Friday, February 21, 2014

Douglas McEwan blog post ---> The Stately Holmes of England. (The Butler Did it!)

A Great Post from Douglas McEwan
The Morehead The Merrier Blog

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Hello, darlings. Did you think I was dead? I did, but it turned out I was only dead drunk. I found myself adrift in space, and only just managed to get myself back to earth. [Editor's Note: I took Tallulah to see Gravity in Imax 3-D, sitting close to the screen, and I'm afraid she lost herself in the movie a little too literally. Basically, she's just been too drunk to do much of anything besides drink. There are few people of less use than a 117 year old drunk.] Anyway, I'm back. Fortunately, you've all had my new book,Tallyho, Tallulah! to give you your Tallulah fix while I was orbiting the earth trying to catch George Clooney. (He didn't need a space suit. He's a screen immortal. He was just trying to hide himself from any unpleasantness he feared I might be carrying. He called it his "Full-Body Condom.")

Performed by Daws Butler, Joe Bevilacqua, and a Full Cast

Length: 6.43 hours CD Set or Download
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But this won't be much of a fix. You see, Little Dougie has a new book out, sort of. Since it's not about me, I fail to see the point of it, but as he is my Webmaster, so I must be his Webslave and let him plug it. THIS HERE IS YOUR LIFE, SHERLOCK HOLMES must be Dougie's way of jumping on the Sherlock bandwagon, so to capitalize on Sherlock Season 3 (Which was brilliantly great fun, by the way), he ran right out and did this show in 1976. (Hence the cutting-edge, current-as-yesterday's-ancient-history-lessons, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman parody segment. Ask your grandmother what Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was. There are also a number of gags that play off of advertising slogans that everyone knew in 1976 and no one knows now. It's like comedy from the Aztecs.)
Not your grandmother's Mary Hartman. 
Oh wait, yes it is.

This "Audiobook," currently available as a download and shortly to be available on CD, is a half-hour radio comedy show starring Daws Butler, who, unlike Little Dougie, was a magnificent talent and comedy & voice genius, as "Ralph Backwards," Jules Verne, Jack the Ripper, William Gillette, and others, Ben Wright as Sherlock Holmes, Mike Hodel as Dr. Watson, and Little Dougie as Count Dracula and Oscar Wilde. (He wisheshe were Oscar Wilde, except for that going-to-prison-for-being-gay thing.) Daws was also head writer, and Dougie was one of the team of writers who knocked it out. Here's Daws, hanging out with Little Dougie in Dougie's 1980 living room.

The great Daws Butler trying to get away 
from Little Dougie's death grip.

To fill out the CD, and turn a half-hour show into an hour of stuff, there's a half-hour interview with, of all people, Little Dougie. Well, if you buy it, you don't have to listen to the interview. I can't imagine people buying a CD to hear Dougie talk. I sometimes pay him just to shut up. But the comedy show part is a good deal of fun, and you can't go wrong with Daws Butler and Ben Wright.

Ben Wright was a wonderful actor. He was directed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock (In the movie Topaz), and acted with Marlon Brando (In Mutiny on the Bounty), so acting with Little Dougie, performing words Dougie wrote, was a big thrill for Dougie, and an career low for Ben. When you've acted with Brando and been directed by Hitchcock, acting with Dougie is definitely slumming. However, it was not an all-time career low for him. He was, after all, acting with Daws Butler, and for an all-time career low, well, in The Wreck of the Mary Dreare, his co-star was Charleton Heston. One doesn't act "with" Cheston, as that implies UpChuck was acting also. But Ben acted near Heston. 
Ben Wright on Mission: Impossible. 
Among Ben's acting credits: 
Journey  to the Center of the Earth 
(with James Mason, and the Olivier of untalented  
Jesus freaks, Pat Boone), 101 Dalmations. 
(The original animated one.  He played "Roger,"
The male human protagonist), the Liz Taylor 
Cleopatra (He was the narrator), The Sound of Music, 
The Sand Pebbles, Munsters Go Home, Topaz, and 
The Little Mermaid, plus such TV credits as 
Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, 
The Outer Limits, Man From UNCLE, Get Smart, 
My Favorite Martian, Bonanza, The Monkees, 
The Addams Family (Yes, he worked with both 
The Munsters and The Addams Family), Hogan's Heroes, 
and - well, actually, it would be easier just to
 list the movies and TV shows he was not on. 
Yes, working with Little Dougie must have 
been a real thrill for him.

Little Dougie is a long-time Sherlockian. You should see him cream for Sherlock and rail at how lame Elementary is. Mention Robert Downey Jr's "Sherlock Holmes" to him and he goes ballistic. You'd think those movies were a crime against humanity from the way they make Little Dougie foam at the mouth. This is a man who traveled all the way to England just so he could visit Baker Street and Dartmoor. 
Little Dougie seeks the Hound of Hell
on Dartmoor, 
20 years ago.
At what school did Dougie
 learn to be
a detective?
Elementary, my dear Vodka.
But this CD, which you can order by clicking on its title above, is so inexpensive that one loses no money putting up with Dougie for the sublimely silly comedy of Daws and Ben. 

