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Cathy Mitchell Infomercials as Comfort Food?

Why do people watch infomercials? Most watch them because they are interested in buying the advertised product. Others watch them to get to sleep. People such as myself and the fans of this website watch them for the unintentional humor.

But how about watching infomercials for emotional comfort and to heal a broken heart?

One blogger at TVGuide.com who goes by the handle Coggie wrote a post in July titled Cathy Mitchell Singlehandedly Saved My Life. In this post Coggie describes how, in the aftermath of a breakup, she found solace in watching Cathy Mitchell hawk some gadget on TV:

I found comfort in her soothing, maternal, perky voice as if to assure me that all would be well, as long as I tried a hot pocket apple pie, done in seconds! Amazingly, I never tired of watching this infomercial, every hour it was on, on one channel or another.

And she admits that even today as a married woman when she sees the host of GT Xpress 101 and GeMagic on TV she ends up “right back where I was before.”

Coggie makes the statement: “To sum up: Infomercials are for lonely hearts.”

And lest you think Coggie is alone in this Cathy Mitchell fixation, in the comments section “Klotar”, who claims to have watched the GT Xpress 101 infomercial “hundreds of times,” adds:

I thought I was alone is this bizarre obsession with Cathy Mitchell. My best friend teased me over this until, one day, Cathy was on and I insisted she watch it. My intention was to have her feel the lure and get off my back.

And the next person who comments has the habit just as bad:

OHMIGAWD! I, too, thought I was the only Cathy Mitchell nut out there! Something about that red-headed, Ma-type is strangely appealing…I’ve Googled her name many times, just trying to find out more about her! Wouldn’t you LOVE to have her as a neighbor?…We all should form a support group – CMAA – Cathy Mitchell Addicts Anonymous!

It appears that Cathy Mitchell’s hold on these people has something of the preternatural about it. Coggie mentions her “devil lures” and Klotar calls her “the devil wrapped in apple pie.” So perhaps Cathy Mitchell’s appeal is less analogous to comfort food than to crack cocaine.

I suspect this type of visceral reaction to infomercials is something unique to Cathy Mitchell and her grandmotherly charms.

I doubt anyone has ever sought to heal a broken heart by watching The Juiceman or Matthew Lesko.

Comments

  • 88 Responses to “Cathy Mitchell Infomercials as Comfort Food?”

  • I’m personally addicted to the Magic Bullet infomercial, one I’ve probably watched 200 times…often several times in one night. If you watch it carefully, it’s hilarious.

    Comment by Steve M on December 29, 2006 at 1:42 am

  • I’m not so much addicted to Cathy Mitchell as I am morbidly fascinated by her. She’s SuperMom AND SuperScaryMom at the same time. I watch her hawking her latest crap and feel like she may turn around and bake me cookies or beat me with a spatula just as easily. Her scrapbooking infomercial is especially train-wreck watchable. She’s like a one-woman Manhattan Project of scrapbooking. She looks like she could singlehandedly take over Japan with her scrapbooks.

    Comment by Brent on May 11, 2007 at 8:42 pm

  • I’ve never seen the Cathy Mitchell scrapbooking infomercial, but now you’ve made me really curious about it!

    Comment by Paul Lucas on May 12, 2007 at 8:09 am

  • That freak looks like something leftover from one of the old Sid & Marty Krofft sets. Tacky, kitschy, and slightly obscene. Plus, she sounds like a barnyard chicken.

    That red wig of hers is about the cheesiest I’ve ever seen on anyone. Yeah, I’d have to say, on her infomercials, she comes across as a big drunken bird.

    Comment by Ian on June 24, 2007 at 2:08 pm

  • somebody please tell me what channel she is on so i can watch her…..is it HGTV? I’m in norther california

    Comment by carol on July 27, 2007 at 5:27 pm

  • I thought I was the only Cathy Mitchell Nut out there. But I read the Cathy Mitchell Saved my life and found out other people were hooked. Creepy. She’s on TV guide and local channels like fox a lot in the morning trying to sell her latest piece of crap. The worst by far it the GeMagic. I have the infomercial on my youtube channel which is peachrules. Or, just search for GeMagic and it’ll pop up. Check it out

    Comment by David on August 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

  • Cathy Mitchell is my hero!

    Comment by Shaina on September 30, 2007 at 2:46 pm

  • cathy mitchell is the shizznit!!!!!!! and just so happens to be my mom:)

    Comment by beck on October 10, 2007 at 9:04 am

  • Infomercials and the people in them are hillarious probably because they all consume heavy ammounts of drugs and/or alcahol before and after the infomercial to keep themselves convinced that the products they are trying to sell us are so damn great when in reality they are malfunctioning plastic trash. The Magic Bullet infomercial is great because the characters are trashy, humorous, scumbags who would rather be watching porn and smoking crack that watching Mick blend up inedible slop with the fagic bullshit. ps Mimi is an infomercial whore she should win an award for being in the most infomercials in her pathetic career.

