Nickelodeon Weinerville was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Universal Studios Orlando Florida, it was an audience participation comedy show featuring Marc Weiner and his head-puppets and about them making a show. It was produced in 1992-1994, aired in re-runs until 1997. The show was based around a giant puppet stage which was designed to look like a city, called Weinerville. The show was created and hosted by Marc Weiner.
Marc Weiner teamed up with Nickelodeon with the premiere of Nickelodeon Weinerville, a half-hour variety show using classic elements of kids programming, including puppets, interaction with a live studio audience, and showing classic cartoons. Weinerville has drawn the attention of such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and The Early Show for being television's first and only half-man/half-puppet variety show where kids and adults are transformed into puppet citizens.
The show has also received numerous award nominations, including two Cable Ace award nominations, and has received acclaim from: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times.
The show premiered on July 11, 1993. During the first season, all episodes ran in a two-hour marathon every Sunday. However, Weinerville quickly gained popularity: in the middle of the first season Nickelodeon began running the show on weekday afternoons. For the second season, which premiered on September 5, 1994, the episodes aired daily. The show aired on Nickelodeon until June 30, 1997, although the Chanukah special re-ran on December 21, 1997.
Overview and characters
Dottie, the Mayor of Weinerville. Played by Marc Weiner.
ZIP, Dottie's sidekick/assistant, who's constantly getting knocked and kicked around his boss (usually by accident). And is recognized by his constant misfortune and agonizing scream. Played by Scott Fellows
Baby Jeffrey, who introduces Marc at the beginning of each episode and always makes a mess. Played by Marc Weiner
Schnitzel, Marc's fresh/sassy, parrot sidekick (only in season 1). (Marc)
Commander Ozone, a space traveler who defends against evil and saves the universe with his sidekick, Wilson, (Played by Scott Fellows) who sounds like Scotty of Star Trek fame. However in Season 1, his name was "Captain Ozone", and Wilson didn't sound like Scotty but had a squeaky voice like "Zip" (played by Marc)
Eric Von Firstensecond, Commander Ozone's evil enemy. He always tries to figure out an evil scheme to take over Weinerville, or to marry Dottie (only in season 2). (Played by Marc)
Cocktail Frank, the bandleader of the house band of the show "Cocktail Frank And His Weenies." Frank is the lead singer/guitarist. (Played by Marc)
Joey Deluxe, The big shot manager/ and powerful TV show agent. Played by Marc Weiner.
(Most of the above characters feature Weiner's head on a puppet body.)
Professor Phosphate, a Muppet-like puppet with green hair who can only be seen from the waist up. Phospate is the owner of Weinerville Labs, and often causes explosions. Despite this, he often solves problems (only in season 2). (Played by Scott Fellows and David Jordon)
Boney, is a dinosaur skeleton who is beloved by children but doesn't like to be bothered by them. (the "theme song" to his show consisted of said puppet singing "I'm Boney, I'm Boney, leave me aloney, now get out of here!").
Pops, who is the owner of the Diner-(Played by Scott Fellows)
Louie, the local dry cleaner owner who always argues with Pops. (Played by head writer and world famous actor Ray Abruzzo)
Socko, an inverted hand puppet (Weinerette style puppet) who likes to kick Marc.(Operated by Marc)
The show also featured several non-puppet characters played by Weiner himself:
Captain Bob, is loveable and crazy sea Captain who wears yellow rain gear and constantly cracks puns. On many shows, an audience member would be invited to climb aboard Captain Bob's ship. Captain Bob would always yell "Tidal wave" and a bucket of water thrown by a stage hand would soaked the participants. Marc's Captain Bob character first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1981.
The Weinerville General Store, Members of the audience were also called down to participate in various activities during the main part of the show, such as helping to demonstrate items in the Weinerville General Store. Nearly everything in the store sold for $13.50.
Running Joke, Occasionally, the "$13.50" gag was used in other segments, for example: on the "Talent Show" episode the winners won with 1,350 points, on the "DTV" episode, DTV was on channel 1350, and on the General Store and Captain Bob skits, that would be the price when Marc would hand the participant anything.
That's Not Fair!, A game show where a kid and an adult played for points answering questions. Usually the kids win. (only in season 2) According to an interview with Marc Weiner, "That's Not Fair" was a pilot he made for Comedy Central in 1991, after it was tested the network said its good for kids, so Nickelodeon got a hold of it and this became "Weinerville".
