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America Junior (aka "McLuhanville")

From: Doug Gordon
Length: 10:36

A 10-minute pilot (pilot-ette) for a new kind of comedy/variety series

Ajdrivethrucommentary_small "...the landscape of popular culture involves the clash of competing forces: the neurological appetites of the brain, the economics of the culture industry, changing technological platforms. The specific ways in which these forces collide play a determining role in the type of popular culture we ultimately consume." ? Steven Johnson (from his book, "Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today?s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter") "Canada is a land of multiple borderlines, psychic, social and geographic. anadians live at the interface where opposites clash. We have, therefore, no recognizable identity, and are suspicious of those who think they have." ? Marshall McLuhan "Canada? Why should we leave America to visit America Junior?" ? Homer Simpson "For me, it?s all Guillelmo Marconi?s fault. Radio got off on the wrong foot a century ago. He mistakenly thought that what radio did best was convey information, which is why we get so much news, weather, and sports. In fact, what radio really does best is stimulate the imagination to make pictures in the mind." ? Chris Brookes WHAT IS AMERICA JUNIOR? AMERICA JUNIOR is A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION meets THE GOON SHOW. It?s a weekly half-hour radio comedy/variety series that uses innovative and interactive presentation techniques to allow Canadians across the country to connect with one another. AMERICA JUNIOR combines fictional and non-fictional elements to create a richly-textured parallel universe that listeners will enjoy visiting and interacting with. AMERICA JUNIOR is set in the fictional ?global village? of McLuhanville, Nova Scotia. As the name indicates, this town is named after Canada?s own maverick media theorist, Marshall McLuhan. WHAT WILL I HEAR IN THIS PILOT-ETTE? 1) A mockumentary about Martha Stewart?s army of clones 2) Ben Greenman reads his humorous, ground-breaking piece, ?Blurbs? 3) Vic Teakwood belts out a ?Commentaraoke? about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called ?I Wanna Shake Your Hands? -------------------------------------------

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"...the landscape of popular culture involves the clash of competing forces: the neurological appetites of the brain, the economics of the culture industry, changing technological platforms. The specific ways in which these forces collide play a determining role in the type of popular culture we ultimately consume." ? Steven Johnson (from his book, "Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today?s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter") "Canada is a land of multiple borderlines, psychic, social and geographic. anadians live at the interface where opposites clash. We have, therefore, no recognizable identity, and are suspicious of those who think they have." ? Marshall McLuhan "Canada? Why should we leave America to visit America Junior?" ? Homer Simpson "For me, it?s all Guillelmo Marconi?s fault. Radio got off on the wrong foot a century ago. He mistakenly thought that what radio did best was convey information, which is why we get so much news, weather, and sports. In fact, what radio really does best is stimulate the imagination to make pictures in the mind." ? Chris Brookes WHAT IS AMERICA JUNIOR? AMERICA JUNIOR is A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION meets THE GOON SHOW. It?s a weekly half-hour radio comedy/variety series that uses innovative and interactive presentation techniques to allow Canadians across the country to connect with one another. AMERICA JUNIOR combines fictional and non-fictional elements to create a richly-textured parallel universe that listeners will enjoy visiting and interacting with. AMERICA JUNIOR is set in the fictional ?global village? of McLuhanville, Nova Scotia. As the name indicates, this town is named after Canada?s own maverick media theorist, Marshall McLuhan. WHAT WILL I HEAR IN THIS PILOT-ETTE? 1) A mockumentary about Martha Stewart?s army of clones 2) Ben Greenman reads his humorous, ground-breaking piece, ?Blurbs? 3) Vic Teakwood belts out a ?Commentaraoke? about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called ?I Wanna Shake Your Hands? -------------------------------------------

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Review of America Junior (aka "McLuhanville")

I loved this piece right up to the point when he started singing. Comedians shouldn't sing. Not even in jest. It's seriously painful to listen to.