Sunday, February 13, 2011

Boffo Yux Dudes: #107

In our most ironic placement to date, the Boffo Yux Dudes check in as #107 on our Periodic Table, the spot reserved for Bohrium on a periodic table of the elements. Ironic because "boring" isn't an adjective usually applied to these... erm... gentlemen. Wacky.. yes. Irreverent... yes. Totally off their nut... now you're talking! But not boring. When I asked the 'Dudes to describe themselves, they responded, "The Boffo Yux Dudes are a multimedia comedy troupe from the 80's and 90's who are now older, balder, and much more cynical." I vehemently disagree... they're not that much more cynical. (whistles idly)

If you listened to radio in the US during the 1980s and '90s you've probably heard Pat Montello, Tom Giarrosso, and Scott Mercer doing comedy bits, interactives, liners and songs, though you've probably never heard their names. These days the Boffo Yux Dudes are Tom Giarrosso and Allan Morgan, "with occasional co-conspirators". More often, though, you'll know them as "Elvis Presley", "Alfred Hitchcock", and a seemingly endless host of other celebrity and character voices. I first heard them as "Elvis", and then "Al the Blues Singer" from Song Fu 6, and I must confess that my first reaction involved the letters 'T', 'W', and 'F'... not necessarily in that order. Experience that feeling for yourself:

I knew I was in trouble when I realized that their stuff grows on you. Now I feel like Jordy Verrill.

BYD firmly establish their geek musician cred with SpinTunes entries such as "Elf Shot the Food", "One Level Down", and "The Ballad of Henry Pym". In short these are funny and talented guys. And a big "in your face!" to the teachers who told us all that you can't make a living by goofing off.

How does one keep up with these guys? Here!

Here you may learn that Pat just did a diner scene on "One Tree Hill" last week as an extra. You may learn that Scott's been writing a screenplay in LA. You may learn that Al is one of the founders of the band Pop Machine. You may even learn that Tom's been working through a vast backlog of material (VAST!), posting it to the web at a rate of at least one comedy bit a day. Or you may just hear a fart joke.

Tom and the rest of the BYD know the value of communication in their own lives and careers. I'm very happy that they have put their support behind Rite Care, lending their names to this important work. And that, my friends, is no laughing matter. As Federal budgets are cut and government early intervention programs are scaled back, we'll have to depend more programs like Rite Care ... funded entirely by donations and purchases made by folks like you... to pick up the slack.

How can we thank Boffo Yux Dudes for their support and help provide the gift of communication to a child at the same time? By ordering this great stuff!

First up, is the Boffo Yux Dudes trucker cap! Don't think of this as a mere hat... think of it as advanced sunblock (oh, yes, I went there!) It's available in glorious black and white to remind us of those days when having a color TV set meant you painted the cabinet.

Click on the hat to get yours!"

Our second item is the Boffo Yux Dudes T-shirt featuring their astonishingly realistic and flattering likenesses on the box of "Komedy's" cereal. This is the shirt that stays funny, even in milk!

Click on the shirt to get yours today!
(Boffo Yux Dude sold separately... you can probably find one at W00tstock)

I just received an email from Tom calling my attention to a rather important oversight... I'll just give it to you in his words:
The original Artwork was created by Dan Klass - one of the original podcasters (The Godfather of Podcasting) who literally wrote the book on the subject. He's also in a current Chevy Malibu commercial. And is a stay at home dad doing his 5th year of 'The Bitterest Pill' out of his garage in the flight path of LAX.
Dan played the Harmonica for our 'Al's Blues' Song Fu entry.
Tom also points out the appropriateness of placing the Boffo Yux Dudes in Bohrium's spot, in that they have always been "radio-active". You may groan now.

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