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The Dork Forest

Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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jackiekashian.com Archive - Pre-September 2010 donate to the dorky effort
Aug 30, 2011

My guests are friends and love old timey comedy. TV’s Frank (Conniff) and Ben Schwartz are recorded LIVE in Meltdown Comics at the Nerdmelt Stage. Nick Thune brings it home with some stand up! 

 

Credits:

Recorded Live by Zac McKeever

Audio leveling by Patrick Brady

Music is by Mike Ruekberg.
Website design by
Vilmos: who has his OWN podcast.

 

The websites are www.jackiekashian.com and  www.dorkforest.com.

Apps are available for the iPhone,and Android. Review the show on iTunes and feel free to e me. Jackie@jackiekashian.com

 

App Bonus: Ben’s profile of comedy writer Jack Douglas for the WGA

 

Notes:

Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce – Book Frank has read

Broadway Danny Rose – Movie we’ve all seen

Phil Baker – respected comic no one remembers J

Jack Benny

Mary Tyler Moore Show – Netflix this

Jack Douglas

Andy Kindler

Jimmy Durante

Dick Van Dyke Show – Netflix this

Bill Persky

Sam Denoff

Garry Marshall

Jerry Belson

Buck Henry

Never Trust a Naked Busdriver

Larry Gelbart – I had heard of him!

Nichols and May

Paramount Comedy Shorts - This looks like a great collection

Fred Allen

WC Fields – if you don’t know him… please.

George S. Kaufman

SJ Perlman – funny quotes:)

Sherwood Schwartz – no one knew what Frank said. OR DID YOU?

Nat Perrin

Red Skelton

Marlo Thomas

Limberger Cheese – Ben’s article.

History of Limberger Cheese

The Crusher – Video!

Sincerely Yours

Some Came Running

The Church that Bob Hope’s Infidelity Built

William Bendix

Cinimatic Titanic

 

APP Bonus is PDF of great article that Ben wrote for the WGA Magazine. Not online. Exclusive!

10 Comments
  • five and a half years ago
    jackie
    see, I figured we could all find the Molinaro info :)
  • five and a half years ago
    Beautiful Mind
    No Al Molinaro link in the notes.
  • five and a half years ago
    JackieKashian
    you DID live blog it!!
  • five and a half years ago
    TM
    Nope, I'm wrong...Steve Allen was born Stephen Allen...
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    (Hey, I've written for THE PROGRESSIVE! Self-adv.)

    Fred Allen, upon receiving a fan letter congratulating him about his "son", Steve Allen, and how funny the latter was on his tv show: "Television really gets one thinking, eh?" (Close paraphrase. Fred Allen died before Woody Allen was much of a presence, was just establishing himself as a writing pro in '56...that Talented Allen Family, none really named Allen...)
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    Excellent show, Jackie...Frank Conniff as the new William Bendix...hmm...even TV's Frank on MST3K was a bit sharper than the comedic Bendix tended to be...(the thuggish Bendix in crime drama...not Too much like Conniff's persona, either. Ruth Conniff at the [Wisconsin-based] THE PROGRESSIVE magazine is the most famous other Conniff who comes to mind.)

    Sorry I'm on the wrong coast for the Meltdown shows...Thune fine, as well...
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    But, then, Bob Hope "breaking the fourth wall" was after the Marxes and others doing so, too...but Hope was once a very racy comedian, very sharp. And, then, Sinatra and the Rat Pack weren't so interested in your entertainment. As you've probably seen in making the note, SOME CAME RUNNING was based on a novel by James Jones, the same guy who wrote FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (the film of which helped turn Sinatra's career around, at a time he was seen as a burnt-out ex-teen idol).
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    I'll believe GG Allin did the defecation performance ahead of Karen Findlay, since the former was actually a slow-motion suicide ("fans" would attend his shows hoping he might off himself onstage).
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s by Gerald Nachman (not Nachtman)
  • five and a half years ago
    Todd Mason
    Lenny Bruce's own memoir, HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, makes at least a good counter-experience to Goldman, who is famous for looking for All The Dirt on people (to the exclusion of useful stuff).

    Jack Benny, Jack Benny...but about his long-term colleague and collaborator Fred Allen, nothing? (OK, later on...jeez, I'm "live"-blogging this!)(Similar approach to distributing the laughlines.) Bob Newhart's '70s show perhaps an even better version of what they're talking about than MTM's, though both MTM Productions.

    I almost studied writing with Jack Douglas...he was going to teach the grad seminar I was given permission to join at the University of Hawaii in 1983...but he wouldn't rewrite his syllabus, and was fired (No, he had to tap out for health reasons, I think)...sf/fantasy writer A. A. Attanasio filled in.

    Neil Simon has written plays about the writing room at YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS...

    No, you're right about TOOTSIE. I didn't like it at the time...rather like MRS. DOUBTFIRE.

    Did you ever read SERIOUSLY FUNNY, Gerald Nachtman's interviews with 1950s/60s "alternative" comedians? Mort Sahl through Joan Rivers...similar to, if much more In Depth than, SATIRISTAS...Jean Carroll, the pioneering female "modern" standup, died just a few years back...she preceded the Sahl/Bruce bunch by a few years...

    Cont'd on next rock!