    Comment by Grizzlerman on October 16, 2007 at 7:56 pm

  • Well, Cathy Mitchell here. Had to jump in and comment. It can be dangerous to google your own name, and you must be prepared for the consequences.
    To set the record straight, first, I did not do the scrapbooking infomercial…that was Tina Lewis. Second, I do not drink or do drugs before filming and whether you believe it or not I wont “Just sell anything”
    I’ve been making infomercials since 1989…Snakmaster…and have turned down more products than I have done simply because I didnt want to be associated with something that dosnt work. Opinion as to whether putting gems on clothing is “cheesy” varies, however if you do want to do it the Gemagic does work.
    On a personal note, people do enjoy being my neighbor as I do bake and cook and test recipes and most often have to find someone to share all the food with. I live in Northern California, have 2 grown kids, assorted grandkids and a lot of young friends who call me mom, visit, call and enjoy the “Mom perks” without enduring “Mom lectures”.
    By the way, the Red hair is not a wig, and is for the most part, natural.
    I am on a few yahoo groups, one for Kitchen Appliances and Recipes and one for the Xpress101, where I join the conversatioon, share recipes and answer questions about my products and other kitchen stuff.
    If I make anyones day a little brighter, I’m glad and thanks for the possitive comments…If I make you crazy or you hate the commercial, please feel free to change the channel!

    Comment by Cathy Mitchell on October 19, 2007 at 5:59 am

  • stuffed soup? stuffed soup? no freakin’ way! i tell you what pisses me off about that infomercial everytime i see it. at the end joe’s curiosity gets the best of him and he decides he wants to use the countertop u.f.o. he see’s a recipe for stuffed salmon and rice. sounds good, but mrs. ronald mcdonald has to get in the middle of it and add her damn broccoli. notice she drops a piece of brocolli on joe’s salmon and when it’s done it’s burnt right on top of the fish. she then tastes joe’s culinary masterpiece and has the audacity only to say the stuffing tastes really good! shit. thinks joe. while i was in the bathroom reading hustler for 9 min. cooking a delicious fish dinner all that skank can say is “the stuffing is good!” he then throws her to the ground and gives her a good grudge lay and things are wonderful once again in infomercial land.

    Comment by scott schlossberg on November 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm

  • I first became accustomed to watching informercials, as well as re-broadcasts of TV preachers/shows (like TBN) as a result of my U.S. and Spanish partners exporting industrial equipment and supplies to Europe. With the time difference, sometimes there are issues to contend with via phone, e-mail, fax, etc., between, say 7 a.m. and noon to resolve — European time, midnight to 5 a.m. for me. Having to be involved during this period, with a lot of time gaps between, and not being one to catnap, I have seen a lot of these programs to kill these periods.

    Cathy and the guy who shills for her (a “C” list actor) are frankly very amusing. She cackles on and on, and he becomes almost orgasmic as he samples resulting from her stuffing the pockets of these small machines with various foods.

    The ubiquitious Ron Popeil has about 20 of his cookers, preparing simultaneously every type of meet or vegetable imaginable, and hawks a line of knives as well

    I guess these items have some use, but it always seems to me, to do everything they maintain you can do, you’d need several like they have – just one would require about 4 hours to eat a meal in the stage required.

    One night, at about 3 a.m., I couldn’t resist calling a live operator on a TBN religious re-broadcast. I told her I observed that the several people on-stage railing against a variety of sins, and with 4 or 5 of them, together, having tototal weight of about a ton, I had noticed that omehow they had neglected to address the sin of “gluttony” I said I’d send them $1,000 if on next broadcast they’d address it — she hung-up.

    Another time, I called asking how the preacher healing everyone in-sight from the audience, and even from afar if they’d touch their t.v. screens, himself happened to be wearing the worst toupee I’d ever seen. Surely such a miracle-worker with these powers could do something as simple as retoring the follicles on his own head. I offered $1,000 if he’d aappear next time, momentarily, sans the wig. Another hang-up.

    So if you must watch them – or even voluntarily – infomercials and many of the religious shows provide unintended humor. Cathy and her various appliances (I’ve seen her with a couple of others) is among the best.

    Comment by Charley A on December 22, 2007 at 11:35 am

  • Magic Bullet?!? More like Magic Bullshit!

    Comment by Jen on January 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  • who is that ‘c-list’ actor on that infomercial. i believe he also ‘hawked’ the q-grill a few years back. have tried to ‘google’ info on him without success.

    Comment by peter on February 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

  • His name is Joe Farago. You can find out what other things he has done here: http://imdb.com/name/nm0267016/

    Comment by Paul Lucas on February 18, 2008 at 9:53 am

  • Cathy Mitchell rocks! I could watch her sell almost anything. And you guys are right, who could watch the others ad nauseum as easily as Cathy. She can make an old meatloaf into a filet with that machine. Love it!

    Comment by linda on February 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

  • I am totally addicted to this infomrrcial. I never grow tired of hearing her say” They call it cookies and cream cake in my house” As though they all gather round that contraption for dinner each night.

