Monday, February 16, 2009

OFFBEAT - LA Cable Access Show 1992-3

I produced a cable access show called OFFBEAT with pals Darrell Draeger, Brian Riedel and Wes Hanson. Eventually, we added Christy Taylor to the line-up. Guests included Tom Ferranti and Andy Rey.

We were the 'Offbeatniks' and flew around in space in 'The Pod,' our spaceship, which was a converted coffee maker model. Christy became Galaxy, the 'Offbeat Girl.'

We taped 10 episodes in Chatsworth, CA where we showed music videos Darrell collected from around the world, then, we would have adventures in between those segments and we used all green screen effects. We did 10 episodes, the first and last were disasters, and so, it was time to move on.

Christy went on to do a few good things including 'The Making of ...And, God Spoke' and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' and was working in 2007. She also appeared on the TV series 'Weird Science' and 'Saved By The Bell, The New Class' and has produced for Walt Disney!

At the time, there was a program on cable TV called 'Access America' that starred Fred Willard and showed clips they collected from cable access shows around the country. We submitted some of our stuff and they loved it, and said they wanted to use us regularly!! We thought that was very cool until they informed us that they got cancelled!..

These are stills from shows #7-9.

This one's a classic!!

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