AL FRANKEN AND BOB EDWARDS
ON “THE COMEDY-O-RAMA ELECTION SPECIAL”

ON XM SATILLITE RADIO’S SONIC THEATER CHANNEL 163
AND PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY

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September 21, 2004, Napanoch, NY – Spend this Election Day… LAUGHING when satirist and radio talk show host AL FRANKEN and veteran public radio host BOB EDWARDS portray themselves on “THE COMEDY-O-RAMA ELECTION SPECIAL”. The two-hour special begins with HOMELAND SECURITY COMES TO CAMP WATERLOGG”, which producer JOE BEVILACQUA calls “hybrid radio” (equals parts radio theater, satirical sketch comedy, improvisation and interview), and concludes with a set of DAWS BUTLER stories. The special airs multiple times beginning November 2, on XM SATELLITE RADIO’S SONIC THEATER CHANNEL 163, AND ON PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY.


“We’re trying to have a little fun, something for which today’s radio is not exactly known,” explains Bevilacqua, who was a protégé of Daws Butler (the voice of Yogi Bear), provides many of the voices on the series, and has been writing, producing and performing radio comedy since 1979. He likens his work to the modern equivalent of Fred Allen, Jack Benny and Fibber McGee and Molly. “In 1930s and ‘40s, these show weren’t just funny. They created entire imaginary worlds that tickled the imagination,” notes Bevilacqua.


Radio listeners will spend the first hour with Ranger Joe and Ranger Lorie at their dilapidated Catskills kids camp, “Camp Waterlogg,” located in the bucolic woods of Napanoch, New York. While Ranger Joe is off talking with Al Franken, Ranger Lorie must contend with a wacky cabal of nutcases (mostly played by Bevilacqua), the day before the Presidential Election. Meanwhile, Bob Edwards reports on the events occurring at the fictional camp. (This is the second “Camp Waterlogg” story; the first was a Fourth of July special. More are planned.) On Election Day only, a second hour will the best of “What the Butler Wrote: Scenes from the Daws Butler Workshop”.
Bob Edwards says he is thrilled to be on Election Day special and reminds listeners that it is their “patriotic duty to laugh!” When introducing his own new talk show (which premieres October 4, on the XM Public Radio Channel 133), Edwards beamed, "XM is the most exciting thing happening in radio. I think XM is reviving and reinventing radio. It's something entirely new, and at the same time it brings radio back to its past glory.”


In addition to Franken and Edwards, the special will feature some of the best new political humor in the country, from The New Liquid Comedy improv group (featuring Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Cousin Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly, and Tom Giannazzo), musical satirists JibJab.com, writer-actor Sharon Greene of The Neo-Futurists theater troupe, radio theater producer Jeff Ward, actor-impressionist Matt Hurwitz, singer-songwriter Hugh Blumenfeld, and others. Plus, there’ll be a look at political satire of the past with a rare 1956 Stan Freberg-Daws Butler sketch that eerily predicts television's future impact on political conventions.


The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is a weekly audio magazine of humor and stories about humor, written, produced and hosted by veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua. The show includes original sketch comedy, radio theater, satire, parodies, monologues, storytelling, standup comedy, songs, mini-documentaries and interviews, and airs five times a week on XM Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel 163, as well as public radio stations around the country. The special will also be made available streamed on the web at: www.comedyorama.com.


"The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is one of the most unique and original productions out there these days. With Joe's talent for different voices, I never know what's coming next, or what it will sound like. Another thing that makes these shows stand out is that it is quite obvious to the listener that Joe and his cast are having fun making these shows, and that makes them fun to listen to as well." - Steve Karesh, Program Director, XM Satellite Radio Sonic Theater Channel, 163.
(For more information about XM Satellite Radio, go to www.xmradio.com.)


Al Franken appears courtesy of Air America Radio. THE AL FRANKEN SHOW airs weekdays from noon to 3 pm Eastern time, on XM Satellite Radio’s America Left Channel 167.
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“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA ELECTION SPECIAL:
HOMELAND SECURITY COMES TO CAMP WATERLOGG”
Produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua
Written by THE NEW LIQUID COMEDY: Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly, and Tom Giannnazzo.
Radio listeners will spend the first hour with Ranger Joe and Ranger Lorie at their dilapidated Catskills kids camp, “Camp Waterlogg,” located in the bucolic woods of Napanoch, New York. While Ranger Joe is off talking with Al Franken, Ranger Lorie must contend with a wacky cabal of nutcases (mostly played by Bevilacqua), the day before the Presidential Election. Meanwhile, Bob Edwards reports on the events occurring at the fictional camp. (This is the second “Camp Waterlogg” story; the first was a Fourth of July special. More are planned.) On Election Day only, a second hour will feature two installments of “What the Butler Wrote: Scenes from the Daws Butler Workshop”.
CAST:

Joe Bevilacqua:
Ranger Joe, show announcer, Virginia Kellogg, Woof Blizzard, Ralph Backwards, Walter Cockeyed, Steven the Security Guard, Ellis the Boat Keeper, Junior Ranger Rich, Sergeant Lefty, commercial announcer, Haurel and Lardy, Ted “Yogi Bear” Smith, Willoughby, the Professor, protesters, various chipmunks

