Conversations With My Dummy



"Conversations With My Dummy" is a throwback to old time radio, featuring original routines, sound effects, voice characterizations and ventriloquism (yes, before you ask about his lips, Steve works on the honor system) It aired for over 30 years on commercial and public radio stations around the country. Steve Charney and his show was profiled in the "New Yorker" magazine. In other words, Steve is a serious artist, doing serious work, who's in serious trouble.


  • CWMD 149 Steve in Harry's Trunk

    08/01/2020 Duração: 19min

    This is Steve's penultimate podcast. One more and he's outta here. He explains why on his next podcast. But for now, Steve gets locked in Harry's Trunk. He also tries to find a last name for him. And Bobby Braddock, Spike jones and a song from That Was The Week That Was is played (probably a Tom Lehrer song).

  • CWMD 148 Ocarina and See No Evil

    01/01/2020 Duração: 19min

    Steve uses Harry's head to play an ocarina. Plus Harry wants to add some more monkeys. How about Smell No Evil? And Spike Jones, Homer and Jethro and Dayton Allen. I should note that there are only two more shows before I end this podcast.

  • CWMD 147 Giant Banana

    24/12/2019 Duração: 19min

    Harry brings in a Giant Banana. Plus Junk Food Junkie from Larry Groce. Emo Philips and Spike Jones, too

  • CWMD 146 Flippers

    18/12/2019 Duração: 20min

    Harry is wearing his flippers and talks about the illustrious history of the footwear. Did you know George Washington was wearing flippers when he crossed the Delaware? Also Jerry Lewis, Brown Bag Blue Band and John Cleese and David Frost. Also Molly Mason is Steve's guest singing with Harry.

  • CWMD 145 Dog Music festival and It's Fare

    11/12/2019 Duração: 19min

    Harry is going to a Music Festival...for dogs! Also Spike Jones, Fats Waller and Jimmy Durante.

  • CWMD 144 3 pages of script-Pretty Please_Leg Moves

    04/12/2019 Duração: 18min

    It's a potpourri of stuff. Burns and Allen, Wes Harrison and a few skits with Harry.

  • CWMD 143 Mules

    27/11/2019 Duração: 19min

    The theme is Mules. Literally. Utah Philips, Robin and Linda Williams, Chris Holder, Purly Gates, Molly Mason, The Fendermen, and of course...Harry. They all have their say.

  • CWMD 142 Impossible Things (kow1207)

    20/11/2019 Duração: 20min

    Harry's up to doing impossible things again. I know, I know, he can't do them because they're impossible. Never stopped him before. Plus NPR's Elaine Segal.

  • CWMD 141 Vent Syndrome

    13/11/2019 Duração: 20min

    It's a potpourri of goofy stuff. Steve's cult following, the ventriloquial syndrome, Harry is a banjo mover (opposed to a piano mover). Plus a bunch of humorous songs like Steve's Cupcake Song, Goober Peas and The Monopoly Song. Plus...Proctor and Bergman, Alice McGill and something called Soup, Soup.

  • CWMD 140 Slapstick

    06/11/2019 Duração: 20min

    You like slapstick comedy? Neither does Steve but he's stuck with it. Plus Lou Del Bianco sings a song about being a little bit clumsy and Harry sings an oldie "I'm satisfied". Oh...there's also an untrue facts segment. All the facts on this segment are guaranteed to be 100 percent untrue. Call it fake news if you must.

  • CWMD 139 Aliens

    30/10/2019 Duração: 20min

    Harry comes in as a man from Jupiter. Bob Berman, the famed astronomer, talks about why he doubts there are aliens visiting Earth. Harry wants Steve to fill out his intergalactic ID card in case Steve gets swept up by creatures from Betelgeuse. And they both sing a song about having the Blues from Earth.

  • CWMD 138 Shakespeare

    23/10/2019 Duração: 19min

    Harry is going to play Romeo. Hilarity ensues. Besides that it's a show with all things Shakespeare. Milt Kamen gives us a synopsis on Hamlet, Bob Newhart does his thing. And Steve reads from Bill Bryson's book with some amazing facts about the bard. If you didn't like Shakespeare before this podcast, you'll hate him even more after it.

  • CWMD 137 No Idea for Show

    16/10/2019 Duração: 17min

    Steve can't think of an idea for the podcast. Wait, isn't that an idea? Also if you've never been turned on to Spike Jones, this is your chance. And an hilarious phone call from Steve Allen to Arthur Goldstein's mother. And we top it off with Ogden Edsel's "My face is Covered with Hummingbirds"

  • CWMD 136 Stolen Painting

    09/10/2019 Duração: 19min

    Steve discovers a painting has been stolen from the podcast studio. Now who could have taken it? Certainly not Harry. Bruce Ackerman is a guest playing guitar on a song about NYC in the 1970's (written by Steve). Also the fastest Maple Leaf Rag ever played by Wally Rose. And the Question Man with Steve Allen.

  • CWMD 135 The Color Black

    02/10/2019 Duração: 19min

    Just what the title says. It's all about black. Big black hats (Rolf Harris) the airplane's black box (Jaspar Carrot) black holes (Bob and Doug Mackenzie), baa baa black sheep (Harry) and a black belt in a bikini (Steve's original song). And Bob Berman, the astronomer, talks about the color black in space.

  • CWMD 134 How to do stuff

    25/09/2019 Duração: 20min

    This podcast teaches you how to do stuff. How to play tennis, meditate, play chess and write a funny song...all with Harry's twisted bent on things. Plus Jimmy Dickens tells us how to catch an African Skeeter, Proctor and Bergman teaches us how to improve our memory and Ray Stevens is teaching his girlfriend how to drive.

  • CWMD 133 Reincarnation

    18/09/2019 Duração: 20min

    You believe in reincarnation? How about laughing about reincarnation? Steve has three guests on the show. Mikhail Horowitz with Jazz Haikus (there are two four letter words in these Haikus which is why I'm labelling this show explicit, but it's really not that big a deal) and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason sing "You can't get to Heaven". Harry and Steve talk about Harry's past lives. You know, as a chandelier, a church door with other profound insights.

  • CWMD 132 The Home show

    11/09/2019 Duração: 19min

    The theme is home. We don't mean Steve left the podcast at home...that's the theme. And to help him they have the great blues musician Paul Geremia singing "Devil in his own hometown".Plus Harry sings a Woody Guthrie song and there's Spike Jones, Ray Stevens and other nonsense. In other words...hilarity ensues.

  • CWMD 131 Restaurants and Diners

    04/09/2019 Duração: 20min

    Mikhail Horowitz is Steve's guest. They're singing a round using the ten Chinese words that are recycled to name every Chinese restaurant in the country.Harry sings "One Meatball"Myron Cohen talks about the Stage DeliBob Warren sings about Fred's DinerPhyllis Diller is having trouble with a Japanese Restaurant. And Steve wants Harry to be a waiter

  • CWMD 130 The Pawn Shop

    28/08/2019 Duração: 19min

    Steve and Harry open up a Pawn Shop. 'Nuff said. Hilarity ensues. It's hard to explain.Also Steve sings the Australian classic "The Pub with No Beer" but since it's America it's now "The Bar with No Beer"And Dave Van Ronk sings an oldie "Yankety Yank.

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