The wild men of underground movie making and originators of the Experimentally Ill Film Festival intend to become the wild men of underground radio. Yeah, Hollie and O’Toole will take to the airwaves, well the bandwidth to do an Internet radio show on Sundays from at 4:30 p.m.
The Boston Film Industry Examiner is happy to pass on the information as provided by Mike Phelan O’Toole, if only because this will keep these guys off the streets for at least a couple of hours. Not to mention their listeners.
Seriously, these guys are fun and famously innovative. Give them a listen.
Per Mike below:
A November, 2012 stop on the press tour in support of their fifth film festival brought them to UNregular Radio’s “Citywide Blackout,” showing them the way down the “UNregular” rabbit hole, turning the page on a new chapter in the “Experimentally ILL” legacy.
Pull the curtain back on this crew of irreverent artists and eccentrics who brought you the locally lauded "Experimentally ILL” DIY film festival, and a string of equally insightful and absurdist TV shows, as these multimedia journeymen get personal, bringing their reputation for avant-garde antics to live internet radio and podcasting.
Sharp-tongued, intelligent dialogue on pop culture, film, comics, video games, and more, along with Clerks-like, “Seinfeldian” conversations of minutia set the tone for your newest countercultural aural fixation, as the quick-witted Hollie and O’Toole, armed only with their radio voices and fringe vision, cross the (audio) streams broadcasting from Boston’s best online radio station! Hear a show so “ILL,” it must be “UNregular!” UNregular Radio has been diagnosed ILL - "Experimentally ILL," that is! And "The Talking Cure" is just what the doctor ordered! Tune in LIVE every Sunday from 4:30PM - 6:30PM EST on UNregularRadio.com 's UNcensored Channel, as your hosts, veteran award-winning indie film producers and media personalities Mike O’Toole (AKA Michael Phelan O'Toole) and Lawrence Hollie, flex their wit and wisdom, as they share "show biz" war stories, and continue in their tradition of utilizing media as a tent pole for artistic expression and candid talk, while facilitating a forum for the misfits, and a bastion for the esoteric, presenting a truly “Experimental” alternative Arts and Entertainment audio experience.
Be part of the “Experiment!” Interact with the show by calling the UNcensored studio at 1-617-606-3700. You will be live on the air when you call!
“Pump Up The Volume” as you listen to what it’s like to really live in “Wayne’s World.” Mike O'Toole and Lawrence Hollie co-host and produce "Experimentally ILL Radio," after creating innovative and provocative content for community television and indie video for over a decade now. The odd-couple friends are known as heralds of “The underground cable access TV scene… Bursting with edgy creativity!,” as David Wildman relayed in Time Out Boston last year, winning multiple regional and national “Most Innovative” awards from The Alliance For Community Media, and amassing a rogue’s gallery of spotlight-hungry bohemians and a rolodex of creative visionaries, both famous, and infamous - including the radio show’s third-chair: resident cynic, Dave Young brings it "old school:" the only things bigger than his opinions are his smokin' cigar and blue-tipped mohawk! Occasional members of the show's stable include former Alt Rock-era "Toucher and Rich Show” radio personality, "Golden Sounds Series" rock show emcee, and pro wrestling hype-man Quincy Brisco, and "weird" artist/writer/filmmaker and one-time film teacher to gore-auteur Eli Roth, "Allston's Favorite Son," D.L. Polonsky. Also, listen for cameo appearances by the crew from Mike's storied old TV show,"Insubordinate."
A progressive five-year run as far-out film festival producers and emcees landed these "Experimentals" in the pages of The Boston Globe, The Phoenix, The Dig, Time Out Boston and more, and earned them endorsement from the likes of Jonathan Katz and Tom Snyder; the team who brought you Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” and Seinfeld/Cheers writer Tom Leopold.
The “Experimentally ILL” team have been advocates of collaborative media, and purveyors of unique video art, since 2001, being producers/performers in the community television shows “Random Acts,” an experimental variety program, and “Solipsist’s Dispatch,” O’Toole’s award-winning solo spoken word program. They are also known for their music video work with Boston/Ireland rock band All Echoes Return (formerly Midatlantic), who opened for Letters To Cleo’s hometown reunion show at The Paradise Rock Club in ‘08.
Of the duo’s work, former drummer/producer for Midatlantic, and the guy who wrote the first book on Pro Tools home recording, David Franz, wrote: "Mike & Lawrence - You guys are an unstoppable force. You're a video-making hurricane. Mother Nature pays its respects to you. Father Time is like "These dudes defy me, but that's cool." Thank you."
When not cracking the microphone as raconteurs at UNregular, recounting heroic days of yore, O’Toole, Hollie and company continue to spread themselves thin as videographers, video editors, comedians, actors, and spoken-word artists. Their creative resume has consistently broadened! The men of “ILL” have shared venues in local television, film and stage. Now their homemade brand of whimsy extends to radio!
Their previous exploits as producers and performers have brought them from humble beginnings at The Out Of The Blue Art Gallery, to the historic Coolidge Corner Theatre, Somerville Theatre, ImprovBoston, Art House Theatre, and more - this time it’s “theatre of the mind,” as Mike and Lawrence’s talent for collaborative-storytelling and clever commentary is stripped down to just that; a live, unrestricted audio soapbox for free-associative storytelling, humorous non-sequiters, poignant reviews, and other personal and topical discussion.
Experimentally ILL Radio also provides a home for groundbreaking indie artists and established celebrities to promote their own projects and be professionally interviewed. Experience a fresh perspective on your old favorites, and a refreshing enthusiasm for newcomers! In recent years, through other work, Mike and Lawrence have crossed paths with the likes of such greats as filmmaker-turned-podcast king Kevin Smith ("Silent Bob" of "Jay and Silent Bob"), punk-rock icon Henry Rollins, Letters To Cleo singer Kay Hanley, Wes Anderson, Henry Winkler, Simon Pegg, Christopher Walken, Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, Crispin Glover and more - so you never know who'll show up next!
Additionally, these communication kings bring with them a collection of pop culture sound bytes, and over a decade of surreal and hysterical original recorded audio ripped straight from their TV shows’ video vault.
In keeping with their DIY ethic, inspired by the “punk” ethos, “Experimentally ILL Radio” also boasts an ever-growing collection of both well-known and local recordings of the hosts’ favorite punk, rock, metal, comedy acts and soundtracks, played during breaks!
Oh, and they have a dancing "Goth Robot " ...on loan.
Get "ILL," as this artist collective builds a Boston-based DIY, experimental radio show from the UNDERground, UP.
To catch the ILLness LIVE, visit http://UNregularRadio.com , or download the smart phone app to listen on the go, every Sunday at 4:30PM - 6:30PM EST on the UNcensored Channel. UNregular Radio is now
also available on Roku! Remember to visit http://ExperimentallyILL.com for podcasts of all the latest episodes, on demand, and news on other "ILL" projects!
Finally, the kind of ILLness you’ll actually WANT to catch!
the Boston Film Industry Examiner has reported on these guys before. We met them on set making a John Hartman movie which speaks volumes. Watch the embedded video to catch a flavor of their worldview.