In 1984, when I was still DJ Hanard, I created, directed and co-performed in a ‘sitcom’ on Somerville Community Access Television.
Somerville Kitchenette (SK) was the adventures of a shipwrecked crew of extraterrestrials hiding out in Somerville, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). Tony V., Mike Moto, Dan Spencer and Dennis Downey and I comprised the core group of stranded aliens using a community service public access show as a distress beacon to their home planet. I 'hosted' the program under the guise of a lovable lounge lizard named Mickey Bisco.
In each episode (one per month), members of the Boston comedy scene were recruited as guest characters and special guest crew members.
Several running gags were never explained and left to the imagination of the viewer. The show was inundated with strange ‘black boxes’ that performed a myriad of tasks defying time and space. The show was also plagued by small robots that sometimes spoke many different languages. These were supposedly the ship’s ‘rats and roaches’ that survived the crash.
The name ‘Somerville Kitchenette’ was derived from not only being on Somerville Community Access TV (SCAT), but was taken from the insignia that closely resembled an S and a K on all alien artifacts.
Each episode of SK was shot on primitive equipment (even by 1984 standards) over a non-stop 24 hour schedule, entirely on location- actually many, many locations. After getting a feel for how that day’s shooting went, I would then shoot the anchor segments. Then I would view, log and select which takes of the day’s shooting would be used, get a couple of hours sleep and edit everything in the 6 hour slot that was all the time allotted at SCAT.
This is the second of six episodes. Along with my core group of actors, we also see guest performances by Joe Yannetty, Steve Bean, Mary O’Donnell, Kristen Johnson, Elaine Riley, Allison Martin and Phil Van Tee, who all became regular utility players in the extended ensemble.
Wayne V.Martin served as videographer. Somerville Kitchenette was made possible by Susan Warzel, who served as Community Access producer and who was, in fact, the only resident of Somerville.