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February 10, 2021

Episode 506: Is There Sex After Death? (1971)

Special Guests: Jeanne Abel, Jenny Abel
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Heather Drain

Alan and Jeanne Abel's Is There Sex After Death? is a mockumentary from 1971 that dares to ask the hard hitting questions with ridiculous answers. It’s a series of vignettes with some familiar faces like Buck Henry, Marshall Efron, Holly Woodlawn, Robert Downey, and more.

Heather Drain and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss pranks, Jenny Abel's Abel Raises Cain, and much more.

Be sure to stick around until the end to hear about how one persistent myth about a college rock band got its start.

Addendum: Per Bill Ackerman's interview with Mink Stole she is not in Is There Sex After Death?.

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1 comment:

  1. Explicit movies were around in New York City by this time. "Electrosex 1975" had opened. The Amero brothers saw it, and reacted to it by lensing explicit imagery for "Bacchanale".

    Here was Michael J. Weldon's review of "Is There Sex After Death?" from "The Psychotronic Video Guide". It was released on VHS by Spencer.

    Alan Abel, a professional prankster, made and released this comic parody of a documentary, and he appears in it as Dr. Rogers, the host and narrator. Buck Henry is Dr. Manos, a breast expert, Marshall Efron plays a porno director, and Jim Dixon impersonates President Nixon. There's an X-rated magic show, dancing and singing at a nudist camp, and a sex bowl competition. The cast also includes Holly Woodlawn and Robert Downey. Rated X but later cut for an R, it played midnight and college shows for years. A paperback version was published.

    I recall that Alan Abel was a contestant on the 1970s version of "What's My Line?". He was not the Mystery Guest, but I think he signed in as "Mr. 'X'", which in retrospect might have been a clue. This movie was mentioned in the post question outro. I did not see the TV show initially; I saw the episode when I was watching the Game Show Network on satellite in the early 2000s.