The popular comedy show from the 1980s and 1990s is re-released on KING 5+ this fall.
SEATTLE – Get ready comedy fans – the popular TV show Almost Live! will return to KING 5 in our streaming apps this fall.
We’ve scoured the archives to re-release episodes from the show’s 15th and final season on KING 5+, our free streaming app on Roku and Amazon Fire.
We plan to release episodes weekly on Saturdays at 8pm starting October 1st. To watch them, download KING 5+ for Roku or Amazon Fire on your TV.
Then tune in to KING 5 for new episodes of Saturday Night Live at 8:30 p.m
You can also find out about other newly released Almost Live! Episodes at king5.com/almostlive or in the Shows tab on our streaming apps.
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Almost live! began its run in 1984 as a Sunday night talk and comedy show hosted by Ross Shafer.
By 1988, John Keister had taken over and the program was being reshaped into a sketch comedy series. With the switch to sketch comedy, the Saturday show was moved to 11:30 p.m. before Saturday Night Live.
Almost live! caught the attention of Comedy Central in the early 1990s. The cast recorded 65 special episodes for the cable channel in the summer of 1992.
The final season of Almost Live! ended in May 1999.
Almost live! helped launch the careers of Bill Nye the Science Guy and Joel McHale. Nye was an engineer at Boeing who had a knack for comedy as he was cast as a regular on the show. McHale was a cast member during the show’s final years, later hosting E!’s Talk Soup and becoming a cast member of the NBC sitcom community.
Several recurring sketches on Almost Live! became synonymous with the show and the Pacific Northwest in general, including Mind Your Manners starring Billy Quan, the High Five ‘n White Guys, and spoofs of the TV show Cops.
One of the show’s more controversial stunts was an April Fool’s joke in 1989. The show staged a fake news report to make it appear that KING 5 was appearing in Almost Live! Programming because the Space Needle fell over. The parody sent the city into a panic.
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