Come to the Kiggins Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, for the Willamette Radio Workshop‘s performance of Laugh Your Dial Off, a collection of the best comedy shows and acts from the Golden Age of radio. The show, staged with voice actors and live foley artists, will feature performances made famous by Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Allen’s Alley, Fibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello, Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen with W.C. Fields. Previously unreleased Vic and Sade episodes will be heard here for the first time—plus commercials of the day.
Radio was the perfect medium to bring the tradition of Vaudeville to the average American home. The quick-talking word play and snappy comebacks merged with the quiet family situational comedies. The fresh open takes on the same family frustrations and foibles we face today make the works of these comic geniuses as funny today as they where in the Golden Age.
There will be one performance only at the Kiggins. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for children under 12 years old, and proceeds will go to support future shows. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so that you can purchase concessions—including wine or beer—and to make yourself comfortable in the beautifully restored 1930s-era theater with comfy leather seats and plenty of drink-holders.
This show is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in with WSU’s Creative Media & Digital Culture Program. Re-Imagined Radio is a project of Radio Nouspace and is focused on the re-creation of legendary radio dramas in front of live audiences.