In ’87, we mailed the good Doctor a reel of some of our latest skits and bits we were working on, and he sent us a few release forms in the mail. He liked a bunch of them, so we signed so he could air them on his show. To say were were psyched would be an understatement. More after the break.
I grew up listening to The Dr. Demento Show – like most of us, it was one of the few ways I could hear some of those oddball comedy and novelty songs on the radio. Kip Addotta, The Frantics, Martin Mull – They all came to my attention from his program.
In 1985, one of my first paying radio gigs was at WHEB-FM in Portsmouth, NH playing his show. I did live assist on ‘The Sunday Night Six Pack’ – basically playing syndicated programs on lps and commercial breaks from 6 – midnight.
One of the shows was Dr.Demento. I was in nirvana. Producing morning show bits, playing one of my idols on a local station. Next up – submitting material to him to air. And it happened – a few months after we sent back the release forms, one week I got an air check lp, and the cue sheet said: ‘Boffo Yux Dudes’ – “Steamroller”.
Wow. A show I had been listening to since childhood now was playing something I had done. It was a very cool feeling. It was the first of several he played over the next few years. I’ll be posting them later.
About the skit –
Scott found it hard to believe, I didn’t like this one. I had written it in a notebook in my early Newswatch years as an exercise – I wanted to do a Monty Python style skit, but didn’t think it was up to their standards. So it stayed in the notebook until he uncovered it and said – why didn’t you do this one? He liked it, and we reworked it for the aired version. I did like the ‘aside to the audience’ – The Pythons would do that on their lps, but never on the TV show.
So we cut it at the WHEB studios on one of his trips up to visit. It ended up on our 1st cassette – Stays Funny…Even in Milk!’
And the funny thing is – he just replayed this skit last March – almost 22 years later. Enjoy.