Episode 21: Art Beck’s Just Awards

It’s a story as old as the hills.   A rise to fame and fortune, followed by a hasty fall from grace.  The story of The Chat Pack is no different.

“The writing was on the wall,” Allen Kew would explain.  “We were all going off in different directions, not really focusing on the casino show.  Vic with the booze, Les was content honing his standup act in local clubs and then hanging out with the crowd afterwards, and Mary had a baby on the way but even that didn’t stop her from partaking in the occasional act of debauchery….”

MTalk star photo 'bombs' award speech
MTalk star photo ‘bombs’ award speech

MILWAUKEE, December 28 – Even though Milwaukee Talk was shut out of all three of its nominations, that didn’t stop longtime host Mary Margaret from taking the stage at the Talk’o’waukee Awards last night.

As it was announced that WIBS-TV’s Art of Conversation had won the Talk’o’Waukee award for best daytime talk show host, 8-month pregnant Margaret rushed the stage to denounce the victory over her own show’s host…her.

Art Beck began his acceptance speech which, due to budget constraints at the public broadcaster’s show, he is also forced to produce, research, write, and direct. “Thank you so, so, so much!!  To be honest, I have always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these, but I never actually thought it would happen. I work in public broadcasting so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a Talk’o’Waukee Award.”

However, he was quickly interrupted by a seemingly intoxicated Margaret who strutted onstage unannounced and uninvited, “Art, I’m really happy for you, and I’m going to let you finish, but we have one of the best shows of all time and one of the best hosts of all time.”

A horrified Honus Knox III sat in the front row.

After the awards show at a scrum with radio station WMIW1040, Mary spoke again, this time with radio diva Ms. Kim, “I just know that the ‘Talkie Awards, if they want real artists to keep coming back to this, what?  Every year?  Yeah, they need to stop playing with me.  We ain’t gonna play with them no more and Beck needs to respect artistry and he shoulda given his award to somebody else, winked-wink.”

On air the next morning Mary half-heartedly apologized but was quick to point out she wasn’t intoxicated.  “I have been paying attention to our prenatal segments and wouldn’t do anything to harm my new little bambino that way.  Here’s another award-worthy news scoop I’m going to break… what really happened was I was backstage before the awards and I had one quick, little innocent toot with the audio guy.”

Tomorrow:  The Chat Pack slides further and further into the abyss at the hands of a second life-altering accident involving Les Tremaine.

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