If you are a baby boomer who grew up in Cleveland then the name Ghoulardi probably brings back fond memories of your younger days. Now you can pay tribute to the local TV icon in addition to other past local TV and radio celebrities when you attend the annual GhoulardiFest taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, November 1, Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3.
A Bit About Ghoulardi Portrayed by Ernie Anderson (who went on to become the voice (announcer) for ABC-TV for many years), Ghoulardi’s Shock Theater Show on WJW-TV (Channel 8) became a staple on late night Cleveland TV on Friday evenings.
The show hosted by Ghoulardi featured the showings of “B” science fiction and horror films and included live commentaries by Ghoulardi during the breaks in the movie. The show also featured Anderson’s friends and co-workers as a supporting cast. The show ran from January, 1963 through December, 1966.
Ghoulardi had several catch phrases including, “Turn blue,” “Cool it,” “Stay sick” and knif (Fink backwards).
GhoulardiFest Attracting more than 5000 fans at last year’s Fest, this year’s GhoulardiFest features meterologist Dick Goddard, Big Chuck, Lil’ John, Hoolihan, Son of Ghoul, the Samuai Weatherman and pop culture historian Mike Olszewski. A featured attraction is the appearance by native Clevelander and comedian Tim Conway perhaps best known for his role on “The Carol Burnett Show” and his role on”McHale’s Navy”. Conway will be interviewed by native Northeast Ohio producer and writer Dan O’Shannon (currently an executive producer of “Modern Family”) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Activities at GhoulardiFest include a Tribute to Ernie Anderson (followed by Trivia) all 3 days, a pizza eating contest, readings by Robert, the Son of Ghoul game show, skits and Shock Theater with non-stop showings of nostalgia TV shows and movies.
Live entertainment will be provided by Camille & Kennerly (The Harp Twins), The ReBeats ( a Beatles tribute band) and Take II. Guests will also be able to meet and greet Jungle Bob and his animals.
There will be a Dealers Room where a multitude of vendors will be on hand to sell memorabilia, collectibles, autographs, toys, posters and videos.
Hours for GhoulardiFest are 5 p.m – 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for one day or $30 for a 3-day ticket.
For more information about GhoulardiFest call 440-230-4500 or get online at www.theghoulardifest.com.
GhoulardiFest is being held at LaVilla Conference & Banquet Center located at 11500 Brookpark Rd. in Cleveland, Ohio.