    And the oozy candy bar- “Thats what makes it goooooood”

    Comment by Dana on March 24, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  • I have the Magic Bullet and the GT Express. I enjoy both of them and they both works wonderful. Some infomercials are not scams. I have not had any problems with my products since I bought them when they was first aired. The Magic Bullet you can buy in the store now if you want to try it.

    Fot the ones that thinks these two products are crap and talking about people really has no high hopes. Everything you have purchased for your home, you had to try it first to see if you like it before caller it crap.

    Comment by Cole on June 8, 2008 at 5:47 am

  • You guys need to just live and let live. To the ones that are complaining. Why are you complaining about? If you weren’t watching the informercials you wouldn’t have anything to complain about. So just turn the channel if you don’t like her. Jesus. I’ve watched her sandwich maker and magic bullet commercials over and over thinking I am going to get inspired to make all these juiices and carbless pocket meals but I don’t. And are you seriously dissing the Magic Bullet. You wouldn’t be if you actually knew the amounts of money these people were raking in. Why don’t you come up with an idea that sells thousands and thousands (millions?) of units and then you can talk. Oherwise turn the channel and shut up.

    Comment by Dee Dee on June 9, 2008 at 4:43 pm

  • Why do all these info-mercial companies seem to think that a person with a cockney-london accent will instill confidence in me to buy thier product?

    I have spent some time in the UK and the average subject can’t afford the ingredients they show being prepared as quick as you can say “bob’s your uncle” in the magic bullet, with some hungover broad in a house dress, bandana and a fake cigarette drooping from her lips. Or Berman barely able to stand the concoction in a glass and saying how great it is.
    There used to be another character with a bowtie that used to say the hosts name Mike about every 10 seconds as he hawked his items.

    I just loved to watch for the comic value of these ads. Especially when Cathy says her kids-who must be in thier 70’s by the looks of her-just love the chocolate cake made with coca cola-arrrrggggh-puke time:)

    Wheres my Pepto-Bismol

    Comment by Victor Ladd on June 28, 2008 at 9:25 am

  • I have a question directed to the mean-spirited people who commented. Do you feel better now? Would you want someone posting these terrible comments about you, your mother, grandmother, wife, girlfriend or anyone else that you love? If you have children I feel sorry for them. To be taught to treat people like this is what is wrong with society. Why would you watch something or someone you hate? That shows stupidity and hopefully it is not passed down to other generations.

    Cathy, thank you for commenting and your infomercials are interesting. God bless you.

    Comment by Joanna on July 7, 2008 at 3:01 am

  • Cathy looks like he’s packing about 30 pounds more than necessary on her frame. And as she packs one of these glorified waffle irons with old meatloaf, another with oreos and other sweets, another with pizza sauce, another with Pillsbury raw dough, and another with eggs and meat – all accompanied by other various leftovers, sauces, jams, etc. – and remarking how much her family enjoys all this crap —– I picture a house of overweight couch potatoes with cholesterol readings perhaps approaching 4 digits, reaching for the remote while they shovel spoonful into their mouths like a group of chimps at feeding time.

    Comment by Charles Archibald on July 11, 2008 at 11:22 am

  • I am shocked at the the comments people made about Cathy Mitchell.. If you don’t like something why in the world would you watch, that is what a remote or on/off switch is for.. such a shame to be sooooo mean spirited about such a nice lady who is trying make a buck on her talent.. and she is talented!!!! shame on all of you…. I think she is adorable and love to watch her infomercials. I love my snakmaker too.

    Comment by liz stegman on July 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm

  • I love informercials for all of the reasons mentioned – both good and bad. I must admit that I purchased the Snack Master ages ago. I believe this was the first Cathy Mitchell infomercial (or at least the first time I saw her on one). Cathy made me a believer and I bought the Snack Master. Funny thing is that I still own it and still enjoy cooking with it. My favorite informercial is the Magic Bullet. I just love Hazel, with the cigarette dangling from her mouth. The informericals that irritate me right now are the “colon cleansing” variety. Basically, the answers to all of our problems is to ride ourselves of the sh*t we are so full of. Give me Cathy or Ron Popeil anytime.

    Comment by Joe on July 12, 2008 at 7:01 pm

  • I watch infomercial for the sheer fun they provide. In fact, I often keep awake by force to watch late night infomercials (which start only after, at least, 1-30 AM in my basic channels). To be honest, what interests me in TV is the absurd: Jerry Springer, Married with Children, Infomercials, Chuck Norris movies, Maury Show…you have got an idea of what my level of sophistication and tastes are, right?

    Before coming to the US, I used to watch News on TV (and regretted that many of my friends did not do so), but once here, I gave up on that habit.. who wants to know about high speed car chase and cats being rescued from neighborhoods, day after day, year after year? (You don’t believe me? Just watch Fox11 News, for example.).

    These days I have gone one step further; I now even watch full show of infomercials by giants such as Donald Barrett in YouTube.

