TIL 50/50: Day 50
50. The Tonight it’s Live Family
Having produced 49 official Tonight it’s Live shows over the last 20 months (along with our 6 test drives in 2010), I’m very proud to have had the endurance to keep this project alive and (for the most part) enjoyable. Over the past 50 days, this website has highlighted the many amazing individuals who have generously contributed to our show by sharing the passion of their craft with us for a few short minutes every Saturday night. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for not only being incredible people, but also for taking the time to support us over the years. But, for the 50th day of TIL 50/50, I want to give a few shout-outs to the people who have taken this journey with me from the start, having lovingly worked many painstaking hours on the show.
First, I want to thank my older brother, Tim Bambara (yes, Tim and Tom…our parents hate us) for helping me establish the original two night run of the show, and encouraging me to keep trying it out until it was picked up by Oracle. If Tim hadn’t booked the space, helped me find guests, and pushed me off my couch into the real world, I’m not sure if I’d be hosting a show tonight.
David Boren was the lynch pin for the success of this show on many levels. He was the one who saw that it could be something fun and special as a weekly program for Oracle, and pulled a lot of strings to make this happen. I don’t think he ever thought we’d do 50 of them, but he was with me the whole way…offering ample hugs and constant reassurance in both good times and bad.
Brad Jayhan-Little and Ben Fuchsen, thanks for giving me a shot and standing by the show. I hope we can one day make big money together.
James “Manny” Manno, the human juke box, is one of the most genuinely funny and happy kids on the block. Without his crazy energy, musical genius, and spot on comic timing, I don’t think we’d have a very good time doing this thing. I’m honored to have a friend like you always bringing a smile to my face.
Justin Snyder…you’re too good for us. I don’t know why someone of your talent level bothers to work on our show, other than that you genuinely enjoy the product, and if that’s the case it makes me truly satisfied that you keep sticking around. Thanks for building, lighting, and streaming…and I’m really sorry that LiveStream sucks. When we get something better, I’ll let you take LiveStream out back and break it with a baseball bat, Office Space style.
Harold Jaffe……………I still have no idea where you came from or why you keep coming to help out. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE YOU, and want you there every week, as you’re now a part of our family and forever a part of the show. I really appreciate your hard work, and maybe one of these days we’ll establish an origin story for you that makes a little more sense (and is more entertaining than the Wolverine movie).
My wonderful friends, Phillip Tamburello, Kyle Estep, and Marie Weigel. Thank you for constantly supporting this show in the audience and cheering me on along the way, but most importantly, thank you for offering much needed criticism as well. I have no doubt that you’ve helped make the show much better.
Finally, my three lovely co-hosts: Andi Woody (19 episodes), Nicole Carter (16 episodes), and Natalie DiCristofano (15 episodes). Andi, thanks for taking a chance on me early on and setting the bar high for what a great co-host needs to be. I’m also surprised you stayed on the show for as long as you did, even through a broken foot and constant harassment. I will always cherish our chemistry on stage, and our mutual love of the Walking Dead comics. Nicole, my high school kid sister, thanks for being my friend for almost 15 years, for sharing so many inappropriate laughs with me, and for being so wildly unfiltered, courageous, and hilarious during your time as my co-host. Let me know when you get out of rehab. And Natalie, thanks for having a parallel sense of humor with me and for upping the ante by taking on more than you should with this project by producing as well as co-hosting. You’re a right broad, you is, and have always been an ambitious and savvy righthand gal to me…keep it up, because your work isn’t nearly over.
Thanks to all who have taken the time to read these 50 shout-outs and for supporting the show either online or in person. I’m very proud of what we have done to this point and I look forward to soldiering on as Chicago’s #7 most popular independently produced late night talk show. KOBE!