The Fred Willard episode:
If the game here is to offer the best reason why a particular September episode is the least downloaded, may I offer a serious opinion?
I love the KPChatShow and I adore Fred Willard but his episode was disappointing to me because it lacked what I call the Kevin Pollak moment. The unique thing to me about Kevin Pollak's interviews (beyond the obvious fact that it is a true give and take conversation and not just a show biz plug for the guest's next project) is the point in the conversation where Kevin gets the guest to reveal that decisive moment that changed the guest's life/career. The most striking example from all of the KPC shows is Martin Mull's staging an entire live show just as an audition for Norman Lear. And that was only a subset of Mull's using his entire show biz career as a means to finance his art. I found that mind boggling. Another example is Kathy Najimy moving to NY city with a only $80 to her name and then going ahead and staging her own show. Or Pollak's own story of turning down a stand up spot on the Johnny Carson show to wait until he could get a opportunity to sit on the couch next to Carson.
It is not only the risk the guest took combined with the leap of faith in their own ability, but those factors mixed with the opportunity they consciously, creatively bring into being that I find inspiring. That is what I call the Kevin Pollak moment and for me it is always the highlight of the show.
The Fred Willard episode, as amusing and charming as it was and as warm and inventive as Fred was, still lacked that one magic revelatory moment.