Max: Guests

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In four seasons of two video, entertainment and talk shows on two channels in two countries, Max Headroom had a number of extremely high-profile guests. This page lists all of them and the shows on which they appeared.

I have not found any good reason to index the video performers and songs. However, they are all listed in the various show entries and can be found by a site search.

Talk Show & Interview Guests

Name links are to Wikipedia pages. Table is sortable by clicking top headings.

Guest Show Episode US Air Date UK Air Date
Jackson Browne The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.9 21 Nov 1986 3 Mar 1987
David Byrne The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.6 10 Oct 1986 10 Feb 1987
Michael Caine The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.1 1 Aug 1986 6 Jan 1987
Jackie Collins The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.10 5 Dec 1986 10 Mar 1987
Roger Daltrey The Max Headroom Show CH4.2.4 4 Dec 1985 5 Aug 1986
Dave Edmunds The Max Headroom Show Christmas Special 18 Dec 1986 26 Dec 1986
Bob Geldof The Max Headroom Show Christmas Special 18 Dec 1986 26 Dec 1986
Boy George The Max Headroom Show CH4.2.6 18 Dec 1985 19 Aug 1986
Gilbert Gottfried The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.6 1 Oct 1987 NA
Jerry Hall The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.1 23 Jul 87 NA
Rutger Hauer The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.5 26 Sep 1986 3 Feb 1987
Grace Jones The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.6 1 Oct 1987 NA
Madeline Kahn The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.5 17 Sep 1987 NA
Don King The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.5 17 Sep 1987 NA
Robin Leach The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.2 6 Aug 1987 NA
Simon LeBon The Max Headroom Show CH4.2.3 27 Nov 1985 22 Jul 1986
Jack Lemmon The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.8 7 Nov 1986 24 Feb 1987
Howie Mandel The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.7 24 Oct 1986 17 Feb 1987
Bobby McFerrin The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.4 3 Sep 1987 NA
Mary Tyler Moore The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.2 6 Aug 1987 NA
Penn & Teller The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.1 23 Jul 1987 NA
Emo Philips The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.5 17 Sep 1987 NA
Ron Reagan Jr. The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.3 20 Aug 1987 NA
Oliver Reed The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.3 29 Aug 1986 20 Jan 1987
Nick Rhodes The Max Headroom Show CH4.2.3 27 Nov 1985 22 Jul 1986
Vidal Sassoon The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.2 15 Aug 1986 13 Jan 1987
Paul Shaffer The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.3 20 Aug 1987 NA
William Shatner The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.6 1 Oct 1987 NA
Sting The Max Headroom Show CH4.1.33 NA 29 Jun 1985
CH4.2.1 13 Nov 1985 15 Jul 1986
Tina Turner The Max Headroom Show Christmas Special 18 Dec 1986 26 Dec 1986
Tracey Ullman The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.4 17 Sep 1986 27 Jan 1987
Dr. Ruth Westheimer The Original Max Talking Headroom Show CMX.1.4 3 Sep 1987 NA
Robin Williams The Max Headroom Show Christmas Special 18 Dec 1986 26 Dec 1986

Notes

  • The two appearances by Sting are the same interview with slightly different edits.
  • Despite persistent references to the contrary, Luis Cardenas was never a guest on any Max show. He did have a video on a Season 3 show.

Performers

In addition to big-name interview guests, the shows often had other performers appear - but under restricted conditions. These performances were all oddball comedy skits, shown as framed video clips shot on the show set and often involving the audience. They were never shown as a linear part of the show and may have been audience warmup acts given a small segment of airtime in compensation - or, if amusing and bizarre enough, to fill out the show.

Max's specific comedy skits (as distinct from his usual in-form video riffs) are included here as well.

Name links are to Wikipedia pages, where available. Table is sortable by clicking top headings.

Listing is complete only through Episode CH4.3.9.

Performer Show Episode US Air Date UK Air Date Notes
The Broomstick Men The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.1 1 Aug 1986 6 Jan 1987 Three performers (one a woman) in trench coats, doing choreographed moves and slapstick humor with brooms.
Les Bubb The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.4 17 Sep 1986 27 Jan 1987 Mime doing strange, very physical comedy dancing routine.
The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.9 21 Nov 1986 3 Mar 1987 Comedian does an act as a chicken amid the audience.
Max Headroom The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.6 10 Oct 1986 10 Feb 1987 ...does a powerful drum solo skit.
Mac Macdonald The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.5 26 Sep 1986 3 Feb 1987 Comedian covering his head with bread to protect against the Bomb.
Neil Mullarkey The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.7 24 Oct 1986 17 Feb 1987 Comedian takes an audience member through a "Ghost Train" ride.
John Otway & Willy Barrett The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.2 15 Aug 1986 13 Jan 1987 Parody of a metal band performance called "Headbutts."
Ra Ra Zoo The Max Headroom Show CH4.3.8 7 Nov 1986 24 Feb 1987 3-person troupe serves tea on each other's heads.

Notes

  • Some guests in Season 4 also performed. They will be noted here when those shows are documented.