|Out of Control|
Out of Control title screen
|Created by||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Developed by||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Narrated by||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Opening theme||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Ending theme||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Bruce Littlejohn|
|Running time||30 min (including commercials)|
|First shown in||1984|
|Original run||October 7, 1984 – May 1, 1988|
Out of Control is an American comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1984 until 1988, and was the first series produced specifically for that channel (You Can't Do That on Television had been around longer, but was not a Nickelodeon original). Nick would then produce All That in 1996, and would surpass OoC, running for ten years.
Comedian Dave Coulier starred as the even-keeled host Dave, whose signature catchphrase was "Cut--it--out!"; which was a catchphrase Coulier would later bring to the series Full House. The show also featured a cast of kooky archetypal characters, such as the shrill, plastic-fantastic party-girl Diz Aster (Diz McNally), the clueless reporter Angela "Scoop" Quickly (Jill Wakewood), the caustic newshawk Hern Burford (Marty Schiff), and Waldo, the bespectacled mad inventor (David Stenstrom). Also on the set was a box-like computer called the HA-HA 3200 that's supposedly the sketch and joke writer for the show.
The show featured comedy sketches on recurring themes by the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, appealing to viewers from the 5-12 age bracket, interspersed animation by Spectre Productions.
Guest stars included Bill Bixby (from The Incredible Hulk), Mouth Sounds author Fred Newman (who had a sound effects contest with Dave), and comedian Bruce Baum (playing a fraud who collected clothing of celebrities).