Barbeau, Biffle and Shooster: Next on TVC

Singer/actress Adrienne Barbeau, actor and voice artist Will Ryan, and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on the tenth anniversary edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

Most of you know Adrienne Barbeau as Beatrice Arthur’s daughter, Carol Findlay, on the long-running Norman Lear series Maude, while horror movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing and other popular motion pictures. Adrienne also starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s Carnivale, plus she played Oswald’s mom on The Drew Carey Show, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, Venus’ mom on Sons of Anarchy, and the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series, while her stage career includes more than twenty-five theatrical productions in the U.S. and Canada, including the original Broadway production of Grease (where she played Rizzo), Tevye’s daughter in Fiddler on the Roof, and, more recently, Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, in the national tour of Pippin—a role that required Adrienne to perform the song “No Time at All” while hanging upside down on a trapeze.

Adrienne Barbeau has also launched a successful writing career over the past ten years, including her best-selling memoir, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, the comedic thriller Vampyres of Hollywood, and its comedy romance sequels, Love Bites and Make Me Dead. Adrienne recently adapted Love Bites for the big screen. We will ask her about that, plus we’ll talk about the interesting path that led to her writing career, plus ask a few questions about Maude and her other acting roles. Adrienne Barbeau will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show, which marks the tenth anniversary of the debut of TV Confidential, will also feature Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Mike is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster—a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Mike, Will and Nick made the Biffle and Shooster films over the last five years—yet the sets, the camera shots, the attention to detail, and, above all, the performances of everyone involved are all so convincing, they look and sound as if they really were unearthed from the 1930s. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Will and Mike join us in our first hour.

The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Dick Miller, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo. The DVD also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.)

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