Playland, Every show two lucky audience members where selected to get "Weinerized" (put into the "Weinerizer" and would shrink them down into a half human and half puppet). These participants then competed in one of various games in "Playland" that tested the skill of operating their puppet bodies. The runner-up received the "Silver Hot Dog", with the winner receiving the "Golden Hot Dog" as well as the "Special Topping" (green slime dumped onto the player's head.) The Playland stage was enlarged and revamped the second season to incorporate more elaborate stunts and the "Creamerizer". The contestants facing each other and squirting whipped cream at some target in the middle, usually soaking the other contestant in the process.
Season One: 1993Episode title
01Marc's Mother Visits
05Zip In Space
11Zip Stuck In VCR
18Balloon Zip (Pilot) *
25Zip's Family Treasure
26Ziggy Zag Concert
Season Two: 1994Episode title
32Weinerville For Sale
33Eric Von Firstenseconds' Spell
3460 Seconds News
37The Puppet's Court
40Louie Becomes a Citizen
42S.G. Dottie's Cousin
46The Time-Slot War
47Dottie's High School Reunion
52Variety Show or Sitcom
56Zip Runs Away
57Dottie’s Dating Game
58Weinerville: The Movie
59Marc's Lost Memory
60Back to the Past from a Look into the Future
62XR-3 Space Shuttle Game (Series Finale)
TV Specials & Air Dates:
Special 1: December 31, 1993 The Weinerville New Year's Eve Party
Special 2: December 14, 1995 Chanukah Special
Special 3: January 1, 1996 New Year's Special: Lost in the Big Apple
Special 4: February 17, 1996 Election Special: From Washington B.C.
Nickelodeon Weinerville's Broadcast History
NOTE: All times are eastern
July 1993 - November 1996
Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday Marathon)
October 1993 - September 1994
Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
September 1994 - August 1996
Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
August 1996 - June 1997
Monday-Friday, 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
 Guest stars
Marc Summers made a cameo on the "Giant Spider" episode, and on the "Chanukah Special"
Pro Wrestler Bret Hart
Phil Moore of Nick Arcade on the "Variety Show or Sitcom" episode
Dr. Joyce Brothers on the "XR-3 Space Shuttle Game" episode
Moira Quirk of Nickelodeon GUTS, on the "Variety Show or Sitcom" episode
Huey Lewis on the "Louie's Crush" episode
The cast of Clarissa Explains It All on the "DTV" episode
Melissa Joan Hart on the New Year's, and Election special, and on the "DTV" episode
Mike Maronna of The Adventures of Pete & Pete made a cameo on the New Year's special
Paul Shaffer made a cameo on the New Year's special
Senator Joe Lieberman made a cameo on the Election special.
Special thank you to Manny Orames for creating the Weinerville Wikipedia/Episode Guide
Special Thanks to:
Manger- Lee Kernis
Executive Producer- Kevin Kay
Head of Nick Jr.- Brown Johnson
Head of Development of Nick Jr.- Gwen Billings
Producers- Neil Olshansky 1993
Jeanne Simon 1994
Head writer Ray Abruzzo.
Production Designer- Byron Taylor
Scott Fellows- writer
David Jordon-puppet master
Sandy Weiner- writer
And all the wonderful people who were involved in making Weinerville.
Brian Berns- Actor, acting coach and friend. Brian has since past on. May G-d bless him and his family. Thank you Brian for contributing so much Weinerville, we love you.
Mel Weiner- My beloved father and mentor past away on June 5, 2010. He helped me create and develop Weinerville. He also helped me build Weinerville Live and tour with us and he called the show's music and lights. He was an amazing man who helped me pursue my dreams. He will be deeply missed. I love you dad. May my beloved father rest in peace, however, knowing my dad, he is probably helping and mentoring all the other angels in heaven.
Adele Weiner- My beloved mother and mentor past away. My mother dressed me up in a wig and dress as a young boy for Halloween because she thought it was funny, Dottie was born. She instilled the idea of the big head on the small body when she created a banner for her boys (Jonas, Marc, and Jess) to carry at Banner day at a Mets game when we were young boys. Thank you mother for your creativity, humor and love. She is deeply missed and adored. May my beloved mother rest in peace, however, knowing my mom, she is probably making all the other angels in heaven laugh.