    Comment by Znkp on July 25, 2008 at 10:28 am

  • Znkp,

    You sound like our kind of person! Welcome to the site.

    Comment by Paul Lucas on July 25, 2008 at 11:53 am

  • Thank you, Paul.

    By the way, very recently, another item has started attracting me to TV: late night Christian/ Religious infomercial-like programs. Someone talking about how the World will end because the European Union is formed (which, is his bogus opinion, is a resurrection of the Roman Empire) and his wife meowing like a pet cat after him alongside..where else can you get this?

    Don King was right after all :Only in America.

    Comment by Znkp on July 26, 2008 at 12:21 am

  • Cathy mitchell is hilarious she is really funny notice how she burns herself like a millon times and says ohhhhh hot and when she burns her hands with the burrito wrap and shakes it like a spider. Funniest of them all the lady who goes, “its a no brainer YEEEEEEEET!” lol i love it it makes me laugh so hard!

    Comment by cathylover on August 3, 2008 at 12:02 am

  • The GT Express Grill is a piece of crap put out by another crappy sales person just interested in making a buck. The non stick surface comes off in less than a month…I don’t find anything funny in that…

    She looks like mimi the clown only the drunk version…

    she’s a joke…and her products are a joke…

    Comment by barbara on August 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

  • While Ms./Mrs. Mitchell’s ‘pitches’ may sound ‘funny’ to some, I’m beginning to wonder with all the compliants now lodged against the company, why she doesn’t step forward to ‘fix’ the ‘major’ flaws cited with the GTXpress101 cooker? She ‘claims’ that she doesn’t “put her name on anything that doesn’t work”, well ‘duh’ has she taken the time to read and respond to all the angry letters I’m seeing all over the boards? I’ve wanted to purchase one ever since I saw the first commercial (and use a money order rather than a credit card so I don’t get ‘multiple’ billings.), but will not do so ‘until’ or ‘unless’ the GTXpress101 has had a major over-haul.
    We haven’t yet seen Cathy nor Joe Farago appear on television to ‘right the wrongs’ that are being done to the customers, by continuing to sell a defective device no matter how ‘sweet’ she looks.

    Comment by Bea K on August 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

  • Nice overuse of single quotes, Bea K! I love Cathy Mitchell and her infomercials…. Deni TurboSeal from 1992, Turbo Cooker and Turbo Cooker plus from 2000/1, GT Xpress 101 from the present day. I need a Cathy Mitchell Infomercial DVD Box Set, with commentary and extras!

    Comment by jeremy on August 20, 2008 at 10:42 am

  • I have the Magic Bullet…only problem I have with it is the fact that it doesnt chop onions instead its more like an onion puree… I have the Gt express ..it works great..earlier this year I bought the Ronco Knives ..love them.. and my step mother got me The Showtime by Ronco..that is an awesome oven and I absolutely would not trade it for anything in the world… the one thing that I have bought and regret that I did buy it is that dang shark steam mop…that thing isn’t worth the money they used to make it much less the shipping and handling cost to get it here…I used it on my floors and had to turn around and remop them the conventional way… I switched to the swiffer wet jet it does a better job than the shark mop….as far as Cathy Mitchell goes…. that lady ROCKS!

    Comment by Sandi on August 21, 2008 at 8:04 am

  • I bought both the Magic Bullet and the GT xpress 101. I actually got the 4 well GT. I cooked breakfast and dinner in it today. I like it a lot.

    Comment by Dee 2 on August 26, 2008 at 5:48 pm

  • can anyone tell me when her program for thr express 101 will air–i am trying to tape it but i dont know when to expect it

    Comment by lisa magee on August 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  • it airs about 10 times a day.. if you have direct tv we get like a dozen infomercial channels sometimes its on 3 different ones at the same time

    Comment by Matt on August 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  • Thanks, Cathy Mitchell, for adding your comment on here last October. I’ve always been curious about you. I remember your commercial for the Snakmaster by Clark back in the late ’80s. I don’t know what happened to it, but it was quality. I’m thinking about ordering a GTXpress 101 because I’m about to toss my third George Foreman grill because I can’t get the darn thing clean!! Damp sponge my ***!! Sorry!
    Anyway, thanks again. I love your work!

    Comment by Ted on September 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  • that’s way too much corn dog batter. i’d stick another dog in there. seriously, the thing breaks down after a month? looks like fun to me.

    Comment by brian K on October 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

  • I’m pretty much of a normal, straight-arrow sort of person, and my business requires me to be on-line a lot. And I’m not one given to order anything from infomercials, where S/H charges, “free” additional items (“only” more S/H) can result in a $20 deal approaching a $100 billing, with periodic monthly billings following. However, on evenings and weekends, I’ll have the television on, and sometimes I’m e-mailing back and forth – with some delays in-between – with partner in Spain, when it is 10 a.m. there an 3 in the morning here. Impossible to miss Cathy and her cohort among the infomercial fare, and she and her “C/D-list” actor cohort are pleasant – if somewhat vacuous – personality types.
    I frankly enjoy the humor of watching them every time, and “I can’t look away” (like the supercilious old guy viewing the painting of Kramer on “Seinfeld”).

