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

4/12/19 - Pumping Irony

Join us for sketches, stories, and songs on health and fitness. JP tells a true childhood tale about chickenpox and sings a song about a hunger strike, Steven Benaquist brings us a one-man sketch on the tabaco industry, and soulful singer-songwriter Rosa Pullman performs.

4/5/19 - The Automatic Parlor

Join us for sketches, stories, and songs on Automation. We uncover another lost propaganda cartoon, comedian Steven Benaquist is back with an NPR parody, William Vallenti sings us a musical op-ed on drones, and California indie rockers Fellow Robot perform.

3/29/19 - The American Scheme

Join us for an episode about con jobs, pyramid schemes, and grifts. JP tells a true childhood tale of a Time Square scam, Steven Benaquist pitches an unorthodox diet plan, and singer songwriter Patrick Park performs his down to earth folk songs.

3/22/19 - The Human Voice

Join us for a show about the human voice. We'll modulate, virbrato, diphthong, and glottal stop for an hour straight. JP tells a childhood tale, retired actress Martha Young shows off her 8 octave range, comedian Matt Knudsen tries his hand at the piano, and Canadian singer Coco Love Alcorn performs her spiritual tunes.

3/15/19 - 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.

3/8/19 - Spring Mix

A compilation featuring some of our favorite spring clips. With songs from twin sisters Sarah & Claire Bowman, and routines by performance artist April Hava Shenkman.

3/1/19 - Public Loving Broadcast

Join us from the studio for stories, sketches and songs in response to White House cuts to public broadcasting. The Sesame Street gang go revolutionary, retired actress Martha Young cooks up a fundraising scheme, comedian Steven Benaquist returns as late night jazz host Peebo Whitely, and Eva Mikhailovna performs her haunting folk songs.

2/22/19 - 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.

2/15/19 - Decay

Join us at The Tudor House Theater for sketches, stories, and songs about decay. It's an all new show featuring previously unaired musical performances by Art Podell, Jaden LaRue, and Josh Cuadra. JP tells a childhood tale about early computing, Julie joins in for a sketch on obsolescence, and Phil Proctor & Jamie Alcroft return with another "Boomers on a Bench".

2/8/19 - Lower Learning

An episode from Lake Arrowhead with Australian singer Jordie Lane, and comedian Ryan Singer.

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