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Atomic Platters

Tom Lehrer Interview

Stan Freberg Interview

Brother Theodore Interview

Walt Disney's UB Iwerks Interview

DAVID OSSMANof theFiresign Theater

Ward Kimball Interview

Dayton Allen Interview

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Highlights from the Crazy College Tv Show from 1975. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry...

Sites we like:

Act Three Broadway Theater ReviewsMr. Firstnighter tells you what to see on the Great White Way
Greenbreir Picture Show John McElwee’s daily bog on the early days of Hollywood Cinema
News From Me Mark Evinier's essential blog for listeners of Crazy College.

Paley Center for Media (Museum of Television and Radio) Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. So go.

Tv Worth Watching David Bianculli’s daily blog lives up to its name.

Cartoon Research Animation historian Jerry Beck curates this daily blog

Dedicated to all music odd, silly or forgotten, Crazy College has been hitting the airways since 1984. Hosted by Geo. Stewart, it's a fun way to look at the whole panoply of American social attitudes and what them change, sometime even evolving for the better. Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Allan Sherman, they all have a home here, as do Brother Theodore, Bob & Ray, Raymond Scott and more.
"Never underestimate the potency of cheap music."

- Amanda Prynne, Private Lives



Sunday, August 20, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Good or bad, he was an auteur; a Jerry Lewis Film was a Jerry Lewis film. Only he could have made “The Nutty Professor,” poring all his self-loathing into it while still finding room to take on the love-hate relationship with his suave older brother, Dean Martin. When he died at his Las Vegas home yesterday, the polarizing comic left a legacy that included such technical innovations as video assists, which let the director immediate see what the camera saw without having to wait. Movies were better for it – and not just his.

He also commanded a rare measure of creative control, retaining the rights to many of his films, making his films just the way he wanted and making them cheap enough so that everyone made money. This didn’t hold true in other business ventures, like his chain of Jerry Lewis Theaters, push-button movie houses that showed only 16mm prints of “family-friendly” films. (The one in Newark quickly went bust, it first became a porno, then a Blockbuster. When it was finally torn down the bank sowed the lot with salt. But I digress…)

His film career began when Paramount Pictures producer Hal Wallis saw Martin and Lewis as a potential replacement for the aging Hope and Crosby team. Their anarchic style perfectly reflected the post war nihilism brought back by soldiers who had face instant death day after day. Until their break ups in 1956 they ground out a string of top grossing films while still finding time for tv, radio and recordings. (Lewis’ did some of his best work in a series of novelty records for Capital, only ruined when he decided to sing serious, like an over-blown Jolson.)

On his own he became a triple threat man writing, producing and directing such top grossers as “The Ladies Man,” “The Errand Boy,” and “The Nutty Professor.” Only his attempt at a live variety show on ABC in 1963 failed¬- and failed big, created one of the great tv disasters of all time, lasting a scant 13 weeks before he pulled the plug.

In the 1970s his directing career slowed down as he began to buy into the critical accolades from foreign film critics. Soon he signed on to appear in other director’s works, most notably Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” and the criminally neglected 1995 Peter Chelsom’s film “Funny Bones.” Such efforts helped rehabilitate his reputation in America, but never matched the way he was lionized in France where he received a Legion of Honor award in 1983. But even they couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for his last film, the lachrymose, “Max Rose” when it was screened at their Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Hokey Smokes! June Foray died today…

Thursday, July 27, 2017: June Foray, the voice of everybody’s favorite flying squirrel and everybody’s favorite Commie spy Natasha Fatale, died early today at the age of 99. It was amazing how such a big talent could be contained in such a tiny woman. Standing next to her I would tower over her.

Many felt sad as their childhood closed another door.

Foray was heard everywhere. She was Witch Hazel, Nell Fenwick, Dudley Do-Right’s gal,” Granny in the “Tweedy and Sylvester” cartoons and every little girl in nearly every cartoon. She also was the voice of a talking doll on the Twilight Zone.

They say she was born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Massachusetts started working in radio at the age of 12. Over the years she performed tirelessly, but rarely in front of the camera, from “Lux Radio Theater” to “The Jimmy Durante Show.” She was heard on Steve Allen’s morning radio show, “Smile Time.” In the 1950s she, Peter Leeds and Daws Butler became part of Stan Freberg stock company for such classic comedy recordings as “St. George and the Dragonet,” “Little Blue Riding Hood and CBS radio’s “The Stan Freberg Show.” Then there was all her work with Jay Ward…

I interviewed her many times over the years and met her in person at the Museum of Broadcasting for a special night saluting Rocky and Bullwinkle where she elicited my help in a plan to ditch Mae Questel and go explore the city on our own (“I love Mae dearly,” she whispered. “But she can be a little stuffy.”) Unfortunately, we got shanghaied into a cocktail party, which was fun – but not as fun as running amuck in New York with June would have been.

