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Now available in one collection for you to enjoy! Long before Sgt. Lefty and the Camp Waterlogg gang took over, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour residents were parody versions of Mysteries (Sherlock Holmes), Old-time Radio (The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, etc.), SCI-FI (Willoughby and the Professor), Superheroes (Teaman and Polfroon), and more. "Those were the XM years," explains Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev), who not only produced Comedy-O-Rama, but also wrote and voiced 80% of the productions, which aired four years on XM Satellite Radio. Joe Bev, explains, "The idea started in 1996 as a website paying tribute to old-time comedians. When XM Program Direct Steve Karesh asked me to turn the website into a weekly radio show, I wrote many hours of radio theater, complete with sound effects and music. Many others contributed and ended up making 60 hours worth!" The original scripted Comedy-O-Rama came to a conclusion in 2008, a victim of the SiriusXM merger. During the show's hiatus, Joe Bev created a number of other successful radio shows, including The Jazz-O-Rama Hour, The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, and The Joe Bev Audio Theater, all still produced and running today on many radio stations, as well as podcasts. In 2012, Joe Bev revamped The Comedy-O-Rama Hour as an totally improvised radio theater experience involving the fictional Camp Waterlogg. Over 70 hours of those have since been produced, and all are available, under separate titles, from Blackstone Audio. "Great parodies of old-time radio icons, classic moments with legendary comedians, and wonderful voice acting, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour picks up where great radio comedy left off decades ago. Heck, it's even produced in the Borscht Belt."-Steve Karesh, Program Director, Sirius-XM Satellite RadioShow more
This comic futuristic nightmare finds Ned Nardly using his new theme park for his own evil purposes. Featuring a full cast, produced with sound effects and music by veteran award-winning radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, and written and directed by Charlie Morrow, this radio play originally aired as part of WBAI Radio's 99.5% Perfect Players. It has since aired on NPR, Sirius-XM Radio, and other radio stations and podcasts worldwide. A bonus segment includes episode one of Joe Bev's Willoughby and the Professor. Joe Bevilacqua has been producing radio since 1971, when he was twelve years old. In 2012 he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Blackstone Audio for his more than forty years of audio work. He is releasing hundreds of hours of audio documentaries, comedies, dramas, autobiographies, and more. Not content to hide behind his microphone, Bevilacqua will be seen acting in the upcoming feature films The Green Blade Rises directed A. J. Edwards, The Fly Room directed by Alexis Gambis, Cold in July directed by Jim Mickle, and Hits directed by David Cross.Show more
This collection features five audio programs. 1. A Waterlogg Double FeatureThe Joe Bev Holiday Treat is a compilation of Christmas themed stories—some true, some not—hosted by veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua. Stories include “Sleepy Santa,” “The Christmas I Saved Macy’s,” “Sherlock Holmes’ Creepy Christmas in Scotland,” “A Rockabilly Christmas,” and “Willoughby and the Professor Spend Christmas in the Middle East.”The Camp Waterlogg Summer Freeze Special: Stinky in Winterland is The Wizard of Oz meets The Little Rascals when a freak summer blizzard hits Camp Waterlogg, leaving poor arts and crafts counselor Olive Pitts, Sgt. Left, Chef Ron, Rasta-Lasta, and twenty-seven camp kids trapped in the Abner Bibberman Memorial Barn. 2. The Adventures of Tea Man: More of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Vol. 5Like a Jay Ward cartoon in audio, this is a hilarious, wacky collection of radio theater, written and performed by Mitchell Pearson and the DQD Theater of Philadelphia. 3. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins: A Radio Adaptation from the Voice of Yogi BearThis never-before-released recording of a Dr. Seuss story, dramatized by Daws Butler, is performed by Daws and his sons Chas and Don. It was produced by Joe Bevilacqua, who talks with Daws’ sons before the play. 4. The Ology of Isms: A Nigerian Twist on The Emperor’s New ClothesEmmanuel Adeleye was born in Nigeria and worked as a playwright, actor, and artist before coming to the United States, where he studied theater. In 1981 he teamed with Joe Bev to produce his first radio play ever presented in the United States, The Ology of Isms. 5. Trouble in Simuland: A Joe Bev Audio TheaterThis comic futuristic nightmare finds Ned Nardly using his new theme park for his own evil purposes. Featuring a full cast, produced with sound effects and music by Joe Bevilacqua, this radio play has aired on radio stations and podcasts worldwide. BONUS: Includes episode one of Joe Bev’s Willoughby and the Professor. “Great parodies of old-time radio icons, classic moments with legendary comedians, and wonderful voice-acting, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour picks up where great radio comedy left off decades ago. Heck, it’s even produced in the Borscht Belt.”—Steve Karesh, Sirius-XM Satellite RadioShow more
A tribute to the golden age of radio from veteran producer Joe Bevilacqua and comic strip artist Donnie Pitchford, The 2nd New & Old Time Radio Collection is a series of new stories and parodies featuring beloved radio characters and shows. A Joe Bev Audio Theater Sampler, Volume 1 This half-hour anthology represents more than forty years of storytelling by Joe Bevilacqua, a.k.a Joe Bev, the award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director. Each half-hour is beautifully produced with original a cast of professional actors, sound effects, and music. Volume 1 includes numerous audio plays by Joe Bevilacqua, J. C. Del La Torre, Ralph Tyler, William Melillo, Alan Reed, Victor Gates, and many more! A Joe Bev Audio Theater Sampler, Volume 2 Another beautifully produced anthology by award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director Joe Bevilacqua. Volume 2 includes numerous audio plays by Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, Mitchell Pearson, Bob Martin, Pedro Pablo Sacristán, Alan Reed, and many more! The All New “Lum & Abner” Comic Strips Lum & Abner, the classic American network radio comedy show, was created by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff and aired from 1931 to 1954. Now for the first time since 1954, veteran radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua and comic strip artist Donnie Pitchford bring you one hundred new “Lum & Abner” audio comic strips!Show more
A Joe Bev Audio Theater Sampler, Volume 1 is an anthology representing more than forty years of storytelling by Joe Bevilacqua, a.k.a Joe Bev, the award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director. Each half-hour is beautifully produced with original a cast of professional actors, sound effects, and music. Volume 1 includes: • “The Mystery of the Creepy Hack Writer” by Joe Bevilacqua • “Arise from the Angry Seas” by J. C. Del La Torre • “Oedipus Noir” by Ralph Tyler • “The House of Wax” by Joe Bevilacqua • “Seven Letters of Love” by William Melillo • “The Silhouette Meets His Reflection” by Joe Bevilacqua • “On with the Show!” by Alan Reed • “Stench of the City” by Victor Gates • “The Bear” by by Anton Chekhov • “Trouble in Simuland” by Charlie Morrow • “Hermes” by J. C. Del La Torre • “Pedro’s Parodies” by Pedro Pablo SacristánShow more