" and he said, "He's too nice of a guy."

Jeff Tolcher, frequent Hot Seat guest: [White supremacist Tom] Metzger insulted [Jewish Defense League chairman, Irv] Rubin, and Rubin stood up, took a cup of water and threw it in his face. Next thing you know, security comes up, and they actually had to call the Anaheim Police.

Jim Myers, also a frequent Hot Seat guest: I argued with Irv Rubin one time, and he was a big dude. He . . . ended up in prison for conspiracy to commit murder or something like that and actually died in prison. I accused him of downing an airplane—it just came off the top of my head—and he gave me some static, so I got up like I kinda like to do there, and he got up and literally threw me across the stage. You could see me on the screen, and then disappear off the screen.

Eventually, George began relying on stock guests he knew were good for a hoot. There was Rudi Krause, the singing Spicolli-look alike who always sported a visor; the tall, mustachioed Tolcher with his huge glasses; and the long-haired, bearded Reverend Bud Green always looking for an excuse to light up.

Craig McIlvany, Hot Seat regular: One time, I actually had to turn him down for an appearance—I forget why. And at that point, I figured something out: if you turn Wally down, he'll start paying you! He said, "Is there any debt you have? Any small debt?" and I said, "Yeah, I owe $90 to Southern California Edison," and he said, "We'll pay that for you!" and from that point on, it became an arranged deal. Like I would go on, and he would pay my utility bills. Whenever I'd need money, I'd call up Wally and say, "Hey, is there anything you need right now 'cuz I gotta pay this bill?"

Tolcher: When I was on the show, I would bring a newspaper article related to the topic we were talking about, and when I was reading from it, he would come over, grab it from me, rip it up, and the audience would go wild. There were certain things he would plan that would make it more entertaining.

Frank Thorpe, frequent Hot Seat Hotline crank caller and audience member: I don't know if Hot Seat would be as great without Larry Rice and Jim Myers. They're like the Kramer of the show. One time, Larry Rice came on to defend freedom of speech—I think this was right after that [Body Count] song "Cop Killer" came out—but at the end of his segment, Jim Myers came out to tell Larry Rice he was wrong this time. Eventually, Larry Rice told him to fuck off, and they scuffled on the stage.

Myers: I was introduced to the show first by Larry Rice, a longtime friend of mine. On that show, we had not planned to get physical; we had just planned to argue. When Larry first introduced me to Wally, Wally said, "Well, what do you want to argue about?" I said, "I'll argue about anything." He said, "Well, for example?" and I said, "Well, all religions are false, and drugs should be legal," and he said, "How about coming on next week?"

Charli Hayes, professional female wrestler: I got him on the table, sat on his chest, picked up his tie and rode him. This was all planned—sorry, guys.

Queen Kong, professional female wrestler who appeared with Wally in GRUNT: The Movie: We never discussed if it was going to be okay for me to grab him or do anything—I just did it, and he rolled with it. He didn't pay me for my last appearance, either. In that sense, he could have used a little work. Other than that, I thought he was a good sport.

Myers: One time, [Wally] said he wanted to go into the ministry, and I said, "The only thing you could go into is old ladies' purses and little boys' pants."

McIlvany: Swearing on television was a funny topic because Jim Myers was on his show the day before me, and I was just learning my ways on how to act on TV, how to make myself more interesting, and Jim Myers says, "Look, this is what you gotta do: When you go on and debate this subject, you gotta point out John Wayne and imitate him and include a few swear words. Don't forget to insult the audience—you gotta do that!" and so I told the audience, "Shut up!" and Wally stood up and held his tie. That was like a comedian counting laughs—when I saw Wally stand up, I knew I had scored a hit. And also when I pointed at John Wayne and I imitated his voice, I said, "Well, I'll tell ya, Pilgrim, why don't you go fuck yourself."

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19 comments
artpedroza
artpedroza

Can you believe it Gustavo? Ourfriend Sean Mill worked on this show.

Rabbi_Pedro
Rabbi_Pedro

The greatest TV EVER was when Wally's guest was J. B. Stoner. Stoner complained bitterly about the,"Jews, Niggers and Faggots". I still laugh so hard tears come to my eyes. Also I was also a vicious caller on Hot Seat Hotline!

madmonsterparty
madmonsterparty

Wally George ushered in the angry conservative talk show genre which ultimately led to the Coulters and Limbaughs we now endure. Today angry conservatives are in positions of power shutting down the government and refusing to accept responsibility for having done so. It seems personal accountability is not something angry conservatives believe in.

jose810725
jose810725

I loved wally i was lucky enough to be thrown off his podium 3 times during comments once for calling reagan a nazi. Years later he was cool enough to record a greeting for me on my machine it was great he said on my greeting that i wasn't home because i was out smoking a joint and badmouthing the government it was classic wally! I think it's criminal that kdoc taped over his shows i think it would be great to see those shows in their entirety. Rip wally=jose s. And piss off richard blade you limey fuck!

