The final part in Pretty in Podcast’s sub-series inspired by The Joy of Sex. This instalment deals with the 1984 release, The Joy of Sex, written by Kathleen Rowell and JJ Salter, directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Michelle Meyrink, Colleen Camp, Ernie Hudson, and Christopher Lloyd.
Part of Pretty in Podcast’s sub-series inspired by the works of John Hughes. The Joy of Sex led me down a worm hole of a larger story that needed to be broken up into a few parts. This part is the John Hughes part, which involves a remarkable cast of characters, including Penny Marshall, John Belushi, Michael Eisner, and Dan Greenburg. National Lampoon’s The Joy of Sex was to be Penny Marshall’s directorial debut, and was the last movie John Belushi was negotiating to star in. Had Belushi not died, this could have also been John Hughes’ first produced script.
Special Guest star: Sarah Innis from Dress Code Cracker: The Podcast as Penny Marshall. Sadly, without a Brooklyn accent.
Part of Pretty in Podcast’s series inspired by the works of John Hughes. The Joy of Sex has a history far too long to keep in just one episode, so I broke it up into three parts. John Hughes part of the story doesn’t come in until the second part of the series. Instead, I set up The Joy of Sex‘s early development as a movie.This episode has some explicit content, I talk at a faster rate than normal, and I fake accents, to get it all in under a half hour. How can I breathe????!!!! This episode also talks about The Joy of Sex: a Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking, Charles Grodin’s Movers & Shakers (1985), Dudley Moore, and the hardcore pornographic film Deep Throat.
In the fourth part of Pretty in Podcast’s series inspired by the works of John Hughes, I investigate the unproduced screenplay for National Lampoon’s The History of Ohio from the Dawn of Time Until the End of the Universe a.k.a. National Lampoon’s Dacron, OH, a script written with P.J. O’Rourke.
In the fourth episode of Pretty in Podcast, I break away from my John Hughes’ series to talk about the little known “Dot Sessions,” the lost recordings of Count Basie and Jerry Nelson (The Count from Sesame Street) from 1967, recorded at the same time as Count Basie’s Board of Directors with The Mills Brothers. Only a single copy of a 45 is known to exist. This is the story of how those recordings came to be.
In the third episode of Pretty in Podcast, I talk about John Hughes’ first script National Lampoon’s Jaws 3, People 0 (written with Tod Carroll) and clear up a lot of the myths that surround the production. Jaws 3, People 0 would have been a Joe Dante film featuring Stephen Furst, Bo Derek and Rodger Bumpass, with an appearance by Sid Sheinberg.
In the second episode of Pretty in Podcast, John Hughes leaves his job at Leo Burnett to be an editor for the National Lampoon in the wake of the release of National Lampoon’s Animal House, and the spin-off of the movie, Delta House.
This episode was recorded after watching Delta House episode two, “The Shortest Yard,” written by John Hughes, on YouTube. Since this episode’s release, YouTube now hosts 12 of the 13 episodes. Unfortunately, the seventh episode “The Deformity,” penned by John Hughes is still unavailable. Find them here.
In the inaugural episode (take three for those who are counting), Pretty in Podcast explores the early days of director and screenwriter John Hughes (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone) and his days as ad-man and freelance writer for comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, as well as a sometime writer for Playboy and National Lampoon.