The Wilder Ride is a podcast where we look to explore and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder, using the movies by minutes format. We have grown up seeing Gene Wilder play everything from a scientist, to a gunslinger, to a man infatuated by a woman in red, to Mr. Willy Wonka himself. But always, at the heart, there is a depth and a warmth of a real human being bringing those roles to life in such a way as to leave an indelible impression in our hearts and minds.
We want to help others relive and/or rediscover those films, while hopefully turning a younger generation onto one of the most gifted performers to have graced the silver screen. Movies like Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Frisco Kid and Haunted Honeymoon represent such a wide range of characters and story lines where Gene Wilder took on a role and made it his own.
We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and to learn a little more about us, our guests and our efforts to bring this project to life. It takes a lot of work, energy and time to bring each episode to life. But, as they say in theatre, it is all for naught if no one is in the audience. So, we thank you again for being out there and for listening.
Help us out on this Wilder Ride
If you want to help us, there are several ways available. The most important way is to help spread the word! Talk us up, tell your family and friends about us and be ready to help show people how to access our podcast — The Wilder Ride. We have a dedicated Facebook page, Facebook discussion group and Twitter account. Please take a moment to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter, which will make it even easier for you to share our posts on social media.
For those who are able, we have a Patreon page where you can sign up to be a patron of our show. We have several tiers, each with its own reward for showing us your support. Even supporting us with a $1 a month helps to keep these shows coming your way.
We feel like we cannot say it enough, so we will say it again — THANK YOU! Our aim is to do justice to the films and the memory of Gene Wilder and have a lot of fun along the way. We really hope, it will be a wild ride that gets “Wilder” by the minute!
Christmas holiday bonus show – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Today’s release…Bonus Episode!
Our first Christmas holiday Patreon show represents the will of our listeners. Much like our Halloween special, we picked four movies we thought we’d like to cover for our holiday special. However, when we created our poll, we left it open to add new choices. Our listeners added several different selections, but it was clear Christmas Vacation was the movie the majority wanted us to cover.
So, after a week of rest from Halloween, we buckled down and broke the movie into seven parts. We wanted to time it so each weekly installment would drop on a Monday, with the last one falling on Christmas Eve.
Thank you to all who are part of our Facebook listeners group and who participated in our poll. We hope you are enjoying our podcast. While we are producing interim content outside of the films of Gene Wilder, we are hard at work on pre-production for season two — Blazing Saddles!