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Out of Control is a comedy series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1984 to 1985. It was hosted by a pre–Full House Dave Coulier, who ran a news show (in the loosest sense of the word). Joining him were:

  • Angela “Scoop” Quickly (Jill Wakewood): An Intrepid Reporter. She was somewhat clueless.
  • Hern Burford (Marty Schiff): Her caustic rival.
  • Waldo (David Henstrom): A goofy inventor.
  • Diz Aster (Diz McNally): The overly shrill stage manager.

Segments on the show included:

  • Let’s Eat - Dave travels to many eating establishments, where he offers them a trophy topped with chattering teeth.
  • How NOT to Do Things - a do-it-yourself segment. Disaster ensues.
  • It’s Alive - a segment about animals.
  • Are We There Yet? - about interesting locations.
  • It’s Probably True - Facts are examined.
  • Adult Education - A little girl is the teacher to a group of adults.
  • Advertisement:
  • Fast Told Fairy Tales - Diz tells fairy tales while being timed.
  • Hurry Up! - Upon request, Dave uses a machine to speed up a mundane activity.

Tropes include:

  • As Himself: Dave Coulier, the host of the show.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Cartoon Critic is the recipient of a lot of slapstick.
  • Catchphrase: Dave's "Cut-It-Out" and Diz's "Lucky!" and "Excellent!". There’s also the Cartoon Critic, whose catchphrase is “That’s stupid!”
  • Food Porn: The "Let's Eat" segments show Dave's fascination with the meals served to him.
  • Motormouth: Diz can talk pretty fast, particularly when she delivers her “Fast Told Fairy Tales”.
  • Nerd Glasses: Waldo's glasses have to be seen to be believed.
  • No Name Given: The Cartoon Critic has never been called by name.
  • Only One Name: Waldo’s surname is never revealed.
  • Punny Name: Diz Aster.
  • Advertisement:
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Hern considers himself to be the best reporter on the show.
  • Valley Girl: Diz, full stop.