Friday, April 13, 2012

Comedian Bob Greenberg Guests as "Lou Costello" on The Comedy-O-Rama Hour on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

EVERY SATURDAY 1:00pm (EST) / 9:00am (PST)



Listen live Saturdays at http://www.cultradioagogo.com.




This week features tributes to Leon Redbone, "The Twilight Zone" and Abbott & Costello, recorded before an audience. Listen to The Comedy-O-Rama Hour LIVE from anywhere at cultradioagogo.com EVERY SATURDAY 2:30pm (EST) / 11:30am (PST)
Joe & Bob's Bud & Lou webpage: http://www.waterlogg.com/abbott-costello.html

Listeners will be treated to a new Abbott & Costello routine called "Luzon Station" and more when they tune in to The Comedy-O-Rama Hour this week. It is all part of this week's Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go segments, featuring special guest star Bob Greenberg.

The improvisational radio theater program is written by husband and wife Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg and produced and directed by Bevilacqua.

During the comedy hour, Ranger Joe goes back in time to 1938 and meets Abbott & Costello--played by Bevilacqua and Greenberg, respectively, in sketches performed and recorded before a live audience.

"We tried to capture the high energy of 1938, a time before Abbott & Costello became top Hollywood stars but had just hit it big on the Kate Smith show and had their own show as a summer replacement for Fred Allen," says Joe Bev, who talks to himself playing not only Abbott but Ranger Joe, Sgt. Lefty, Ellis the Boat-keeper, and dozens of other characters on the show.

Upcoming Comedy-O-Rama guests include Phi Proctor (Firesign Theatre), Julie Newmar (Batman),Stuart Pankin (HBO's Not Necessarily the News), Janet Waldo (The Jetsons"), Chuck McCann (Let's Have Fun!) and Judy Tenuta (The Weird Al Show). Past guests have included Al Franken, Lewis Black, Shelley Berman, Rick Overton, and Bob Camp.

The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is available for free online by logging on to http://www.cultradioagogo.com, this Saturday, April 14, at 1:00pm (EST) / 9:00am (PST).

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JOE BEV'S BIO: Joe 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, Louis 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. Currently, Joe host The Comedy-O-Rama Hour on Cult Radio-Go-Go! You can listen LIVE from anywhere - EVERY SATURDAY 1:00pm EST 10:00am PST - at http://www.cultradioagogo.com.

BOB GREENBERG'S BIO: This Improv Comic, Stand-Up, Legit Actor & Clown has been making people laugh for years. Film Credits include: Sad Sack Sally, Glow Ropes, Freax of the City, Heartbreak Hospital, Big Money Hustlas and Maid In Manhattan. TV Credits include: Saturday Night Live, The Next Best Thing, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, LateLine (starring Al Franken), Primetime Live (with Diane Sawyer), Guiding Light and Law & Order.

Please email Lorie to book Joe & Bob as Bud & Lou
or for more info at:  abbott-and-costello-booking @ waterlogg.com
or call 845-647-9475.

For more information, go to:  http://www.waterlogg.com/abbott-costello.html

Read Joe Bev's blog: http://waterloggproductions.blogspot.com/2012/04/joe-bev-experience-art-of-audio-13.html

See video of Bob Greenberg as Lou Costello (with Joe Bev as Bud Abbott):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=082FdGyqma4

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Waterlogg Productions is a multi-media 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.
In 2009 Waterlogg Production ventured into the world of audio books and in 2011 video.

In 2010 Joe Bevilacqua signed a new deal with Audible to distribute all of his audio books including radio drama, science fiction, documentary, comedy and biography.

In 2011 Joe signed a deal with Sirius/XM [[Sirius XM Radio]] to broadcast his work on the Book radio Ch. 80. iPhone game out Christmas 2011 Joe Bevilacqua voiced Commander Crumpet for the Bob Camp co-founder of and director for Ren & Stimpy [Spümcø] designed iPhone game Tanks of Fury produced by Iversoft.

Feel free to contact them for your audio, video and entertainment needs.



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Monday, April 9, 2012

The Art of Audio #13: "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills!"


The Joe Bev
Experience
The Art of Audio #13

Joe Bev & friend doing "Who's on First?
at the 1976 Nostalgia Convention at The Staler-Hilton Hotel 









The first time I performed Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First?" was in 1975 at a high school play audition. I was a 16 year old kid with braces and a peach fuzz mustache trying to be Bud to my 17 year old friend's Lou.

Joe Bev performed "Who's on First?
on WOR-TV's Joe Franklin Show in 1976 




In 1976, after winning a contest at the first Nostalgia Convention at The Staler-Hilton Hotel in New York City, my partner and I performed Abbott & Costello all around the New York-New Jersey area and even did "Who's on First?" on WOR-TV's "The Joe Franklin Show". (I had my braces removed the day before.)  You can hear audio of my Joe Franklin appearance here.




I stopped performing Abbott & Costello after my partner and I had a falling out. That was in 1980. You can hear the NPR story I did about it here.


In 2006, I was walking down a lonely corridor during the Oldtime Radio Convention at the Holiday Inn in Newark, New Jersey--when Joe Franklin walked past me. He had not seen me in 30 years. Without skipping a beat, he said, "Bihler & Bev, Who's on First."  


This year, when I was cast as the MC of a Borscht Belt comedy show here in my home of the Catskills, I was asked to pick a character to play. I chose to host the evening as Bud Abbott. Now I needed a Costello. My old partner was out of the question.


Luckily, I found Bob Greenberg, an enormously talented comedian who has been doing Lou Costello his whole life with other Abbotts. Like me, Bob is a trained professional actor with major credits including Saturday Night Live.
Joe Bev & Bob Greenberg as Bud Abbott & Lou Costello


In 1993, Bob had also been on the last week of TV's "The Joe Franklin Show" where he did impressions of Lou Costello and Curly Howard.


For three nights, Bob & I performed not only "Who's on First?" together but wrote and improvised an entire night of hilarious audience pleasing comedy surrounding the music acts, dancers and magician. 


We had never met before and only spoke on the phone twice. Yet we BECAME Abbott & Costello on stage! We looked like them, sounded like them, we listened to each other and improvised many great moments, and worked the audience as if we had been together forever. Our chemistry together was electric! We clicked!


See us performing "Who's on First?" here.




Bob and I even created a new Abbott & Costello bit we call "Luzon Station" and gave the two-hour show a subplot and a title: "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills"


All three nights were sold out and we had to turn people away. The success has led to more! "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills" will soon be heard on NPR stations and released as an audiobook! 


You will get to hear excepts from it when Bob is my special guest on this week's Comedy-O-Rama online radio broadcast, Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 pm (Eastern) on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go.



Now, Bob and I are ready and willing to become Abbott & Costello anywhere, anytime, for anyone!


We can custom tailor a show to any need and write new material to fit any occasion, plus deliver authentic and exciting performances of Bud & Lou's classic routines, including Who's On First, Susquahanna Hat Company, Niagra Falls, Job as a Loafer, Loan me $50, Cow's Utter, Lou Hates Mustard, and Jonah and the Whale.
         
Want to meet Abbott & Costello in person? Just give us a call at 845-647-9475, and shout, "Heeeey, Aaaaaaabbott!!!" We'll be right over! :-)



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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