    I am not a prurient individual, but I must admit to this. Every time I watch Cathy, and the guy sampling her wares and gushing over their deliciousness, I imagine these two, and all this food, being featured in a John Waters flick, with Cathy in the “Divine” role, and this guy replacing Tab Hunter or one of Divine’s other paramours. Think of what Waters could do with this pair, their XPress 101 and all these leftovers, everywhere in the house, morning, noon or night.

    Comment by Chas. A on October 4, 2008 at 9:47 am

  • I love Cathy’s GTexpress informercial. It is the only TV production that I can watch over, and over, and over again. I never get sick of it. I don’t even own any of her appliances. You should have seen us, though, imagine a group of about 6 or 7 people, sitting around a bigscreen, drinking and laughing while watching the GTexpress infomercial. We had great times with Cathy Mitchell.

    I also like the forementioned candy bar in the brownie quote – “Thats what makes it goooooood”

    I have been saying that for years, now.

    Another one is “Chicken Braaath” but you have to say the chicken really fast and in a high pitched voice

    Cathy Mitchell has a great personality and is very pleasant to watch. I am not at all surprised at the tvguide article “Cathy Mitchell saved my life”

    Thank you, Cathy

    Comment by Adam C on October 4, 2008 at 11:48 am

  • I have to say that yes, I am addicted to infomercials and I am neither drunk nor high. I personally own the magic bullet and the GT Xpress and LOVE THEM BOTH! The stuffed soup is great, strange but true! I don’t know who did the infomercial for the Microwave Grill but save your money because that one is truly a piece of crap! I only wish I had enough money to buy every piece of crap they sell! Oh yea, the little chopper that will chop up a cinder block is great too! Ronco knives and rotissare mmmmm…. One more, the Jack Lalane juicer is wonderful but a PIA to clean..

    Hello, my name is Lori and I am an addict. Can I have my chip now?

    Comment by Lori on October 8, 2008 at 8:03 am

  • The reason I am addicted to watching Cathy Mitchell and Ron is because their enthusiasm for the product is contagious and they show 101 clever ways to use the product. I wonder how expensive it is to produce one of those commercials?

    Comment by Leonor on October 13, 2008 at 8:48 pm

  • I remember seeing her do one in the 80s for the snackmaster sandwich grill.I wanted one so bad.I was in my teens and thought it was the neatest thing.Then all of a sudden they were everywhere.Same thing with that kitchen tool the chefs now call the boat motor.It was an immersible blender.This woman has a way of making you think you have to have this,and it will replace 100 things.I have gotten one or two things from yard sales but thankfully never got into the informercial trap.I wonder when she will put one out there for the robot that will make dinner,clean your house,take care of your kids,do your husbands laundy,all for 99.95

    Comment by Lisa on November 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm

  • Cathy Mithell makes some of the best infomercials!!! Go Cathy!!!! I never buy the products I watch. I just like to watch the food and the funny way the people act. Beats those cooking shows on Food Network for me. F*** all of you who hate infomercials.

    Comment by Dean on December 27, 2008 at 5:23 am

  • Just bought a GTX Express 101 at Kohls for Xmas and from all the comments on the web, may have made the biggest mistake. Hope not, used it today and was good. Guess I can’t wait till the teflon chips off. No more gadgets.

    Comment by maggie mae on December 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm

  • Gtexpress 101 is my life. =]
    it takes like two seconds to make food.
    and the food really doesnt stick.
    now i want the bonus recipes.

    Comment by emmy on January 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

  • Does anyone else think that Cathy Mitchell and Maggie Malooly are the same person? Saw Maggie Malooly on The Brady Bunch – “Tiger Runs Away,” and swear that the actress not only sounds like Mitchel but looks like a younger version of her…

    Comment by Curtius on January 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm

  • Dean, we do not hate Infomercials. Why else would we be talking about them here?

    As a lifelong cat-lover and an infomercial junkie, I must say that Cathy Mitchell’s voice is as soothing to me, as the purring of a cat.

    Comment by Znkp on January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  • UK viewer here, and I LOVE the infomercial for the GTXpress 101. I’ve watched it dozens of times and have yet to get bored with it. Those breakfast sandwiches look yummy (not so sure about ‘stuffed soup’ though …)

    I’m a sucker for infomercial products, and have found a great site on YouTube that reviews just about every product on the market. Search for ‘asotv.com’ on YouTube and you’ll find reviews on dozens of products.

    It’s a pity some people felt it necessary to make such mean-spirited comments directed personally at Cathy Mitchell. She comes across as a nice, warm-hearted lady, and I wish she was MY next-door neighbour!

    The one product that always makes me laugh when I see the infomercial is the Perfect Steak ‘complete steak system’. It’s a PAN. A frying pan. Are there really people so stupid they’d buy a frying pan just because they call it a ‘complete steak system’?

