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Soap: Jay Johnson (Chuck & Bob), Part 2, TV Series Finale Podcast #43

Chuck & Bob on SoapJay Johnson is widely regarded as an incredible ventriloquist. Aside from numerous TV appearances, he won a Tony Award in 2007 for his one man Broadway show, The Two and Only. Still, Johnson is best known for his role on the landmark 1977 sitcom, Soap.

In the first part of our extended interview with the actor, we discussed his early career, how he landed the role on Soap, the controversy surrounding the show, and a lot of great anecdotes about working with the rest of the extraordinary cast. You can hear part one here.

In part two, we discuss many of the memorable Soap guest stars, the show’s announcer Rod Roddy, the series’ surprise ending, working on CSI, Empty Nest, and Chuck and Bob’s surprise return on That ’70s Show. We finish by talking about Johnson’s stage show and how it felt to win a Tony award. Tune in!

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You can hear part one here.

To learn more about Johnson, visit his website. If you haven’t seen his work lately, here are a couple of fun videos you’ll enjoy.

 
Soap’s Chuck and Bob (Jay Johnson) have a new act that’s hard to believe.   On his Broadway show’s opening night, Johnson appeared on David Letterman’s show.
 
 

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Mark May 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

What a great inteview! To hear who was originally scripted to murder Peter Campbell and how it was to resolve itself (with someone turning states evidence) was a story I had never heard–and amazingly funny! SOAP is one of the most underrated tv shows in history, and had a cast that could do comedy and drama like no other. It was witty, topical, ahead of its time and HILARIOUS! A splendid interview that I am glad I took the time to listen to. If you liked SOAP, I highly recommend the show ‘Arrested Development’. They are so incredibly similar it’s frightening–not appreciated during its run except by those who enjoy irreverent, intelligent comedy, and off the air far, far too soon. Great job, and ‘thank you’!

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