Posts Tagged ‘syracuse’

I’m Drawing a Blank here…

May 24, 2010

Quick - Everyone sing off key!

Getting a hoodie autographed for Abby with The Blanks

Caught the boys and their acapella show on Friday. Fun time.

Hadn’t seen George in 25 years, but did see Sam and Paul a few years ago at their Butties concert.  I’m hoping to shoot The Butties 2010 concert (27 years of continuous annual concerts!) in VT this July. More after the break. (more…)

The lost Elvis skit shows up!

November 8, 2009

The only time we did this skit in front of a live audience was during the BYD & Friends show in Syracuse – it was on Dr. Demento, and an audio tape, but for some reason never made it on any of the compilations or BENT! episodes. Pat still does a killer Elvis.

I think we did actually almost run out of ‘nanas for this segment. The King really likes his finger-shaped fruits. The fact he used a minor chord for ‘one ripe nana’ in his song showed how deep love for the food truly was.


5 Minute Movie Classic – The Eyebrows of Orrin Foster

November 8, 2009

You gotta love those old Sci-Fi movies. they used to have a great Saturday Afternoon series on Channel 3 in Syracuse when I was a kid. The kind where the sports guy plays Dracula, but you only see his hand, and ‘Igor’ is the weather guy with a basketball under his smock. Have someone hit a sheet of metal while turning the lighting on and off, and you have a scary host intro to your movie!

I liked Mark and Bill’s version of this parody – lots of intentional continuity errors, cheap effects, and hammy acting. It was used as one of the segments for the BYD and Friends show, with Stephanie, Tom and I believe Jeremy Bill’s brother John helping out in the acting. I know I couldn’t have kept a straight face when Steph went ‘Gasp!’. Enjoy.

My favorite skit I was never involved with…

November 7, 2009

Boffo Yux Dudes & Friends Pt. 2 – ‘Tommy G Used Cars’ and ‘Morris Weiderman Day’

I remember picking Mark Haskins up late one night and driving him somewhere –

I think it was NH to write a skit or go to the studio – and having a ball doing my impression of Pat doing a Tennessee and Chumley skit. Not because I knew the bit was funny, but because I had him in conniptions in the passenger seat, and I had to pause every few sentences so he could catch his breath.

Mark knows funny, and has a great laugh – and it felt good knowing if my lame impression of  Pat had this reaction, the finished version would probably send him into intensive care.

Mark wrote the 2nd skit in this video ‘ Morris Weiderman Day’.  I loved the way this one built up – you have no clue where it’s going, but you knew is was going to be a classic. I’d say it’s SNL material, but it didn’t have their ‘voice’ – SNL couldn’t pull this off. It’s more a Jackie Gleason style that’s (more…)

Occasionally, you can go back home.

November 5, 2009

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, (more…)

Ozzy, Purely Coincidental, and the stuck reel to reel…

January 1, 2009
Ozzy & Kermit on Tour

Ozzy practicing his chokehold before getting to us...

Back in 1982, I was a part of a radio troupe called Purely Coincidental. We had a twice weekly spot in morning drive we pre-taped at WAER-FM – usually a bunch of small segments or a multipart comedy script. But a recent trip to Syracuse reminded me of a story of when Ozzy Osborne was supposed to call the station, and we were kicked out of the studios.  (more…)

When I get old and losing my hair….

July 3, 2008

The Butties in Concert, 2007 – Manchester, VT


If you’re going to be in the Manchester/Loundonderry VT area next weekend (July 11-12, 2008), it’d be worth your time to catch the 25th anniversary concert tour by The Butties , the BYD favorite Beatles Tribute ensemble.


They’re playing an outside free concert Friday evening in Manchester, VT, and the 5 hour Beatles lovefest on Saturday at Magic Mountain.


Also I saw on the illustrious internet, that Sam’s band from Scrubs, ‘The Blanks’, has a New England Gig planned at Mohegan Sun on August 17th. More info here. I always thought they should do an acapella cover of ‘Spider Man’ to the tune of ‘Stray Cats Strut’, but then again, I like cheese. Go figure.

Here’s a link to one of their Scrubs appearances.