Laughter & Nostalgia Abound at ‘Pod Meets World’ Live
Boy Meets World premiered on ABC 30 years ago this September. But the decades that have passed haven’t lessened the popularity of the show.
In June 2022, three of the main actors from the popular sitcom — Danielle Fishel (who played Topanga), Will Friedle (Eric) and Rider Strong (Shawn) — launched the rewatch podcast Pod Meets World, which features the three stars watching episodes, many for the very first time, as well as interviewing numerous people involved in the making of the show, including supporting cast, guest stars, writers, directors, casting agents and more.
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At the end of July, they brought the show on the road with The Kids Wanna Jump! Tour. Stops that first weekend included Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Royal Oaks, Michigan.
At the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Fishel, Friedle and Strong — who have remained close friends — welcomed fan-favorite Jason Marsden (who played Eric’s best friend, Jason Marsden) as a special guest to a show filled with nostalgic throwbacks and lots of laughs.
The group talked about their travel plans for the tour — Fishel and Friedle will fly, while Strong plans to drive in an RV with his family — answered questions during a Q&A and asked for help judging a costume contest that featured the likes of a red couch cushion, a John Adams High garbage can, Kenny (if you know, you know) and a Mr. Feeny lookalike, who appropriately won the contest with deafening cheers from the crowd.
The show, which had a properly ’90s feel with no cellphones or cameras allowed, also featured three secret segments that are guaranteed to make all Boy Meets World-loving hearts soar. Curious as to what they might be? Check out The Kids Wanna Jump! Tour, which continues this weekend and has several remaining dates throughout the rest of the year:
Aug. 4 — Nashville, Tennessee; James K. Polk Theater
Aug. 5 — St Louis; The Pageant
Aug. 6 — Kansas City, Missouri; The Midland (with special guest Anthony Tyler Quinn, aka Mr. Turner)
Sept. 1-3 — GalaxyCon Austin; Austin Convention Center
Sept. 17 — Orlando, Florida; Hard Rock Live Orlando
That same weekend in Florida, from Sept. 15-17 at the Tampa Convention Center, the Boy Meets World cast will make an appearance at 90s Con, “the raddest celebration this side of the millennium.” Attendees include Fishel, Friedle, Strong, Trina McGee (Angela), Matthew Lawrence (Jack), William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Bonnie Bartlett (Dean Lila Bolander, also Daniels’ real-life wife of over 70 years), Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), William Russ (Alan Matthews) and Lee Norris (Minkus).
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On Wednesday, the three podcast hosts announced that they would be making a memorable tour stop with special guests in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, and also the setting of Boy Meets World. The show will be Sept. 30 at The Met.
If you’re looking for a more immediate dive into nostalgia, you can stream Boy Meets World on Disney+, and check out Pod Meets World wherever you get your podcasts.