Bryan Sweasy writes:
This is in reply to your request for comments about the show. I only have a few minutes, so I'll be brief.
First of all, I like the political humor. I think it's important to be balanced, but you do that quite well.
I like your "Ten Minute Classics." I'm an English teacher, and I share them sometimes with my students. Yes, I tape the show off the radio, which I suppose is illegal, but I support my public radio station, and I have bought MANY PHC items from the local bookstores and from your catalogues. Please don't hit me. The kids love the segments I play for them, by the way. Your "Homecoming" story off the 25th anniversary tape, which I played the day after our homecoming parade, was the biggest hit. I've had students borrow the tape to take home and show their parents.
I e-mailed you earlier that I loved your Parka Punk segment. I'm 28, and I think more Generation X humor/sarcasm/ridicule would be good.
I don't have a title for your new novel, but I'm anxiously awaiting it. Please tell me you're going to do an audio version of it. I love listening to your work while I work on the house.
I don't think the show is too talky. I like talk. GUY NOIR is good. I'm glad he's back in the Acme Building. I thought the Madame Butterfly thing was silly.
Jokes about farts are good. I don't think you need more than four or five a show, though, I mean, come on. There are so many other exciting bodily functions to mention: boogers, vomit. Don't be anti-booger.
Good luck with the show. I hope the show continues for years and years. I hope to see you in June in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. If not, I'll be listening on the radio.
Dear Bryan ----
So far you seem to be the lone voice in favor of flatulence, but thanks for your opinion. By the way, I have nothing against your taping the show and playing it for your students. Not illegal at all. The only problem you'll encounter is if you make copies and sell them. Taping off the air is fine by me. Glad your students liked the story. You're right about the Guy Noir string in which he went to Las Vegas to direct Madame Bovary. It was not a great idea, and he'll never do it again. GK
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