Thursday, January 31, 2013

Joe Bev Presents O. Henry & Chekhov Classics Saturday, February 2 - 4:30 pm ET on CultRadioAGoGo!


 
O. Henry's 
"A Cosmopolite in a Café"
 & Anton Chekhov's
 "The Bear"
 will be brought to life on the 29th edition of The Joe Bev Experience, airing Saturday, February 2 at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm, right after Joe Bev's Comedy-O-Rama Hour and Jazz-O-Rama Hour (part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting 2:30 pm ET) on www.CultRadioAGoGo.com

The Joe Bev Experience is a weekly radio hour anthology series representing the depth and breath of Bev's 40-plus year career in audio storytelling, from documentary to radio drama, and new and classic installments of Bev's older radio show Cartoon Carnival (still heard on many stations).

First Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) reads "A Cosmopolite in a Café," a funny and quotable short story about a world traveler. Few people are familiar with the name William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), but, just as many remember Mark Twain and not Samuel L. Clemens, Porter is well known by the pen name O. Henry. And O. Henry became known as a master of surprise, with witty short stories that trade on wordplay and surprise twist endings that have become standard fare in the century following his death. 

Then, Bevilacqua's own characters, Willoughby and the Professor visit the Brazilian rain forest.

Last, will be "The Bear," the classic one-act play by Anton Chekhov, produced, directed, and adapted by Joe Bevilacqua. Written in 1900, The Bear is one of the great works of Anton Chekhov, about the strange beginnings of love between the recently widowed Mrs. Popov and Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov. In Russian the word for "bear" which has two meanings: an animal or a rather rude, clumsy, awkward man. The play is alternately titled The Boor. The fine cast includes Cathi Tully, Bob Miller, and the late William Duff-Griffin.

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WHAT CRITICS SAY:

"O Henry’s fascinating Cosmopolite lends itself to several insightful meanings and interpretations especially in times like ours when the world is being aggressively shaped by conflicting trends of globalization and identity. There is a widespread surge of powerful expressions of ethnic, regional and cultural identity that challenge globalization, peace and cosmopolitanism." - http://brooklynbooktalk.blogspot.com

"Descendents of Laurel and Hardy and Holmes and Watson, among others, Willoughby and the Professor bring radio listeners along on a series of adventures, often in exotic lands and always in the more exotic land of the imagination. Judging from the hundreds of letters WNYC Radio has received about 'Willoughby,' a couple of characters who can go anywhere in the world while remaining inside the listener's radio and head is just the ticket." (David Hinckley, New York Daily News)

"There's not a whole lot of comedy on radio these days. We chose to add 'Willoughby and the Professor' to our Contemporary Radio Humor collection because it is unique. One person does all the voices. Bevilacqua was a student of Daws Butler, a master of cartoon voices. It is a very interesting program." (Ken Mueller, Radio Manager, The Museum of Television and Radio)

"13,000 Roaches in a Box. For most artists working in radio theatre, the projects tend to be group efforts, with actors, a producer and director, writers, engineers, and sound effects personal. But Joe Bevilacqua is producing a successful radio theatre series almost single-handedly. The great part about radio theatre is you can portray 'any subject in any location in any circumstance, from another part of the world to the past to another dimension. you can create a whole world unto itself'. For example, in one episode, there was a box full of 13,000 roaches and, through a mishap, the box exploded. Even in TV or film, Bevilacqua asks, how could you have 13,000 roaches raining down?" (Amy Hersh, Backstage)



Comedy-O-Rama Hour
Joe Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

27 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

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, 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 and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks. 



Fats Waller 78 RPM Records Radio Show Saturday January 26 3:30 pm ET on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!


The sounds of classic 78 RPM records will fill the air when the music of Fats Waller will be presented on the 28th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour airing this Saturday, February 2 
3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT
on Internet radio powerhouse Cult Radio-A-Go-Go(http://www.CultRadioAGoGo.com

This Saturday Joe Bev presents Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "The 78s of Fats Waller", including: 
Fats Waller

1. (Take Me Back To) The Wide Open Places
2. Fair And Square
3. Abercrombie had a Zombie
4. Hey! Stop Kissin' My Sister
5. All That Meat and No Potatoes
6. Breakin' the Ice
7. Boo Hoo
8. By The Light of The Silvery Moon
9. Flat Foot Floogie (With a Floy Floy)
10. Fats Waller - When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
11. Everybody Loves My Baby
13. Dem Bones
14. Hold My Hand
15.Yacht Club Swing
16. Shortnin' Bread
17. Two Sleepy People
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Fats Waller
Thomas Wright Waller was the youngest of four children born to Adaline Locket Waller and the Reverend Edward Martin Waller. He started playing the piano when he was six and graduated to the organ of his father's church four years later. At the age of fourteen he was playing the organ at Harlem's Lincoln Theater and within twelve months he had composed his first rag. Waller's first piano solos ("Muscle Shoals Blues" and "Birmingham Blues") were recorded in October 1922 when he was 18 years old.

Fats Waller
He was the prize pupil, and later friend and colleague, of stride pianist James P. Johnson. Fats Waller was the son of a preacher and learned to play the organ in church with his mother. Overcoming opposition from his clergyman father, Waller became a professional pianist at 15, working in cabarets and theaters. In 1918 he won a talent contest playing Johnson's "Carolina Shout", a song he learned from watching a player piano play it.

