Friday, February 17, 2012

"Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go!" Improvisational Radio Theater To Feature Celebrity Guest Stars


The
Comedy-O-Rama Hour Returns After Four-Year Hiatus
Heard Exclusively on

Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!
Starting This Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10am (PST) / 1pm (EST) 



Celebrity guests: Julie Newmar, Rick Overton, Stuart Pankin, Bob Camp, Judy Tenuta. 


PRLog (Press Release) Feb 16, 2012 -
 
On Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10am (PST) / 1pm (EST)--The Comedy-O-Rama Hour returns weekly, heard exclusively on Internet radio network Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

”Cult Radio prides itself on airing and honoring classic old time radio shows of yesterday," boasts Terry & Tiffany DuFoe, creators and owners of Cult Radio A-Go-Go!--"and now we are thrilled to welcome Comedy-O-Rama to our line up to give Cult Radio listeners a taste of classic programming with new comedic content. Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg bring Sgt. Lefty and a cavalcade of characters to life as they welcome Cult Radio listeners into their exciting imaginarium."




"I am thrilled to be on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!" exclaims Comedy-O-Rama producer and star Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.). "We'll begin with further improvised woodsy adventures of Sgt. Lefty and the gang at Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go!"

On the new show, Ranger Joe Bevilacqua and Ranger Lorie Kellogg improvise radio theater stories, doing most of the voices themselves, from their cabin in Catskill Mountains.

The real-life husband and wife comedy team are joined in the fun by celebrity guest stars, who also ad-lib as characters at the Camp.

Upcoming guests include Julie Newmar (Batman), Rick Overton (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Stuart Pankin (HBO's Not Necessarily the News), Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy) and Judy Tenuta (The Weird Al Show).

Bevilacqua says to "expect a lot of surprises on the new show! We'll have new performances of Vaudeville classics such as Abbott & Costello's 'Who's On First?' and Burns & Allen's 'Lampchops', new radio theaters of The Great Gildersleeve and My Friend Irma in front of a live audience, and a lot more celebrity guest stars improvising with us!"

This Saturday's Cult Radio broadcast is part one of "Cupid Comes to Camp Waterlogg", which The British Universities Film & Video Council called "a modernization of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ranger Lorie is having a big Valentine's "Kiss-Off" square dance to help raise money to save her dilapidated kids camp in the Catskills. Cupid sends the Baby of the Woods (Puck) to bring all the star-crossed lovers together, and confusion ensues. Meanwhile, Ranger Joe (Bottom) makes an ass of himself, while performing in Las Vegas."

The hour also includes Cousin Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly, Tom Giannazzo, and Reagan Leonard.

What Other Say about Comedy-O-Rama...

"An atmosphere of folk art and sophisticated sound equipment merge to create radio theater of a distinctly upbeat, G-rated variety." (Deborah Medenbach, Times Herald-Record, Middletown, New York)

"Experimental, Humorous. The Comedy-O-Rama draws characters that everyone can relate to, just turned up a notch for chuckles. The production is slick and story engaging. (Tanya Ott, WBHM-FM, Birmingham, Alabama)

"The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is one of the most unique and original productions out there these days. With Joe's talent for different voices, I never know what's coming next, or what it will sound like. Another thing that makes these shows stand out is that it is quite obvious to the listener that Joe and his cast are having fun making these shows, and that makes them fun to listen to as well." (The New York Times)

"Great parodies of old time radio icons, classic moments with legendary comedians and wonderful voice-acting, The Comedy O Rama Hour picks up where great radio comedy left off decades ago. Heck, it's even produced in the Borscht Belt." (Steve Karesh, former XM Radio Program Director)

"If there was an award for best husband and wife narrating team, I think the clear winners would be Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg. Come to think of it, why isn’t there an award for best husband and wife narrating team? Somebody needs to look into that. Anyway, individually, Joe an Lorie are both extremely talented voice artists. They can both do lots of entertaining voices, not just characterizations but whole personalities, and they both have a fine flair for drama, satire, and comedy. Put them together and, well, need I say more? If you haven’t heard these two at work, you’re missing out on something special." (Steven Brandt, audiobook-heaven.com)


Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! will be airing the "Best of Comedy-O-Rama" until March 31 when new "Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go!" episodes will begin. More details to come.

A Kickstarter campaign is underway to keep The Comedy-O-Rama Hour on the air beyond 13 weeks. Go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waterlogg/bring-back ...

Article about the return of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour: http://waterloggproductions.blogspot.com/2012/01/joe-bev ...

For more great audio, go to http://www.waterlogg.com.

Watch The Comedy-O-Rama Hour promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAgRxCqP7hQ


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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Waterlogg Productions is a multimedia entertainment company founded by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg. Their combined talents spanning over 40 years have garnered many awards in radio.

