Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Art of Audio #11: The Return of " The Comedy-O-Rama Hour"!

The Joe Bev

The Art of Audio #11
The Return of
" The Comedy-O-Rama Hour"!

In 2002, Steve Karesh--then program director for XM Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel--asked me to develop a new radio theater show based on the comedy tribute website my wife and had developedThus, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour was born. 

Comedy-O-Rama Got Great Reviews!
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I immediately brought in all my characters, of course, the ones I have been doing all my life--Willoughby and the Professor, Oldtime Radio Parodies, "booby" Sherlock Holmes and "the lot".

By the second season in 2003, new characters were added--Daws Butler's Uncle Dunkle, Mitchell Pearson's Adventures of Teaman, Crunch Frog, Offramp, Permafrost MN, and others.

Me with my multi-talented wife Lorie Kellogg.
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In 2004, my old Liquid Comedy buddies joined us for a series of specials. Just as the series was based on our website, we created a new segment called Camp Waterlogg, based on our own funky cabin in the woods of Napanoch, NY. In fact, together with Kenny Savoy,we improvised most of The Comedy-O-Rama Fourth of July Special in those very woods!

Two new characters I completely improvised that day was one-armed Sgt. Lefty and "fraidy-cat" Ellis the Boatkeeper, characters I have continued to do on my Cartoon Carnival radio show.

More Camp Waterlogg specials followed and celebrities, including Lewis Black, Shelley Berman and Al Franken, began making appearances on our show. By 2005, we added NEW stories using oldtime radio characters, such as Fibber McGee & Molly, Duffy's Tavern, Our Miss Brooks and others.

New Oldtime Radio on
The Comedy-O-Rama Hour

We prepared for a sixth season of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour with a big name comedian (I cannot say who, sorry!) signed on as the new host. This comedian was also going to be the voice of Jack Benny in new sketches!

Plans were scuttled with the merger of XM with Sirius Satellite Radio. Our show was cancelled in July of 2007. I went on to many other successful projects.

Last year, I appeared as a guest on Cult-Radio-A-Go-Go! and it went so well, the station asked me to do a new weekly show for them.

And so I am happy to announce The all NEW Comedy-O-Rama Hour will premiere on Cult-Radio-A-Go-Go! Saturday, March 31 from noon to 1pm (Eastern time)!

Shelley Berman guest starred on
The Comedy-O-Rama Hour in 2005
We'll begin with further improvised woodsy adventures of Sgt. Lefty and the gang with "Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go!," plus... new performances of Vaudeville classics such as Abbott & Costello's "Who's On First?" and Burns & Allen's "Lampchops", new stories of The Great Gildersleeve, My Friend Irma and more, in front of a live audience, and a lot more celebrity guest stars improvising with us!  

If you are as excited about this as I am... tune in next time to find out more!

Best to you all,

Joe Bev.

Joe Bevilacqua is a veteran award-winning actor, writer, author and producer. His audio is available at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible for Kindle, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod or iPad download, or CD purchase or rental. Find out more!

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