Fake Radio Presents: FRED WILLARD in a Father's Day Radio Special
Fake Radio -- Los Angeles' Premier Old Time Radio Comedy Troupe -- is pleased to present comedy legend Fred Willard on stage for one night only! Come join Fred as he joins the cast of Fake Radio to help celebrate Fathers Day with two classic radio dads: Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" and that detective dad, "Ellery Queen".
The hilarious Willard, known for his many roles in Christopher Guest films (Spinal Tap, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, Mighty Wind, etc), his role as the only human in Wall-E and his 3x Emmy nominated performance in "Everybody Loves Raymond", will perform the role of Jim Anderson in "Father Knows Best".
Theater goers are encouraged to bring their dads to this Fake Radio Dad double on on Sunday June 21st at Fake Radios home, the Bang Comedy Theatre, 457 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles.
Father Knows Best began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty, Bud and Kathy. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC Radio until March 25, 1954. The show moved to television in the fall of 1954 running for over 200 shows until 1960.
With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen was introduced in The Adventures of Ellery Queen on CBS radio June 18, 1939. In 1942, the series began to move around to the three major networks and run until 1948. The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve the mystery. This enduring character then appeared on four separate television series on all the networks off an on until 1976.
"Fake Radio" is a troupe of talented actors, comedians and notable guest stars who re-create live, staged versions of radio broadcasts from the 1930's - 1950's. Performances use actual transcripts from the radio shows, including all of the original commercials. One part historical and one part hysterical, these shows recapture a lost era while introducing new generations to a classic art form.
Since Fake Radios founding in 2000 numerous notable guest stars have appeared with the troupe including: John Larroquette, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers films), Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall), Dean Cain (The New Adventures of Superman), Debra Wilson, (MadTV), Marcia Wallace ( The Simpsons", "The Bob Newhart Show), John Lynch (The Drew Carey Show, Fargo), Denny Siegel (Whose Line is it Anyway?), noted comediennes Maria Bamford and Cathy Ladman, and others.
The show captures the magic of being in the studio audience during a live taping of an old time radio show. The troupe performs as was done in the Golden Age: standing before microphones, with scripts in hand and sound effects synchronized perfectly. Only, they risk a bit more: in order to bring a reverent, yet comedic take on the classic scripts, the talented troupe & guest stars sometimes deviate from the original scripts. Improvisations are not uncommon...and gleefully welcomed by audiences.
Doors open at 6:30pm for Cocktails. The show begins at 7:30pm.
bang comedy theatre
457 n. fairfax ave
los angeles, CA 90036
|Minimum Age: 8|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|