Monday, May 4, 2015

Podcast: The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Marriage Fever Hits Camp Waterlogg

The Comedy-O-Rama Hour
"Marriage Fever Hits Camp Waterlogg"

Lorie Kellogg, James Folly and Kenny Savoy
Napanoch, New York is a-buzz with sounds. Chickens cluck. A woodpecker drums a hallow stump. Water drips off the porch into an ice-covered trough. Joe Bev captures them.

The veteran award-winning radio producer, along with his merry band of voice actors, traverse the woods of Camp Waterlogg, his real-life rustic Catskills home, which doubles as the backdrop for the fictional kids camp.

It is all part of "The Comedy-O-Rama Hour" which premieres new shows every week.

The weekly hour is produced by veteran radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev). Bevilacqua maps out the plot of each hour and he and his cast improvise the dialogue and action, not from a studio but in the real world, including the woods of Napanoch, NY.

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The Comedy-O-Rama is story and character driven improvisation--recorded in and around their Napanoch, NY house in the woods--that goes beyond sketch comedy to blossom into full fledged radio theater. Husband and wife creative team Joe Bev and Lorie Kellogg created the series for XM Radio in 2002. 124 shows and 13 years later, the series is heard weekly on public radio stations nationwide, streamed on the web at, and podcast anytime all over the Internet, including

"My two characters really interact a lot in this week's show, so I did a lot of talking to myself!" 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.

"I even cooked beans over my kitchen stove while we recorded this week's story. When we were finished we had both a new hour radio situation comedy AND a pot of cooked beans!"

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The Comedy-O-Rama Hour

Joe Bev
In real life and in the fiction of the radio theater, Joe Bevilacqua (that's his full name) asks his actors to climb trees, run through the snow, dance by waterfalls, all while ad-libbing complicated story-lines and portraying multiple characters.

Joe Bev himself voices Sgt. Lefty, Ellis the Boatkeeper, Lil Andy, Adam Maxwell, Woody, Sal Pilvers, and many others. More impressive is Bev's ability to play all these characters in one scene all at once, moving around the stereo landscape captured by his SONY IC Recorder.

"If I improvise Ellis and Lefty talking to each other, I might speak as Ellis on the left and as Sgt. Lefty on the right. This really completes the illusion that it is really two actors talking," reveals Bevilacqua.

In this week's opening scene, where the character Olive Pitts is taking a bath, the Lorie Kellogg, the actress playing Olive, performed the scene IN the bathtub. Kellogg also voices Elise, Mrs. Terwilliger, Lkie, and other characters.

"We have replaced recording radio theater in a cold studio, on a stationary microphone with a sound effect table with something more alive," adds Bev.

The result is a free-wheeling improvisational comedy that is also a sitcom and a radio theater.

On this week's Comedy-O-Rama, entitled "Marriage Fever Hits Camp Waterlogg," Sgt. Lefty and Olive Pitts plan for their wedding, which conflicts with the "elderly Dance & Raffle" being held by Sal Pilvers (Joe Bev). Meanwhile, Luigi (Kenny Savoy) and Marcello (Jim Folly) arrive at the dance two weeks early.

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Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.

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