Premiering on Project Audion, a brand-new episode of "The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show" that sounds just as if an unknown script from 1940 had suddenly turned up. That's just how spot-on is the writing in this tribute penned for Project Audion by former Bob Hope comedy writer Robert L Mills.
Charlie and Edgar come up against W. C. Fields as well as a snarky agent from the IRS who sounds suspiciously like the unmistakable voice of Frank Nelson. It's our tribute to that most improbable of vintage radio's hit shows - a radio comedy starring a ventriloquist. Close your eyes and listen, then rewind to watch how our coast-to-coast cast (pictured here) handled the transcribed-live performance. Delightful summertime entertainment that speaks for itself!
Participants in this show included:
Robert L. Mills in California
Duane Noch in New Jersey
Pete Lutz in Texas
Bob Beaumont in California
Paul Arbisi in Illinois and
JoAnne Kurman in California
Robert L. Mills penned the script, while Larry Groebe produced and handled the audio from Texas.
ADULT THEMES AND LANGUAGE - not for listeners under age 13
A tongue-in-cheek application of the classic Flash Gordon radio serial. In this hilarious send-up, Flash deals with hawk-men and a strange queen.
Flash Gordon was played by Tom Konkle, later famous for nothing in particular. The cast also includes Rhiannon McAfee as Dale Arden, Gino C. Vianelli as Captain Thune, Stephanie Stearns Dulli as the Witch Queen Azora, Pete Lutz as Sal. Also starring Kurtis Bedford as Zug and starring Pete Handelman as the announcer and Hawkman with a hose. The original radio series broke with the strip continuity in the last two episodes, when Flash, Dale and Zarkov returned to Earth. (We broke it completely after we did a faithful version of episode one.) Edit and Sound effects by Tom Konkle. Music by Bryan Arata. The comedy version script by Tom Konkle. Producers Kurtis Bedford and Tom Konkle started the Mindstream Players.
In honor of Saint Paddy's day (March 17th), we've sent our intrepid reporter, Philboyd Studge, to New York City, home of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, to interview someone who claims to be a leprechaun. You'll be "Wearin' of the Grin" by the time it's over, don't ye know. Enjoy!
Written and performed by Pete Lutz
NARADA RADIO COMPANY
Did Jack Benny ever have Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields both as guests on his long-running popular network radio show? Not until now! Robert L. Mills, former comedy writer to Bob Hope, has a created a “new” Jack Benny show that is so funny and so much like a vintage Benny show, you can easily be forgiven for thinking we've unearthed a lost episode. It also features appearances by cast regulars like Mary Livingston, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Rochester and others.
Our talented voice actors include:
JACK BENNY / MR. KITZEL: Duane Noch, NJ
BING CROSBY / W.C. FIELDS: Michael Dees, CA
DENNIS DAY / FRANK NELSON: Bob Beamont, CA
PHIL HARRIS: Norman Cline, KY
DON WILSON: Ken Jeffries, CA MARY LIVINGSTONE: JoAnne Kurman, CA
PORTER / JOHNNY WEISSMULLER: Harry Middlebrooks, CA ROCHESTER: Carl Thomas, TX
Written, directed, and featuring a cameo appearance by Robert L. Mills, CA.
Larry Groebe in Texas handled the Sheldon Leonard role, cued up the virtual audience, and produced this Project Audion episode.
SO WE HAD SOME bandwidth left over for the month, and since one of our curators grew up both poor and Lutheran, he hates to see anything go to waste; so we're posting these comic sketches for your entertainment. It's entirely possible that this material has been released previously, but never before in this combination. ENJOY! NARADA RADIO COMPANY
All material in this segment written by Pete Lutz.
TRANSCONTINENTAL TERROR Presents:
The Cellar Mini-Series, episode 3: The Second Helping
Originally released on the Mutual Audio Network in October 2021, this is the 3rd of five new episodes produced by 63audio for the month-long Transcontinental Terror audio series.