Lorie Kellogg: Ranger Lorie, Olive Pitts, The Baby of the Woods, Squeeky, Mrs. Terwilliger, commercial announcer, the official voice of U.S. Terror Alerts, Bush ad spokesperson, protesters, various chipmunks
Kenny Savoy: Stinky
Jim Folly: Ronald Drysdale, Department of Homeland Security
Tom Giannazzo: Tom Ridge, Department of Homeland Security
Matt Hurtwitz: Dan Rathernot, Tom Brokitall
Al Franken: himself
Bob Edwards: himself
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THE BEST OF “WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP”
WRITTEN BY DAWS BUTLER
CAST:
DAWS BUTLER, STAN FREBERG, DON MESSICK, DOUG YOUNG, NANCY CARTWRIGHT, COREY BURTON, JUNE FORAY, AND JOE BEVILACQUA

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XM SONIC THEATER CHANNEL 163
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING “COMEDY-O-RAMA” SHOWS
PRODUCED BY JOE BEVILACQUA
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
1) THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, EPISODE SEVEN: "TALES FROM THE VIENNA WARDS"; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE ONE: "MORE POETRY THAN TRUTH: A DELICIOUS FICTION"
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 5:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 8:00 PM, 8:00 PM

“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
1) THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, EPISODE EIGHT: "HIS SECOND TO LAST BOW"; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE TWO: "THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A POET"
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8:00 PM, 8:00 PM
“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
1) THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, EPISODE NINE: "REVENGE OF THE BEEKEEPER"; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE THREE: "UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE: THE TARDY WEDDING GUEST"
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:00 AM, 8:00 PM

“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
1) THE WHITHERING OF WILLOUGHBY AND THE PROFESSOR, EPISODE ONE: "I'LL TEACH YOU!" OR "A BOX OF NOTHING"; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE FOUR: "ALL THAT JAZZ" (BLOOPER’S SOAP)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 8:00 AM, 8:00 PM
“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
THE WHITHERING OF WILLOUGHBY AND THE PROFESSOR, EPISODE TWO: "HOLY SMOKE!" OR "THE RED-SUITED MAN"; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE FIVE: "THE AD GAME"
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 8:00 AM, 8:00 PM

“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM., 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 8:00 AM, 8:00 PM
“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA ELECTION SPECIAL”
AND
THE BEST OF “WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP”
“ELECTION DAY” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 6:00 TO 8:00 AM,
2:00 TO 4:00 PM, 10:00 PM TO MIDNIGHT
“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA ELECTION SPECIAL”
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7:00 - 8:00 am; 7:00 - 8:00 pm

“THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR”
1) THE WHITHERING OF WILLOUGHBY AND THE PROFESSOR, EPISODE THREE: "MORE EDIBLE THAN DURABLE" OR "YOU SMASHED MY MONKEY!”; 2) WHAT THE BUTLER WROTE: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP, EPISODE SIX: "QUICK DRAW MCGRAW AND THE TREASURE OF SARAH'S MATTRESS"
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 5:00 – 6:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 9:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8:00 AM, 8:00 PM

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JOE BEVILACQUA BIO

Joe Bevilacqua first wrote Daws Butler (the voice of Yogi Bear) when he was 16 years old in 1975. Soon after, Daws appointed himself Joe's personal mentor and thus began a whirlwind 13-year apprenticeship. Bevilacqua has gone on to become is a veteran award-winning voice actor, radio producer, dramatist, humorist and documentarian.


His credits include such documentaries as From Moonshine to Armadillos: the Birth of the Austin Music Scene (2003), One Song at a Time: Tales from the Kerrville Folk Festival (2000) and We Take You Now to Grover's Mill: The 50th Anniversary of the War of the Worlds Broadcast (1988). His documentary Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady (2001) was heard in nearly 200 public radio stations and was a finalist for best documentary at the 2001 New York Festivals competition.


He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, and, in 2004, was awarded a Silver Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for his personal essay A Guy Named Joe Bevilacqua.
Bevilacqua has written and produced hundreds of radio plays, including the popular comedy series, The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (which he co-wrote with Daws Butler) and his pet project--The Whithering of Willoughby and the Professor, 18 surrealistic half-hours in which he performs all the characters himself.
He currently hosts, writes, and produces a weekly program, The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, for XM Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel (163), which includes a regular segment called "Scenes from the Daws Butler Workshop."

Along with Ben Ohmart, he co-edited a book of Daws Butler scripts entitled Scenes for Actors and Voices in 2003 and in 2004 co-wrote the authorized biography: Daws Butler: Characters Actor.


Bevilacqua and his wife, Lorie Kellogg, recently renovating their cabin in the woods of Napanoch, NY, to look like a Jellystone Park Ranger's Station, where they live with their three dogs, George, Gracie and Zasu, and their two cats, Ignatz Mouse and Krazy Kat. Their unusual home is the inspiration for Bevilacqua’s latest radio comedy creation: “Camp Waterlogg,” about a dilapidated Catskills kid’s camp populated by a cabal of crazy characters. The new series, which airs on XM Satellite Radio’s Sonic Theater Channel 163, marks the on-air reunion of members of the “Liquid Comedy” Improv troupe: Bevilacqua, Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly, and Tom Giannazzo, who have not worked together since 1979.

FOR MORE INFORMATION WRITE: Joe Bevilacqua - P.O. BOX 374 - Napanoch, NY 12458

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