Late night radio will never be the same since comedian John Wessling of Hellgig America asked, “What if Art Bell was a stand-up comic?”
Sure, creepy abounds on Art Bell’s show of demented UFO believers, apocalyptic bell ringers and interviews with the ghost of Bigfoot. But where’s the comedy? The comedy, my friends is going to run rampantly alongside the macabre on the brand new Red Eye Radio Show.
There’s going to be readings from my own dirty book: Lords: Part One, there’s going to be potty ghost talk, UFO-gazing, and theorizing as to how mankind may just be God’s special sausage.
The show itself will be recorded live Saturday night from 11PM-3AM on Bakersfield’s KGEO 1230 AM Radio. You can listen outside of city limits on warpradio.com. Or you can wait to download podcasts of the show which will be exclusively premiering on nlbelardes.com. (Click here to find links to Red Eye, Puck, John Wessling, Warp Radio and more)
John Wessling will be joined by Puck of The Puck Show as the two interview authors, scientists, ghost hunters, and more about the paranormal in us all.
Excited? Yes. I can’t wait to talk serious while throwing in some comedy about Bakersfield urban myths, creepy ghost stories and alien lights. Sure, it might just be kids with flashlights, but hey this is Bakersfield, and here we’re close enough to the secrecy of Edward’s Air Force Base, and ghost sightings by the locally revered, Arthur Chilling. I hear Arthur Chilling may even call into the show.
Crop circles, anyone?
I asked Comedian John Wessling why he was doing the Red Eye Radio Show. While we spoke he was near Sunset and Vine, driving in circles. Tires squealed as he was submersed in conversation and strange LA moments filled with sirens and talk of alien blow-up dolls:
“Not just was I a radio kid to begin with, radio is a medium that only advances so far. No matter how digital you make it, radio is fully evolved, classic, free and there’s something romantic about being on AM through the end of the night. It’s like your own personal solar flare. I believe the overnight shift is the prime time of the future. You see with all this global warming people will soon become lizards and sleep under rocks during the day to keep cool. They’ll stay awake at night just to listen to the Red Eye…
“I respect and love Art Bell, George Noory, and Wolfman Jack. They’re my idols and heroes, but there’s room for competition. And besides, there’s a lot of people who can’t sleep who need to be catered to… The Red Eye is not so much a lean to the macabre. It’s not like I’ve committed to a Goth wardrobe. We’re talking comedy, the bastard brother of tragedy. The first sign of healing after tragic events is comedy… I want this show to sound like books on tape while it’s being recorded. There is definitely some theatre to it, some staged events. I am a descendent of H.G Wells and PT Barnum and so I’m going to use our forum to propagate odd thought and odd behavior. Now we gotta get out of here. We’re nearing Hollywood High and I’m feeling like I’m being triangulated with this phone call…”
And then there was silence.
Tune in to the Red Eye Radio Show Saturday night as it’s recorded live from 11PM-3AM on Bakersfield’s KGEO 1230 AM Radio. You can listen outside of city limits on warpradio.com. Or you can wait to download podcasts on nlbelardes.com.
Join the Red Eye friends on myspace.com/theredeyeradioshow.
2008 nick belardes