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362: Bonus Track: The Incomparable Radio Drama

April 5, 2013 at 11:45PM • 1 hour 57 minutes • Wiki EntryParent Episode

Jason Snell, David J. Loehr, Serenity Caldwell, Glenn Fleishman, Steve Lutz, and Dan Moren discuss The Incomparable's radioplay special. Plus outtakes and the original read-through of "The Fog."

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Jason Snell, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and David J. Loehr.

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What Does That Even Mean? David J. Loehr's script notes.


Bob and Ray -- They "founded" the Finley Quality Network back in the day, so it was fun to bring it back for a little while. Their deadpan just-this-side-of-the-real-thing tone was a big influence. Just as an aside: among the many writers who contributed to their shows over the years was a promising young writer named Vonnegut. Watch for that guy, he's pretty good.

PDQ Bach, aka Peter Schickele -- Oddly enough, maybe the other big influence. He's on a similar wavelength as Bob and Ray in terms of humor, but he also makes music that sounds plausible if you remove the jokes.

Timmy Preston, Galaxy Scout

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet -- the classic radio/tv series, of course. "The science of the Tom Corbett universe was, in hindsight, wrong in many places." No such hindsight for Timmy Preston... This was also the inspiration for Bob and Ray's "Lawrence Fechtenberger, Interstellar Officer Candidate."

Moonrise Kingdom, the interactive script by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola -- Along with going to too many Cub and Boy Scout meetings with my boys in the last year, the Khaki Scouts were in my head when I thought of the phrase "Galaxy Scouts." Also, just a nice presentation of the script.

News Reports

Mercury Theatre's War of the Worlds -- The famous radio broadcast by Orson Welles and company. I lived right near Grovers Mill, NJ, when they held all the 50th anniversary celebrations, which was a little surreal. Yes, there really is a building there, and yes, it really does have odd, pinkish fluorescent lights inside at odd times of the night. Also lived there when Buckaroo Banzai came out--I still have a first edition of the novelization, released when the movie was originally scheduled.

Random references: Carl Phillips is the name of the reporter in the broadcast. Howard Koch wrote the original script for it. And "Gladys Pearce" is a reference to Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched--they never gave her a maiden name, so I borrowed the name of the original actress, Alice Pearce.

Weather -- An homage to the weather report on Peter Schickele's "PDQ Bach On the Air" album.

The Fog

The Shadow -- One of the most famous of the pulp heroes, and an obvious influence on the Fog, not to mention Batman. He, too, clouds mens' minds. He's been adrift in recent years, though the Alec Baldwin film isn't bad. (It isn't exactly good, but its heart is in the right place.) Dark Horse Comics did some excellent comic books a few years ago, and now Dynamite Entertainment has licensed the character for a new series started off by Garth Ennis.

Jenny Lane, Girl Detective

Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak -- Interesting story of how the Stratemeyer Syndicate worked, where Nancy Drew (and the Hardy Boys, among others) came from, how the series was written and revised. Nancy's the most obvious reference for Jenny, right down to the DA father & the housekeeper.

Random references: The murder at the beginning is a, homage...from Bob and Ray's "Mr. Trace, Keener Than Most Persons" sketches, themselves spoofing the series "Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons." And the watch that Jenny mentions is an actual company & model of the period--since Nancy's housekeeper was Hannah Gruen, it seemed like the perfect watch to use.

Of course, the commercial is one big "Downton Abbey" reference. Oh, dowager!

Two-Fisted Tales of Tesla

Sunday in the Park With George -- We borrowed Seurat's sketchbook from the beginning of the song, "Finishing the Hat." There might also be some references to other songs from the show...

Random references: Considering the Teslalator's method of moving from point to point, dot to dot, through space & time, it made sense for them to visit a pointillist artist. The van Gogh was partly a Doctor Who reference and partly because I've also written a play about the real Vincent. (And yes, the Doctor Who episode is a bit dodgy on little details, but damn it all if it doesn't make me cry when the sky begins to swirl...) As for the zeppelin, beats me why I'd include that.