Thursday, December 24, 2020

Episode 30: K&R vs K&R

The thirtieth episode of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast is also our final episode of the year 2020. This has been a singular year, to say the least, but through it all we've stubbornly persisted in keeping the Marxian conversation going. Thanks to our guests, and especially our listeners, the podcast has been one of the life rafts keeping us going through tough times. We hope it's served the same purpose for you, in some small way, and while we all hope that 2021 is better, we promise that The Marx Brothers Council Podcast will be there no matter what. Now on with this month's show.

Official description: "A holiday extravaganza because we say it is!

"Actor/writer Nick Santa Maria returns for an examination of the Marxes’ two principal writing teams, George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind, and Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. We compare their styles and strengths, and go off on numerous unrelated tangents. But first, we detour to Kalmar & Ruby’s original vision for the finale of A Night at the Opera, featuring another performance by The Not Ready For Online Players...augmented by Kathy Biehl and Pete Lutz.

"Name-checked in this episode: Parkyakarkus, Carroll O’Connor (twice), Paul Harvey

"WARNING: Due to Matthew’s overly-festive mood, this episode contains a moment of adult language."

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  1. Yay! Can't wait to listen. (and I've always wanted to be the first to comment, so there's that, too!)

  2. I Love these podcast and i'm a big marx bros van. Keep up the good work. I'm learning a lot thanks.


  3. Percy Hammond and Orson Welles' production of "Voodoo Macbeth":

    "One reviewer, Percy Hammond of the Herald Tribune, was negative about the entire cast, accusing the actors of being inaudible and timid. In response, one of the African drummers created a voodoo doll of Hammond, stuck pins in it, and encouraged Welles to take responsibility for any torments Hammond suffered as a result. Welles says he found this amusing, until Hammond died shortly afterward."

  4. So, desperate for more Bros. Marx, I found another Bros. podcast...from Canada. Tuned into the segment on "Night at the Opera" and listened while the podcaster spent 20 minutes talking about Zeppo's career (!) and detailing each of the unsold scripts that Zeppo wrote. Then I turned it off. I'll never stray from the Council again (and by the way, this was one of your best episodes)!


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