On this, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, I thought I’d share a comedy sketch that I wrote for The Madhouse Theater Company, and which they performed last month at Montgomery County Community College. (Frank Gorshin, in case you’re wondering, was an impressionist who appeared on the Ed Sullivan show ahead of the Beatles. He’s probably best known for playing the Riddler on Bat Man.)
Sheila, Ellen, and Marcy are standing in line for the first appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
SHEILA: Can you believe it? The Beatles!
Sheila and Ellen scream. Marcy, is taken off guard and cringes.
ELLEN: I think Paul is darling!
Sheila and Ellen scream again. Marcy still cringes, but less dramatically.
SHEILA: I want to have John’s baby!
Sheila and Ellen scream a third time. This time, Marcy is expecting it. She just turns slightly away in anticipation of the blast.
Ellen turns to Marcy.
ELLEN: What about you? Who’s your favorite Beatle?
MARCY: I don’t know… Stan?
Sheila and Ellen start to scream, then catch themselves.
SHEILA: Wait a second…
ELLEN: There’s no Beatle called Stan!
ELLEN: There’s no Gary, either.
SHEILA: It’s John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
ELLEN: And they’re playing tonight!
Sheila and Ellen scream, but by now, Marcy is bored with the routine.
MARCY: To tell you the truth, I’m here to see Frank Gorshin.
MARCY: You know, the comedian. He’s on the show with some band tonight.
Sheila and Ellen look at each other quizzically as Marcy gets a dreamy look in her eyes.
MARCY: Frank Gorshin!
Enter Karen and Josie.
KAREN: Did you say Frank Gorshin?
Karen and Josie scream. Sheila and Ellen react with confusion. Marcy looks excited.
JOSIE: He’s the dreamiest!
KAREN: I want to have his baby!
MARCY: I DID have his baby!
Everyone looks at Marcy with horror. Marcy realizes she’s taken her enthusiasm a step too far.
MARCY: I mean… Wow, Frank Gorshin!
Lyle and Ted appear on the scene.
TED: Frank Gorshin? I love Frank Gorshin!
LYLE: Hey! I think that’s him over there!
Lyle points to something in the distance.
TED: Hey, everybody! It’s Frank Gorshin!
A mob of teens pours onto the stage.
LYLE: Frank! Frank!
TED: We want to have your baby!
JOSIE: Oh my God!
MARCY: He’s waving at us!
KAREN: And he’s coming this way!
Everyone screams. Even Sheila and Ellen are excited now. Mayhem ensues. Lyle faints. In a moment of quiet, Sheila turns to Ellen.
SHEILA: Can you believe it?
SHEILA and ELLEN: Frank Gorshin!
Sheila and Ellen scream.
In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things off by explaining how to make pot holders. The episode ends with a musical remix of the interview titled “Over Under (It’s Kinda Weird).”