Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Phil Hendrie Show

I have talked about The Phil Hendrie Show many times before. But now would be a good time to bring it back up again because frankly other than the Miers nomination this has been a slow political news cycle.
The Phil Hendrie Show is probably the most innovative radio show possibly in the history of radio.
wikipedia describes the show like this:
While "The Phil Hendrie Show" has become renowned for its unique and controversial guests, those guests are not real people at all — they are fictional characters created and portrayed by Hendrie.
Though Hendrie often alludes to the fact that he is, in fact, doing the voices, listeners are invited to call and many are duped into believing that the guests on the show are real. He rapidly switches back and forth between a studio microphone and a conventional telephone, creating the illusion that his "guest" has called into the show. Adding to the llusion, the telephone line often features prerecorded background noises from various locations.
The show is hilarious on so many levels. Not only is Phil a talented comedic radio personality, but the spontinatiy that the unknowning and unsuspecting callers bring to the show adds to the comedy. Plus on top of that the backgrounds that Phil creates for the "guests" of the show is very humerous. Check out Wikipedia's descriptions of some of Phil's more popular guests:

Jay Santos
"Brigadier Admiral" in the "Citizens' Auxiliary Police" (Motto: "We Take a Peek Over the Shoulder of the Police") of Hawthorne, California (originally from Philadelphia). His uniform consists of a blue arm band, a pith helmet, Bermuda shorts, and Doc Marten wingtips. An overbearing, officious "rent-a-cop," Santos' motto and excuse for his behavior is "It's About Saving Lives." Jay gets his marching orders from Major Elvis Newton, commanding officer of the Citizens' Auxiliary Police.

Dean Wheeler

New-age, Birkenstock-wearing, America-hating, yoga-teaching apologist from a Northern California political activist group. In a previous incarnation, he was the spokesman of the Kentucky Tobacco Growers' "Tobaccy Truck" which allowed kids under the age of 18 to get free "tobaccy" if they had consent of any adult, even Mr. Wheeler.

Jeff Dowder
A stoner, a drummer in the band "Darkhorse" (aka Darque Hoarse) and Professor of Mechanical Physics at Caltech. Jeff is based on real-life pal "Sundown" from Hendrie's days in Miami. Jeff is advocate of the medical use of marijauna. He often demonstrates his drumming live on the air, usually incorporating various "jazz modalities;" he frequently pauses for bong hits. Jeff has a friend named Toby Beau. (Jeff has also been known (in at least one bit) as Dr. Jeff Raley.)

Don Parsley
In the wake of any natural disaster or terrorist attack, Phil takes a call from a gentleman named Don Parsley who claims to have lost his wife in the tragedy. Don claims to not take charity, but often accepts Phil's offer to solicit contributions from the listeners, if only for Don's children. As the segment progresses, Don will decline all offers of assistance that are not cash money, he will forget his wife's name, the names and number of his children, and generally reveal himself to be a complete fraud. In one segment, Don claims to have lost his wife during the New York City blackouts. Late in the segment Don reveals that during the blackout, his wife had looted an electronics store and tripped over the power cord of the TV she was carrying away, thus falling in the middle of a street and getting hit by a car.


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