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Cooking show host media doppelgangers

greygarious Apr 21, 2009 11:35 AM

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. goodhealthgourmet Apr 21, 2009 11:51 AM

    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
      LindaWhit Apr 21, 2009 01:42 PM

      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
        goodhealthgourmet Apr 21, 2009 02:54 PM

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

    2. Withnail42 Apr 21, 2009 12:02 PM

      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
        goodhealthgourmet Apr 21, 2009 12:12 PM

        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: goodhealthgourmet
          Miss Needle Apr 21, 2009 12:27 PM

          Poochie from the Simpsons!


          1. re: Miss Needle
            goodhealthgourmet Apr 21, 2009 12:31 PM

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

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet
            Withnail42 Apr 21, 2009 12:32 PM

            Good call on Pouchie.

            I was thinking perhaps Animal from the Muppets.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              drongo Jul 9, 2012 01:47 PM

              icanhazcheezburger has Guy Fieri pegged perfectly:



              1. re: drongo
                gaffk Jul 9, 2012 03:02 PM

                That is disturbingly accurate.

          3. alwayscooking Apr 21, 2009 04:30 PM

            Robert Irvine = Brutus from Popeye

            1. greygarious Jul 8, 2012 12:38 PM

              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
                Dee S Jul 9, 2012 12:49 PM

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

              2. monavano Jul 8, 2012 12:45 PM

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

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                1. re: monavano
                  greygarious Jul 8, 2012 01:20 PM

                  Good one on the Fraggle!

                  1. re: greygarious
                    LindaWhit Jul 8, 2012 05:01 PM

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

                  2. re: monavano
                    sydthekyd Jul 9, 2012 03:16 PM

                    Alex=Lucy - YES!

                  3. r
                    rochfood Jul 8, 2012 05:05 PM

                    Alton Brown = Elton John

                    Even their name structure is similar.

                    Bob Tuschman = Kermit the frog.

                    1. drongo Jul 9, 2012 01:29 PM

                      Christopher Kimball.... Steve Urkel

                      1. pdxgastro Jul 10, 2012 08:29 PM

                        Giada's big smile = Skeletor http://vivirlatino.com/i/2007/04/skel...

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