Somerville Kitchenette (1984): The Annual Dinner Dance and Indoor Motorcycle Competition Episode
With three episodes under our belt, I thought it was time for our most ambitious effort. I wanted the core cast members to interact more, so I had already planted the idea of the Annual Dinner Dance and Indoor Motorcycle Competition in the previous installments. The production crew (Susan Warzel, Wayne Martin and me) was now joined by our indispensable Production Assistant, Arlene Hirschman (now Arlene Taranow).
Instead of a dozen locations, 99% of this episode was shot at the Charles Playhouse in Boston and we utilized every nook and cranny of the first floor (street level) that also served, at that time, as the Comedy Connection.
Along with Mike Moto, Tony V, Dan Spencer, Dennis Downey (and me), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Adventure Time), Ron Lynch (Dr. Katz, Adventure Time), Brian Kiley (writer, Conan O'Brien), Ed Driscoll (writer, Dennis Miller, The Comeback, The David Spade Showbiz Show), Fred Wilson (aka Simply Fred), Kristen Johnson (Mrs. Tony V), Lenny Clarke, Ferd (soon to be the 2nd Mrs. Lenny Clarke) and Fran Solamita (producer, When Stand Up Stood Out) joined regulars Steve Bean, Joe Yanetty, Allison Martin and Mary O'Donnell.
Brian Kiley had brought along a very talented fellow who we see as Chef Moto's first assistant. Not much else was known about this guy. Kiley only knew him as 'Pasqual', so we added 'John Pasqual' as his credit. If anybody knows who this guy is, let us know and we will try to fix posterity.
This is also the first appearance of the much loved and much missed Lauren Dombrowski (writer, MAD TV), who appears, with her twin sister Lynn, as guest crew members Proton and Neutron.
There is someone only credited as 'Kathy'.
Steve Bean, Mike Moto and I all played double roles.
The side alley of the Charles Playhouse was made up to look like the interior of the cafe Scubatto for some of the messier scenes.
Ten gallons of chocolate ice cream was melted and used as 'mud' to splash onto Chef Moto and indoor motorcycle race onlookers as he served fried iguana strips.
With the exception of the 'anchor desk' segments, this was all shot in about five hours.
Yes, it was a one camera shoot.
Yes, due to time constraints, we had to do everything in one take.
Yes, I actually had a thousand free Somerville Kitchenette pens made.
I ran out of allotted editing time at Somerville Community Public Access TV, so I paid a Production House to get the credits done. I liked the look, so it became a mainstay of the show.
I can't disclose as to whether or not The Dave Clark Five was really there as, once again, the robots proved to be the bane of our covert shipwrecked extraterrestrial existence :)