If he doesn't look like this,
 he's NOT Sherlock Holmes!
I'd make a great Bond Broad
. My martinis are always shaken, 
even if they're stirred. Just my staggaring across 
a room holding it leaves them severely shaken.
As for me, I'm holding out for a real man, James Bond. Ian Fleming may have been a weird-looking, sexist snob, but he was a hell of a writer, and James Bond knows how to appreciate a drunk woman. If you do too, then pick up a copy of This Here is Your Life, Sherlock Holmes and Tallyho Tallulah!

But only if you want to do a lot of laughing. Cheers, darlings.

Daws Butler
& Joseph Bevilacqua

In 1971 Joe Bevilacqua’s father bought him a cassette recorder, on which is created his first audio story, “Willoughby and the Professor,” providing all the voices himself at the age of 12.  In 1975, Daws Butler, the voice ofYogi Bear and many Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Joe Bev’s  personal mentor, after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Bev’s Willoughby improvisations.

In 2003, Bevilacqua co-founded Waterlogg Productions with his wife Lorie Kellogg. In 2012, he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Blackstone Audio, for his more than 40 years of audio work. As of 2013, he has released more than 75 audio books, including hundreds of hours of audio documentaries, comedies, dramas, autobiographies.

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes:

The Misadventures
 of Sherlock Holmes:

The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Season One


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cdsThe Daws Butler

Length: 17.5 hours
18 CD Set or Download

From master voice actor Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, comes a rare collection of radio plays, cartoon scripts, and acting tutorials. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Joe Bev Hour Presents Presidents Day Special & Abbott & Costello Meet Sherlock Holmes

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The Joe Bev Hour produces five hours per week
on radio stations 7 days a week - around the world.

What do George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Bob Newhart, Stan Freberg, Abbott and Costello, Sherlock Holmes, and Jon Koons have in common?

They are all subjects on The Joe Bev Hour this week.

The Joe Bev Hour is five different different shows per week--syndicated worldwide--on Dream Stream Radio, Sound Stages Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Radio Book Channel and The Couch TV Network.
Jon Koons discusses his Sherlock Holmes
 play on The Joe Bev Hour

Joe Bevilacqua co-founded Waterlogg Productions with his wife Lorie Kellogg. In 2012, he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Blackstone Audio, for his more than 40 years of audio work. He has released more than 90 audio titles, including hundreds of hours of audio documentaries, comedies, dramas, autobiographies. Available at

The internationally syndicated radio omnibus is produced and hosted by veteran award-winning personality Joe Bevilacqua (aka Joe Bev) and includes five unique programs each week: The Jazz-O-Rama HourCartoon CarnivalThe Comedy-O-Rama HourThe Joe Bev Experience, and The Joe Bev Audio Theater.

The series is also podcast free on the web at iTunes and others, including,  http://www.comedyorama.com, and


The app provides information about Waterlogg Productions with and easy links to our audio titles and free podcasts.

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More than 75 audio titles are available from Joe Bev at
On this week's shows:

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Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Joe Barbera, Leonard Maltin, Bob Clampett, Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Bill Marx, June Foray, Craig Marin, Janet Waldo 

Length: 2 hours & 51 min.


Cartoon Carnival...
The Cartoon Carnival Presidents Day Special


Once again noted fictional newsman Walter Cockeyed guest hosts for Joe Bev, presenting Stan Freberg, Peter Leeds and Barney Phillips in “Washington Crosses the Delaware” (1961), Mel Blanc and Bea Benederet in “Yankee Doodle Bugs” (1954), Bob Newhart's take on “Abe Lincoln and Madison Avenue” (1960), Joe Bevilacqua as Uncle Dunkle and Donnie in “The Cherry Tree Caper” (2009), Mel Torme sings “Abraham” with the Chico Marx Orchestra (1943), Jim Henson and Frank Oz in “Kermit the Frog Interviews George Washington's Father” (1976), Stan Freberg, Tyne Daly, June Foray, Sherman Hemsley and William Woodson in “Abe Lincoln at Home in the White House” (1996), Lorie Kellogg and Joe Bevilacqua in“Who's Afraid of a Virginian's Wrath”, excerpts from the Porky Pig cartoon“Old Glory” (1939) and the Daffy Duck cartoon “Scrap Happy Daffy” (1943).

