Friday, May 23, 2014

Dana at Pinned Miami!

Dana is in Miami RIGHT NOW as the Master of Ceremonies at Pinned Miami!
The actually event hasn't started yet so you still have time to fly over (down? up?) to Miami!

In the meantime, Dana posted this photo of him getting ready:

I'm not sure exactly how this helps him get ready, but he's an artist and this is his process.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Gleason Express

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Dana mentions Jackie Gleason's famous train ride to Miami.

SMARTT wrote the following about "greatest rolling cocktail party in history":

HE GREAT GLEASON (JACKIE) EXPRESS
The Panama, Broadway, and 20th Century Limited, and even the Super Chief could not hold a candle to the greatest celebrity special ever, The Great Gleason Express. Jackie Gleason did not like to fly, so in 1962, CBS contracted him to do a weekly one hour variety show (The American Scene Magazine) in New York. Jackie moved his entourage (40 people) there by a private train. It was a ten day 4000 mile junket from LA to New York City, costing $90,000.00.

Now in New York, and with a new title, The Jackie Gleason Show, Jackie got quickly tired of New York City’s long and cold winters. So in 1964 he convinced CBS to pull up stakes in the “Big Apple” and move to the “Sun and Fun Capital of the World”, Miami Beach. And how was the Jackie Gleason Show going to get there? By train, of course!

Enter the Great Gleason Express II, the greatest rolling cocktail party in history. In August of the year 1964 a special 14 car passenger train waited at Penn Station in New York for 113 riders. Steve Lawrence, June Taylor and her dancers, the musicians, and all their families, as well as a specially hired Dixieland Band, rolled out of town for Miami Beach. “How Sweet It is!”  The train had a special dinner menu and, of course, an open bar. Over 500 pounds of meat and 2614 one-shot liquor bottles were consumed. Needless to say, there was also a fair amount of aspirin (40 boxes to be exact) and plenty of Bloody Marys to go around the next morning.  The Great Gleason Express was greeted in Miami by thousands of cheering fans.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Bandit Goes Country

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast there is a bunch of talk about Smokey and the Bandit.

They mention the craziness that is Smokey and the Bandit 3... they didn't mention the horribleness of parts 4-7.

The full series is:
Smokey and the Bandit (1977), MPAA Rating: PG
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), MPAA Rating: PG
Smokey and the Bandit 3 (1983), MPAA Rating: PG
Bandit: Bandit Goes Country (1994)
Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (1994)
Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit (1994)
Bandit: Bandit Bandit (1994)

So... if you dare...
 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Smokey IS the Bandit

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast they discuss Smokey and the Bandit 3 and the fact that Gleason appeared in multiple roles.

It was going to be even crazier, apparently.

Here is the teaser trailer where Gleason's explains that he will be playing the Bandit (the Burt Reynolds role) in the film:




Snopes has an article that debates how much of this was actually shot.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Honeymooners Buick

On the newest Snydecast Ken mentions an upcoming Honeymooners BluRay. Ken mentions a Honeymooners Buick promo.

Buick was a sponsor of the show. There are three fun videos online:


Monday, May 12, 2014

Bilko!

On the newest Snydecast Ken and Dana talked about the upcoming Sgt. Bilko (starring Phil Silvers) DVD set.

I took a look on YouTube and found some pretty great stuff.

First from 1985 is this TV special Bilko on Parade
"Kenneth Williams narrates this Bilko special marking the 30th anniversary of the show."

Phil Silvers in "The Swift Rise Of Eddie Albright"
Here is a vintage radio drama with a performance by Phil Silvers.



What's My Line?
This is a wonderful old game show with Phil as a special guest.



Finally, a guest spot from The Lucy Show:

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cannonball Run/Mad Mad Mad Mad World casting part 4

Norm Macdonald-Terry Thomas


Jonah Hill-Ken Jeong = Mickey Rooney & Buddy Hackett


Harrison Ford = Spencer Tracy


Ariz Ansari- Jack black- Arnold Stang-Marvin Kaplan




Channing Tatum-Dick Shawn



David Cross/Bob Odenkirk-cabbies



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cannonball Run/Mad Mad Mad Mad World casting part 3






Ricky Gervais, David cross = Phil Silvers

Take a look at Phil Silvers in this iconic It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World scene:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cannonball Run/Mad Mad Mad Mad World casting part 1

Zack Galifianakis = Streisand-Berle-Merman




Mel Brooks-jimmy Durante




Bill Murray -Jack Benny



Tons more, but first this inspired bit of casting from Twitter:


Friday, May 2, 2014

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #214: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad Whirl


Mr. Toad


After Mr. Toad's Wild Ride ended it's run, Toad was placed in the spot above.

Below you can take a look back:



The ride had TWO different tracks! Here's number 2:


The ride is still in Disneyland in California: