A Very Special Episode - Good Times - the one where James dies

February 1, 2018
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7th Episode Recorded
5th Episode Released
5th of 5 from the archives coming out to get all content in one place.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

AS FOR THE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT GOOD TIMES....

In this episode we give the AVSE treatment to the two part season 3 opener of "Good Times" aka "The one where James dies." The big twist with this one was that we did a summary review of the first part and then rolled into the second part. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Cast List:

Mark Joyner - Florida
Ronald James - JJ, and others
Mike Smith - Michael, and others
Rachel Reckling - Thelma
Kay Megan Washington - Willona
Ti Coleman - Wanda
Bryan Preston - the Funeral Director
Ivan Martin - Pastor, Ned the Wino and others 

 

 

A Very Special Episode - Growing Pains - Thank God it’s Friday

December 31, 2017
00:0000:00

AAAAAND... We're back to reposting older stuff previously released on soundcloud.

So here is the Growing Pains Episode:

6th Episode Recorded
4th Episode Released
4th of 5 from the archives coming out to get all content in one place.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

AS FOR THE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT GROWING PAINS....

Cast List:

Mike Ziccardi - Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron)
Alexander Scally - Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and "Boner"

Megan Wills - Maggie Seaver and Various Party Girls ("Pizza Parlor Hottie")
Keith Becraft - Ben Seaver and Eddie
Heather Miles - Carol Seaver, Babysitter, Various Party Girls
Chris Hudson - Cool Party Guys

 

A Very Special Episode - Boy Meets World - “A Very Topanga XMas”

December 31, 2017
00:0000:00

THIS IS A "FRESH" EPISODE...

Happy Holidays

Well it's actually old from the archives (As are all the AVSE releases) but this is one that I haven't posted anywhere yet, so unless you were at the original recording of it, you haven't heard it.

On this one I got the gang together to take a spin on a Xmas Episode of Boy Meets World... the one where Corey freaks out and thinks he has to break up with Topanga because she has different christmas traditions from him. 

Things to know as you listen:
This audio is pulled from a camera phone video which cut out at two different points. Therefore we missed about 3 pages of the performance in the middle of the show and then the last 6 pages of the show... I'm super appreciative that Heather Miles was able to snag the video that she did get though, otherwise there would be no record of it having ever happened..

BUT ANYWAYS, since there are missing part of the recording, you'll hear me jump in to summarize what you missed.

There are also som fun musical interludes from my music archives.

The cast was:

Mark Sine - Corey Matthews
Sarah Gorman - Topanga
Bob Rose - Mr. Matthews and Feeney
Mike Moran - Erik Matthews and Shawn's Brother
Ian Salyers - Shawn.
Rex Anderson - Info Guy
Mark Miller - Smart Ass Commentary and Stage Direction

Beyond that I think everything proceeds as outlined in my introduction and according to our usual order of operation... 

As a refresher, here again, is a...

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

I hope you all enjoy this one..

Oh... and here are some other podcasts and links outside of our network that feature the talent of our guests... you should support them too:
Meanwhile at the Skull Base - featuring Rex Anderson and Sarah Gorman
Thundergrunt - home of Bonus Disc, A Mound of Thunder and OK stupid (various Bob Rose Projects)
Instant Screaming - featuing Sarah Gorman
Please Like Me - Mike Moran's Comedy Album

 

A Very Special Episode - Facts Of Life - Breaking Point

December 1, 2017
00:0000:00

The 3rd of 5 re-released episodes, previously found on Soundcloud:

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

On this episode I assembled some of the funniest and most talented women I know to bring the script of an episode of "Facts of Life" to life....

As I'll explain in the episode itself we took the scenes in reverse order. I think you'll figure out why as you listen...

It Features the talents of:
Melissa Lamartina
Hather Miles
Allyson Washington
Meg Vidler
Erin Eff
& Sarah Gorman

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EXTRA NOTE.....
If the "Knight Riker" Meme mentioned in the opening sounds cool to you, well it is now available on my Threadless Artist Shop.
It's available on a shirt, bathmat, tapestry, coffee mug, water bottle and a few other things...

 

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A Very Special Episode - Family Ties - Say Uncle

November 27, 2017
00:0000:00

This is a re-posting of the second offering for "A Very Special Episode." wherein we did staged readings/ interpretations of old sitcoms (particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature).

In this one, we offer our take on Family Ties. It was previously released on soundcloud.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

This is the episode where we started to figure  things out and take a more editorial spin on the scripts. We had a good time, but still had several bugs to work out.

