Are you the least bit curious about the JFK mystery, UFOs, and the conspiracy theories that swirl around them like dust devils? If so, don't miss out on Richard Belzer's immensely entertaining, impishly irreverent audio monologue on his twin enthusiasms. (Elvis doesn't really figure in Belzer's spiel. He just put him in there because whenever he cast doubt on the Warren Commission or government denials of UFOs, people would say, "Yeah, and you probably believe Elvis is still alive," which isn't true.) Belzer played the conspiracy-obsessed Detective Munch on TV's Homicide
and other shows so convincingly because he is obsessed. He's working on a TV adaptation of the ideas in The Big Book of Conspiracies
Belzer's snarky, film noir voice is a national treasure, and his jaunty, paranoid rap is punctuated with 200 sound effects: musical cues, rifle shots, and a little noise that signals one of Belzer's delightful "factoids." A factoid is an item of interest, such as Belzer's allegation that the bullets recovered from the cop allegedly shot by Oswald don't match Oswald's gun. He also cites the actual U.S. law that forbade sex with aliens. No joke! Belzer started out as a snarling standup comic, and few can match his way with a monologue. His delivery doesn't merely drip with sarcasm, it's positively drenching. He may or may not convince you that Gerald Posner's Oswald-did-it book Case Closed is bull, but he will definitely make you laugh. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes)--Tim Appelo
From Publishers Weekly
Television actor Belzer (he played Detective John Munch on Homicide) began his career as a comedian, working in the same dark political vein as Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory. He brings this skeptic's tone to his discussion of the questions raised by popular American conspiracy theories: Who really killed President Kennedy?, Do UFOs exist? and the ilk. Reading, he comes across as a friendly guy with a healthy anti-authority streak. He poses himself as a people's advocate, at one with all the loonies who believe the U.S. government is involved in cover-up upon cover-up. Much of the program is devoted to attacking the facts of the Kennedy assassination. He makes light of all the loose ends and contradictions (to the occasional sound effect of a whizzing bullet). Later, he discusses whether the Apollo space program was a sham, then delves into the even more far-fetched topic of sex with aliens (he calls it "intergalactic buggery"). Here, he finally sheds his high-handed tone and allows himself to become downright giddy in his conjectures. Based on the 1999 Ballantine hardcover. (June)
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