In "The Second Helping", we explore the topic of Science Run Amok, a favorite topic of film and old-time radio! This hilarious homage to the likes of Arch Oboler, Wyllis Cooper, Roger Corman and James Whale (among others) will have you running for your life with laughter! Written, directed and produced by Pete Lutz. NARADA RADIO COMPANY
ANNOUNCER - Robin Robbins
CADAVERA QUIVRY - Angela Young
DARCY – Dawn Robertson
DERRY – Jackie Ayers
FERGUS – Dana Gonsalves
MOTHER – Riley Lutz
CREATURE – John Bell
TV REPORTER – Pam Pailes
GENERAL M'LAISE – Austin Beach
MAJOR CHIP ERROR – Pete Lutz
SERGEANT TIM PLAITE WHISTLE – Jason D. Johnson
CAPTAIN – John Bell
MR. FLUFFNUGGETS – Lisa Michaud
Music composed and performed by Dr. Ross Bernhardt
Not too many stars from the OTR era have also hosted Saturday Night Live and a Broadway show, but comic geniuses Bob & Ray did it - and so Project Audion salutes them with a recreation of the offbeat, deadpan humor that aired on radio networks across the country for years starting in the early 1950s. John Bell in Alabama, and Pete Lutz in Texas take on the many characters created by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding in an assemblage of sketches - both familiar and obscure - designed to replicate the kind of free flowing absurdity they did so well. Larry Groebe is there as well, handling the production aspects from Dallas.
HEY THERE! We had some bandwidth left over at the end of the month and we didn't want it to go to waste, since we're paying for it after all...so here are a few comedy sketches that we think you'll enjoy, most of them being parodies of TV shows and commercials. Thanks for listening, and watch for the new shows coming in September!
Like the title says, this live show was performed and recorded in 1989, staged as a mock radio broadcast to entertain the ladies of "WAVES National", an organization whose members had served or were still serving in the U.S. Navy. They held their annual convention in Atlanta that year.
All characters played by Pete Lutz and John Bayer, who were, respectively, serving on active duty and in the Naval Reserve at the time.
WAVES, by the way, stands for Women's Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency Service, which goes back to World War I. Nowadays all women serving in the Navy are full-fledged Sailors, serving on combat-ready ships and on submarines.
The comedy sketches in this program were written by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, with filler written by Pete Lutz.
KCAL Presents FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE: The Incredible Annalee
Performed live at the KCAL Hometown Theater, in Nicholasville, KY at its summer show June 25 - 27, 2021, this is the KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe presenting an episode of old-time radio show Four Star Playhouse. This episode, which originally aired on NBC on August 21, 1951, is called "The Incredible Annalee".
KCAL Troupe members are, in order of appearance:
Doug Fain (Announcer)
Denise Cline (Commercial and Operator)
Connie McDonald (Annalee)
David Damron (Jim)
Norman Cline (Pickerel)
Steve Watts (Carlyle)
KCAL Presents: GRAND MARQUEE: A Man's Home is Her Castle
Performed live at the KCAL Hometown Theater, in Nicholasville, KY at its summer show June 25 - 27, 2021, this is the KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe presenting an episode of old-time radio show Grand Marquee. This episode, which originally aired on NBC on February 29, 1947, is called "A Man's Home is Her Castle".
KCAL Troupe members are, in order of appearance:
David Damron (Announcer)
Steve Watts (commercials)
Denise Cline (Jane)
Norman Cline (Dick)
Connie McDonald (Gladys)
Doug Fain (Elwood Marsden)
The Turnbuckle Television Cartel presents a comedy show about doctors and nurses -- 'IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST'! It's your new prescription for laughter!
Darren Rockhold, George Hatfield, Omar Lopez, Nancy Gaugler, Derek Rhein and Angela Young
Written, produced and directed by Pete Lutz
Do you hate when the cheesy coating of chips gets all over your fingers? Those days are gone forever! Coming to you from the Good Quality Value Network (GQVN), this comedy segment features presenters Buffy Mae Updike and Grady September Morning, demonstrating the wonderful and one-of-a-kind new household product, "The Cheez-Finger"! (NARADA RADIO COMPANY)
BUFFY MAE UPDIKE: Kendra Womack
GRADY SEPTEMBER MORNING: John Washington
Music: "Deadly Roulette" by Kevin MacLeod
"Grandstand" theme from the BBC archives
This sketch was written, produced and directed by Pete Lutz
One of the many special features that would appear between-the-acts of episodes of the Pulp-Pourri Theatre series is the Philboyd Studge Interview: intrepid reporter Studge traveled the globe, chatting with interesting, yet wholly fictitious, people who might have an unusual occupation; or an unusual name; or own a business with an unusual name. In this installment, Philboyd interviews a potato chip inspector with an interesting hobby. Enjoy!