Produced and Edited by Mark Miller.
Starring:
Bob Rose - Alex
Michael Ziccardi - Steven
Melissa LaMartina - Elyse
Kathy Carson - Mallory
Alexander Scally - Ned
Keith Becraft - Mr. Wirtz
Pat Mulligan - Jennifer

A Very Special Episode - Diff’rent Strokes - The Bicycle Man Pt. 2

November 26, 2017
00:0000:00

I totally fell off the boat with posting stuff, but I'm swimming to shore now...
Just to get back into a posting shape, and to get everything in one place I'm going to start the process of add all the AVSE content that had been previously posted to soundcloud. 

This will be the first of those 5  and it's the first iof the "A Very Special Episode" series wherein we did staged readings/ interpretations of old sitcoms (particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature).

As is the case with many first episodes, this one has it's problems... first among them is that I talked for way too long so if you don't care for all my yammering, skip to the 7:30 mark and you'll be right into the live recording portion of it.

You'll also notice that this episode lacks much of the commentary that later episodes would have and the recording quality is not as great as the others... All of that is what it is and I can't change. So enjoy this for what it is and stay tuned for the rest and more.

Produced by Mark Miller.
Edited by: Nathan Miller
Starring:
Mark Joyner - Arnold
John Bennett - Mr. Hornton
Mike Smith - Dudley
Mike Storck - Mr. Drummond
Kathy Carson - Kimberly
Bryan Preston - Willis

Incredible Photo from the performance...

A Very Special Episode - Golden Girls - Rose Has AIDS

April 27, 2017
00:0000:00
In this first official post on the [sic] Joeks Network I bring you an installment of "A Very Special Episode" The monthly staged reading show that I did at the Charm City Comedy Project in Baltimore, MD for about a year and a half.

I've already posted 5 of these on my Soundcloud Account and I'll Eventually re-post that content here, but for now I'm just going to keep moving forward on this new outlet.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

AVSE - Golden Girls - Rose Has AIDS 

This is an episode of "Golden Girls," one of the finest sitcoms of our time that can still be seen in syndication. As they say at the Friars Club "We only roast the ones we love," so I'm not even going to mince words... I love the Golden Girls. I am a stright, cis man and I loved that show as a kid, when I didn't get half the jokes and I love it even more now that I'm old enough to get all the jokes. 

It's a really sharp show and the gags are relentless, so I really enjoyed giving it a once over with this episode reading and I'm pretty sure my cast loved being part of it as well. You'll hear, in order of appearance:

Melissa Lamartina - Dorothy
Heather Miles - Sophia (also sang the theme)
Vii Lee - Blanche
Meg Vidler - Rose
John Bennet - the Doctor

We kept the comedic tools pretty minimal with just a straight-up reading of the scripts and my commentary. We didn't do our usual dramatic reading of the theme (opting for an a capella version by the multi-talented Heather Miles) and I kept the "editorial sound drops" simple by just using my "sitcom soundboard" app. 

We had a ton of fun performing this one and I hope you all enjoy it.

Please "like" it share and spread it around. There are many more in the archives and I'm hoping to revive the live show in NYC where I now live.

For more information on the issues addressed in the episode please consult the following:

HIV/AIDS research and charities:

https://red.org/
http://www.aidsalliance.org/
http://www.amfar.org/

Save the Wetlands:

https://www.americaswetland.com/
https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/saving-wetlands
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/wetlands/whatyoucando.html

Gallbladder Health:

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/gallbladder-diet-foods-for-gallbadder-problems#1
http://bodyecology.com/articles/gall_bladder_what_it_does_how_to_get_healthy.php
http://drjockers.com/25-ways-to-improve-gallbladder-health/

 

 

Lets get this Poddy (cast) started

March 20, 2017
00:0000:00

Heyas,

Here's a quick little inroduction to what is to come on [sic] Joeks.... It's not really all that informative in that I could just type out what it is communicating right here, but wouldn't you rather spend 4 minutes listening to me yammer about it?

Nonetheless, here's the gist.
I've reached the point where I've outgrown soundcloud and I'm ready for a dedicated "big boy" podcast account so I've started this one up.
For right now it will primarily be for "A Very Special Episode" but once that takes off, there might be more projects appear here. Lord knows I've got plenty.

It all boils down to a mix of my ADD and my fear to commit to one single idea... but for now I can guarantee there will be at least 13 episodes of AVSE coming your way. I'm going to pick up where the Soundcloud episodes left off and then re-post the pod content from Soundcloud as my upload limits will allow...

Ok, actually this description is more informative than the actual audio I uploaded, but I hope you'll take it all in as a composite experience...