On Saturday, October 21, as promised, I produced a Monty Python show on WPSU, three hours of silliness and musical mayhem. In addition to playing carefully selected Monty Python material, I invited a panel of MPS members Damon Buckwalter, Holli Weisman and L.J. "Trotsky" Sparvero to talk about Monty Python related topics throughout the show.
To make some of the naughtier Monty Python pieces suitable for airplay, I edited them ahead of time, cutting the naughty bits out and turning them around backwards. You see, before the days of digital editing, you would physically cut the tape on the reel-to-reel machines and then tape it back together. You did this with a china marker and a razor blade. Today, if you find razor blades in an editing studio, you should probably call the police.
The show went well, but by the end of it, Trotsky was making up signs that said things like "Drop your panties, Sir William, I cannot wait until lunchtime" and holding them up from the newsroom while our valiant host, Don Klees, struggled not to laugh.
On a completely
unrelated subject, I amused myself that semester by distributing official-looking
fall class additions, which I placed in official Penn State literature
racks. It referenced one of my recurring Completely Different
characters, Balmy Bootstrap.