first DVD, while the second one was pretty much made just for an audible experience. The Jim Panzee and Friends Funtime Radio Hour satirizes the radio programs of the 1930's and 40's by telling the history of a fictional children's program. For those that enjoy the safe-haven of political correctness, this project isn't for you. For the rest of you, feel free to sample it for yourself.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Four years ago I released my second CD, The Jim Panzee and Friends Funtime Radio Hour to rave reviews from this guy I used to work with. He liked it so much that he asked, "Hey, do you mind if I rip these tracks and share it with some friends?" Piracy, of course, being the highest compliment in the artistic world.
The album (I call it an 'album' because each track means something to the next) chronicles the history of a children's radio show that aired from the late 1930's to it's demise in the mid-40's. The entire piece is fictional, but apparently it was good enough to fool some people into thinking it was authentic. Sadly, the absurdity of the racist overtones and callous attitude towards human safety in the faux-advertisements on the album didn't seem to give people any indication that this was comedic exaggeration.
I was also fortunate enough to get it on the Grammy ballot in the "Best Comedy Album" category. I was listed right above Steven Wright, so that was pretty satisfying seeing my name next to his. Even though I didn't get a nomination, I was happy enough to see my work not totally tossed aside. I was also happy that Larry the Cable Guy didn't get a nomination either.
So where can you find this comedic jem? Lucky for you, the internet has made these things oh-so-accessible. For five bucks (cheaper than a cup of gas), you can download the entire album from CDBABY.
If you're one of those people that takes pride in the fact you paid more for something, then be my guest. It's also available on Itunes, Amazon and, of course, in the "shop" section at HappyFatties.com.
I hope you take some time and preview some tracks. The idea behind this project was to make something not heard too often in comedy CD's these days. It's not trying to be 'of the moment' by parodying and spoofing pop culture; It actually wants to take you out of the present and think about not just how much has changed in the past 70+ years, but also how much has really not changed at all.