Thursday March 28, 2013
Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour
On Rewind a bit of the very first episode that introduces the concept to listeners, followed by three whole episodes.
It was in episode two that things really got going, when the infamous puppy stew was introduced. The show's producer Kathleen Flaherty recalls that before that episode aired she had a call from another CBC producer who asked her if she didn't think the idea of "puppy stew" went over the line of bad taste. She said simply "no." It stayed in. She goes on to say "We were very lucky to have one of the first websites at CBC and that, plus "snail" mail, brought us an overwhelmingly quick positive response to those first six episodes. Yes, there was some negative mail. There were people who complained that the actors couldn't act. There were people who found the content racist against white people. But most people loved it."
After that, episode 19, at which point Flaherty says the show had really found its voice.
The final segment today is the 85th one. It was the last one of that series.
The last episode of the Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour aired in 2000. In 2006 the team returned to CBC for a season with Dead Dog in the City. Gracie had sold the café and moved to Toronto to star in a television cooking show. Tom and Jasper came along to peel vegetables and clean pots.
Thomas King presented the Massey lectures on CBC Radio in 2003. They were called The Truth About Stories. His latest book is The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. He is currently working on his fourth novel.
Floyd Favel writes plays as well as directing them. He also works at journalism. He is based on his reserve of Poundmaker in Saskatchewan but works across Canada.
Edna Rain has been busy with the band politics of her home reserve outside Edmonton as well as winning awards for her traditional dancing on the powwow circuit in the summers.
Thanks to Kathleen Flaherty for her help with this program.