Nick on T.V.

How I Started My Own T.V. Show
by Nick Scoullar

- first published in the March/April 1994 issue of ZuZu -

When I found out, in June of '93, that this public access channel I had been such a fan of was free to anybody who wanted a show, I immediately ran down to the public access office (MNN) and got an application for a t.v. show. I thought, "What could I possibly do a t.v. show about?" Then it hit me - my true favorite hobby - comic books. The next thing I knew , my best friend, Milan, and I were doing a t.v. show called TALKCOMICS every Wednesday at 5:00 pm on Channel 17.

I'd have to say that doing my public access t.v. show every week is one of my favorite things to do. There are many fun aspects about it - like I get to meet lots of interesting people when I interview them. And I get to learn the inside secrets of the comic book industry. We even have a sponsor, Big Apple Comics & Cards, that lends us stuff to review. Now that we have been doing the show for about 40 episodes, we have learned what works and what doesn't. It's always nice when somebody comes up to me and says, "Hey, aren't you that kid from TALKCOMICS?"

But like everything there is the other, and somewhat depressing, side of the coin. Like the fact that, with school, and with making all the calls and arranging the interviews for the show, I don't get a lot of free time to myself, and it's a lot of hard work. But in the long run, I wouldn't give it up for anything.

About the L.O.U.P.A.P.

The L.O.U.P.A.P. is a group that I created which consists of kids under the age of 18, that have public access t.v. shows. Since I know you're all wondering, I'll explain where the name comes from. It's an acronym for:

There are many good L.O.U.P.A.P. shows, but here are some of my favorites.

Grandma's Homemade Cheese - on every Sunday at 2 am on Channel 69 and every Wed at 11 pm.
Squirt T.V. - every Sunday at 12:30 am on Channel 17.

Nick Scoullar, aged 12 when he wrote this article, went on to turn Talk Comics into a show for the Sci-Fi channel called The Anti-Gravity Room. Check it out!


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