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The Culture Report: Selected Sketches
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The Culture Report was a charming, unfunded, ungraded student comedy effort that arose organically at Louisiana State University in the early 1980s. Its 20- to 30-minute compilations of taped radio comedy sketches aired weekly, on Thursday nights at 9:30. We met on Tuesday nights to plan the show and regularly put in an all-nighter on Wednesday nights to record it. I wrote some 100 or so sketches for that show over three semesters and performed in many others.
A Word About Context
Folks, this is a sampling of what college radio comedy was like (ahem)... FORTY years ago! Consider it a history lesson, and not so much "comedy" per se. And please, always keep in mind... MeToo's Grandpa wasn't even born yet then!
The show evolved from an original, one-man show by a then-WPRG student DJ into a full-fledged weekly sketch comedy half-hour (or so). Writers and performers of the Culture Report radio comedy show during my stint included: Steve Carleton, Michael Dean Chambers, Kim Coleman, Jeff DeMouy, Nicole Guerrin, John Moranski, Ed Mosley, Burk Murray, Theresa Regan, David Saia, Dan Sonnier, and John Wohlbruck, with occasional guest voices (Joy Sonnier, Eugene Benoit, and many others) and contributors and with the generous sound-engineering help of kind volunteers, primarily Mike... something (if you know, please email me, and I'll add it!
David Saia grew up in southern Louisiana and is a proud Bayou Cajun. If he ever meets that "Mo Martin" Prairie Cajun again in the swamps, he will punch him in the eye, I can tell you that!Got feedback on this page? Share it with the moocat!
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