History Radio / TheFrantics

12th Feb '17 4:51:50 AM Morgenthaler
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After their attempts at television success, the Frantics returned to radio for several short series, including a spoof of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' in 1987 and 1988's eight-part ''The Frantics Look at History'', after which they appear to have gone their separate ways until their 2004 reunion. In between their radio and television efforts, they released several [=CDs=] of their sketches and songs. Several of their tracks got extensive play on the syndicated ''DrDemento'' radio show in the 1980s, spurring the birth of an American following for the group.

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After their attempts at television success, the Frantics returned to radio for several short series, including a spoof of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' in 1987 and 1988's eight-part ''The Frantics Look at History'', after which they appear to have gone their separate ways until their 2004 reunion. In between their radio and television efforts, they released several [=CDs=] of their sketches and songs. Several of their tracks got extensive play on the syndicated ''DrDemento'' ''Creator/DrDemento'' radio show in the 1980s, spurring the birth of an American following for the group.
17th Jan '17 12:32:28 AM FordPrefect
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Their trademark was off-the-wall and often surreal sketches that took advantage of power of radio and audio recordings to produce imagery that would have been too expensive or simply impossible in a visual medium, such as the tales of their Canadian superhero, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLLaOyQfx8 Mr. Canoehead]], who had had an aluminum canoe [[LightningCanDoAnything welded to his head by a lightning bolt]]. (Attempts to recreate these sketches on television only reduced their comedic impact.) Their comedy was never dumbed down -- in fact, they respected and depended upon the intelligence of the audience, as seen in their sketches [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNmqdLmAfc "You Were Speeding"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=aAa2UeuIMu0 "Human Race"]]. They were also talented musicians, as demonstrated by their numerous novelty songs. They are perhaps best known for their routines [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5kGUW6M7W0 "Last Will and Temperament"]] and "Ti Kwan Leep", both of which make frequent use of their most famous CatchPhrase, "Boot to the head!"

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Their trademark was off-the-wall and often surreal sketches that took advantage of the power of radio and audio recordings to produce imagery that would have been too expensive or simply impossible in a visual medium, such as the tales of their Canadian superhero, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLLaOyQfx8 Mr. Canoehead]], who had had an aluminum canoe [[LightningCanDoAnything welded to his head by a lightning bolt]]. (Attempts to recreate these sketches on television only reduced their comedic impact.) Their comedy was never dumbed down -- in fact, they respected and depended upon the intelligence of the audience, as seen in their sketches [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNmqdLmAfc "You Were Speeding"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=aAa2UeuIMu0 "Human Race"]]. They were also talented musicians, as demonstrated by their numerous novelty songs. They are perhaps best known for their routines [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5kGUW6M7W0 "Last Will and Temperament"]] and "Ti Kwan Leep", both of which make frequent use of their most famous CatchPhrase, "Boot to the head!"
18th Apr '16 12:45:59 PM bt8257
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%%* GambitRoulette: A burglary sketch on ''Four On The Floor''.



* PetTheDog: Arthur Muldoon of "Last Will and Temperament" gives boots to the head to literally everyone he knows (except his lawyer, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment who got a rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]]), but he does end up giving his entire ten million dollar fortune to the good people of Calgary [[TakeThat so they can]] [[WretchedHive move somewhere decent]]!

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* PetTheDog: Arthur Muldoon of "Last Will and Temperament" gives boots to the head to literally everyone he knows (except his lawyer, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment who got a rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]]), but he does end up giving his entire ten million dollar fortune to the good people of Calgary [[TakeThat so they can]] can afford to]] [[WretchedHive move somewhere decent]]!
14th Apr '16 3:40:03 PM bt8257
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The "boot to the head" that [[GoldDigger Jenny, Hank]], [[TheSlacker He]][[TheAlcoholicdge]] and [[SpoiledBrat Ralston]] received are more or less literal examples. Subverted with Mrs. Mulroy, [[KickTheDog who did nothing to deserve it]].

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The "boot to the head" that [[GoldDigger Jenny, Hank]], [[TheSlacker He]][[TheAlcoholicdge]] He]][[TheAlcoholic dge]] and [[SpoiledBrat Ralston]] received are more or less literal examples. Subverted with Mrs. Mulroy, [[KickTheDog who did nothing to deserve it]].
14th Apr '16 3:39:48 PM bt8257
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The "boot to the head" that [[GoldDigger Jenny, Hank]], [[TheSlacker Hedge]] and [[SpoiledBrat Ralston]] received are more or less literal examples. Subverted with Mrs. Mulroy, [[KickTheDog who did nothing to deserve it]].