    Comment by Jan on February 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

  • My 6 year old daughter is totally into this infomercial! We watched it together over the weekend and she turned to me and said, ‘I think we need this. We have problems in the kitchen.’ When I (gently) asked her what she meant she said, ‘We have trouble making dinner sometimes and I can’t cook yet. But even I could use THIS!’

    Hilarious! So, I went online to check out the S&H which is exhorbitant! Forty bucks! What’s up with that!?! Maybe Kohl’s still carries it!

    Love, love, love Cathy & Joe!

    Laura

    Comment by Laura on March 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

  • Joe Farago is a sexy dude.As Cathy is a fun pitchwoman,i watch those infomercials for Mr.Farago-a hot guy.
    Why not let him do more infomercials..by himself..all Joe..all the time

    Comment by Lena on May 23, 2009 at 12:30 am

  • OMG! I LOVE CATHY TOO :O
    All is do is watch her infomercials & she cracks me uppp!
    We all need a cathy mitchell club website
    Cuz I know Im her #1 fan

    Comment by bells on July 20, 2009 at 2:48 am

  • I call her the tink-tink lady because of those long-ass finger nails she uses to point to everything. When she touches the product she is hawking, I swear I hear her nails go “tink-tink.”

    Comment by Marty on July 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

  • I think it is so unappealing for this lady to be preparing food with such long finger nails. She touches and moves the food around with just her long fingernails, totally disgusting. How clean is the underside of 10 long finger nails? She needs to redi-set-go and trim her finger nails.

    Comment by LJ on August 16, 2009 at 1:27 am

  • I was just looking to find out why i hadnt received my order, reading these posts makes me think you people are all a little crazy!

    Comment by sara on August 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

  • I love Cathy Mitchell! I just bought my GT Xpress at Target and everything I’ve made in it has been so good! I even made cheesecake (it was a bit hard to lift out but it tasted really good). Nuts to all of you who put Cathy down-I wish she was my neighbor!

    Comment by ruby on September 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

  • While I don’t own a GTxpress 101, I must say I am disappointed (though not surprised) that people feel, just because they can do so anonymously, that they can or should make so many mean spirited remarks about a woman they have only seen on TV, do not know and have never met. People who would go to the trouble of writing catty remarks about Ms. Mitchell (or anyone else they do not know for that matter) that they must SURELY know will live on in perpetuity on the Internet) represent the absolute lowest of the low in human character and morals. What terrible upbringings and parents you must have had to allow you to think such conduct is acceptable! It is precisely because of people like this that the world is in such a mess. If you don’t know someone, keep your rude remarks to yourself. And please do us all a big favour and DO NOT REPRODUCE!

    Comment by Thodddy on November 14, 2009 at 10:08 am

  • I’ve been watching kathy Mitchel for years ….very early 90’s …I love her and actually bought a bunch of those first Snackmaster things as Christmas gifts years ago (and everyone loved them)..I think she is a hoot and do not understand the meanspirited jerks ..I mean if you go to the trouble to write a nasty comment about a nice little woman in an infomercial..you must be pretty pathetic as a human being….

    Comment by kathy on November 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm

  • I love Cathy Mitchell! The snakmaster is a great infomercial, it’s still available on youtube. Also, the microcook wrap, that’s a classic. I watch the current infomercial, the ready set go cooker, and I ordered that one. I use it often, especially for the “cini mini’s”, my kids love ’em! Thanks, Cathy! I would love to have you for a friend and neighbor!

    Comment by Brenda on November 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

  • It’s one thing to say you do like a product based on poor quality, or not delivering what it is supposed to, but what is with the meanness, snideness, unremitting rudeness evoked against this Cathy Mitchell?

    You can hide behind your keyboards and be crass, what if that was someone you cared or loved, being disparaged to this level.

    Comment by Lucy on January 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  • Before you judge or write uagly things about Cathy Mitchell. Anyone else on T.V. or your personal life. Might want to ask yourself how good of a person are you??????????????????

    Comment by sharon on February 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

  • I love listening to Cathy Mitchell explains how she makes this or that for “her kids.” This woman is at least 70 if she’s a day. I imagine she must have a couple 40-something unemployable sons living in the basement and all the time begging for more mini pizzas and apple pie hot pockets.

    Comment by Woodward's Friend on March 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

  • as rediculous as it is, I’m not going to lie this infomercial sucks me in everytime!

    Comment by AC LaRocco on May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  • if the xpress ready set go is so great then why is it showing up at goodwill already? I thought it was a little bigger but it’s not. It needs to be twice bigger for a family. To high priced and the non stick surface peels off so that needs to be re-designed like cirrculon cookware.

    Comment by Peggy on June 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  • Oh! dear Cathy, I try to reach you to find news about your Mom I called to her home but no success.
    Congratulations for your success. Please up date me I try to reach you in Santa Cruz but no good luck.
    Love, All the best!

    Comment by Delilah Lovell on August 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

  • The reason S/H fees are excessive because it creates revenues the company can recoup off their investment if the product is returned and therefore the selling pitch to the gullible is not a total lo$$.

