Left Handed Radio - Episode Thirty: Youth is Officially Gone
On this episode: Olmec from “Legends of the Hidden Temple” shills for life insurance, Mitch has a points system for Facebook, Crazy Eddie does whatever his cousin tells him, Malvo wanted to grow up and be a deer, adults try to play “Star Wars,” DadzBop, the mysterious three-day hangover, and Springtide Cryonics Institute promises you’ll stay Forever 29. Plus, voicemail RSVPs for our 30th birthday.
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Left Handed Radio is written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Matt Little, Anna Rubanova, and Brett White with Will Hines, Mike Scollins, and Ben Warheit.
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Original music by Dan Warren.
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Anna came up with the fun theme for this month’s episode - turning 30. As we wrote, we realized a lot of what is written here is tinged with melancholy and sadness. I’m hoping the final product doesn’t come off as incredibly dark to listeners. I don’t think it did, but what do I know?
Oh, what I know is this: Brett wrote our leadoff sketches on this month’s episode and I loved them. He also wrote the Adults Play Star Wars sketch. I think Brett, as the only current member of LHR that has been a part of the UCB live sketch system, gets the “game” of a sketch more than the rest of us. Each of those sketches has a solid premise that gets hit hard and well multiple times without sacrificing conversational dialogue. Listen to Adults Playing Star Wars for a shining example, especially the arguments about going to see a “Knee Jedi.”
Anna made our conspiracy stories - Cleansing and the Cryonics Institute. Both have a Twilight Zone dread to them that fit with this theme of inevitable decay that permeates this ep. Scollins kills it as the head of the conspiracy in Cleansing. And we’re really starting to fill up Hackencaucus, NJ with weird warehouses.
Bozarth brings back Malvo this episode, which may be my favorite character name in all of Clearfield. I have no idea where you come up with the want to be a deer when you are young. I want access to the idea space that Bozarth has. Boz also did a killer job on production this time around. Take a listen to it because I think this is our best sounding episode by a long long mile.
I wrote down the idea for Dadz Bop six years ago and then never wrote it. At that time I drunkenly pitched the idea to Will Hines, who said he liked it. I told him if I ever wrote it I’d ask him to be in it. I’m sure he has no recollection of this but it is a 6 year cloud of responsibility that has been LIFTED from my head. LIFTED, I tell you! He is fantastic here, and listen to the post-credits sting for an alternate read he did that is bizarre and wonderful, just like him.
Crazy Eddie was to be a three part runner, but we kept them all together in the final version of the ep. I wasn’t there for the recording session for this sketch and somehow Ben Warheit heard the voice in my head for Crazy Eddie and not only matched it but made it even better. Listen to the dumb joy in his voice during that first beat. GAH!
Matt Is 30 was written as a sketch to say “hey! Getting older isn’t bad,” since I’m the first of the group to be 30 anyhow. Of course, it quickly became something completely different. I think I just emptied my id out on this sketch. Feel like I could have written it a little tighter, but luckily Bozarth and Scollins save the day here with great performances.
We were happy to get more voicemails into the show! Even if they were all people saying why they couldn’t make it to the party. We want to keep getting weird voicemails from people, so call us.
Next month we have a really exciting theme planned. So much so that I’ve never written this much material this far ahead of an episode. Keep tuned in, and please let us know what you think of the show. Thanks so much.
This episode was really great BUT IT WAS SUPER DARK. So fucking dark.