Danny Tamberelli, a face anyone familiar with 1990s Nickelodeon will readily recognize, will likely forever be known as Little Pete from “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
Tamberelli also appeared on iconic 90s Nickelodeon shows “All That,” “The Baby-Sitters Club,” and “Figure It Out.” Outside of Nickelodeon, he was the voice of Arnold on “The Magic School Bus,” and played Tommy in the original “The Mighty Ducks.”
According to the post, Tamberelli stumbled onto a request for him to do an IamA, Reddit’s version of a Q&A, while “narcissistically” searching for his name.
We read through the IAmA and chose our favorite questions and answers. Check out what he has to say below.
iGrind619: Danny, between P&P and All That, you are arguably the king of 90s nick. As of late, its incredibly popular for people in their late teens/early 20s to annoyingly circlejerk (obsess over how awesome) the 90s were. Since you are on the inside looking out, would you say this is all over-hyped nostalgia?
90’s nick was a product of talented and creative staff and writers. People like Will McRobb, Katherine Dieckman and Chris Viscardi from P&P and Tommy Lynch (Alex Mack) as well as Brian Robbins and Dan Schneider. These people along with Nick president Gerry Layborne (sp?) were blazing trails. Thats why I think there is such a resurgence of the 90’s shows. Those shows werent cookie cutter shows. There was depth and substance that seemed to have affected many people. Myself included.
IntoTheMystic: Was there any kind of seedy underbelly at Nick in the 90’s?
I did get to drink underage at a couple spots in LA. I did get to drink, make out briefly and see some 17yr old Jessica Biel boobs. My favorite after Kids Choice Awards moment. At least I think it was her…Thats my story. My friend also made us all really good NJ fake ID’s.
Tiddilion: I have this idea that Nickelodeon is super strict with the child-actors. Do you have any stories where you were punished for being a kid?
Not at all man, Nick was super cool and very relaxed as opposed to the “Rat” channel. I did get in trouble on Pete and Pete during the Range Boy episode where 12yr old me drove a gas powered ball picker upper thing all over the Nutley NJ driving range during lunch. People were pissed.
SilentStryk09: I was a big fan of The Mighty Ducks and enjoyed the series. What caused you to not be involved with the 2nd or 3rd movies? And do you still keep in touch from any of the guys from the original Ducks?
I was too short to be in the 2nd movie bc they were going to the junior olymics and I still looked 8. I have talked to Josh Jackson once in a while and Aaron Shwartz who was also in Pete and Pete.
chiisana: Put yourself back in the mindset of Arnold from The Magic School Bus:
How does it feel to have a school bus full of your classmates inside of you?
It felt nice to know that some people on that bus that i didnt like got to go through my bowels.
fdsksdlfklsdkf: When I was a kid I desperately wanted to be friends with Little Pete. That show was a very formative part of my childhood, so thanks for the memories. Now my question: How did you feel when you were told Artie was going to be written off the show? (If you acknowledge my existence by answering this question, I am going to tell people that I met you and we hung out.)
I was sad. I loved Toby, he was the man and we woud just goof off all day. I was sad like all of you. Note: Toby gave me my first cigarette. He denies to this day but he did.
nessarose: Here’s something that’s bothered me since I was a kid: How much of “Figure It Out” was staged?
On some episodes it seemed like the answer was incredibly obvious and you guys were losing on purpose (like, if the clue was the mimes barking like dogs, you all would answer “lobsters” or “yogurt eating”). Then sometimes you guys would blow it out of the water and get the whole answer right on the first round, so the kid went home with barely anything. I always wondered if there was some quota of winners/losers you had to fill.
Were there some kids you were rooting for and would try to let win (conversely: were there some kids you just hated and tried to make lose)? Or was it totally random based on how you felt that day?
Hahaha, totally random. I pretty much judged the confidence level of the kid and whether or not they thought they were too smart for us. Then I’d go extra hard to guess it. Most of the time though I wanted the kids to go to Smugglers notch and get a piece of the agro grag.
SilentStryk09: Who was your favorite nickelodeon cast member on your shows to work with?
I have been friends with Kenan and Mike Maronna since I was single digits and still talk and hang out with them here in NYC. I teach Kenan guitar lessons right now. On All That, I was the youngest of the old kids and the oldest of the younger kids so I tended to hang with the older kids but also Mark Saul, a younger cast member and I were writing partners on the 6th season and got a few sketches onto the screen.
floorface: Wait, you guys actually wrote for All That?
Was that common, or was it just something you tried after being on the show for a few years?
It wasnt common at all. We were the only 2 cast members with WGA writers credit and got paid for our sketches. It was a great experience and obviously helped Mark to write for Greys Anatomy as well. As for me, I guess my manboobs are my all that sketches all grown up, or all grown adolescent.
abbazabbbbbbba: Do you know the missing lyric from Hey Sandy??
Can you settle a sure bet?
globalsunshine: Tell them to release season 3 of Pete and Pete on dvd.
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