American Parlor Songbook American Parlor Songbook is a radio variety program based in Southern California.Come into the Parlor for clever songs, charming stories, and hilarious sketches each week. Hosted from the piano by acclaimed composer JP Houston, with his wife, comic actress Julie Van Dusen. JP and Julie are joined by special guests from national music acts to raconteurs and stand-ups. American Parlor Songbook is recorded in front of live audiences at the Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead CA, and at venues across the country.
American Parlor Songbook

American Parlor Songbook

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American Parlor Songbook is a radio variety program based in Southern California.Come into the Parlor for clever songs, charming stories, and hilarious sketches each week. Hosted from the piano by acclaimed composer JP Houston, with his wife, comic actress Julie Van Dusen. JP and Julie are joined by special guests from national music acts to raconteurs and stand-ups. American Parlor Songbook is recorded in front of live audiences at the Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead CA, and at venues across the country.

Most Recent Episodes

1/8/21 - Parade of Stuff

Join us for a collection of some of our favorite sketches, stories, and songs recorded at The Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead, CA. With performances by comedians Zach Sherwin and John Pate, and music from singer-songwriters Ryan Erskine, Jason Feddy, and Myshkin.

1/1/21 - The Universe

Join us for a collection of sketches, stories, and songs about the nature of the universe. JP tells a childhood tale about a girl named Tide, a guru torments his follower, April Hava Shenkman trades voices with her father Chickster, and So-Cal swing act Hobo Jazz Perform.

12/25/2020 - Winter

Put a log on the fire and watch the snow fall outside the window. JP tells a chilly childhood tale, we visit the Ice Sculpture Invitational, and retired actress Martha Young becomes the queen of the winter carnival. Steven Benaquist cedes his slot to Miroslav Pekar, and acoustic soul duo Freddy & Francine perform.

12/18/20 Secular Holiday Semi-Spectacular

window.parent.CKEDITOR.tools.callFunction( 47, window ); Join us for a holiday show. Alt-right host Aaron White fights in the war on Christmas, retired actress Martha Young trashes a pine tree, and JP tells a true childhood tail about a flying turkey. With special musical Christmas cards sent in by Young Mister, Carolyn Mark, Sunfields, and Matt Coleman.

6/19/20 - B-Movies

Join us for a show about B-Movies. We riff on cult classics, grindhouse shockers, and drive-in features. JP sings the news about robot law, and tells a story about a seedy cinema. Rob Mills returns as cryptozoologist Emil Konk, in a piece written by Kit Passold. Songwriter Shmedly from The Secret Powers brings us a solo piano performance.

6/12/2020 - Words with Fiends

We'll twist our tongues on an episode about words and communication. John Pate returns with a tale of southern idioms, and Canadian singer Ben Wilkens brings us his thoughtful piano ballads.

6/5/2020 - Consciousness

Join us for an episode recorded live in Joshua Tree, California. We'll find awareness this week on a show about consciousness. JP sings the news and tells a story about an influential childhood teacher. Julie joins in for a sketch about an important phonecall from god, and monster hunter Emil Konk returns for another talk. With some studio material from Rob Mills and Kit Pasold, and musical guests, indie folksters The Adobe Collective.

5/29/20 Pushing Pencils

Take a number and have a seat, it'll be a while on this episode about bureaucracy. JP tells a true childhood tale about school health regulations, comedian Hailey Jones keeps us in check as Safety Sue, and singer-songwriter Matt Coleman performs his acoustic pop.

5/22/20 - Elbow Grease is the Word

Join us for a show about work. JP tells a true childhood tale about earning fake money, comedian and playwright Steven Benaquist delivers a "FRED Talk", and from Switzerland, songwriting duo Sarah Bowman and Rene Coal Burrel perform as Famous October.

5/15/20 - Privacy

Join us for an episode recorded at The Tudor House Theatre in Lake Arrowhead, California. We'll mind our business on a show about privacy. JP tells a childhood tale about a secret room under the stairs, Julie joins in for a sketch about a smart home run amuck, Phil Proctor & Jamie Alcroft return with their "Boomers on a Bench", and original Greenwich scene folk singer Art Podell performs.

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