Off-Ramp Live: Still under construction after 10 years
KPCC’s Off-Ramp celebrated its 10th anniversary with a live show at the LA Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles on September 29. You can listen to the episode on Off-Ramp, and here we share some of the sights and moments you couldn’t hear in the special:
John Rabe introduced the show in his shiny new suit.
The set was staged like a classic late-night talk show, complete with a desk and house band, Harbor Party, to play in Off-Ramp’s theme music.
After Chris Redd’s stand-up set comparing Chicago to his new home of Los Angeles, Rabe gave him an LA Rams cap as a welcome gift.
KPCC correspondent Frank Stoltze performed his version of Tom Waits’s “Frank’s Wild Years” accompanied by saxophone and archival footage of Los Angeles.
After Disney creators John Musker and Ron Clements shared the trailer for their new feature Moana, Musker stepped up to the board to showcase his caricaturing skills with an illustration of Rabe.
Dinner Party Download co-host Rico Gagliano then joined to ask Rabe a few questions:
Gagliano: The idea here is that I interview you.
Gagliano: Shall we switch places?
Jazz singer David Whitfield sang before sharing, “I learned to sing all the songs because we didn’t have electricity in the house. We had radio, and the battery was bigger than the radio.”
Sketch comedy group Broken People performed its famous piece “Bitchy Resting Face” live for the first time. Their actual faces were quite key to the piece.
Rabe even joined Harbor Party to sing the lead for a set.
Rabe made sure to thank Off-Ramp’s first producer Queena Kim and current producer Kevin Ferguson for all they’ve done for the show.
The show closed out with some yacht rock jams as the audience spilled onto the stage to dance and celebrate.
Photo credit: Bill Youngblood / KPCC