Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bonus Episode: More Marsden!

And we're back, with a little something extra. You will recall that Episode 4 of the Marx Brothers Council Podcast included an excerpt from Noah's recent interview with masterful Marxian revivalist Les Marsden. As soon as it was released, adamant crowds gathered at our doors to demand that we release the interview in its entirety. Not ones to say no to an angry mob, we're pleased to present the whole strange interlude, as a bonus episode, right now.

Here's the official description:

"The full-length interview with actor / musician / writer / director Les Marsden, who has portrayed three of the brothers onstage, in addition to writing and starring in the one man show A Night at Harpo’s. Among the topics Les discusses with Noah are audience expectations, learning to play the harp, pitching the one-man show to Harpo’s widow Susan, and his encounter with Groucho. End Music: 'Why Am I So Romantic?' (from Animal Crackers), as performed by Les Marsden."

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Les as Harpo:


Les as Chico:



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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Episode 4: Myths, More, and Les

In Episode 4 of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast, Noah, Bob, and Matthew deflate some accepted Marx myths that get under their skin, then examine the fan favorite 1969 LP The Marx Bros. - The Original Voice Tracks From Their Greatest Movies, narrated by Gary Owens. Later, Noah talks with Les Marsden, who has portrayed three of the four brothers onstage, and also wrote and starred in the one-man show A Night at Harpo’s.

End Music: “You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me” by Maurice Chevalier…eh.

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Referenced in this episode...

Here's the photograph of young Mr. Bob Gassel, in his room, circa 1972. Note the Marx Brothers "pop poster," as included with the Original Voice Tracks album, hanging on the wall, just above the exquisite bedspread:


Album artwork from the 1969 Decca release (click for a larger view):


The Marx Brothers Original Voice Tracks album:



The W.C. Fields Original Voice Tracks album:



Noah's "Fake History of the Marx Brothers":



And some Les Marsden magic:



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UPDATE: You can now listen to our bonus episode, featuring more Marsden!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Episode 3: You Don't Have To Pay Us, But You Can't Fire Us

In Episode 3 of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast, actor / writer / director Frank Ferrante, the world's most renowned Groucho Marx impressionist, and star of An Evening With Groucho, joins us for a deep dive into A Day at the Races. Frank details his personal history with the film, and we mercilessly dissect it. Noah reveals a surprising secret and, later, Frank answers questions from Council members.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Episode 2: Noah, Bob, Joe, and Sometimes Matthew

In Episode 2 of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast, we discuss whether we disagree enough, then list our least-favorite moments in the Marxes' films. A quick trip to the news desk is followed by a chat with Joe Adamson, renowned author of the seminal Marxist tome  Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo.

Also, we reveal one simple step you can take for a chance to win a copy of Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is.

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And here, referenced in the episode, is Bob Gassel's edit of the Connie Bailey apartment scene from Horse Feathers:



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Monday, March 26, 2018

Episode 1: The Magazines Leave the Depot

Well, we'd might as well get on with this thing. The all-new, all-talking, barely-awaited inaugural episode of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure, or pity:

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Is There Going to Be a Podcast, Or What?

Yes, yes, there is. We've just been testing equipment, smoothing rough edges, and taking other measures to ensure that the premiere episode of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast is the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard. (No, as far as we know, Groucho never really uttered this inexplicably famous line, but occasionally we do say things Groucho didn't say.)

For podcast information, a more specific sense of when to expect the premiere, contests through which listeners can win Marx books and other fabulous prizes, and requests for requests (guests, topics, and so on, especially so on), keep an eye on this blog, as well as on the Marx Brothers Council Facebook group. We would suggest keeping this site open on your device, and setting an alarm to remind yourself to refresh the page every thirty seconds.

Thanks for your patience -- we look forward to unveiling the first, introductory episode soon, so you can finally find out whether we prefer Animal Crackers or Go West!

Yours till hell freezes over...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

No Trains Will Be Sold Till the Magazines Leave the Depot

This is just a test. It's not a real post, just a test, to see what a real post might be like. Do you think there will ever be a real post? Nobody knows for sure, but scientists estimate that in over a hundred billion years, what the hell are you looking at?

At any rate, since this is not a real post, there's no reason for you to bother reading it, and let's be honest, you probably aren't.

If you have enjoyed not reading this non-post, we hope you'll consider not telling your friends about it, so that they, too, may have the experience of not reading this. All things considered, there are a lot of people in the world, and imagine what tomorrow could be like if everyone decided not to read this post, together, for even just a moment.

To reiterate, this is just a test, and not a real post in any sense.

Your thoughts?

Bonus Episode: More Marsden!

And we're back, with a little something extra. You will recall that  Episode 4 of the Marx Brothers Council Podcast included an exc...