Waller composed many novelty swing tunes in the 1920s and 1930s and sold them for relatively small sums. When the compositions became hits, other songwriters claimed them as their own. Many standards are alternatively and sometimes controversially attributed to Waller, including "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby". Waller copyrighted over 400 new songs, many of which co-written with his closest collaborator Andy Razaf. In 1926, Waller began his recording association with Victor Records, his principal record company for the rest of his life.

A Zombie
The Zombie cocktail so named for its effects on the partaker was invented by Donn Beach of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant in the 1930's, Became popular when served at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. In 1940, pianist Fats Waller recorded a novelty song called "Abercrombie Had a Zombie" about the effects of the cocktail on a previously law-abiding citizen who has a few zombies and becomes a public menace. The song also mentions Aquacade and other features of the 1939 New York World's Fair where the drink was popularized.

Joe Bev
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Comedy-O-Rama Hour
Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.



27 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans,
with Wynton Marsalis:
A Joe Bev Muiscal Sound Portrait


by Joe Bevilacqua Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Winton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Louis Armstrong

Length: 59 min. 

Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this entertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans and featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, WNYC Radio talk show host Leonard Lopate, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others, on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Also featured is the music of Armstrong throughout his long career, and rare recordings, including audio from a 1957 CBS TV documentary with Edward R. Murrow.


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Comedy-O-Rama Prepares for One Year on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

This Saturday, February 2, at 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT, "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" will include new radio comedy, classic jazz and short stories, starting with The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, then The Jazz-O-Rama Hour and The Joe Bev Experience following. Listen online for free at http://www.cultradioagogo.com.


On this week's Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Sgt. Lefty (Joe Bev) and his girlfriend Olive Pitts (Lorie Kellogg) plan their Valentine's Day wedding, which will conflict with the Elderly Dance and Raffle run by Sal Pilvers (Joe Bev).



"Since we began our new Comedy-O-Rama shows last Valentine's Day, we thought we would celebrate our one year on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! with a Valentine wedding!" laughs Bevilacqua, who maps out the plot of each hour and improvises the dialogue, not from a studio but in the real world, including the woods of Napanoch, NY.

"And it was during last year's Valentine dance that Lefty and Olive first got together," beams Bev, who also says he is very pleased with the direction his radio work has developed.

Also on this week's Comedy-O-Rama, Jim Folly returns as Lil' Jimmy and Chef Ron Drysdale, who both have a run in with Stinky (Kenny Savoy) .

Meanwhile, Adam Maxwell (Joe Bev) has been arrested, and Andy (Joe Bev) and Lkie (Lorie Kellogg) get a lesson from from Sal Pilvers on how to sell tickets to the Elderly Dance and Raffle.


Now in its 47th week on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! (and its 105th since 2002 including the Sirius XM broadcasts), The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is produced by Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev).

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The show had a four year successful run on Sirius XM Radio. Since returning, Comedy-O-Rama has attracted such celebrity guests as Rick Overton, Stuart Pankin, Bob Camp, Phil Proctor, June Foray, Nancy Cartwright, Bob Greenberg, Julie Newmar, and Judy Tentua.

Joe Bev attributes the positive response to his radio show as a sign today's audiences are craving radio theater.

"We are creating a fully realized storyline every week, with continuing characters, sound effects, music, full production values... plus we're funny!" says Bev, who performs half the characters on the show.

Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg are married and have been working together since they met in 1996. They recently toured with their Vaudeville in the Catskills stage show, in which they performed "Lambchops" the classic Burns and Allen comedy routine, and Bev MCd and performed the classic Abbott and Costello routine Who's On First? with Bob Greenberg. A second tour is planned for 2013 (TBA).


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Archived Comedy-O-Rama Hours are now podcast on iTunes at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-comedy-o-rama-hour/id572142422

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Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
Six one-hour comic misadventures of Sgt. Lefty, Olive Pitts, Ellis the Boatkeeper, Squeaky Lkie, Stinky Peter, Mrs. Terwilliger and all the wacky denizens of Camp Waterlogg, the dilapidated Catskills kids camp. The creation of husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) and Lorie Kellogg, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour has evolved since its successful run on Sirius XM Radio into a wacky mix of family-friendly humor, radio theater, audio cartoons, and improvisation.
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"Camp Waterlogg: The Animals Are Revolting"
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Bevilacqua says of his troupe: 

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"One of the funniest guys I know is Kenny Savoy. Kenny can do voices and read a script as well as any actor I know, but what makes Kenny special is is bright open upbeat personality. He lifts the energy of everyone he meets."

"Kenny is also a great improviser. When we toured as Liquid Comedy--after the rest of us struggled before the audience with parodies of current TV shows and juvenile dialogues--Kenny brought down the house by pulling out his harmonica and ad-libbing a hilarious and clever blues song. I can also count on Kenny as a close and trusted friend. I look forward to many more years of making people laugh with Kenny Savoy!"

"The script, which I completed... poured out of me because I was inspired. I was writing it to showcase the talents of Jim Folly, the funniest man alive!"

"Jim has been a member of Liquid Comedy since we formed it in 1979. Jim is Don Rickles, Chico Marx and Allen Jenkins all rolled into one!"



Joe Bev

Joe 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
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.


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