Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Episode 39: Why A Nobile? (Featuring Nick Santa Maria)


Official description: "This month, we take a deep dive into Richard J. Anobile’s controversial work from 1973, The Marx Bros. Scrapbook.

"Joining us is performer/writer/director Nick Santa Maria, who (like Bob) got the book when it first came out, has some deep insight, and (like Groucho) eye-opening opinions. 

"We examine Groucho’s shocking and explicit comments, his mindset, and  inconsistent cooperation. We discuss the Scrapbook’s other interviews, which are almost as provocative as Groucho’s…and often more informative. Later, we delve into the firestorm of controversy which greeted the book upon publication. We pay sincere tribute to Anobile, for his persistence and thick skin, and we lament Zeppo, who comes across as the sourest (and unfunniest) person on Earth.

"NOTE: The Marx Bros. Scrapbook contains very explicit language, and we oft-times quote or paraphrase passages, so be aware that this episode is not for sensitive listeners."

Groucho photo courtesy of Richard J. Anobile.

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12 comments:

  1. Another wonderful podcast. Groucho Marx (The Comedian) was and is my biggest comedy hero, and has been since I was in 7th Grade. Groucho Marx (the guy known as Julius Marx) was a flawed man, as we all are. Such is life.

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  2. Great stuff, another fantastic episode!

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  3. OK - I've ben trying to download this podcast for over 24 hours. Usually the "direct download" feature is active from the moment the podcast is posted, but I am still getting a notice that it cannot be downloaded. Why?

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    1. Sorry about that, Jerry -- I think it was a typo in the URL. Try again and it should work.

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    2. Random observation: in listening again to the podcasts (indeed, I have no life), I noticed that Erin in the Jay H. interview explained that houseguests were required to participate in Peasie Weasie. She specifically noted Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bob Dylan. THIS is the non-existing video I would most like to see. I attended virtually the Dylan at 80 festival from the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK. Peasie Weasie was not mentioned. I assume this oversight will be corrected in the future.

      Thanks, guys. The casts hold up well a second time.

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  4. I've listened to all of the episodes but this was by far the best of the series so far. I enjoyed all of the commentary both pro and con and it encouraged me to pull the book off my shelf again.

    My first copy of Scrapbook was the mass market paperback. I was attracted by the $15 million banner in the lower right. Of course the $2.50 cover price also fit into my college budget in the 70s.

    Your story about the foul language and how it affected a youngster reminded me of a family story. My cousin grew up in a very religious household. At the age of 12 he asked his Mom to buy him George Carlin's "FM and AM" for Christmas. He got it and immediately put in on the turntable. The first line on the first side was "I was fired from the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas for saying shit where the biggest game they have is craps." My aunt walked to the turntable, removed the LP and broke it over her knee. If he had received Scrapbook my aunt would have probably performed arson.

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  5. For whatever reason, the podcast isn't listed under your YouTube channel, even though I can go via the link given on this page. However, I can't even get to it on YouTube via their search engine either. Don't know if this is just an issue I'm having or not. Under uploads, it shows the promo for Nothing Like Liberty as the most recently uploaded.

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    1. My bad, I originally published it as "unlisted" and forgot to change it...taken care of now.

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    2. Thank you, Bob! I had no problem in getting to the episode yesterday and enjoyed it thoroughly! Thank you again!

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  6. Just marvelous. Enlightening...and about a book I read when it first came out! I especially enjoyed - among many enjoyments - Nick's assessment of Chico near the close. Nick is well-considered when he speaks, as is, as we know, the other "bums". ;) Loved it.

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  7. I think Groucho was quite the intellectual and wanted to be known as such. That may have made him sarcastic with comedy to try and separate himself to some extent with comedy by being "brutal" in a way that highlights his intelligence. This is a way to protect oneself as well. If you're your own critic beforehand, others' criticism will be cut off before spoken.

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  8. Lovely podcast -- thank you very much! Just a quick fact check -- I have lots of Anobile books on my bookshelf, including the Alien one. It was a real thing. It happened. Not as interesting as the Scrapbook, though, but some great photos ...

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Episode 39: Why A Nobile? (Featuring Nick Santa Maria)

Official description: "This month, we take a deep dive into Richard J. Anobile’s controversial work from 1973, The Marx Bros. Scrapbook...