I’ll play a lot of tunes featuring June after the interview with Ron Donte of The Detergents this Sunday.

June would have been 100th this September.


Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival 

Right over the bridge near Cowtown in Woodstown, New Jersey is The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, over Labor Day Weekend. It's always a great time, a great vib, a great setting, great food and, oh, yeah, REALLY great music. Impeccable sound and great sight lines make it fun for everyone.

It starts Friday with Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, April Verch Band, Gibson Brothers and Asleep at the Wheel. Saturday brings The Becky Buller Band, Danny Paisley, Charm City Junction, Tuba Skinny, The Grascals,The Del McCoury Band. Sunday’s line up: ​​Tuesday Mountain Boys, ​​Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Big Country Bluegrass, Foghorn Stringband, Blue Highway and lastly, Flatt Lonesome. Then summer is officially over.

Chris White heard me talk about my chemistry set on the air one day a while back and surprised me a few weeks later with an original copy of the Experiment Book that came with the set. There were two schools when it came to Chem Sets: you were either a Gilbert person or a Perfect boy, I the latter. At its peak, my lab had nearly a hundred bottles of chemicals, bought at

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August 27

"The Stan Freberg Show"

This week, something special as we salute radio's the premier satirist of the nineteen fifties, Stan Freberg, by airing two episodes of his 1957 radio show. In the 50s he had a string of hits including "John And Marsha", "The Banana Boat Song", "The Yellow Rose of Texas". All of which lead CBS to give him Jack Benny's old radio time slot on summer. It didn't last. We'll tell you why – you'll hear why – and it was a shame that it didn't.

September 3

"NEW TIME! 7:00 PM

"Loves Labor Day, Lost

We remember the working man. Which is more than we can say for the president.

September 10, 2017 Now at 7 PM

Jean Shepherd Remembered"

This week we recall Jean Shepherd, the last of the great American humorists. Most know him from the film “A Christmas Story, but he pioneer the radio talk format, telling his long, rambling shaggy dog stories nightly on WOR in New York City for well over twenty years.

Another great Christmas gift, again from mom, back in the early 1970s. The copyright reads "1922-1924 King Features"

Frequent Crazy College guest Chris White's model of the Invisible Man
And below is a curio that Chris White made for the annual Blobfest held in Phoenixville,PA. It's really a bar of soap, which is what you would be if the Blob got ya.

This is the limited edition Crazy College T Shirt from 1989.

>The people who put together My Book House did a multi-volume set on the history of the world – just like Will and Ariel Durant, but for kids and with better illustrations. This is the cover of Volume One.


From the "Mr. Wizard's Worst Nightmare" Dept:

My best Christmas gift ever. There was a rivalry between those who had Gilbert Chemistry Sets and those of us that had Porter. What I wouldn't give to find a copy of the old lab manual of instructions....

To me a house without squeaky floors can never be a home.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Soupy Sales with eager student:

More News You Can Loose...Check out the interview section for insightful conversations with satirists Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, comedian Dayton Allen, Disney animator and founder of The Firehouse Five plus Two, Ward Kimball, and satanic madmad (he was really a nice guy) Brother Theodore and more!.

From the G. Stewart/C. Healy Archives: A 7 year old Andrew Warhola does his first silk screen: "36 Wax Coke Bottles."

Hey, all you big time public radio stations!

You can get a free Crazy College Special on SPIKE JONES and/or a National edition of Crazy College featuring DAVID OSSMAN of FIRESIGN THEATER or our Silly Seasonal Christmas Songs Fest: merry music from the likes of Stan Freberg, Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, and the like. Or the Halloween Special...Or get the Stan Freberg Special featuring interviews with June Foray, Daws Butler, Peter Leeds, Dr. Demento and Stan the man himself. Plus lots of musical tracks from Stan! Available to any and all by contacting Crazy College. You can run it anytime you want as often as you want until the end of time or the end of the next millennium, whichever comes first! Perfect fun come fund raising time. No salesmen will call. Act now! No unpleasant bending; no visible panty lines. email at or call [302] 994 - 7571 for details. Get any or all: The Spike Jones Special, The Firesign Theater special, the Tom Lehrer special, the Stan Freberg AND The Halloween and Christmas Specials for the incredibly low price of ABSOLUTLY FREE! You can't get a better deal ANYWHERE!! As seen on television! Not available in stores!!!

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