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Brian VanHooker

Brian VanHooker is a staff writer at MEL specializing in pop culture, food (especially pizza) and long form oral histories. He is the co-creator of the comic book "Barnum & Elwood" and "The Tramp," a comedy pilot starring John O'Hurley. He also hosts a TMNT interview podcast called "Turtle Tracks" and was once called a "Good Guy" by Mr. T.


Pepperoni and Pancake Batter: An Oral History of Pizza the Hutt from ‘Spaceballs’

The makeup effects artist who designed the revolting mob boss from the 1987 Mel Brooks classic, and the guy beneath all those pizza toppings reveal every disgusting trick that went into creating an edible, intergalactic supervillain

It’s Go Time! An Oral History of Izzy Mandelbaum, Seinfeld’s Octogenarian Macho Man

‘Seinfeld’ writers reflect on the elderly fitness king, one of the greatest characters on the show and the final television role of the iconic Lloyd Bridges

‘Big Daddy’ Marked the Moment Adam Sandler Started to Grow Up

Steve Franks, the screenwriter behind the hit 1999 film, explains how the script he wrote while working with animatronic birds at Disneyland ended up becoming a pivotal moment in Sandler’s literal on-screen maturation