Friday, January 29, 2021

Episode 31: Our BRAIN DONORS Special


Our first episode of 2021 is our best episode of the year thus far! In addition to your faithful co-hosts, it features a couple of genuine comedy legends, and a discussion of the film the Marx Brothers would have made if they had made this film.

Official description: "Imagine a Marx Brothers-like film in 1992, now imagine a really good Marx Brothers-like film in 1992…well, imagine no more because such a film actually exists, Brain Donors. Created by the team behind Airplane! and The Naked Gun films, Brain Donors achieved everything it set out to do…except finding an audience. 

"To explain why, and a whole lot more, we are joined by producer David Zucker and screenwriter Pat Proft, both life-long Marx fans. They detail the making of the film, including the casting of John Turturro as the Groucho-inspired lead. David and Pat also discuss the positive feedback Brain Donors received from the studio, until Hollywood politics reared its head and derailed what could have been a series of faux-Marx films. 

"Surely, one of our most requested topics… 

"Name-checked in this episode: Jason Alexander, Bob Costas, Senator Joseph McCarthy."

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Footnotes:

Episode 37: Raised Questions (featuring Steve Stoliar)

Last year, we had the honor of sharing, for the first time ever, Jay Hopkins' 1979 interview with the multitalented  Steve Stoliar , aut...