    Cathy/Joe do not hawk these inferior gadgets because they perform well or not-they get paid

    If you look close-its obvious the tasting portion of these scrumptious tidbits are edited and Joe is mimicking chewing.

    As far as Cathy’s long fingernails and the superficial heat she suffers due to the hot food-
    -they are grubby and unsanitary– and I think the food is not hot but she fraudulently reacts to convey that the gadget is the appropriate temperature.

    Comment by Pam on August 29, 2010 at 7:26 am

  • A great article about Cathy and her greatness.

    Here’s another fun one. She’s hilarious, and so is this article. http://www.screenmoguls.com/?p=16

    Comment by Gabe on September 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

  • A product to make Americans fatter eating crap. Nothing good for you goes into a two sided cooking device that’s done in 7 minutes………..it’s JUNK~!

    Convenience does not equal nutritional value or being good for you……….look at her she’s huge, probably just eats garbage prepared in this fast food cooker. GREAT~!!!

    Comment by Loki on September 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

  • Hello-This is TV-not REALITY!!

    They can present anything within the lax, barely scrupulous, paper thin guidelines that bait, lure, then hook the vulnerable in droves.

    Very little on infomercials is authentic. One cannot kick the tires, touch or actually see how the gadget is manipulated to ‘perform’ for the camera.

    You are suppose to believe the smooth delivery and moronic verbiage that flows out of the paid hawker’s vocal cords.

    Reminder: Believe nothing of what you hear and less of what you see.

    Comment by How dumb can you get on September 6, 2010 at 4:34 am

  • cathy, are you jewish? i sure bet you are.

    Comment by chuck on September 11, 2010 at 12:56 am

  • If you take care of the device and wipe it out with a soft wet washcloth right after using it, the teflon will have long life. Don’t be tempted to scratch it up trying to fork things out of the wells.
    I love my GT Xpress RSG. I have cooked a lot of things for the two of us that live in my house.
    Its great for toasted sandwiches, scrambled egg omlets, single serve pizzas, taco anything, meat entrees, hot desserts, and much more.
    It beats turning on the huge oven for two people. It may be small and even a little gimmicky, but its way better than ordering out and NOT KNOWING WHO ELSE is handling your food. And really, its even quicker than ordering out.
    As for Cathy, the jury is still out. She might look a little clowny, but she did make this cool kitchen toy and she promotes it pretty well. I like the infomercial. I really don’t care what any of the hosts look like. All I know is that I bought the product and I am very satisfied.

    Comment by kimmi on October 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

  • I agree with one of the first posters…Cathy is a warm, reassuring TV presence, and I would watch her whether she was hawking kitchen gadgets, doing the weather forecast, whatever. The Turbo Cooker is still my main go-to pan in the kitchen. I also have a GT Xpress 101, and sorry to say the nonstick coating does flake off, and I have only used the plastic spatula on it. So now need to use more cooking spray. Cathy and Ron Popeil and others do sell gadgets, as much by their folksy, trustworthy characters as anything else. Yes, Cathy does remind me of a favorite aunt. But what’s the harm in that? Look at how much overproduced crap programming is on TV…namely, trashy sitcoms, thinly veiled political news “analysis”, over-inflated sports shows… What’s wrong with a little warmth and humor that comes naturally… that doesn’t come shrink-wrapped with logos and pre-packaged with canned laughter. If Cathy was selling stock commodity futures, it would be fun to watch!

    Comment by Marek on October 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

  • I find myself watching Cathy Mitchell over and over again and I see that I am not alone.
    I just like her and she is comfortable.
    The commercial running most recently that I have seen is the Ready Set Go and I am very tempted to buy one.

    Comment by carole on December 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  • Reply for #64 Delilah
    My mom died Nov 13 of 09 of numerous things.
    Easiest way to find me is to join the yahoo group
    for the GTXpress101 or the Redi-set-go. I am there all the time answering questions. Go to http://www.yahoogroups.com and join us. The rest of you are welcome as well
    Cathy

    Comment by Cathy Mitchell on December 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  • I just recently purchase the microwave pasta boat and so far I really like it. I cooked a 2 serving amount of angel hair pasta and it came out great; I was excited! But when I was reading through the recipe book that comes with the pasta boat, I found an error on one of the recipes. The recipe is on Page 15:Pasta Boat Beer Steamed Shrimp.The “ingredients” looked in order but when I read the directions, they do not go with this recipe. I just thought that, to whom it may concern, you would want to know the error and perhaps to a “recall” on the recipe book. I would also appreciate somehow recieving the correct direction please. Thank you to Cathy Mitchell.

    Comment by Heidi on January 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  • I’m not going to comment on cathy’s red hair or genuineness. I don’t know whether the product works or is it is practical. I can’t get past another issue; using your long fingernails to turn the food is absolutely disgusting! You never see a chef or cook with long fingernails. Like I really want the bacteria under her fingernail on my food.

