Remember the Allan Prell who briefly graced KIRO mid mornings in the mid-two thousandsies? In that case, you might (or might not) enjoy The Ballad of Allan Prell here. If you got through that dreck without vomitus interruptus, read about him in the new issue of Baltimore Magazine:
A well-heeled, middle-aged crowd of about 60 has come to the Cabaret at Germano's Trattoria in Little Italy to see—well, they're not quite sure what they'll see.
They know it involves their old radio pal Allan Prell (aka Allie Elf, aka Uncle Allie), joined by musician Russ Margo, in some sort of variety routine. Beyond that, they haven't a clue. And it doesn't matter. They just want to hang out with the man who made them laugh, think—and sometimes want to throw things—on WBAL-AM for 17 years.
After a musical intro by Margo, a song called "This is the Very Worst Show You'll Ever See" (sample lyric: "We didn't work hard to make it funny, but here we are, taking your money"), Prell—looking a bit older, but still puckish—comes on stage holding a toilet paper roll wrapped in $2 bills.
"Gangsters call their wads of cash a flash roll," he says to the crowd. "Do you know what I call this?"
"Toilet paper?" someone guesses.
Prell rolls his eyes in mock aggravation—the first dud skit of the night. Then a woman shouts: "A flush roll!" Finally!
Prell and Margo go on to perform several "so-bad-they're-good" sketches—Prell as Tiny Tim's grandson, singing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" (as Margo stands behind him playing the ukulele Prell is holding); Prell as a Yosemite Sam type, with a felt 10-gallon hat and a fake beard that gets caught in his mouth as he sings "Ghost Riders in the Sky;" Prell making fun of old sponsor Morris the Remodeler with a wax paper window ("the latest in remodeling") that he douses with shaving cream to represent snow.
It's silly, it's all over the place, and—whether they knew it or not—it's exactly what the crowd hoped for.