Friday, December 28, 2012

Joe Bev's "Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy" Special Airs Saturday, December 29, 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

Joe Bev's
 Laurel & Hardy"
Airs Sat.,  Dec. 29,
10 pm ET / 7 pm PT
on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

Joseph Bevilacqua and his friends

One-Hour Comedy-O-Rama Tribute Mixes New Radio Theater & Classic Comedy Soundtracks

When Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! asked Joe Bev to create an hour long tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, he decided to make it more than just a clip show. 

Instead, the veteran award-winning radio producer and voice actor created "Deconstructing Laurel & Hardy," airing Saturday, December 29, 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on Internet powerhouse Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! It can be heard streamed live at

The special edition of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour combines audio from classic moments from Laurel & Hardy movies with a new radio theater in which "the boys" open a fix-it shop and recall their past failures as they handle a barrage of wacky customers. 

In the new moments, full of funny sound effects and music, Joe Bev voiced not only Stan and Ollie but James Finlayson, Billy Bletcher, Edgar Kennedy and other characters including a dog. All of the females roles, including Mae Busch, were voiced by Lorie Kellogg. 

Joe as Stan in the Ellenville, NY, 4th of July Parade
with the Sons of the Desert

Along the way, listeners are treated to hilarious moments from classic Hal Roach Laurel and Hardy sound films, including:
  • Brats (1930) 
  • Blotto (1930) 
  • Towed in a Hole (1932) 
  • Sons of the Desert (1933) 
  • Them Thar Hills (1934) 
  • The Fixer Uppers (1935) 
  • Way Out West (1937) 
  • Block-Heads (1938) 
  • A Chump at Oxford (1940) 

Among the highlights of the special is when Bev inter-cuts a scene the English version of "Blotto" with the Spanish version "La vida nocturna," one of the films Laurel & Hardy spoke phonetically. First, Bev as Stan recalls the scene in which he is speaking Spanish an Ollie English. Then, Bev as Ollie recalls the same scene but with him speaking Spanish and Stan English. 

James Finlayson

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. Composed of thin Englishman Stan Laurel and large American Oliver Hardy, they became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. They made over 100 films together, initially two-reelers (short films) before expanding into feature length films in the 1930s. Their films include Sons of the Desert (1933), the Academy Award winning short film The Music Box (1932), Babes in Toyland (1934), and Way Out West (1937). Hardy's catchphrase "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" is  still widely recognized. 

Oliver Hardy

Joe Bev, who's full name is Joe Bevilacqua also hosts and produces three distinct radio hours per week, known collectively as The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, which includes The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour and The Joe Bev Experience. 

Archived Comedy-O-Rama Hours are now podcast on iTunes at: 

Lorie Kellogg
and Joe Bevilacqua
Bevilacqua is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. He also works on stage and is the winner of the 2012 New York TANYS Award for Excellence in Acting. He has performed at the Improv, Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, opened for Uncle Floyd, worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black and Rick Overton. Joe has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried. He has been regularly heard on National Public Radio and Sirius-XM Radio and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks. 

Lorie Kellogg is the co-producer. Kellogg started her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied painting, printmaking, photography, commercial design and video. She continued to Graduate School at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her MFA in Film/Video. Lorie is a graphic designer creating websites, logos, newsletters, newspaper & magazine layout, package design, ad design, and edits video & audio.


 "Laurel and Hardy in Knuclear Knuckleheads"

A video from Joe Bevilacqua filmed in 1987.

(Visually) Performed by Alison Nead as Oliver Hardy, Ron Willoughby as James Finlayson, and Joe Bevilacqua as Stan Laurel. Joe Bevilacqua is the voice of all three characters!

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