Bob Kushell has a monologue, a band and a guest list. Put it together and it adds up to a traditional talk show – one that's online and lasts five minutes from start to finish.
The microwave approach of “Anytime With Bob Kushell,” with a sole guest and a joke and comedy bit each episode, manages to gently tweak one of TV's most traditional genres while offering the complete, if short, experience.
Kushell, a veteran writer-producer whose credits include “Samantha Who?” and “3rd Rock From the Sun,” said hosts such as Johnny Carson or David Letterman deserve viewers' attention for a full hour. “For those people who desperately need to watch a talk show while they're going to the bathroom, this is it,” Kushell joked.
It was last year's Hollywood writers strike that prompted him to dabble online. Then his agent suggested he keep his Internet presence going and “Anytime” was born. It's a homegrown enterprise, filmed in his brother-in-law's garage, but with the support of Kushell's industry colleagues.
Guests on the show that started last December have included John Stamos, Neil Patrick Harris, Howie Mandel and Christina Applegate. “You walk into this single-car garage and there's this beautiful set …. and it's so ridiculous and off-putting you just sort of wind up saying things you wouldn't normally say on a regular talk show,” Applegate said by e-mail.