Confirmed! Pogo the Ogo Pogo added to the cast of season 4 of "The New Magic Mike's Castle" webcast, premiering in early 2015.
Professional magician/cartoonist/musician/animator/producer "Magic" Mike Likey is the host and creator of this brand-new incarnation of his original television program which ran for 9 years in the mid 1980's to the mid 1990's, which features skits, live ("in-the-flesh") variety entertainers/guests, jokes, riddles, magic-tricks and songs with a haunted-castle set theme, all by Likey, plus Likey's patented off-beat humor which he calls "Letterman-esque", referring to his idol, David Letterman. "I also love Jimmy Fallon's hip brand of humor," Likey added.
Likey cites inspiration from popular horror-movie host "Svengoolie" for his return to the small screen after an absence of nearly 20 years.
Likey continues, "The first time I saw Sven on TV, which was only in the last 3 years, I thought, this is "Magic Mike's Castle", with a horror-movie theme; I LOVE Sven's self-deprecating humor, which is very similar to my own "punny" humor. Although Sven's been on the air since the '70's, we never got his show in Canada in the east (Montreal) when I was growing up, so he didn't consciously or not influence me. My original show was influenced by Soupy Sales, Johnny Jellybean, Magic Tom Auburn, and Disney, among others, whom I DID grow up watching", he added.
Mike promises a live audience will be present for some of the new segments' inserts, shot on location at a local community centre (Place Maillardville Community Centre) this upcoming season.
The animated "cast of characters" include riddle-asking "Winnie" the bat, (named for Mike's favorite Canadian City, Winnipeg) "Dusty" the broom, who shares funny stories, "Harvey the Haunted Phone" who does "knock-knock" jokes, and "Marty the Mirror" who shares the Yiddish word of the week.
"I even wrote an audience-participation song (which is STILL trending) called "The Bat", influenced broadly by Soupy Sales' "The Mouse". (The music-video of the song airs on Mike's current show.) After all, isn't a bat just a flying mouse?" he quipped.
Watch an episode from season 3 here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x240m4j_the-new-magic-mike-s-castle-season-3-show-3_fun