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Toby Huss interview on pop my culture podcast

Toby Huss (“The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” “Halt and Catch Fire”) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about Millie Bobbie Brown, Mike Judge, paper routes, punk rock, the origins of Artie the Strongest Man in the World, typing games, Bob Forehead, bartending at the Knitting Factory, Big Mike, cannibal hobos and big-crotch long johns.

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first computer you ever had) on our website for a chance to win an “Adventures of Pete and Pete” 20 Year Reunion poster from SF Sketchfest signed by Toby, Danny Tamberelli, Michael C. Maronna, Rick Gomez, Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb!

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Toby Huss with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland

Signed Pete and Pete poster


  • Comment by Joe Cuffe — October 13, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

    My first computer was a TRS-80 that my high school loaned my parents for our first computer programming course. I never did learn coding, but still passed the class.

  • Comment by Dean Knowles — October 13, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

    My first computer was so old that I don’t think they’d become imaginitive with names yet.
    It may have just been called ‘COMPUTER’.
    This ancient box was purchased very late in the game seeing as my friends were rockin’ MSN a year or 2 later. All I knew of the internet was that Drew Barrymore’s Playboy pictures could load on there in under an hour and a half.

    Long story short, ‘COMPUTER’ is my answer.

  • Comment by Brad Young — October 14, 2016 @ 6:27 am

    Tandy 3000. Pretty much only used for a Doogie Howser style digital diary. Very futuristic indeed.

  • Comment by Carl Fink — October 14, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

    The first computer my family got was a Packard Bell. (Remember them?) It had a 200MB hard drive–probably gigantic compared to some other people’s first, but still minuscule compared to even a cell phone today.

  • Comment by Anthony Joseph — October 15, 2016 @ 6:43 am

    Back in the early 90’s my family of 6 all shared this old school IBM, which wasn’t capable of much. I couldn’t even play Oregon Trail on it; I was reduced to countless hours of Mine-Sweeper, which I never really got better at. Luckily, by the end of the decade, my parents upgraded to an Emachine (ugh) with Windows Millennium Edition (double ugh). At least it allowed me to download a song on Napster, once every five hours.

  • Comment by Cale C. — October 17, 2016 @ 2:17 am

    Toby was a fun guest. I’ve been a fan since his early MTV shorts and of course Pete and Pete. He’s a unique actor with interesting energy. I always enjoy seeing him pop up in things.

    Now for the question… we were late to the home computer game. I had used the old macs with big floppy disks in school, playing Number Munchers, Oregon Trail, etc., but we didn’t get our first at home until 1998. I can’t remember what model it was since I was maybe allowed to touch it twice.

    My first computer was a hand-me-down from my dad; a Compaq Presario desktop circa 2002 with a 40 gb harddrive. We still had dial-up internet until early 2007. It was painful.

  • Comment by Meghan — October 17, 2016 @ 8:50 am

    My first computer was a Dell something. It was the family computer, I don’t know exactly, but I do remember spending hours watching my brother try and fail to complete an Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Arc game on it. Anyways, Toby Huss is a great individual and I’m happy to see him pop up wherever he does. I’m a huge Pete and Pete fan from childhood and there’s a happy nostalgia that comes with seeing any of those guys on other things.

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