Occasionally, you can go back home.

Boffo Yux Dudes & Friends Pt. 1 – ‘Elvis Says’

The first part of the BYD and Friends show, live from Syracuse University in 1989. Pat does ‘Elvis Says’ with the help of house band ‘Yosemite Quick’.

I grew up in Syracuse, NY and ended up going to Syracuse University for a TV Management and Psychology degree. In ’85 I headed out to New England for Radio and TV work, and ended up creating BYD with Pat and Scott. 4 years later, 2 of Scott’s friends at SU, Renee and Joyce, fresh from working on Null and Void at UUTV, asked us back to do a collaborative show at the Newhouse school – sort of a fun homecoming in between gigs and projects. We jumped at the chance to work with these folks. Bill and Mark made us laugh on a bunch of skits, and it also gave us a chance to do some of our radio bits for TV on a larger scale than the one camera bits for BENT!

One of the most searing memories of that week was the Ernie and Bert puppets. Pat put them on in the car on the way out, and I swear, they never left us the entire time we were there. Some of the more air-able parts of them made it on the behind the scenes doc, but the rest was just too rude for mass consumption. There’s something extremely funny and just plain wrong having the words we said come out of a puppet’s mouth. I guess when it’s not really ‘you’ saying the lines, then you’re free to be a wacked as you want to be. Freud would be having a field day with us, that’s for sure.

This section has Pat doing a version of his ‘Elvis Says’ routine, which came of much cleaner than the Rock 107 gig. Also playing with a house band was a novel thing for us. an all around great time had by all, and I ended up snagging all the footage and pasting together this show out of it with bumpers from behind the scenes shots and a day of filming around Newburyport, MA and Plum Island.

I’ll be adding the rest of the parts over the next few weeks. Enjoy.
It ended up being a road trip that kept on going even on the way back, thanks to a visit to Brad Lowry  working in the Berkshires on the ‘Back to the Future’ prototype ride – but I digress.

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One Response to “Occasionally, you can go back home.”

  1. horstschultz Says:

    My favorite Bert and Ernie moment was Pat (as Ernie) panicking because someone had figured out that he had been on the grassy knoll when Kennedy was shot. “Oh, no! Now you know, too, Bert! Now you have to be killed! I won’t do it, of course, but somebody’ll have to.”

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