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Banana Trails to You!

July 8, 2010

I don’t know what all you louses do for a living, but I can’t ever find time to be on the internet! Starting now, you can follow my adventures over at the Banana Shpeel Facebook page – where I’ve staffed some folks to update FOR me! What do you mean, “the sound tech says that’s not in his job description?”


Backstage Behavior

June 4, 2010

Listen, it’s a pretty busy life opening a new show, keeping Margaret in pencils — you know, just being me, the effervescent Marty Schmelky.

But let me tell you something, if you don’t find a quiet moment throughout the day to give yourself some Schmelky-time, you’re gonna go nuts.

Like this:

What a serene moment before the show, right? WRONG. The things you can’t hear in this picture are Margaret’s nagging, some clown’s preshow ritual of listening to songs about tigers’ eyes and my own booming voice telling that guy (a dancer named DeWitt Fleming, Jr.) he better hurry up, I don’t care what kind of “precision” is necessary for mascara, I got a curtain to lift!

You know what my quiet time is? When it’s not quiet! I like the roar of the crowd, the sound of the popcorn, the nervous chatter before a show — if I could get some honking horns and sirens to play every time you visit this page, I would!

If you wanna contribute to the sounds around Banana Shpeel, show me your laugh here — you could win a trip to see the show. You’re welcome!

The Banana Shpeel Pudding Party!

May 14, 2010

We had a great time with our friends at Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side. The unveiling of the Banana Shpeel Pudding was a delicious event. Margaret and my dancing girls had fun meeting our fans and hangin’ in the ‘hood. I finally found a way to stop my assistant Margaret from her non-stop chatter. Keep feeding her pudding.

Banana Shpeel Pudding Party

Banana Shpeel Pudding Party

Banana Shpeel Pudding Party

“On-The-Scene” photo shoot

May 12, 2010

You know how much I love to be in front of the camera and be a star. Margaret and I were on a photo shoot to capture promotional material for Banana Shpeel. This “On-The-Scene” photo shoot was shot all over Columbus Circle, Central Park and the upper West Side while we were spreading the word about Banana Shpeel!





A Very Special Banana Pudding

May 11, 2010

Our neighbors at the famed Magnolia Bakery are celebrating our show with the most perfect gift…Banana Shpeel Pudding! On Wednesday, May 12 at 11am, I’ll be at their Upper West side location (Columbus & 69th) to officially unveil this luscious banana pudding, made with layers of vanilla wafers, ripe, fresh bananas and creamy vanilla pudding. Come by Magnolia Bakery to say hello!

banana blackboard


May 7, 2010

My assistant Margaret is an effective, yet annoying, necessity of my busy life of Banana Shpeel performances. Most people carry cell phones, I carry Margaret. She’s a good woman, but what’s with that hair and the those pencils and the coughing…that voice of hers could make Canadian geese change their flight path.

Get a taste of Banana Shpeel

April 29, 2010

What is Banana Shpeel? Watch this video and you’ll get a taste of the fun, the color, the craziness. Check out the extraordinary talent I’ve assembled from around the world to create this new show. Banana Shpeel previews performances start tonight so come check out the excitement!