Written by Pete Lutz
DeVour "Maurice" Bunch: Derek Rhein
Philboyd Studge: Himself
THE PHILBOYD STUDGE INTERVIEW: Owner of a Fire Extinguisher Factory (COMEDY)
One of several interviews by the Narada Radio Company's globe-trotting reporter, Philboyd Studge, this time he's in Lost Dog Falls Vermont, interviewing the owner of the 4-F Fire Extinguisher Company, Fred Fernandez.
Written and produced by Pete Lutz
Fred Fernandez: R. C. Lutz
Felicity Fernandez: Jordan Bruster
Philboyd Studge as Himself
PRESENTING...AN ALL-NEW MUSICAL AUDIO COMEDY -- In the style of a Marx Brothers movie! It's Do I Specter? I'll Say I Do!
Written, produced and directed by life-long Marx Brothers fan Pete Lutz especially for World Audio Drama Day 2020, 63audio presents a scenario unlike anything seen in any Marx Bros. film:
Mr. Woodrow Fillmore Protoplasm is a ghost-hunter, hired to rid Stately Manor on Long Island of the ghost of the widow's late husband, who refuses to cross over. A little later, he's also hired by an Italian piano player whose brother's ghost won't cross over, either. And then, Protoplasm's son meets up with yet another ghost, who's been hiding in Stately Manor for 30 years! It's spooks a-plenty for our heroes, and for you, our listeners!
Chock-full of Marx-style humor and hijinks, this new play also features two new songs, composed especially for this production by Pete Lutz, and orchestrated by Dr. Ross Bernhardt. Set your Ouija Boards for laughter! NARADA RADIO COMPANY
DISCLAIMER: This production was recorded remotely during the month of September 2020 in the (soon-to-be-historical, we hope) COVID-19 pandemic. Sound quality of the actors' microphones as a result varies. We hope this does not take away from your overall enjoyment of this play. (But if it does, well, there's not much you can do about it.) Thank you. Thank YOH!
Lori Bryant as MRS. BRITANNIA NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Frank Gugliemelli as CHIVES
Chris Messersmith as the Ghost of MR. NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Todd Faulkner as WOODROW FILLMORE PROTOPLASM
Nick Wommack as JAMISON PROTOPLASM
Jackie Ayers as LILLIAN STATELY
Grace Wagner as PROTOPLASM'S SECRETARY/MANICURIST
Les Marsden as RIGATONI and the Whistle of SHADOW
John Bell as MAYOR GOTTLIEB
Your Announcer is C. K. STANDARD
Additional music composed and performed by Dr. Ross Bernhardt
SPECIAL THANKS to the hosts of "The Marx Brothers Council Podcast", Noah Diamond, Matthew Coniam and Bob Gassell, for inspiring me (inadvertently) to write this play, and to Ms. Grace Wagner, for her enthusiasm for the project and very special contributions to the script.
HOOFBEATS IN MY HEART – EP1 (COMEDY/MUSICAL WESTERN) An Audio Theatre Serial in 13 episodes - Time to saddle up pard’ners and join Ruby Buckaroo ‘The Bandit Queen of the Cowboys’ as she takes you on a hilarious romp through the Wild West. In hot pursuit, Marshall Shiloh Brown tracks Ruby to the dusty town of West Buzzard’s Bottom and calls for her immediate arrest.
Once captured, he succumbs to an inconvenient and severe case of ‘Hoofbeats in His Heart.’ And to make matters worse, Ruby’s very jealous ex-suitor Sheriff Huck Buckskin enters, forming an awkward love-triangle between two lawmen and a bandit. With seventeen original songs, the old west will never be the same in this zany twisted musical tale of fake history.
