NEW YORK, NY: Rhonda Findling is a name that should be familiar to most Kermit and Friends viewers. She wore many hats on the show, both literally on her head and figuratively as dispenser of advice, rap star, movie star, author, and eye candy. She largely disappeared from the show just prior to the Mass Exodus of June 2015, but her semi-retirement was never described as rancorous. She made sporadic appearances throughout the rest of the year, increasing in frequency in the past few weeks.
Her shot at Hollywood was sadly snuffed out with the passing of Johnny Fratto, and her hip-hop career remains moribund as file-sharing and declining sales of recordings gut the music industry. Her books no longer sell for $999.99 at Amazon.com, and her vacation to France recedes into the mists of history like a whiff of perfume carried by a breeze.
However, none of that matters now because Rhonder, as she was affectionately known in the chatroom with which she has always had an uneasy relationship, has a new Spreecast show: the well-received Help Me Rhonda!, which webcasts live at 11PM EST on Monday evenings.
A nervous Rhonda appeared on Kermit and Friends on Monday to promote her new show, and was further rattled by an angry rant by the then-homeless Idaho Idiot Chris Dick. However, after offering a plausible diagnosis of Dick’s dementia, she regained her aplomb.
The show itself was well-attended for an official debut (an unpublicized “test run” took place the previous Monday), with live viewers in the mid-20’s for most of the show. Despite occasional glitches, the show ran smoothly. Ravishing Rhonda had several guests lined up. A young woman from Brazil named Julia fretted about a boyfriend back home finding a new girlfriend in her absence, which actually was a relief to her. A blacked-out square hid a woman who identified herself as Ava, who is not the personality better known as “Nick’s Ava”. She discussed the temptation of dating a married man. A third woman, 29-year-old Nicole, discussed an experience with a philandering boyfriend who used the old “no man is faithful” line on her. It was a revelatory show that examined common-day relationship problems in a no-nonsense, frank manner.
Throughout it all, Findling navigated with ease between the participants. Absent were the talking-over other guests that so frequently derail Spreecast programs. For fans of Rhonda, this is an hourlong Holy Grail. For those who are uncommitted but would like to hear a familiar voice discuss common dilemmas with a range of interesting guests, give Help Me Rhonda! a try. It’s better than you might expect.