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This is hilarious… and makes me feel old. Also, is it just me or are the clothes that these kids are wearing just as bad, if not worse, than the styles in the ’90s?

go bayside

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Saved by the Bell fan. I could go toe-to-toe with anyone on SBTB trivia (impressive, I know), that’s why it was a big shock that there was a podcast about Saved by the Bell that I didn’t know about. Imagine that, two of my favorite things joined together, podcasts and SBTB. The result is the awesome Go Bayside.

If you’re not familiar with the podcast, it was started by comedian April Richardson and each episode is an in-depth discussion on an episode of SBTB (done in order of air date). About 2 years ago I had an idea to do a SBTB podcast but 1. I don’t have the time or know-how to do a podcast and 2. I would be hard-pressed to find someone that loves SBTB as much as me.

Anyway, the podcast, which is nearing the end of its run, features guest appearances by other comedians and actors, such as Chris Hardwick, Paul F. Tompkins, and Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), among others. Some of the guests are fans of the show and others never really watched it. Ferrara may even give me a run at super fan status. The discussions are hilarious and really shed light on how ridiculous the show actually was. If you ever watched the show and love podcasts, you should definitely check it out. It may bring back some good memories of the Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons that you spent with Zack and the gang.

Most of these I knew, but there were a few surprises, such as Scott Wolf.

Mark Paul Gosselaar went on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to promote the season premier of his TNT drama Raising the Bar, only he didn’t exactly go as himself. He went as his most famous character, Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell. He dressed in “Zack-style” clothes, made inside jokes about SBTB moving from Indiana to California and Kelly moving to a different zip code (90210), and even pulled out his classic cell phone, all before playing “Friends Forever” by his band Zack Attack. It’s nice to see him embrace a character he will forever be known as, which a lot of actors hate doing. He even agreed to the SBTB reunion that Jimmy Fallon has been trying to set up for months. Watch the interview below, it’s awesome.

sbtbI’m going to geek out hardcore right now.  I just found out that there was a Saved by the Bell comic book published in the 1990’s.  There weren’t many published in the series, but enough to make this SBTB geek want them.  The stories are probably more lame than the stories of the TV show (which I still contend are not lame at all and can help save the world).  The drawing looks very Archie-ish.  Look, they even drew Slater’s mullet.  There are two issues that feature a photo of the SBTB cast instead of a drawing.  One is a special collector’s #1 issue, the other is a special Christmas issue.  The photos on the covers of both are essentially the same and from what I’ve read on the internet, the stories in both comics are the same.

Besides those two issues, it looks like there are 5 additional issues of the hand drawn cover variety.  I can’t seem to figure out which were published first, but I would guess the ones with the real cast on the cover were published first to get people interested and then they switched to the illustrated covers.  It must not have sold well if only a total of 7 issues were made.  Then again, it looks like these were published near the end of the SBTB series so the popularity of the comic book could have died out when the series went off the air.

Yes, I am a huge geek for wanting these.  The only thing I can say is I love SBTB.  It was a fantastic show.  You can find a few of the issues online at various online comic shops and ebay and they are cheap.  I guess they are not a huge collector’s item for the comic geeks out there.  That’s a shame, they don’t know what they are missing.  Anything SBTB related is pure gold.