I’d like to briefly interrupt my Monster Month posts to bring you some news about a tribute being staged in less than two weeks for my friend, the legendary Stan Freberg. Stan is one of funniest guys I know, and he was a big part of voicing things like the classic Warner Bros. cartoons (alongside Mel Blanc who got all the credit), the Beaver in Lady & the Tramp, and even in Brad Bird’s great Family Dog animated episode for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology series. I have said all this and more in a post from two years ago where you can see lots more pictures and clips by CLICKING HERE!
For now, though, you can read the official press release below to see how you can get tickets to the tribute at Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Egyptian theater where you may have a chance to actually meet Stan….
“THE GENIUS OF STAN FREBERG: 70 YEARS OF CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT” SET FOR NOVEMBER 2ND IN HOLLWOOD. HOSTED BY HARRY SHEARER WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC, MICKY DOLENZ AND OTHERS
American Cinematheque at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater will showcase the astonishing versatility of beloved humorist Stan Freberg in “The Genius of Stan Freberg: 70 Years of Creative Entertainment” on Sunday, November 2nd at 7pm.
This special evening of tribute will be hosted by actor-satirist Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “Le Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap”) and will feature special appearances by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Micky Dolenz, award-winning filmmaker Bob Kurtz, animation experts Jerry Beck and Eric Goldberg, and many other Freberg colleagues and celebrity fans.
In addition to spontaneous humor and live musical performances, the program will present a dazzling array of favorite clips chosen by Freberg fans, as well as rarely-seen examples of Stan’s ground-breaking writing and performances in radio and records, television series and specials, animated films and of course his hilarious TV ads. Stan will also explore his own career and legacy in a lively exchange with his wife and partner, Hunter Freberg.
Celebrated as much for inspiring others as for his own creativity, Freberg has been named as an important influence by a wide range of artists. In addition to Harry Shearer and Al Yankovic, Freberg is revered by director Steven Spielberg (who has referred to him as his boyhood muse), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, and actor-comedian Billy Crystal. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Freberg’s gifts came from another genius, Albert Einstein, who once famously apologized for leaving a Cal Tech meeting by explaining, “you’ll have to excuse me gentlemen, but it’s Time For Beany.”
A clip from that classic kids show, “Time for Beany,” is just one of the timeless Freberg performances to be showcased on November 2nd. Others include excerpts from recorded comedy classics “John and Marsha,” “Saint George and the Dragonet,” “Banana Boat,” and “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America.” Also featured are rare segments from Freberg’s television specials “The Chung King Comedy Hour” and “The Federal Budget Revue,” as well as Stan’s hilarious Clio-winning TV ads for Sunsweet Prunes (featuring sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury), Jacobson Lawn Mowers, (“Faster Than Sheep!”), a dazzling production number for Great American Soup, and because his fans demand it, the Lone Ranger and Tonto promoting Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.
Among his other notable achievements, Freberg is credited with creating the word “Grammy,” and Ad Age has dubbed him “the Father of the funny commercial.”
Information about the evening is available at the American Cinematheque website, www.americancinemathequecalendar.com, and advance tickets can be purchased at www.fandango.com. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $13 for students, and $11 for American Cinematheque members.
In addition, there will be some autographed items of Stan’s for sale, and if you hang around, he will sign any merchandise of his that you bring along for a fee of $25 per item.