There new radio program The Comedy-O-Rama Hour airs weekly on Cult Radio A-Go-Go!

In 2009 Waterlogg Production ventured into the world of audio books and in 2011 released over 600 hours of sound. Their work can also be found on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible for Kindle, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod or iPad download, or CD purchase or rental.

Do you have great radio theater or audio documentary?
To publish your work with us contact: joebev (at) joebev (dot) com

Joe will be a guest on the THE NANCY PRISTINE SHOW MONDAY

THIS COMING MONDAY - JOE WILL BE ON LIVE WITH...


THE NANCY PRISTINE SHOW
2/20/2012          MONDAY               from 12-1 PM Mountain Time   2-3 PM EST


http://1100kfnx.com/

The show will air live on kfnx-1100 AM, known as the 5th biggest radio station in the country and based in Phoenix. Please let us know if you'd like a copy of the audio for your records.


Joe will be talking about all his project but especially... 
Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady
By Joe Bevilacqua
Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford,
Barbara Bush, Kirk Douglas, Helen Hayes and Katherine Graham


Waterlogg Producti...
Best Price $2.95
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Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady, written, produced, directed, and narrated by Joe Bevilacqua. One of the most licensed audiobooks on The Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady is veteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua's award-winning audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman. The hour combines never-before-released archive audio, gleaned from thousands of hours of recordings housed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, period news broadcasts, private conversations with Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the words of Lady Bird Johnson from an interview that has never before been released to the public.
Bevilacqua spent nearly five months listening to the rare tapes and traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview Mrs. Johnson's colleagues and friends. The program features Lyndon Johnson Administration staffers Liz Carpenter, Bess Abell, and Nash Castro, Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Director Harry Middleton, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Director Robert Glass Breunig; Lady Bird biographer Jan Jarboe Russell, and First Ladies Betty Ford and Barbara Bush. Other voices heard on the program include Kirk Douglas and Helen Hayes reading from LBJ's and Lady Bird's love letters. The production was produced in association with KUT Radio in Austin, Texas, and overseen by a panel of scholars and experts, including Lewis Gould, retired University of Texas (UT) at Austin Professor of History; Walt Rostow, UT Professor Emeritus, Elspeth Rostow, former dean of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs; Carl Anthony, Washington, D.C., historian; and Don Carleton, director, The Center for American History at UT.



JOE's ADDITIONAL BIO
In 2011 Joe Bevilacqua signed a new deal with Audible to distribute all of his audio books including radio drama, science fiction, documentary, comedy and biography. And Joe signed a deal with Sirius/XM Sirius XM Radio to broadcast his work on the Book radio Ch. 80.
For 25 years Joe Bevilacqua was a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, and, in 2004, was awarded a Silver Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for his personal essay A Guy Named Joe Bevilacqua, and two New York Festivals awards for "Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady" in 2001 and the NPR [1] All Things Considered tribute to Joe Barbera in 2006.
From 2002- 2006 Bevilacqua and his wife Lorie Kellogg co-produced the Comedy-O-Rama hour XM Radio, Sonic Theater ch. 160, which is now Sirius/XM Sirius XM Radio Book Ch. 80.
He co-edited, with Ben Ohmart, a book of Daws Butler scripts entitled Scenes for Actors and Voices in 2003 and in 2004 co-wrote the authorized biography: Daws Butler: Characters Actor.
Joe studied voice acting and writing from Daws Butler the voice of Yogi Bear.





Monday, February 13, 2012

The Art of Audio #12 “A Valentine From Graham Nash's MAC”


The Joe Bev
Experience



The Art of Audio #12
“A Valentine From Graham Nash's MAC”



It was February 12, 1996, two days before Valentine's Day when I received an e-mail from one “Lorie Kellogg, height 5'4”, brown hair, single, living in Los Angeles”--with photo attached. It was an unsolicited singles ad from a women working for Graham Nash and sent from his MAC Laptop.




Here is “A Valentine From Graham Nash's MAC” from our "A Waterlogg Double Feature: 'The Joe Bev Valentine Treat' & The Comedy-O-Rama Hour Valentine Special 'Cupid Comes to Camp Waterlogg' Audiobook on sale for Valentines Day.





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I recognized her name immediately. Six months earlier, I had given up a good job as Senior Radio Publicist for WNYC, New York City's National Public Radio station, and was now living in the Beverly Hills garage apartment of Myrtis Butler, the widow of Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi  Bear, who had been my mentor, to try my hand at animated cartoon voice-over acting in Hollywood.


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I was reading the Internet newsgroup la.wanted and saw a post from Lorie Kellogg, looking for a roommate. I e-mailed her that I didn't “need a roommate” but was “looking for new friends to show me around LA.”

