What Toronto needs now is Ed's common sense
Most folks know that David Letterman is America's longest running late night talk show host now. But who do you think is Canada's?
Ed the Sock (voiced by Steven Joel Kerzner) held a great run of 16 seasons from 1995 - 2008 hosting Ed's Night Party which was later renamed to Ed & Red's Night Party.
Red is Liana K and is Steve Kerzner's wife in real life. She helped to launch Ed's Night Party as both senior producer and co-head writer. In 2004, she shared the spotlight with him.
If you are familiar with Ed the Sock, you know he speaks his mind. The downside of his show (for me) was his "in yer face" womanizing. Apparently, in real life, he's completely different. Since 1999, Steve and Liana have been a couple and have worked together from home for over 16 years.
The first time I saw Ed the Sock
Watching MuchMusic one night (around 2001) I caught a snippet of Ed the Sock hosting Fromage 2000. It showcased the cheesiest (hence "fromage" in the title) music videos of the year as chosen by MuchMusic staff.
As I was about to turn the channel, I overheard Ed say "CRAP" and he continued on in a gravelly voice picking apart a music video in such a blunt (yet honest) way that I began to tape the program.
Sure his smartass comments could be deemed borderline libelous, but I laughed until I cried. I suppose being a sock kept his identity somewhat protected. Not surprising though, some of his content has been taken off the air.
For the longest time, I wondered what Ed the Sock actually looks like and I finally found a photo of him in the archives of Ad-Astra.org.
Steve Kerzner doesn't look like Ed (and I hope he doesn't smoke a cigar, at least not as often as Ed). According to Wikipedia, Ed the Sock's personality is based on two people whose identities are a secret.
Although it was somewhat difficult to find some G-rated video clips of Ed's night shows, I did find some footage on YouTube of Fromage 2000 for your viewing pleasure. First up is 28 seconds of Ed critiquing the Backstreet Boys video Shape Of My Heart:
Fromage 2000 with Ed the Sock
Cheesiest Canadian video Fromage 2000
And he picks on Canadians too (53 seconds):
Cheesiest Group video (only 1 min long)
I think Ed the Sock went international for this one:
A natural leader
Ed had strong political aspirations and proclaimed himself the leader of the FU (Fed-Up) party in 2011. His campaign efforts to run for Prime Minister (albeit purely a joke) managed to inspire a record turnout of voters at advanced polls. Ed the Sock eventually conceded that the "NDP had become the FU vote."
Declaring victory, Ed blows his own horn (cigar)
Ed's outgoing and adventurous
Grooming the Sun Peaks
Crap you haven't seen (unreal and uncensored)
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Oh and in case you're wondering
Ed the Sock returned to do Fromage 2013
A Toronto Star interview of Steve Kerzner by Ben Rayner caught my eye December 29th, 2013. In it, Steve mentioned that not a day had gone by (since it last aired in 2006) that people mentioned how much they missed Fromage. It had become a tradition for those who loved it.
Unfortunately, the ice storm affected production and Ed was only able to critique 9 music videos. I viewed them (they are not G-rated for this article) but you can catch them on Ed the Sock's YouTube channel or xsnetwork(dot)com.
Addendum March 11th, 2015
I found out that Ed and Red have launched their own website titled Ed the Sock Central which promises to deliver the goods.
For now, there is a podcast and a YouTube video & TV selection to choose from. (And a fairly racy photo gallery featuring Ed's wife, Liana Kerzner).
But what I look forward to is hearing Ed speak his mind.