WILLOUGHBY AND THE PROFESSOR

 

This 12-part absurdist radio cartoon series was originally broadcast as part of "Evening Muse with David Garland" on WNYC in New York and distributed nationally as part of the series "Usually Whimsical."

Produced, directed and entirely voiced by
Joe Bevilacqua (protégé of cartoon voice legend Daws Butler), the series features literate scripts written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert Cirasa.

Listeners follow the exploits of the pertanacious Professor and his perky partner as they pucker around the globe and across various world-line dimensions, trying to "cure the world of all its ills" while only succeeding in making the world worse and worse.

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Joe Bevilacqua producing "Willoughby and the Professor" in WNYC's studios in New York (1992)
Joe Bevilacqua producing
"Willoughby and the Professor"
in WNYC's studios in New York (1992)



Willoughby and the Professor - Episode One

 "I'll Teach You !"
... or...
"A Box of Nothing"


©1990 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Willoughby and the Professor begin their grand experiment to "cure the world of all its ills" (much to the dismay of their landlady, Ms. Witchway) by gathering up some 13,000 roaches in a huge box and attempting to use their "Space Puckering Device" to jettison the insects to parts uncertain, but instead our heroes are, themselves, puckered away, but to where?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Two

"Holy Smoke"
... or...
"The Red-suited Man"


©1990 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Our heroes (and their box) land in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. Stranded and weak, they are visited by a "by-the-book" Army tank commander, an angry Bedouin on a biting camel, and a strangely evil-minded Santa Claus. But will anyone rescue them?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Three


"More Edible Than Durable"
... or...
"You Smash My Monkey !"


©1990 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Willoughby and the Professor jettison into the heart of a Brazilian Rain forest where they meet Dr. Cheshire Del Gatto, a rather senile explorer living alone in a tree house for 30 years. But will our heroes escape before the local farmers set the Rain forest ablaze?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Four

"Oh Boy,
She Looks Great !"
... or...
"Which Witchway is Which ?"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Willoughby and the Professor land home, only it's forty years in the past when Ms. Witchway was a much younger and quite beautiful Madam. In their attempt to "pucker" themselves forward in time, they only succeed in jettisoning "old" Ms. Witchway back in time. What will happen when the two Witchways meet?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Five

"Your Separate
World Lines"
... or...
"I'm Big and You're Small"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
When the two Witchways meet it sets off a chain of events which change the course of history, leaving our heroes in an altered state -- Willoughby becomes incredibly large, the Professor absurdly miniature -- and in a new world line dimension in time and space. But where?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Six

"Now it's Time to Sing!"
... or...
"Unwanted-noises-in-the-air"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
The new world in which our heroes find themselves is "The Land of Solitude and Singing," where they are forced to sing their thoughts by a dictatorial half-Native American, half-Norse Shaman named Dances-with-Sven-Erikson. This special musical episode features five original songs by Bevilacqua and Cirasa, and musical accompaniment by the Paul Salomone Jazz Trio.

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Seven

"I Like This Box"
... or...
"Oh, Victim Man"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Dances-with-Sven Erikson, having just been accidentally jettisoned out of "The Land of Solitude and Singing," lands in a city park of homeless hordes. There he meets a melancholy poet, Bysshe, his wife (Ms. Witchway in a different world line) and their baby (a devilish Incubus). But where are Willoughby and the Professor?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Eight

"Oh Dalai"
... or...
"Life is Duhkka"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Ms. Witchway, her baby, and an idiot hobo are jettisoned out of the homeless park and land in the "Temple of the Cold and Holy Mountain," high in the Himalayas, where they are instructed by a low-level Lama, who mistakes the preternatural baby for the new Dalai Lama. Enter Willoughby and the Professor with the mountain guide, Himalayas Hinchcliffe. But why?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Nine

"The Traveling Extravaganza"
... or...
"His Name is Bub"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Willoughby, the Professor, the baby find themselves in the steppes of Russia, held captive by Himalayas Hinchcliffe, and forced to perform as carnival sideshow freaks. Can Ms. Witchway (in her 4th incarnation) save them?

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Ten

"More Dogs for Me?"
... or...
"Knock-a-knock-a-knuckles"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Back in the safety of Ms. Witchway's "Boarding House for Lab and Lodgings," but still trapped in another dimension, the Professor's new experiment with dogs is interrupted by a strange holiday only celebrated in this new world line. "With cap and bells and feastly smells," the Professor, Willoughby, his dog Bones, Ms. Witchway, her long lost husband, Bysshe, their baby (now known as Bub,) Mrs. Malochia the neighbor, lot's of visitors -- all celebrate that beloved holiday: "Who's at the Door Day!"

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Eleven

"You're a Messiah !"
... or...
"Buboes in the Lymph-nodes"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
When the Professor finally succeeds in "curing the world of all its ills" the world gathers at his front stoop to elect him "Global Messiah" in the strangest political campaign ever and to watch him cure the last afflicted man on the face of the earth: Willoughby! Unfortunately things go terribly awry, leaving the world more sickly and devastated than ever before. This second musical episode in the series features original songs by Joe Bevilacqua, and musical accompaniment by the Paul Salomone Jazz Trio.

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with special guest narrator: David Garland.

Willoughby and the Professor - Episode Twelve

"A Box in the Dark"
... or...
"Dead Men Do Not Groan"


©1991 Robert Cirasa and Joe Bevilacqua,
Cherry-Water Associates.
Willoughby and the Professor travel by ox-cart, surveying the devastating effects of their failed experiment. After discovering the earth is spinning backwards and "faster-and-faster," the Professor decides they must "pucker" home to their original world line so that they can begin anew and correct the mistakes they've made.

Original songs by Joe Bevilacqua, and musical accompaniment by the Paul Salomone Jazz Trio.

Written by Joe Bevilacqua and Robert J. Cirasa; Produced, Directed, and Voiced by Joe Bevilacqua.


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By Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, Robert J. Cirasa
Voiced by Vernon Morris, Henry J. Quinn, Jan Meredith , Ed Hyland, Terry Price, Gwendolyn Lewis, B. H. Barry

Length: 4 hours
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The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume One of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua, written by Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, and Robert J. Cirasa. Comedy and mystery are happy bedfellows in The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. Veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua's 10-part radio theater series pays humorous homage to the classic characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are filled with sly references to the original "canon", as it is called. Even the Baker Street Irregulars and other Holmesian groups and scholars have enjoyed this about the series. The fine cast of British and American actors includes Sherlock Holmes: Vernon Morris; Dr. John H. Watson, M.D.: Henry J. Quinn; Ms. Hudson: Jan Meredith; Professor Moriarty: Ed Hyland; Irene Adler: Terry Price; Mary Morstan: Gwendolyn Lewis; Tavis Mac Millian: B.H. Barry; Arthur Conan Doyle, William Gillette, Bert Stover ,and roles: Joe Bevilacqua.

Titles include: Episode One: "The Mystery of the Creepy Hack Writer"; Episode Two: "My Dinner at Baker Street"; Episode Three: "Sherlock Holmes in Trouble"; Episode Four: "A Study in Lavender"; Episode Five: "The Death of Mr. Sherlock Holmes"; Episode Six: "The Giant Rat of Sumatra"; Episode Seven: "Tales from the Vienna Wards"; Episode Eight: "His Second to Last Bow"; Episode Nine: "Revenge of the Beekeeper"; Episode Ten: "Holmes' Creepy Christmas".