Saturday, February 21, 2015

JOE BEV SUNDAY EDITION: The Joe Bev Experience: Willoughby and the Professor Meet Aliens, Robots and The Prisoner



The Joe Bev Sunday Edition  
The Joe Bev Experience
Joe Bev's childhood creations Willoughby and the Professor meet aliens, robots and the Prisoner will be heard. Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) provides all the voices for the Willoughby and the Professor short "Squidge Attack" and an encore story in which the duo meet Number 6, from the classic 1960s TV series "The Prisoner".
The Joe Bev Hour Sunday Edition is a compilation of the best of his various spoken word radio shows: The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, The Joe Bev Audio Theater, The Voice Actor Show, Lorie's Book Nook, The J-OTR Show, The Lost OTR Show and more!

This program is streamed every Sunday at 7 am, 3 pm and 11 pm ET at radiobookchannel.com and podcast on demand at joebev.com and all podcasts sites, including:
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Willoughby and the Professor is epic science-fiction fantasy comedy, in the Monty Python/Terry Gilliam vein, about a boy and his professor who travel willy-nilly across time and space in a failed attempt to ''cure the world of all its ills''. Produced, directed, and voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with David Garland and Margaret Juntwait, written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa, theme music by David Garland, musical numbers written by Joe Bevilacqua, performed by the Paul Salomone Trio with Paul on piano, Ed Fuqua on bass, and Jim Mason on drums. Bevilacqua first created the characters after his father bought him a Panasonic cassette recorder in 1971 when he was 12 years old.


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"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)

"'The Willoughby and the Professor' radio cartoon series... part of the 'Contemporary Radio Humor" series at the Museum of Television and Radio, along with works of Stan Freberg, Bob and Ray and other innovators. The globe-hopping adventures of Willoughby and his professorial companion aired on WNYC Radio, produced by Joe Bevilacqua who also did all the voices..." (Paul D .Colford, New York Newsday)

The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama. The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mold of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man (1960-68), the show's combination of 1960s counter-cultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.



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