Not Yet Forgotten

Oh, sure, everyone knows Ryan Seacrest is the diminutive, nice-guy host of American Idol. But way back in 2002, he didn’t get all the glory. Slap this in your pop-culture-trivia file: For the show’s inaugural season, Seacrest shared hosting duties with comedian Brian Dunkleman, whose contestant-ribbing wasn’t quite so cheesy. These days, Dunkleman cracks his wit on the stand-up circuit and occasionally turns up on TV in shows such as Ghost Whisperer. (Hey, a guy’s gotta eat.) Tonight, Dunkleman kicks off a five-night engagement at Stanford’s Comedy Club (1867 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas). Call 913-400-7500 for showtimes.