Space Ghost Coast to Coast/Art Show

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Art Show
Art Show
Season 3, Episode 14
Airdate December 18, 1996
Production Number 9614-32
Written by Evan Dorkin
Sarah Dyer
Alan Laddie
Directed by
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Space Ghost Coast to CoastSeason Three

Art Show is the fourteenth episode of the third season of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and is the thirty-second episode overall.

Guest Stars: Scott Finnell (Birdman), Laurie Anderson (Herself), Stomp (Themselves)

Contents

Plot Overview

The episode opens with Birdman bawling on the screen to Space Ghost, lamenting about how the Cartoon Network didn't pick up his late night show and it has left his life in tatters. He tries to get Space Ghost to loan him some money, but Space Ghost refuses and forces him to go away, as he has a show to do.

During the body of the show, Space Ghost relates his hatred for art and how he doesn't think it should be on television. During his interview with Laurie Anderson, he spends the entire time being hostile and argumentative until he disappears and Zorak and Moltar take over the interview, spending the time talking about the internet. She rambles about Richard Nixon and the invention of the internet while Space Ghost flees from the interview, trying to save someone. Meanwhile, Laurie leaves.

Back in the studio, Space Ghost mistakes Chad Kukahiko from Stomp for his evil twin brother, Chad Ghostal. Space Ghost asks what Stomp is, but quickly gets frustrated with Chad and shoots him with his destruct-o beam. Moltar brings in Ameenah Kaplan to replace Chad, who carries on the rest of the interview with Space Ghost about Stomp. They eventually perform, which Space Ghost gets bored quickly of and has Moltar roll credits.

Notes

Guests

  • Laurie Anderson: Musician and composer. Laurie Anderson is most well known for her experimental and eccentric style of music that typically follows the theme of how technology effects human relationships.
  • Stomp: Stomp is a dance troupe which employs non-traditional percussion with both the body and physical objects to create music most resembling tribal dance music.

Trivia

The Show

  • Attorney at Law: Birdman is referred to as "Harvey" for the first time in Adult Swim history, although this episode first aired 5 years before the block was created. Though his name in the Hanna-Barbara cartoon was Ray Randall, it's presumed that Harvey is his real name and Ray Randall was his stage name. Indeed, when Birdman finally got his own late-night adult cartoon show, it was named Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and not "Ray Birdman" or something similar.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Frankenstein, Jr.: Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles was a television series that aired on CBS between 1966 and 1968. The first half of the show starred Frankenstein Jr., a robot creature invented by a boy to fight crime.
Space Ghost: Look, Harv, why don't you call Frankenstein Jr.? The guy's got cash galore!
Birdman: Listen, I've called the Herculoids. They laughed at me, blobs and all.
  • Spinal Tap: The comment made by Zorak is a direct reference to a scene in the mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap. In the scene, one of the band members is showing the documentary maker his collection of gear, particularly his amp that goes up to 11 instead of 10. The filmmaker asks why not just make 10 louder, but the band member can only respond "...But this goes to 11."
Space Ghost: Eleven! That's like--
Zorak: It's like, one louder than ten.
Zorak: Hey, Laurie, Moltar and I are online. We talked to Larry Storch in a chatroom once.

Memorable Moments

Quotes

  • Space Ghost: Sure! Hey, uh, you want I should bring something back?
    Zorak: Yeah, "The Spawning", get "The Spawning"!
    Space Ghost: I'm not gonna get "The Spawning". What is the one... You know, the one with the three guys and the baby?
    Zorak: No! Don't get that!
    Moltar: No! Do NOT get that!
    Space Ghost: Gutenberg...
    Zorak: No!