The veteran award-winning radio producer, along with his merry band of voice actors, traverse the woods of Camp Waterlogg, his real-life rustic Catskills home, which doubles as the backdrop for the fictional kids camp.
It is all part of "The Comedy-O-Rama Hour" which premieres new shows every Saturday at 2:30 pm ET, 11:30 pm PT on Internet Radio Powerhouse Cult Radio A-Go-Go! (http://www.cultradioagogo.com)
In real life and in the fiction of the radio theater, Joe Bevilacqua (that's his full name) asks his actors to climb trees, run through the snow, dance by waterfalls, all while ad-libbing complicated story-lines and portraying multiple characters.
Joe Bev himself voices Sgt. Lefty, Ellis the Boatkeeper, Lil Andy, Adam Maxwell, Woody, Sal Pilvers, and many others. More impressive is Bev's ability to play all these characters in one scene all at once, moving around the stereo landscape captured by his SONY IC Recorder.
"If I improvise Ellis and Lefty talking to each other, I might speak as Ellis on the left and as Sgt. Lefty on the right. This really completes the illusion that it is really two actors talking," reveals Bevilacqua.
In this week's opening scene, where the character Olive Pitts is taking a bath, the Lorie Kellogg, the actress playing Olive, performed the scene IN the bathtub. Kellogg also voices Elise, Mrs. Terwilliger, Lkie, and other characters.
"We have replaced recording radio theater in a cold studio, on a stationary microphone with a sound effect table with something more alive," adds Bev.
The result is a free-wheeling comedy that is also a sitcom and a radio theater.
On this Saturday's Comedy-O-Rama, entitled "Marriage Fever Hits Camp Waterlogg," Sgt. Lefty and Olive Pitts plan for their Valentine's day wedding, which conflicts with the "elderly Dance & Raffle" being held by Sal Pilvers (Joe Bev). Meanwhile, Luigi (Kenny Savoy) and Marcello (Jim Folly) arrive at the dance two weeks early.
It was announce on February 27 that Blackstone Audio, Inc., has entered into partnership with Joe Bev's Waterlogg Productions to providing its award-winning audiobooks to a wider audience.
It was announced on February 22 it was announced that Joe Bevilacqua was chosen to be among those to receive a 2013 "Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award".
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres most of his life. In 1980, at 19, Bevilacqua produced his first radio show, Liquid Comedy, for public radio station WRSU in New Brunswick, New Jersey and subsequently distributed internationally by the National Federation of Community Broadcaster (which became Pacifica Radio Archives). He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy for WKNJ in Union, New Jersey.
Bevilacqua also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.
He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, and in 2009, Bevilacqua did a commentary for Marketplace about his "green lifestyle".
Lorie Kellogg is the co-producer. Kellogg started her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied painting, printmaking, photography, commercial design and video. She continued to Graduate School at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her MFA in Film/Video. Lorie is a graphic designer creating websites, logos, newsletters, newspaper & magazine layout, package design, ad design, and edits video & audio.
An announcement about today's Jazz-O-Rama Hour: "The 78s of Illinois Jacquet" follows.
This week's video: http://youtu.be/