A fairly recent article in
the New York Times  dubbed Cookin' Cheap
"Best Cookin Show Ever."  Sure, we might be just a little biased, but we're inclined to agree.

The original crazy cooking show

In 1980, Laban Johnson, already an old hand at cooking on local TV and at poking good natured fun at a local humorless host, came up with an idea for his own TV show. Fortunately he realized that much of his humor came from playing off of someone else, so he decided to invite a friend, Larry Bly, onLarry and Labanto the show as his sidekick. Larry's wit was well known in the area, thanks to his radio and TV on-air shenanigans.

After discussing that the show might be a comedy cooking show using mostly viewer recipes, it was decided to pitch the show to a local TV station. Shortly thereafter, a "pilot" was shot, shown to some local potential sponsors, and the rest, as they say, is history.