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Apr 21, 2009 11:35 AM

Cooking show host media doppelgangers

Small h's analogy that Rachael Ray is the Barney of cooking show hosts will be hard to beat, but what kiddie or talk show hosts are the equivalent of what cooking show hosts?

Joanne Weir....Shari Lewis
Chris Kimball....Charles Osgood, William Buckley
Paula Deen....which Teletubby?

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  1. Sandra Lee...Kathie Lee Gifford (i'm convinced they're the twin spawn of Satan who were separated at birth)
    Curtis Aikens...Al Roker. (he isn't on the air anymore AFAIK, but he always reminded me of Al)
    Alton Brown...Mr. Wizard
    George Duran...Jimmy Kimmel

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      ghg - your first one is spot on! (But then you might know I'd say that of both of those spawn, didn't you? <vbg>)

      I don't know George Duran...but having looked him up, the resemblance is there (although he also reminds me of Duff on Ace of Cakes).

      1. re: LindaWhit

        George Duran used to host "Ham on the Street," and then he took over for Jim O'Connor on "The Secret Life Of..."

    2. Paula Deen...Pig Pen/Foghorn Leghorn
      The Deen Boys...Ralph wigham/Peter Griffen
      Giada...Betty Boop
      Bobby Flay...Barney Ruble

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      1. re: Withnail42

        thank you for the Giada and Booby Flay comparisons! i was racking my brain trying to figure out who it would be for those two...Betty Boop and Barney Rubble are great choices :)

        got any ideas for Guy Fieri? i'm stumped on that one...

          1. re: Miss Needle

            now that i think about it, he's Bart dressed in Poochie's clothing!

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Good call on Pouchie.

            I was thinking perhaps Animal from the Muppets.

              1. re: drongo

                That is disturbingly accurate.

          3. Robert Irvine = Brutus from Popeye

            1. I amend my OP: watching all the old Andy Griffith Show clips in the wake of the star's death, I realize that Barney Fyfe (actor Don Knotts) resembled both Chris Kimball and, in exasperated facial expressions, Jon Cryer's Two-and-a-Half Men character.

              Bobby Flay = Howdy Doody

              Mario Batali = comic book store owner on The Simpsons

              If they ever do a Gordon Ramsey biopic, the title role should go to an actor named Sebastian Roche.

              Conveniently, he always seems to be cast as a villain (General Hospital's Jerry Jax, terrorist on 24, et. al.) The resemblance is uncanny.

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              1. re: greygarious

                A big +1 on the Comic Book Guy and Mario!!!!! It is perfect!!!

              2. Carla Hall is Red Fraggle.
                Alex Guarnaschelli is Lucy van Pelt.
                Rachel Ray is of course, The Joker.

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                  1. re: greygarious

                    The Fraggle reference was made when Carla first showed up on Top Chef on the various TC recaps. :-)