BillBancroftsStache
BillBancroftsStache

There was no "Hot Seat Hotline".  It was "Hot Seat Highlights," and there were no calls making fun of Wally's wig, etc.  I

Page 1 and it's already wildly inaccurate.  In a word: LUDICROUS!

Pantell Adam
Pantell Adam

I went to a taping of the show with my buddies from high school. I was picked to ask him a question. Rudy Krauss was his guest with the super cosmic visor. I have the footage of the whole episode on DVD. I'm trying to go to Facebook or YouTube but it's the wrong format.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Sick of all the spanish because we're white and don't speak spanish.

Two words from him (Gus) last week, "Following Up" and still haven't seen the article or cover page about the Christian Hypocrites that he told me was a 'good idea". Because these people seemingly want to make themselves look like they're above everyone else and make them live thier lives by the Christian ways and rules, when this country was not founded on Christianity but I'm an Agnostic as even Jesus (not Haysoos) as he was reportedly supposed to have been himself back in his day. The Earth is millions of years older than +2000 years old.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"My experience with Arellano is that he starts to have communication with you with positive promises, then disappears after the first email exchange, failing to follow up - as if to say he has more important things going on than to deal with readers".

I found his book that was written by him called Ask A Mexican the other day and I was thinking to myself, that's interesting sort of, but alas we all still wish that the old publisher hadn't have been canned in exchange for him because the paper has gotten less thicker than the old version and there isn't much real news in it anymore, I've even seen complaints about it every once in awhile. I don't mean to complain much but after all it's a free publication. And since the Village Voice Media ( a gay publication) picked it up it's got more stories about the fags in it too which detracts from it's quality. I'm not gay so I could really care less about thier lifestyle.

Steve York
Steve York

Wow Richard Blade came off as mean and full of cliches. He can talk down on Wally all he wants but I doubt anyone will be talking about Richard Blade ten years after he's dead. Wally won.

VinceDaniels
VinceDaniels

The word that drove it home that best described George in this article, is Accessibility.  On the show, Wally often said to guests, "you couldn't shine his shoes."    10 years after his death, The Weekly's Gustavo Arellano still can't shine Wally's shoes when it comes to being accessible to the public.  My experience with Arellano is that he starts to have communication with you with positive promises, then disappears after the first email exchange, failing to follow up - as if to say he has more important things going on than to deal with readers.  With Wally, he always showed up.  He always returned a phone call.  Regardless of his on-air persona, that goes a long way in my memory.

ElGalloNegro
ElGalloNegro

When I was a kid, I used to watch Pro Wrestling (NWA, WCCW), then the Hot Seat.  It was perfect.

And I am curious to see a list of people who declined comment for this article.  No Rick Dees?

Frank Balcazar
Frank Balcazar

WALLY. WALLY. WALLY WALLY WALLY. WALLY. WALLY WALLYWALLY. WALLY. WALLY WALLY

Rabbi_Pedro
Rabbi_Pedro

@BillBancroftsStache - Hotseat Hotline was on every afternoon at like 3:30 or 4. 5 minute stupid commentary and then 20 minutes of high school kids calling in and making outrageous insults at him. He would hold up dayglow signs calling us Perverts, Nit Wits and my favorite insult, "You SWINE" with the sound of a pig oinking in the background! God life was good in the 80's. 

BillBancroftsStache
BillBancroftsStache

Oh dear.  Apologies, my own toupee wax fumes confused me.  Of course there was a  Hot Seat Hotline w/ calls.  But let us not forget Hot Seat Highlights!

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GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@VinceDaniels Wow, talk about having a hard-on for me. I don't even know who your are...when did you email me?

VinceDaniels
VinceDaniels

@GustavoArellano @VinceDaniels I can't remember, it was two or three years ago.l I'm sure I have a copy in my sent file.  You were once or twice a guest on The Jay Boatman Show, a radio talk show that I owned as executive producer. Jay gave me your info because I wanted you on to debate illegal immigration on my show. I emailed you and you replied by saying yes, you'd come on.    To a producer and host (of which I was both), saying "yes" means something to me.  It means that 1/6 of my show was good to go and I can move on to the other 5 half-hour segments, which I needed to have all figured out by thursday night so that I could send out my E-Blast for Saturday's show.   My next step was to continue the email exchange with you and set up the time for the segment, get your number so my engineer could call you, etc.  But you disappeared, never to be heard from after repeated attempts to get ahold of you.  No rhyme, no reason.   You got right back to me the instant I emailed you the first time on a saturday night.  Then I hung on, waited for you to get through your weekend and emailed you again on monday morning, and monday night, and tuesday morning, etc, you suddenly became disinterested, after you had made a commitment.   At least that was the only way I could take it.   Communication had broken down.  All I could do was assume.  No guest has ever blown me off like that in my 10 years of doing my show.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@VinceDanielsThat's bizarre—I never turn down radio requests. It could be that your subsequent emails were lost in the morass that is our spam system. I am not trying to make excuses; email that I never receive even after I've exchanged email with someone happens WAY too much. If you still want me on, I'm more than happy to appear—but I'm sure at this point, you wouldn't want me on, which is fine.

 
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