One of the reasons I wrote her was her named, Kellogg, reminded me of the cereal company that had sponsored the original Yogi Bear cartoons. Maybe I thought she was heir to the Battle Creek fortune. (She's not.)

Four months later, no reply from Lorie Kellogg.

When I received the unsolicited ad, I remembered, “She's the one who blew me off!”I decided to punish her with an excruciatingly long e-mail with all the sorted details of my life, from my father beating me as a child to loving Buster Keaton movies.

To my surprise, she wrote back. After a few nights talking on the phone, Lorie suggested, “Let's meet at My Father's Office.”

I thought, “We haven't even met and she wants me to meet her dad already?”It turned out “My Father's Office” was a micro-brewery and bar on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

We met on February 17, 1997. Lorie wore a yellow dress with pink flowers and turquoise tights and black leather sandals with a slight heal, her medium length wavy brown hair doted strategically with yellow, pink and turquoise plastic butterfly-shaped barrettes. I wore a pale yellow short-sleeved Izod shirt, cream-colored pants and sneakers, and sported a mustache and a lot more hair than I have now.

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We had our micro-brew and talked passionately about art, comedy, film, music, ecology, health, and other subjects we seemed to have in common. Lorie told me she loved Robin Williams and, as a child, sat, upside down, with her head on the couch and her feet in the air, after watching “Mork and Mindy.” I told her when I was three, in 1964, I piled up the living room furniture cushions on the couch, in size order, so it resembled a tugboat, climbed on top and watched Cap'n Jack McCarthy present 1930s black & white Max Fleischer “Popeye” cartoons on WPIX-TV, New York's local channel 11. 

While Lorie was in the restroom, I thought, “This is the one.”

As she climbed into her car, she thought, “I'm gonna break this guy's heart.”

The next day, Lorie called and invited me to her house to watch Charlie Chaplin's “Modern Times” on video, which we did.


Two weeks later, she invited me to watch Graham Nash rehearse. Well, sort of. Nash was performing on stage in Philadelphia and Lorie and crew were in a building on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, in “The Valley,” as Los Angelians have dubbed it.

Nash was performing an autobiographical rock concert in which he stood before a large screen composed of a number of smaller screens, and clicked a portable mouse to bring up images, broadcast over the Internet, of his childhood attic bedroom during World War II and other pictures of his personal past.

Lorie sat at a bay of large Silicon Graphics computers, hand on her mouse, “in case” Graham's failed. (I'm sure she did a lot more than that. At the actual concert, a camera in Studio City was turned on Lorie and crew and they took a bow for the audience, who saw them projected on stage in Philadelphia.)

After the rehearsal, the crew broke for dinner and were told to be back in an hour for a second run-through.
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Lorie suggested we find a place to eat down Ventura Boulevard. We chose a Moroccan restaurant named "Marrakesh Express" which happens to also be a song written by Graham Nash, and performed by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, on their 1969 self-titled debut album.


No sooner had we pull up pillows and sat down on the floor when a zaftig belly dancer emerged to personally annoy me. I shooed away the wiggling stranger five times before she finally moved on to her next victim, leaving me to woo my new girlfriend. 

We returned to rehearsal to discover the second run-through had been canceled.

“Wanna come back to my place? asked Lorie.“Sure,” I replied.

Darkness fell over the Santa Monica Mountains as I followed, in my 1995 aqua blue Chevy Cavalier, Lorie's 1991 navy blue Ford Escort wagon, out of “The Valley,” over the Sepulevda Pass, to West LA.


Inside Lorie's apartment, we did “the pre-kiss dance”--I stepped forward; she stepped back. I stepped back; she stepped forward, four or five times, until I leaned in for our first kiss.We “made out” on her couch for maybe twenty-minutes, when Lorie stopped, looked me in the eyes, smiled and confidentially announced, “OK. Here's the deal. You can either shave off your mustache and stay the night... or leave now.”
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Without skipping a beat, I enthusiastically asked, “Where's the razor?”


Lorie walked her dog, Duchamp, named after the French painter Marcel  Duchamp (1887—1968), while I stared in her bathroom mirror. No sooner had I had shaved off the right half of my mustache, when I remembered that two days before, I had seen a live taping of a sitcom called “The John Cryer Show,” in which Cryer's character had a beard. In the plot, his girlfriend worries that something is wrong with their relationship, she thinks it might be the beard and asks him to shaved it off, which he does. He comes out of the bathroom, they kiss and she looks at him, says, “No, it just must be you,” and leaves. 

I bravely shaved the left side.

Lorie and I fell in love and moved in together a few weeks later and we've been nearly inseparable ever since, all because of that Internet valentine from Graham Nash's MAC.

To quote the recommendation letter Graham Nash wrote for her at the end of his concert tour, “Lorie is a rare combination of a mother hen and Einstein.”
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 FOR VALENTINES DAY


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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