Friday, May 31, 2013

Rare "Sherlock Holmes" Comedy by Daws Butler airs Saturday June 1st 4:30 pm ET on CRAGG!

Daws Butler & Douglas McEwan roast Conan Doyle's great detective in rare recording, part of The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, starting 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT on

 This Saturday, June 1st, at 4:30 pm, a RARE DAWS BUTLER recording airs Saturday at 4:30 PM ET. 1:30 pm PT, part of The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, starting 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT on Cult Radio A-Go-Go!

Listeners can hear "This Here is Your Life, Sherlock Holmes",  written and voiced by Daws Butler, Douglas McEwan and members of The Daws Butler Workshop, including Billy Simpson, Pat Parris and Corey Burton, in 1976, on The 40th edition of The Joe Bev Experience.

Douglas McEwan 
Douglas McEwan is interviewed during the hour about the 1976 recording. McEwan explains: "I was hired as a writer, having been connected through to it by Sean Wright of the Sherlock Holmes Society. Daws took to my writing style immediately, and after hearing me read back pieces I wrote for it, hired me on to act in it as well. Daws and Mike Hodel, who plays Watson, and I all stayed good friends for the rest of their lives. I'm Oscar Wilde and Dracula in this show."

In "This Here is Your Life, Sherlock Holmes", Ralph Backwards (Daws Butler)--along with Watson, Dracula, Jack-the-Ripper, and even Mary Heartman, Mary Heartman--roast the famous consulting detective, played by the great English actor Ben Wright.

Ben Wright.
Wright, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. worked extensively in American radio, supplying crisp, erudite diction as the radio incarnation of Sherlock Holmes (1949–1950) and Inspector Peter Black on Pursuit (1951–1952). However, he considered himself a dialectician, playing Indian servant Tulku on The Green Lama, Chinese bellhop Hey Boy on the radio version of Have Gun Will Travel, various dialect roles on Nightbeat and the anthology series Escape. His roles in the latter ranged from the Cockney protagonist of The Man Who Worked Miracles to the famed Arabian hero of The Voyages of Sinbad. Other radio credits included Gunsmoke, Crime Classics and Suspense. He achieved worldwide fame when he was seen as the Nazi Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, and he had small roles in Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie, Judgment at Nuremberg and My Fair Lady. On TV, he guested on such series as My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes (as various Nazi officers), Combat!, Get Smart, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, "The Wild Wild West", The Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, It Takes a Thief and The Rockford Files. Wright made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. In the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Bashful Burro," he played assay agent and murderer Crawford Wright.

Charles Dawson "Daws" Butler 
Douglas McEwan is the author of the books Tallyho, Tallulah!, My Lush Life and The Q Guide to Classic Monster Movies, as well as the forthcoming My Gruesome Life, also from Electric Noggin. He contributed essays, TV scripts, and the forward to Creatures of the Night That We Loved So Well: The Horror Hosts of Southern California. As “Tallulah Morehead,” he wrote comic essays and reviews in The Huffington Post for two and a half years. He has written comedy sketches and plays for stage, radio, and TV. As a radio personality in the 1970s, he interviewed such comedy giants as Groucho Marx and Bud Abbott. He lives in Reseda, California, with two cats who do not find him all that amusing.

Charles Dawson "Daws" Butler was a voice actor originally from Toledo, Ohio. He worked mostly for the Hanna-Barbera animation production company and originated the voices of many familiar animated cartoon characters, including Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound. In 1975, Butler began an acting workshop that spawned such talents as Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Corey Burton (Old Navy, Disney), and Joe Bevilacqua (NPR).

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. A protege of Daws Butler, 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.

The June 1st Joe Bev 3-Hour Block includes:
1. Comedy-O-Rama #61: "The Return of Ron Drysdale or Homeland Security Has Got to Go-Go-Go!"
2. Jazz-O-Rama #44: "The Battle of the Crooners 1: Cliff Edwards vs. Parker Gibbs"
3. Joe Bev Experience #40: "Douglas McEwan Interview 1 & This Here is Your Life, Sherlock Holmes" 

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (audiobook)
The Honest and True Memoirs of a Nonentity

The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, book 1

By Joe Bevilacqua, Charles Dawson Butler, and Robert J. Cirasa
Produced and directed byJoe Bevilacqua
Performed byVernon Morris, Henry J. Quinn, and a full cast
Length 5.0 hrs • AUDIO THEATER 
 2011 by Joe Bevilacqua


The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Season One
by Mr. Joe Bevilacqua (Author), Daws Butler (Author), Robert J. Cirasa (Author), Arthur Conan Doyle (Author), Vernon Morris (Narrator), Henry J. Quinn (Narrator), Jan Meredith (Narrator), Ed Hyland (Narrator), Terry Price (Narrator), Gwendolyn Lewis (Narrator), B. H. Barry (Narrator), Joe Bevilacqua (Narrator) As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations!

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume One of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua, written by Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, and Robert J. Cirasa.

Comedy and mystery are happy bedfellows in The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. Veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua's 10-part radio theater series pays humorous homage to the classic characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are filled with sly references to the original "canon", as it is called. Even the Baker Street Irregulars and other Holmesian groups and scholars have enjoyed this about the series.

The fine cast of British and American actors includes Sherlock Holmes: Vernon Morris; Dr. John H. Watson, M.D.: Henry J. Quinn; Ms. Hudson: Jan Meredith; Professor Moriarty: Ed Hyland; Irene Adler: Terry Price; Mary Morstan: Gwendolyn Lewis; Tavis Mac Millian: B.H. Barry; Arthur Conan Doyle, William Gillette, Bert Stover ,and roles: Joe Bevilacqua.

Titles include: Episode One: "The Mystery of the Creepy Hack Writer"; Episode Two: "My Dinner at Baker Street"; Episode Three: "Sherlock Holmes in Trouble"; Episode Four: "A Study in Lavender"; Episode Five: "The Death of Mr. Sherlock Holmes"; Episode Six: "The Giant Rat of Sumatra"; Episode Seven: "Tales from the Vienna Wards"; Episode Eight: "His Second to Last Bow"; Episode Nine: "Revenge of the Beekeeper"; Episode Ten: "Holmes' Creepy Christmas". For more about The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, go to:



By Ben Ohmart & Joe Bevilacqua

Ben Ohmart has written books on voice actors Paul Frees and Walter Tetley, as well as biographies of Don Ameche, The Bickersons, Disney composer Buddy Baker, playwright Tim Kelly, and others. He runs BearManor Media, a small publishing company specializing in books on old radio and old film actors. BM's current and upcoming titles include biographies on The Ritz Brothers, Agnes Moorehead, Verna Felton, Guy Williams, Peggy Ann Garner, Ted Lewis, and many more. Joe Bevilacqua first wrote Daws Butler when he was 16 years old in 1975. Soon after, Daws appointed himself Joe's personal mentor and thus began a whirlwind 13-year apprenticeship. Bevilacqua has gone on to become is a veteran award-winning voice actor, radio producer, dramatist, humorist and documentarian. His credits include such documentaries as From Moonshine to Armadillos: the Birth of the Austin Music Scene (2003), One Song at a Time: Tales from the Kerrville Folk Festival (2000) and We Take You Now to Grover's Mill: The 50th Anniversary of the War of the Worlds Broadcast (1988). His documentary Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady (2001) was heard in nearly 200 public radio stations and was a finalist for best documentary at the 2001 New York Festivals competition. He is 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

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