Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Sixth Budding Ventriloquist Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving is about traditions. That means doing the same thing and feeling good about it.

So, for the SIXTH year in a row, here's the holiday classic Thanksgiving post... 

...With ADDITIONAL NEW CONTENT! A new tradition is offered for your consideration. Can it really be a tradition when it's the first time?  Let's see.  I think you will like it.

I'm thankful that I have wonderful people all around me who like to laugh.

Tradition One - The Budding Ventriloquist Something For The Kids To Do Game
Tradition Two - WKRP In Cincinnati  "The Turkey Drop"
Tradition Three - Wally Cox "Underdog Balloon" Tribute
BONUS NEW TRADITION - A song for Thanksgiving


Today is Thanksgiving, and Budding Ventriloquist is pleased to present two special holiday reruns. The first a Budding classic holiday tradition, and the second is perhaps the funniest Thanksgiving moment in television history.

Tradition One
The Budding Ventriloquist
Something For The Kids To Do Game

While you are busy in the kitchen worrying about whether the turkey is done, if the stuffing has too much or not enough poultry seasoning, and why the pumpkin pies aren't as dark orange as you were expecting, the kids need something to do.

There are several more ventriloquist teams other than the four already circled. Can the kids find them?
Print this picture. Print it many times. Be sure to print it in color, or a few of them won't really be findable. Print it in the highest quality possible, because I am sure your printer ink wasn't very expensive.

(This was originally posted last year on Thanksgiving. I just know that it is going to become a holiday tradition as big as the Underdog* balloon in the Macy's parade.)

Tradition Two
WKRP In Cincinnati
"The Turkey Drop"

After tons of searching and believing someone, somewhere, has posted this segment in it's full glory, I found it. (Actually, Jeff the IT guy at work found it for me. Bravo, dude.)

Whether something is the "funniest" is always a good debate. But there is no doubt, this was truly inspired.

Oh, the humanity.


(If it doesn't run well here, go to

If you jump to the 5:38 mark, that is where I like to start. But the set up is fun too, big guy.


Underdog (1964-1972 TV cartoon): Underdog, Shoeshine Boy’s heroic alter-ego, appeared whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred was being victimized by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. Underdog always speaks in rhymes, such as, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” His voice was supplied by Wally Cox.**

Underdog is now more famous for being a balloon than a cartoon.  Not the worst thing that could happen, I guess. After all, he was a dog, and a cartoon dog besides. After everyone has  forgot Foghorn Leghorn, they still know that Underdog was here.

**  Wally Cox. Comedian, Classic nerd character and voice.  He deserves an entire post as a Budding Ventriloquist: Early Influence.  I'll get right on that.


There was a time when a gathering at the house you grew up in may have included a moment where kids were shooed off to bed, and the adults got out "Party Records."  Sold under-the-counter, these typically ribald recordings were the stuff adults didn't want your tender ears to hear, and your innocent minds to be forever corrupted by. And they would howl.

I guess we were on our own to get those jobs done. We were the generation that sneaked George Carlin albums into the house, so we gotter done, too. Just with naughty words unhid.

Party records were also where double entendre naughtiness reached high art. Here is one such masterpiece party record by a true artist of doggerel, Benny Bell. A lost Thanksgiving treat.


Happy Thanksgiving.

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