"Well, blow me over with a transistor..."
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Pick of the week in “Things to Do”
— The Oregonian
Pick of the week in “Short List”
— Portland Tribune
”Slickly professional in every particular..."
— The LA Times
"A palpable sense of infectious goofiness..."
— The LA Weekly
"The Day The Earth Stood Still"
An alien named Klaatu lands his spacecraft on Earth just after the end of World War II. He brings an important message to the planet that he wishes to share with representatives of all nations. However, because communication is difficult due to Cold War fears, Klaatu is forced to try an alternative approach: he disguises himself as a common human on Earth. Then, after finding help from a few unlikely humans, Klaatu shocks the entire planet into finally listening to his important message about the future of humanity.
If you don't think SciFi can be hysterically funny, then welcome to the world of Fake Radio's comedic recreations of old-time-radio classics! Featuring top talent from Portland and Los Angeles, Fake Radio re-enacts historic radio shows the old-fashioned way: dressed in period clothing and standing with scripts in hand in front of old microphones. Sound and music effects will make you feel like you're watching a live radio show taping from the 1940s. We'll even re-create the old commercials! Just be ready for the cast to occasionally go off-script!
Our very special guest star for this show is Kevin McDonald, from the legendary comedy troupe, “The Kids in the Hall”!!
Beginning as a stage show, the troupe had a popular TV series run from 1988-1995. Kevin portrayed the popular characters: the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. Kevin’s appeared in the films Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, and Epic Movie. On television, he’s appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That '70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” and “Arrested Development.” His voice can be heard in many animated series including “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” and “Catscratch.” He’s appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric's Awesome Show.”
For almost 20 years, "Fake Radio" has been delighting audiences and critics alike with their unique recreations of classic radio shows from 1938 - 1958. Their shows transport audiences back in time to a live taping of an old-time radio show. The troupe performs in the same fashion popularized during the Golden Age: cast members dress in period clothing, standing before old microphones, scripts in hand, re-creating classic stories while all of the sound effects are perfectly synchronized. The troupe's well-known hallmark is expertly blending the original broadcast scripts — including the absurd commercials! — with unexpected improvisation.
Fake Radio frequently includes celebrity guest stars in its casts including Emmy Award winners John Larroquette, Ray Romano & Marcia Wallace; Comedy legends Fred Willard, The Kids in the Hall, & Phil Proctor from The Firesign Theatre; well-established TV actors such as Jeff Garlin, George Wendt, Jamie Farr, Mindy Sterling, Lynne Stewart, John Pirruccello, John Lynch, Peter Onorati, Debra Skelton & Dean Cain; noted alternative comedians Tom Kenny, Maria Bamford & Rick Overton; and even one of the original cast members from Saturday Night Live: Larraine Newman.