The Mechanical Spider Clinic aired on KFAI Minneapolis-St. Paul 1985 to 1987. Skits imagined Mickey & Donald visiting apartheid South Africa; soft-spoken, paranoid Mr. Rogers expecting the worst of his neighbors; the flatulence of Sherlock Holmes. MSC featured wacky ads for products like Liquid Executioner.
MSC mocked movies (To Have and Half Crocked), TV (The Schlockford Files), and old-time radio dramas. Captain Bamboo Steamer the sailor of “fists the size o’ two bunk beds” concealed them until needed, with frisky first-mate Tugg Neato (pictured).
On Life With Lazlo Morbid (photo), he “could be lurking right next door to you.” Squares stomp out Jimmy & Tommy’s swing in Earth Versus The Flying Dorseys. Delusional, possibly dangerous commandos of The Scuba Patrol wielded an unlimited supply of weapons waging wars against Count Dracula and Santa Claus, mobilizing the replica of a dentist office for Leonard, The Trampoline That Attacked North Dakota.
MSC concocted consumer advice, and concluded with “…previews for television unlike you’ve ever seen backed by eerie electronic wailings, they run down the best picks in a barrage of wordplay.”- Mike Gunderloy, Factsheet Five magazine review of TV Guise (1988 cassette compilation).
(by Jerry with Bat Lenny)