Mechanical Spider Christmas

Santa_spiderTurn back the crock exactly thirty years to KFAI-FM’s digest of silly satire, The Mechanical Spider Clinic, featuring holiday-themed advertising, Consumer Survival Biscuit, Lazlo Morbid, TV Guise, and a satire about the over-commercialization of Christmas (inspired by Jerry’s idol, the late Stan Freberg’s Green Chri$tma$).

Stan Freberg (from Jerry's 1977 sketchbook)

Stan Freberg (from Jerry’s 1977 sketchbook)

Bonus: The Elvis After-Xmas, After-Life Sale at Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store, also Consumer Survival Biscuit and TV Guise tributes to the King from January 3, 1986. Bat Lenny and The Toy Lovers team up for a sound composition Gangbusters Christmas.

Featuring the talents of Mark Masyga, Chuck Isle, Rob Shapiro, Diana Swan, Bob Rynkiewicz, Leigh Bowser, Andy Schultz. MSC Theme by Bat Lenny.  Listen: https://archive.org/details/mechanicalspiderclinicchristmas

Thanks to Mark Masyga, Wayne Modjeski & Chris Waterbury for assistance on this post.

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Heroes & Villains

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

You can listen to the tales of Captain Bamboo Steamer, sailor boasting of “me fists the size o’ two bunk beds” in a Best Of collection, Heroes and Villains, that also features far-off adventurers “Ace” Banning and his sidekick “Chubby” in the old-time radio spoof, I Love Danger, Action, Murder and Keen Stuff Like That;  movie parody The Mummy’s Hand-Stand; commandos of The Scuba Patrol battle Count Dracula, Santa Claus, and a trampoline; Tommy and Jimmy are heroes of the saga Earth Versus The Flying Dorseys. dorsey_bros Villain Pablum Picassowhat tries to outwit crypt-kicking cartoon kid Danny Phantom.

Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom

Hear all these thrill-packed melodramas at Archive.org.Internet Archive logo

Illustrations by Wayne Modjeski.

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Five

img003Spoof of 1950s sci-fi Taraunchyla! a giant radioactive arachnid on the rampage for this best-of the Mechanical Spider Clinic. Also: Charles Brin portrays Sherlock Holmes Versus The Spider Lady (Diana Swan). Mark Masyga as Dr. Watsump; Andy Schultz is Rondo, The Creeper.

Lazlo Morbid does Parasite Home Companion with News From Lake Woe.

Additional voices of Rob Shapiro, Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Beryl Greenberg, and Dexter.

Mark, Peter Stenshoel & Chuck Isle join Jerry to read TV Guise (i.e. left) sponsored by The On Me Theatre; D.W. Ivan’s; Horse of Ether; and Hoopla Generator.

Extras: Original MSC music cues by Bat Lenny (Hot Rods From Outer Space); Brian Anderson (Danny Phantom).

KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Four

More mayhem from Modjeski’s Mechanical Spider Clinic show (KFAI, 1985-1987). Take-offs include Young Man With a Golden Tuba, and a spoof of Perry Mason. Rob Shapiro, Blanche Fubar, Andy Schultz, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan with sound effects.

TV Guise with Peter Stenshoel, and mash-ups of Masyga reMarks and mic shots from Chuck I. of same. Skogmo concludes, with bonus “sequel” called 13th Floor Elevator, and an episode of Judd Mastoid, Midget Auto Mechanic.

Sponsors include The Clever Rodent Cafe; Spin-Around Hank’s; The Personal Flamboyance Device; Quaking Otis; and of course, Captain Wink’s Chains in Low Sodium Sauce. Original music cues for Mason, Earthy Pebbley, and Miles Racist by Andy Schultz and Chuck IsleDixie Halloween by The Toy Lovers. Poster art by Marc Myers.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Three

Jerry’s third full hour of original satire, jocular frenzy and dark humor.

Fake commercials for Glandma’s Cookies; Polkas from the Heartburn of Kitchen Space; Uncle Ron’s Summit Pump; Grandpa Ravi’s Tackle Pal; G.I. Frothing Joe; Stout Eddie’s; The Elvis Styling Kit; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains.

Bogey Humphart and Lauren Becool star in To Have and Half Crocked; Bomb Theater’s satire, The Tar Baby Brigade, anticipated modern action movies like The Expendables with mercenaries (including a Rambo knock-off) on a suicide mission into a South American country.

Sport fishing TV shows are sent up with Hook, Line and Sinker.

Regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Alice Phoenix, Rob Shapiro, Andy Mayer, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, and Dexter. Chuck Isle played guitar behind Walter Brennan, and teamed with Mark Masyga for TV Guise.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Two

Jerry’s back with a second hour of twisted TV lampoons (Mister Rogers’ Rear Window), and old time radio spoofs (The Blue Weasel, Minnesota’s answer to The Green Hornet).

Chuck Isle and Mark Masyga contribute commercials for Thundering Meat DNA Restructuring Powder, Open Wound BBQ Sauce, Magic Gesticulations Shampoo, The Mechanical Clinics and give you the TV Guise.

With Ken Dresher‘s Room For Rent, as well as regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, and Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, Rob Shapiro, Brian Anderson, Andy Schultz.

Listen now at archive.org

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