Sunday, October 26, 2008

For Your Late 70s TV Halloween Viewing Pleasure

Check out Classic TV Showbiz for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys meet Dracula with guest Paul Williams ...

or "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"

or Donny and Marie doing "Spooky" ...

this is finally on DVD for real, so my badly bootlegged copy can finally be replaced: Paul Lynde's Halloween Special!

Yes, That's Roz Kelly and Florence Henderson (other guests were Tim Conway, Kiss, Margaret Hamilton, and Witchie Poo.)

or how about CHiPs "Rock Devil Rock" ep with Donnie "Ralph Malph" Most as a KISS-style rocker ... and Elvira!

Monday, October 20, 2008

DOLEMITE gone to the Total Experience in the sky

Update: Signifyin' Monkey goes to Harvard!

But Mr. Moore could be said to represent a profound strand of African-American folk art. One of his standard stories concerns a monkey who uses his wiles and an accommodating elephant to fool a lion. The tale, which originated in West Africa, became a basis for an influential study by the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., "The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism."

DOLEMITE IS DEAD: We remember legendary funnyman Rudy Ray Moore.
(October 20, 2008)
*EUR has learned that after an extended illness, seminal comedian Rudy Ray Moore, better known as Dolemite, has died in Akron, Ohio. He was 81. EUR was initially informed of the news by comedienne Luenell, a friend of the family.

Moore, whose actual name was Rudolph Frank Moore, passed away Sunday from complications of diabetes, his only child and daughter, Yvette "Rusty" Wesson, told us.

According to Wikipedia, Moore is perhaps best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp (“… rappin’ & tappin’ is my game!”) from the 1975 film "Dolemite," and its sequel, "The Human Tornado." The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.

Rudy Ray Moore was also known as the "king of the party records" and released many comedy records throughout the 1960s and 1970s, developing a style even more rude and explicit than contemporaries like Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. This kept him off of television and major films, but cultivated an enduring fan base. He also guested on Big Daddy Kane's CD Taste of Chocolate, released in 1990.

The 2 Live Crew used Rudy Ray Moore's records as scratch samples on their early work; most notably on "Throw The Di*k."

Moore starred in "Big Money Hustlas," a movie created by and starring the Insane Clown Posse, in which he played Dolemite for the first time in over 20 years.

In 2008 Rudy Ray Moore reprised the character Petey Wheatstraw for the song "I live for the Funk" Featuring Blowfly and Daniel Jordan. This marked the first time Blowfly and Rudy have collaborated on the same record together, and the 30 year anniversary since the movie was filmed.

Moore began his entertainment career as an R&B singer and continued singing through his comedy career. He developed an interest in comedy in the Army after expanding on a singing performance for other servicemen.

Besides his daughter, Moore also leaves behind his 98 year-old mother Lucille. Although, Wesson couldn't tell us the exact dates, funeral services will be in Toledo, Ohio as well as Spokane, Washington where his mother and the rest of his immediate family lives

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paul Lynde + LA Transit = !

My pal Scott Michaels sent me to this fabulous site so I could read about a new Don Knotts book (how's that for an opener?) but I got sidetracked by this post:

You probably won't want to watch all of this — it runs close to a half-hour — but you might enjoy a few minutes of a 1968 "educational" (propaganda) film done for the Los Angeles Rapid Transit District. The early part features Paul Lynde in what was not one of his funniest roles. Most of the film features (and was probably at least co-written by) Ralph Story, who was a prominent L.A. TV host and occasional newsman back then. Mr. Story was a clever, folksy gent who usually appeared in more interesting shows than this...but it's fascinating to see a lot of the arguments then being advanced for public transportation. Some are ridiculous but some were prescient...and unheeded.

(oddly, part 1 has been taken down - why?)

Don Knotts naturally should not have to share a post w/anyone, so we'll save that for later.


AMC is running this lately. If you haven't seen this little gem (Natasha Hentridge crossing the street in a wedding dress, fanny pack, and black train conductor shoes!) - check your local listings. And the hammin' it up cast: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Alfred Molina - wow!

Dr. Laura Baker: I got his machine. Should I leave a message?
Preston Lennox: Yeah. Tell him he's about to copulate with a creature from outer space.
More memorable quotes here.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jerry Double Whammy

Classic Television Showbiz - a must-bookmark site, if you haven't already - has been servin' up the Jerry lately, with this latest gem.

Be sure to check out the cringe-inducing clips from The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958.

Jerry as Charly Chin.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Innkeeper Negotiation Song

From AD/BC: A Rock Opera.

You can watch the whole thing here (I know how much Donna loves a religious rock opera).

Yakety Sax Shining


Mr. Doggy

Little Britain USA has arrived and thank god, it hasn't been re-formulated. I'm obsessed with "Phyllis and Mr. Doggy":

Sex Mad Welsh Librarians!! Cwtch!!

For Arthur:

Gwwyyy Twwyyydd SWDW WDDWWWYYYDDWWDWE !!! That's Welsh for I'd like a sandwich, please......

Actually, I b0ught the poster for this film @ the flea market a year and a half ago. Having no idea what this film was about (but being encouraged by Peter Sellers' appearance) I DVRed it on TCM. Tre's encouraging.....

To my dismay, it aborted at about 30 minutes in, so uh, hook me up, my Brit &/or Cymru buds! It's nae available on either Amazon US or UK - OK!???!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


If you haven't seen this little animated documentary you've really missed something. I was all over the place here in Qu├ębec a few years ago.. it was made here and the subject, academy award winning animator Ryan Larkin turned panhandler on Saint-laurent (steps in front of the film board office) is still asking for money as people pass by, most oblivious to his accomplishments. There was a CBC documentary on this documentary... which includes the entire film broken in pieces with additional interviews. That version is actually much better as a doc, this little animation leaves out some key facts (like Ryan Larkin is gay for example) that makes some of the lines ("we should have had children" to his ex girlfriend who laughs) less poignant than they may have been.