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The "boot to the head" that [[GoldDigger Jenny, Hank]], [[TheSlacker Hedge]] He]][[TheAlcoholicdge]] and [[SpoiledBrat Ralston]] received are more or less literal examples. Subverted with Mrs. Mulroy, [[KickTheDog who did nothing to deserve it]].
14th Apr '16 3:10:11 PM bt8257
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* PassedOverInheritance: Every one of Arthur Muldoon's relatives in "Last Will and Temperament." Though Arthur does leave them all a lifetime supply of ice cream. [[spoiler:It's "boot to the head" flavored.]]

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* PassedOverInheritance: Every one Everyone of Arthur Muldoon's relatives in "Last Will and Temperament." Temperament". Though Arthur does leave them all a lifetime supply of ice cream. [[spoiler:It's "boot to the head" flavored.]]



* PetTheDog: Arthur Muldoon of "Last Will and Temperament" gives boots to the head to literally everyone he knows (except his lawyer, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment who got a rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]]), but he does end up giving his entire ten million dollar fortune to the good people of Calgary...[[TakeThat so they can]] [[WretchedHive move somewhere decent]]!
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: "And so I leave my entire estate of ten million to [[spoiler:the people of Calgary so they can afford to move someplace decent]]."

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* PetTheDog: Arthur Muldoon of "Last Will and Temperament" gives boots to the head to literally everyone he knows (except his lawyer, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment who got a rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]]), but he does end up giving his entire ten million dollar fortune to the good people of Calgary...Calgary [[TakeThat so they can]] [[WretchedHive move somewhere decent]]!
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: "And so I leave my entire estate of ten 10 million dollars to [[spoiler:the the people of Calgary so they can afford to move someplace decent]].decent."



* TheScrappy: In-universe; Mr. Muldoon ''really'' hated his sister Jenny and her wimpy husband Hank. Not without reason, mind you, since they were very obviously {{Gold Digger}}s.

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* TheScrappy: In-universe; Mr. Muldoon ''really'' hated his sister Jenny and her wimpy husband Hank. Not without reason, mind you, since they were very obviously {{Gold Digger}}s.{{gold digger}}s.
4th Mar '16 3:16:47 PM Kalaong
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** Arthur Durham Muldoon, the late gentleman whose will is read in "Last Will And Temperament," can count as well. Giving the "nasty" family members a boot to the head is one thing. But when the one who read the will, who had nothing to do with the family antics, [[DisproportionateRetribution was given "a rabid Tasmanian Devil... to be placed in his trousers?!]] [[TheScream AAAAGH!!]]" And everyone else who are not in the skit gets a lifetime supply of ice cream... boot-to-the-head flavored. Mrs. Mulroy in particular did nothing to deserve this treatment. Quite the opposite, in fact; she was the one person who treated Arthur with constant respect and kindness, and even says she doesn't want anything of Arthur's. She gets a boot to the head like everyone else.

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** Arthur Durham Muldoon, the late gentleman whose will is read in "Last Will And Temperament," can count as well. Giving the "nasty" family members a boot to the head is one thing. But when the one who read the will, who had nothing to do with the family antics, [[DisproportionateRetribution was given "a rabid Tasmanian Devil... to be placed in his trousers?!]] [[TheScream AAAAGH!!]]" And everyone else who are not in the skit gets a lifetime supply of ice cream... boot-to-the-head [[spoiler:boot-to-the-head]] flavored. Mrs. Mulroy in particular did nothing to deserve this treatment. Quite the opposite, in fact; she was the one person who treated Arthur with constant respect and kindness, and even says she doesn't want anything of Arthur's. She gets a boot to the head like everyone else.
4th Mar '16 9:48:17 AM kyojikasshu
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* DisgustingPublicToilet: "Gas Station Washroom" is all about one of these.
18th Feb '16 8:33:00 AM ObsidianFire
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Arthur Muldoon. At first, it looks his he's going to leave his drunkard brother Hedge nothing but a boot to the head, but Arthur leaves Hedge his wine cellar and three crates of his finest whiskey. As soon as Hedge lets his guard down, ''then'' he gets a boot to the head.



* GenreSavvy: To some degree, Hedge in "Last Will and Temperament." After his sister and her husband get boots to the head, he covers his own head when his name comes up and needs to be lured off-guard with an actual non-boot bequest. When the lawyer announces a final inheritance for everyone he promptly warns them to cover their heads as well. There's also Arthur's "know-it-all nephew Ralston", who just keeps declaring how predictable everything is even as he's getting a boot to the head.
21st Jan '16 6:47:58 PM nombretomado
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* HorseRacing: Parodied in "The Human Race"
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