This week Walter Cockeyed Co-Hosts
Cartoon Carnival with Joe Bev.
Here is Joe with Craig Marin's
Walter Cronkite  Flexitoon Puppet

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes:
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, 
Season One

Abbott & Costello in the Catskills

Abbott & Costello in the Catskills: An Authentic Recreation of a 1930s Borscht Belt Variety Show, Recorded Before a Live Audience in the Catskills

Length: 58 minutes

Abbott & Costello in the Catskills is an authentic recreation of a 1930s Borscht Belt variety show, recorded before a live audience in the Catskills. In this New Oldtime Radio Hour, Lou Costello (Bob Greenberg) follows Bud Abbott (Joe Bevilacqua) to the Catskills when Abbott is hired as sole master of ceremonies of a Catskills variety show. Meanwhile, guest stars George Burns and Cab Calloway miss their train forcing Abbott to sing and dance in their place!

The Joe Bev Experience...
Abbott and Costello Meet Sherlock Holmes - part 1

This week Walter Cockeyed Hosts The Joe Bev Exp..
here is Joe with Craig Marin's
Walter Cronkite  Flexitoon Puppet
Noted fictional newsman Walter Cockeyed fills in for Joe Bev to present part one of an interview with Jon Koons, the actor-writer-director behind the new stage play Sherlock Holmes' Misadventures with Abbott & Costello, sponsored by Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Thayers Natural Remedies and Sherlock Holmes Magazine. Also, part one of The Mystery of The Creepy Hack Writer, the first installment of Joe Bev's ten part audio parody series The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, which is available from Blackstone Audio.

Sherlock Holmes' Misadventures 
with Abbott & Costello
Limited Engagement—
Only 6 Performances
April 2014, Totowa NJ

Learn more about Joe & Bob Here:


Length: 29.5 hours
CD Set or Download
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The Comedy-O-Rama Hour...
A Camp Waterlogg Valentine Revisited - part 2


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.




The Jazz-O-Rama Hour...
 Early Dixieland Pioneers


Mrs. Jazzbo (aka Lorie Kellogg) helps Joe Bev present remastered 78 RPM records, including:
1. Tiger Rag - The Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)
2. Tiger Rag - Friar's Society Orchestra (1922)
3. Tiger Rag - Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra (1931)
4. Feelin' No Pain - Miff Mole and His Little Molers (1927)
5. New Orleans Stomp - Johnny Dodds and his Black Bottom Stompers (1927)
6. I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee - Eddie Condon (1929)
7. Bugle Call Rag - Billy Banks & His Orchestra (1923)
8. The Waffle Man's Call - Johnny Bayersdorffer and his Jazzola Novelty Orchestra (1924)
9. Papa's Got The Jim-Jams - Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra (1927)
10. Piggly Wiggly - Beale Street Washboard Band (1929)
11. Wa-Da-Da (Ev'rybody's Doin' It Now)-  Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang (1928)
12. Ostrich Walk - The Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)
13. Doo Doodle Oom - Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra (1923)
14. Static Strut - Fletcher Henderson And The Dixie Stompers  (1926)
15. Who Stole the Lock (On the Hen House Door-) Jack Bland (1932)

Mrs. Jazzbo (aka Lorie Kellogg) 


The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes:

The Misadventures
 of Sherlock Holmes:
 The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Season One


Old-Time Radio Parodies:
Old-Time Radio Parodies: 
The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Season Two

The Joe Bev Audio Theater...
Huck Goes to the Moon
The Japanese Sandman
 - part 1


Part of The New Stories of Old Time Radio, Volume One, Set One, produced, directed and voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with Lorie Kellogg.

The first anthology of NEW fiction based on the beloved OTR characters and shows we know and love. Old Time Radio fans have something new to listen to! Includes: Our Miss Brooks: "One Principal Too Many, One Principal Too Meanie" by Clair Schulz; Tom Mix: "Tom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless Horseman" by Jim Harmon; Candy Matson Yukon 2-8209: "The Japanese Sandman" by Jack French; The Clyde Beatty Show: "Perils of the Tiger Barn" by Roger Smith; The Green Lama: "The Case of the Bashful Spider" by Bob Martin; Sgt. Preston of the Yukon: "A Call from the Storm" by Jim Nixon.

"These are not old time radio shows, but incredible simulations!" beams veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua, who voiced most of the audiobook, including dead-on impressions of Paul Frees as The Green Lama, Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, and even essays some of the woman roles, including the voice of Candy Matson! For the woman roles Bevilacqua could not voice, he turned to his talented wife and creative partner Lorie Kellogg, who has acted in many of his radio theater productions in the past. Kellogg is the voice of Eve Arden's Connie Brooks in the new Our Miss Brooks story, as well as voicing her landlady Mrs. Davis, Clyde Beatty's wife, and other roles. "OTR fans tired of listening to the same old recordings over and over will love these new audio stories!" concludes Bevilacqua. "Joe Bev." (as he also known) is a veteran radio drama producer, whose past credits include XM Radio's The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Old-time Radio Parodies. 
Available at:


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The New Stories of Old-Time Radio:


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