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Episode 3.12

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on August 19th, 2016

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This is our season 3 finale, and what a special episode it is.  Recorded live, backstage at the world famous Bay Street Theatre, home club of Lady Chablis as well as the Savannah Comedy Revue.  This episode was recorded in a short break after a comedy show and before a wonderful transvestite burlesque show, and what wild and fun scene it was.  Everyone there was fun and gracious to be around!  Now, back to class!  Do any of these luminaries’ students have a heart, and if so, do they know anything about it???  And then, questions about a mysterious and famous rock band form the 60s and tidbits of trivia about Georgia (and, so it seems, Illinois!).  Who will shine out when all around is dark, and win themselves the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana?

Charlie Weiner is a legendary comedian and musician, known best for his classic record 12 inches of Weiner!

Matt Theisen is an actor, teacher, and fight coordinator who once got kicked in the chest by an overeager actor, and who is currently building his own farm.

Thom Paris is producer of the Savannah Comedy Revue!

Episode 3.11

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on August 12th, 2016

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Record atthe Barnes & Nobles in Mentor (thanks Chad!).  It is comic book expert Chris Lambert versus actor andcomputer engineer Eric Jaffe (no relation!).  One of them may actually be a living fossil, if either ofthem can figure out what a living fossil is!  And when Mel Brooks portrayed Governor William J. LePetomane in Blazing Saddles, hischaracter’s name was an homage to famous Moulan Rouge performer—does anybodyremember this famous old-timer!  Ifthey do, maybe they will win today’s coveted classroom prize, the GoldenBanana!

ChrisLambert is an author, actor, comic book expert who once sang with Bad Finger(and I do mean, ONCE!).  Follow hiswork on-line here:

Eric Jaffeis an actor currently touring his one-man show C-, as seen here:

Gold Star Classroom 3.10

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on August 9th, 2016

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A greatgroup of students gathered during the blizzard of ’15 to answer questions aboutanimal science, celebrity gossip, and Viking lore.  Are any of my students listening at home diurnal, and if so,are you diurnal enough to win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana?

Dr. Zane Johnson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Lake Erie College.

Mark Riccadonna is a comedian, actor and storyteller whsoe biggest influence is quizmaster Donnie Smith. 

SteveFielder is an actor, comedian, and fire performer.  He runs the CLE Improv troop.  Find him on Facebook:

Season 3 Episode 9

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on July 19th, 2016

Recorded at the famous Mojo’s Comedy Cellar in Youngstown, Ohio.  These students have to deal with solar weather and movie villains.  Do you know who the American Film Institute voted the number 1 villain in American film history?  If you do, maybe YOU could win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden banana!

Season 3 Episode 8

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on June 29th, 2016

These student’s are a classroom full of asterisks!  “What is with the number two?” has a very different meaning in this context.  And if anyone knows what an “ampersand” is they may win today’s Nerd Prize!  As astronomy nerds, we all love Mars and Venus,  but what do you know about them?  And if anyone can get their head out of their asterisk they will win the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana.  Recorded live at Grumpy Dave’s in Bowling Green!

Season 3 Episode 7

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on May 22nd, 2016

A special episode recorded at the famous Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH.  These are some top-notch learned (ie nerdy) students, and the Nerd Prize will definitely be up for grab!  We have fun testing this class on topics like world population statistics, space utilization, and truly true originals of the superstitions related to Friday the 13th.  And, in the end, only one can receive the coveted classroom prize, the Golden Banana.

Season 3 Episode 6

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on May 12th, 2016

For students who come here for the nerd trivia and stay for the comedy, this class turned out to be spectacularly satisfying.  Who climbed to the top of what mountain?  If Ouija boards were real, maybe Ouija could tell, but since they are NOT real what can these students tell their teacher about where they came from?  And, can Ouija predict who will earn the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana?

Season 3, Episode 5

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on April 1st, 2016

This class includes three high-powered panelists:  world-renowned Superman expert Chris Lambert, Batman aficionado Dan Brown, and Lethargic Zen Master TM Francis.  Recorded at the Barnes & Nobles in Mentor, these three wits battle over topics such as science fiction trivia, Native American vocabulary, and the true truly real history of Satanism.  This episode includes an unprecedented multiple Nerd Prize winner, but who will drop enough knowledge to earn the coveted classroom prize, The Golden Banana.

Season 3, Episode 4

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on February 23rd, 2016

This episode is a very special episode!  It is the first of two recorded at the MidWest Comedy Festival shows held at the Comedy Caravan in Louisville, Ky in Summer of 2015.  All of our guest students were stand out performers at the Festival and happily entered the Gold Star Classroom, even though they didn’t quite know what to expect.  Well, what they got were a series of challenging questions about various dangers in life, including sharks, lightning, Andre the Giant, and most frightening of all, marriage!  What we got was a delightful and lively episode, in which one of these hilarious freshman won the coveted classroom prize,  The Golden Banana?

Season 3, Episode 3

Posted in GSC by Gold Star Classroom on February 8th, 2016

Your humble professor is excited to have back Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu.  With such an accomplished Master in class, it means the teacher has to work hard to make it as challenging as possible.  We wrestled with history with the true origin of the American flag and we tackled the now, with a review of the most recent words added to the dictionary.  Is it a foregone conclusion Arthur will win the coveted classroom prize The Golden Banana, or with the new Nerd Prize in play is there hope for of the other students to excel???

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