Ep. 66: The Odd Couple, Funny Ladies of the Eighties, Amanda Bearse and Teresa Ganzel
Amanda Bearse and Teresa Ganzel, TV royalty, were just beginning rehearsals for The Judson Theatre Company production of THE ODD COUPLE when COVID-19 shut everything down. Bearse played Marcy D’arcy, the Bundy’s neighbor in the hit sitcom MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and Ganzell spent ten years working with Johnny Carson on THE TONIGHT SHOW. Hear what these funny ladies have to say about theater, comedy, television, and timing.
About the Guests
Amanda Bearse played Marcy D’Arcy on over 250 episodes of Fox’s Married…With Children during its 11-season run, and co-starred in the cult horror film Fright Night opposite Chris Sarandon. After graduating the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, Bearse began her professional acting career in New York on All My Children. Directing episodes of Married…With Children launched her episodic tv directing career, and she went on to direct episodes of many other series including MADtv. Reba, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Lopez, The Jamie Foxx Show, Dharma & Greg, and Jessie. After over three decades in entertainment, Amanda made her off-Broadway directing, as well as acting, debut in 2018 at New York City Center with Party Face starring Hayley Mills, coming full circle with her work in theater.
Teresa Ganzel is perhaps best known to audiences everywhere from her 32 appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson; for playing Jackie Gleason’s wife in The Toy starring Richard Pryor; and for starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in Transylvania 6-5000. She also appeared opposite Bill Paxton in the comedy mini-series Fresno starring Carol Burnett. Teresa was a series regular on The Duck Factory with Jim Carrey, Roxie with Andrea Martin, and Teachers Only with Lynn Redgrave and Jean Smart. She has made dozens of memorable guest appearances on beloved shows including Three’s Company (as Greedy Gretchen), Coach, Mama’s Family, Alf, Newhart, Love Boat, Hotel, and Married…with Children. Game show fans may remember Teresa as a celebrity player on The $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid tournaments as well as Super Password and Hollywood Squares. Teresa’s distinctive voice can be heard in blockbuster films like Despicable Me 3, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Monsters Inc., Up, Wall-E, Horton Hears a Who!, and Cars. Her recent theatre credits include Harvey starring French Stewart at Laguna Beach Playhouse; Heartbreak Help with Melissa Peterman and Marisa Jaret Winokur; the national tour and Off-Broadway production of Viagara Falls; and Meet & Greet with Vicki Lewis.
Morgan Sills s a Producer/Director with Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre credits. In the past five years, he has produced or directed eighteen shows in theatres in New York and around the United States. On Broadway, Morgan was a producer of the Tony-nominated 2014 revival of Of Mice and Men as a partner in Piedmont Productions (with fellow North Carolina producer Bruce Long). Of Mice and Men starred Oscar and Emmy nominee James Franco (Spider-Man), Chris O’Dowd, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, Tony winner Jim Norton, and True Blood’s Jim Parrack. The show recouped its capitalization in the twelfth week of its eighteen-week limited engagement and was the first-ever Broadway show taped for broadcast by Britain’s National Theatre Live. Morgan is in his eighth season as Executive Producer of Judson Theatre Company in Pinehurst, NC, the recipient of NCTC's 2016 George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award for excellence in professional theatre in North Carolina.