    Comment by Glenn on February 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  • Only a complete idiot would put any credence into an informercial. Those TV hawkers are nothing more that fast talking con-artists, who will willfully promote a piece of shit product. The biggest joke out there now in late night informercial land is Montel Williams and the felonious fake psychic Sylvia Browne! Montel attempts to hawk some shit product and Sylvia Browne is giving “psychic readings” to the cretinous women in the informercial audience! Has America ever been so dumb?!

    Comment by Trekin Atheist Dave on March 24, 2011 at 1:48 am

  • Cathy is as real as it gets, I have known her from the early days at the fairs..The hair is real…and trust me the color is hers. She does care that the public is treated with respect. It pains me to see negative comments from people who truly do not know her. Cathy is a dynamic lady with talent.

    Comment by Marvin on April 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

  • Cathy Mitchell is a fat piece of shit. She’s all puffed out and unhealthy looking; why the fuck would I eat anything that beast suggests and look like that slob some day.

    Comment by Fiddich on June 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

  • where are my stove top grills that i paid extra money to have deliverd within 5 to 7 days? not one word from anyone. i went to the to free ph # to check my status and it was disconnected. whT’S UP WITH THAT!!

    Comment by susanne moghadam on August 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  • I accidentally stumbled on this site while looking for recipes and I am shocked to see how mean people can be. First of all, every mean thing said about this lady can only be a mirror of how you all feel about your own selves because you don’t even know her. Therefore, it’s your own self hatred and lack of anything substantial to do in your own lives that causes you to strike out against someone that is doing something with their life. Realistically, how many People who are happy and out in the world trying to make something of themselves are going to sit on their computers at insane times in the day and talk $#%@ about someone else. Can’t you see how pathetic that is? How sad? Really, who do you all think you are? I just enjoy the cooking tips and that’s all there really is to it. Thank you Cathy Mitchell. I hope you never read this because people suck. It would break my heart if my own Mom ever read anything like the stupid stuff people have written here. I could only hope that she would see the truth behind these hateful words and know it was not about her rather about the people who wrote them. I believe this kind of feedback should never be posted. Freedom of speech? . . . . Press? . . . . . . That’s crap. It was never adapted to support the verbal bashing of another human being.

    Comment by Margaret Emerson on January 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

  • Umm…Margaret, you’re doing the exact same thing you’re accusing others of. It’s just the internet — lighten up a bit.

    Comment by Jordan on January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  • Really. So nobody should care enough to stand for what’s right because it’s the Internet? Let me ask you something. Did you respond to any of those people that wrote such crude hurtful comments and tell them, as you put it, to. . . . “lighten up a bit”? If not, don’t you think that is telling in itself?

    Comment by Margaret Emerson on January 14, 2012 at 5:32 am

  • I got an Xpress RediSetGo as a Christmas gift, so I had not read the reviews on Amazon and other websites. I thought I would commment on how unevenly my unit’s base heats, bottom third burns while top third has not begun cooking, but after reading the reviews I realize there’s no point, a mere squeak in a roar of condemnation. I’m lucky the Teflon hasn’t started flaking off, the exterior pain hasn’t yet popped and cracked, the on/off switch still works, and the timing knob hasn’t fallen off. But I’ve only used it 3 times.

    My only question is, why did America’s leading small appliance expert fail to recognize that this product has massive problems? How much testing did she actually do before she put her name on it? The next small appliance she endorses I will avoid like the plague.

    Comment by Byron on January 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

  • I really enjoy watching Joe and Kathy. She pits that Snickers bar in that batter? Heck, it would be great before she cooks it. Yes, people are mean as can be, but that is what a remote is fir. Go watch MASH or the Fonz. No one says you have to watch these commercials. HEYYYYYY!!!!

    Comment by Patty sullivan on February 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

  • Every time I see one of those horrible commercials for “dump cakes” I cringe! What absolute garbage to be eating! All of that fat! I sure hope that Kathy sees her doctor regularly and is on a statin and blood thinner! The poor woman’s arteries are probably all blocked with fat and grease if she’s not being medicated to keep her arteries cleaned out with Lipitor, etc.

    Comment by Medic Alert on November 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  • Hi There: My snack master sandwich machine has given up after 25 years of use, can you advise me where I can get a replacement. It was on of the best grills for my sandwiches and have tried a couple of others and had to return them.

    I bought this when Cathy was on the commercial and I never looked back.

    Thanks for any help….. Shirley I am in Canada.

    Comment by Shirley Keith on January 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

  • I am trying to find a copy of the GTXpress 101 infomercial….searched YouTube and no go. They only have the Ready-Set-Go infomercial. I LOVE the 101 infomercial because of the “stuffed soup”! Crazy, I know!

    If anyone has this infomercial and can think of a way to send it, I would be most grateful!

    Daniel
    dwsiddall@gmail.com

    Comment by Daniel on September 20, 2016 at 6:27 am

  • Did she pose for playboy?

    Comment by Adam cuculich on March 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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