Category Archives: Episodes 041-050

050 SmorgShow Podcast (04.03.11)

Chris and Ally are back in the studio together for the 50th SmorgShow Podcast Episode.   Breaking News: Obese Ohio Man Dies After Being Fused to Chair for Two Years,  Chris discusses some famous April Fool’s Day job firings, Chris and Ally discuss their plans for their next old-time radio play, another installment of game show, “Get A Life”.

Baba Gonesh talks about launching his brand new podcast series, “Not Just for Baba Anymore – The World View and Wisdom of Baba Gonesh” then delivers this week’s installment of “Baba News”.  Stories include: Man marries his dog, Man Eats a Snake for 100 rupees, Elephant Dung as a source of livelihood, and Elephant Boy returns to school.   Finally, Philip Donald performs.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Katie Thompson

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049 SmorgShow Podcast (03.19.11)

The Chris and Dave reunion show!   Dave Jackson joins Chris in the SmorgShow studio for this special reunion episode.   Chris and Dave discuss their voiceover acting class, go down memory lane from the old Smorgasbord radio show years, and call old SmorgShow contributors Peet McCain and Jerry Malauskas.   Baba Gonesh visits with another installment of ‘Baba News’ and discusses the 2011 Holi Festival.  We take a call from the hotline and give away another exciting life on our game show, ‘Get A Life’.

Featured Artist of the Week: Freeky Clean

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048 SmorgShow Podcast (03.05.11)

It’s Ally’s birthday weekend and Peet joins in on the fun remotely from Cleveland.   Peet discusses the gift certificate for a Second City acting class that he gave Ally.   Ally describes how her party this year will involve a video scavenger hunt at the local mall.   Baba Gonesh is in the studio this week to delivery news from India:  Monkey catchers in India finally get a pay increase, the world’s largest family, and a man-eating elephant devours 17 human beings before being brought to his death.    Finally, another installment of “Get a Life”.

Call us at 312-95-SMORG and tell us about your boring and worthless life.    You can then swap that life for something more exciting by choosing door #1, 2, or 3!

Earlier in the episode we mentioned we were going to call Dave Jackson for his birthday.  We actually did try to call him but we were not able to reach him.  That portion of this show was edited from the final production.   Happy 46th birthday, Dave!

Featured Artist of the Week:   Todd Koal

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047 SmorgShow Podcast (02.21.11)

Image from Surveillance Video

On this episode, Baba Gonesh calls in with a play-by-play recap of the near tragedy at Baba’s restaurant where a man tries to blow up the place.    Chris talks about his visit with Dave Jackson over the weekend and his plans to take a voiceover acting class.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Kyle Dine

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046 SmorgShow Podcast (02.13.11)

On this Valentine’s Day show, we welcome Granny Rose back to our studio to talk about how to celebrate the holiday.  Baba Gonesh recites a few sentimental love poems, and Phillip Donald performs his latest hit, “Be My Valentine.”

We also debut our newest segment, “Get a Life” which was originally featured on the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show.   If you have a boring life and want to exchange it for something more exciting, please call our hotline at 312-95-SMORG.   Tell us why you are deserving of a new life and select door #1, 2, or 3.

Also, the 2010 Stella Award winners are discussed.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Carles Bellot

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045 SmorgShow Podcast (01.29.11)

On this special anniversary episode, Chris and Ally look back on their first year of podcasting.   We play the top 5 listener favorite bits from the first year,  Peet calls in with a special anniversary message, and Chris and Ally are featured on the Podcast Answerman show where host Cliff Ravenscraft offers suggestions for growing the SmorgShow audience.   Baba Gonesh presents a disturbing tale of the Bedbug and the Flea.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Brett Ryan Stewart

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044 SmorgShow Podcast (01.15.11)

Jerry, Ally, and Chris at Baba's Restaurant

This week we bring you our show live from Baba Gonesh’s restaurant, “The Hidden Palace: A Taste of Baba”.   Old Smorgasbord Radio Show member Jerry Malauskas stops in and co-hosts the show with us.   We discuss Indian cuisine including the basics of an Indian meal, terminology, spices, and desserts.   We go through Baba’s buffet items and Baba joins us to discuss the proper etiquette of eating in an Indian restaurant.   News Balls:  a Hitler-mocking dog, a Russian exorcist killing, Romanian witches who use cat excrement to curse the country’s taxmen, and the star realignment impact on the horoscope.

Featured Artist of the Week:  Junkyard Groove

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043 SmorgShow Podcast (01.01.11)

On our first show of the new year, we re-connect with Dave Jackson from the original Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio program.   Dave gives us an update on what he has been up since Chris and Dave disbanded and the challenges he faced with his radio career. We go down memory lane with a few highlights from the original show.   Baba Gonesh presents the story of “Tenali Raman’s Gift”, and News Balls:  Top 10 offbeat stories of 2010.

Featured Artist of the Week: Kelly Harper

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042 SmorgShow Podcast (12.24.10)

On this special Christmas Eve episode Granny Rose reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.   Baba Gonesh has a very somber message to deliver about the children of India and how the listening audience can help a child in need.   For more information, go to Baba’s blog entry at

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041 SmorgShow Podcast (12.18.10)

This week we devote the entire episode to our latest radio play production, “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens.   It is a relatively faithful rendition of the original story, shortened to around 45 minutes in order to keep in line with our usual show length.  We brought in a large cast of actors to play the many characters of the classic story.   This was by far our most ambitious production which would not have been possible to pull together if we had not previously done the other old-time radio dramas from our earlier episodes, like “Sorry, Wrong Number”, “On a Country Road”, and “The Sisters”.     We had a great time over the past couple weeks preparing, directing, and producing this show.   We really hope you enjoy the final outcome of it.

We would like to thank all the people who made this recording possible, some of whom even braved the nasty winter weather by making the long journey to our studio to lay down their tracks.   We also want to thank our loyal listeners for making 2010 a very memorable year for us as we brought you our new weekly podcast of the SmorgShow.   It has been a very rewarding year and we look forward to doing more of it in 2011.    Merry Christmas to all and ‘May God Bless Us Every One!’

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