Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Godfather…But Don't Ask
For the first time in years “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Godfather….But Don't Ask” the album and the original comedy salute to The Godfather is available once again.
Billboard Magazine the premiere music business trade publication called the album “hilarious”.
Acclaimed as one of the greatest films of all time “The Godfather” premiered in 1972 after Mario Puzo’s classic crime family novel had already spent three years on the Best Seller List. They say that since it was published no other modern novel has captivated, been read and become familiar to so many people around the world.
As the movie was close to release Joe Lauer developed an idea for a comedy take on “The Godfather” and made a deal to produce the album. Joe assembled a crew of his favorite writers to work with him creating a top notch send up of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece about the frightening, colorful, fascinating world of the Italian Mafia.
At the time Lauer was in the midst of producing a string of sharp, hilarious cast albums of political satire starring the reigning master of political impressions David Frye whose uncanny copycat versions of Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Baines Johnson as well as of their political cronies electrified the Watergate era. Among others Lauer also oversaw the extraordinary improvised eponymously named album of the groundbreaking Improv team the Ace Trucking Company.
The creative team was a terrific group of acclaimed writers headed up by John Boni they included Ken Friedman, Mike Preminger and Mad Magazine’s legendary Dick DeBartolo and Nick Meglin. They decided to expand upon what they knew from Puzo’s book and assumed Coppola had covered in the as yet unreleased film, among other things they take us behind the scenes for the Godfather’s meet with Luca the Hitman’s agent (Sure sounds like he’s with the William Morris Agency) and along with Don Vito Corleone on his trip to the I.R.S. office.
Long before Tony Soprano hooked up with Dr. Melfi, the stuff you better not ask about the Godfather crew wondered what it would be like if a mob hitman (J.J. Barry) took his personal problems to a genuine Viennese shrink (Steve Landesberg) and the result is laughs packed.
The cast assembled by Lauer were first rank comedy actors and included J.J Barry and Mina Kolb from The Second City, Marilyn Sokol, comedians Dick Lord, Mike Preminger and Steve Landesberg and as the Marlon Brando inflected Godfather Joe chose the versatile and wonderful Chuck McCann.
“Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Godfather….But Don't Ask” is loaded with laughs, its great fun and you can relax and safely enjoy knowing it’s been vetted by the mob…but that’s another story.
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