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Alan Ruck interviewed on Pop My Culture Podcast

Cole, Vanessa, and charming character actor Alan Ruck (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Spin City”) talk Twister, Trekkers, learning to ride a horse, Gene Saks, My Favorite Year, Willow Smith, Jan De Bont, Barry Bostwick’s sandwich, tiny Katharine Hepburn, Alan’s iconic Red Wings jersey, The Grey Fox, Justified, The Expendables vs. Sex and the City, and Sandra Bullock’s love of the on-set prank.

Leave a comment with your thoughts about the episode and the first play you were ever in (at school, etc) for a chance to win a Ferris Bueller DVD signed by Alan!

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Alan Ruck with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton


  • Comment by Adrian — November 5, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Alan Ruck is my favorite comedic actor and this podcast was brilliant! The first ply I was in was some story about planets in grade school. I was in grade school. Ferris Bueller and Persons Unknown were killer because of Alan. Live Long and Prosper Capt. John Harriman

  • Comment by NL — November 6, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    Another funny podcast. I loved the story about Barry Bostwick! I saw him in Lexx (I believe it was just the movies, not the actual show) and I’ve loved him ever since. Ruck was really engaging and had a lot of great stories. Oh, the Bear story was great, too! I winced thinking about Ruck falling off of the horses.

    The first play I was in:

    Kindergarten. A production of “The Three Nanny Goats Gruff.” So that all of the kindergartners had a part, there were tons of animals on stage. I played a butterfly. The goats said goodbye to me before crossing the bridge.

  • Comment by Mary — November 6, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    I am more happy than I can explain to hear Alan Ruck, a personal hero, use the word ‘grody.’
    Great podcast and some great anecdotes! I want to hear more prank stories 🙂
    My first play was a summer kids’ theater production of The Wizard of Oz. I was Glinda the good witch, and one to two heads taller than all of my costars. I felt like an Amazon warrior. Good times.

  • Comment by Brendan — November 6, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Never stop this podcast. What’s so fun is that you could have any guest in the world. You never know who the next guest will be.

  • Comment by Teresa — November 7, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    Alan Ruck seems so nice, and I laughed aloud at the story about Bear the horse. Oh, and Vanessa’s tiny Katherine Hepburn.

    The first play I was ever in was a community children’s theater musical production of Pinocchio when I was five. I was in the chorus, but by the end of the production the director liked me and gave me bit parts in two extra scenes as a bird and as an extra narrator. I was supposed to “fly” down from the back of the theater past the audience and up to the stage as a scene transition with a few other birds, but I had trouble keeping up and accidentally got bonked on the head by an adult bird who could barely see through his mask in the dark. Good times 🙂

  • Comment by Scott Johnson — November 9, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    I really enjoyed your conversation with Alan Ruck. In Fact, it was Rucking fantastic.

  • Comment by Holly — November 9, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    I would love it if Tiny Katharine Hepburn (TKH) had a musical number in the next podcast. Perhaps some Lady GaGa? Or something from the Olsen Twins’ catalog?

  • Comment by Marie — November 9, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Tiny Katherine Hepburn has made my official list of things that make me happy, right in between Belgian waffles and (strangely enough) Cameron Frye! Can she make biweekly appearances? My first stage debut was in a musical entitled The OK Corral…where I played a feisty school marm kidnapped by a fellow fifth-grader in a nifty fake handlebar mustache. It was then when I realized I had an affinity for bonnets…

  • Comment by Brendan — November 12, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    I never acted in a play before but I painted a door. It was purple. This was in high school. I was upset that there were no mention of my door in the school newspaper review of the show.

  • Comment by Mattamatics — December 13, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    My first play. Hmm. Hard to say, as I sort of grew up in musical theater. My first memorable role was in a community theater performance of Hello Dolly. To accommodate set changes, the director added a bunch of in-front-of-the-curtain crossovers. I rode a little scooter across the stage, in front of a little girl and her family. Then we stopped, looked back, giggled and ran off in opposite directions. It was cheesy, but excellent. Also, I was wearing a little sailor suit at the time.

  • Comment by Vic — January 11, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I was Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” in 6th grade.
    I was bit by the bug at that time, propelling me into a career of being a stagehand where I painted many unreported doors. Brendan, my brother, I feel your hurt.

    I went on to work as an archaeologist who worked a feature every now and then.

    I feel as if Tiny Katherine Hepburn (“Tiny Kate” to her pocket-mates) would approve.

    Tiny Kate, allow me to present my fried Tiny Carl Jung (http://dresdencodak.com/2006/05/17/anagoge-starring-tiny-carl-jung/)

    *Match maker, match maker, make me a match…*

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