Written, directed, and composed by George Zarr. Featuring marssie Mencotti, Edwin Wald, multi-award-winning voice talent Barbara Rosenblat, and a Full Cast.
HOOFBEATS IN MY HEART – Website Page
HOLY MOSES MURPHY (COMEDY)
Here's a tale of the "Average Joe", the Everyman. A light-hearted look at one man's post-war journey toward making a new, better life for himself. This is "Holy Moses Murphy", Episode 5 of Pulp-Pourri Theatre's first season. Adapted from a story by James C. Lynch, directed and produced by Pete Lutz. NARADA RADIO COMPANY
ANNOUNCER: Lisa Ayala
EDDIE CROSBY: Austin Tower
HOLY MOSES MURPHY: Carl Yowell
MARY MONTGOMERY: Katherine Crawford
MIKE HANNIGAN: Larry Hutchison
BOX LUNCH GUY: Philboyd Studge
SPECIAL FEATURES CAST:
R.C. Lutz, Philboyd Studge
Created especially for Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 2020, we present a loving re-creation of several sketches from the famous radio comedy duo, Bob & Ray. These sketches were selected from their 1980s-era radio show for NPR. Directed by Pete Lutz and post-produced by John Bell, with music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt. NARADA RADIO COMPANY
JOHN BELL as Bob Elliott
PETE LUTZ as Ray Goulding
"CONVINCE ME," I SAID! (NARADA RADIO COMPANY)
Orig. rel. 8-10-14, "Convince Me, I Said" is based on a War-Fiction short story of the same name by Craig Ellis, currently in the public domain. This is Season 1 Episode 12 of "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", an anthology audio drama series, each based on a different pulp fiction genre. Adapted, Directed and Produced by Pete Lutz. All materials such as sound effects and incidental music in this production were sourced from the public domain. Special features between the acts written by Pete Lutz.
Sailor 1: John Valadez
Sailor 2: Jason D. Johnson
Sailor 3: Dana Gonsalves
Sailor 4: Skeeter Ullman
SPECIAL FEATURES CAST:
"BIX BIXBY BOOK REVIEW": Pete Lutz, Nick Wommack, Austin Hanna
"W.O.L.F." Telethon: Pete Lutz
"EMERGENCY APOTHECARY #1": Pete Lutz, Andres Elizondo II, Micah Blain
"INSOMNIA THEATRE: The Kaiser of New York": Pete Lutz, Jason D. Johnson, John Valadez
ANYTHING TO OBLIGE (COMEDY) was a baseball story penned by Samuel G. Camp, published in the June 19, 1920 issue of All-Story Magazine. A down-on-his-luck baseball scout is sent to sign a southpaw pitcher and gets more than he bargained for. Adapted, produced & directed by Pete Lutz. From Pulp-Pourri Theatre's first season, released in June 2014.
Our cast includes Bob Caro, Dana Gonsalves, Nancy Bueler, Gene Giggy, Kevin Schuster and Derek Lutz, with a cameo by the director. Commercials and special features written and produced by Pete Lutz. NARADA RADIO COMPANY
THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES (COMEDY) George McWhirter Fotheringay is just a regular bloke... until he discovers the ability to make things happen simply by thinking about them. He tries to use his power for good but can't quite seem to get it right. An original musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's comic story. CHATTERBOX AUDIO THEATER
A THURBER DOUBLE FEATURE (COMEDY) Two James Thurber stories, fully dramatized in the Pulp-Pourri Theatre style by the Narada Radio Company. First off is Thurber's 1942 classic, "The Catbird Seat", telling of the troubles of Mr. Martin, an office worker, who must defend himself against the machinations of a so-called efficiency expert. How Martin deals with her is something you don't want to miss. After that comes "The Topaz Cufflinks Mystery" from 1932, a vignette about a man, a woman, a cop, and a very strange experiment. Together these stories are comedy gold! Narada Radio Company
ROMAN A CLEF – PART 2 OF 2 (COMDEY) So a guy walks into a bar and... nothing happens. Chatterbox presents an original comedy about thunderstorms, dictionaries, and the expectations of entertainment. Part one of two. Chatterbox Audio Theater