Frank Nastasi

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About this interview

In his hour-and-a-half Archive interview, Frank Nastasi (1923-2004) speaks in great detail about his years working with Soupy Sales on WXYZ-TV Detroit's Lunch with Soupy and WNEW-TV New York's The Soupy Sales Show. He animatedly describes, and demonstrates the "voice" of some of his most memorable characters from these series (including lion puppet "Pookie," dog puppet "White Fang," whose great white hairy arm was all that was seen, and gangster "Onions Oregano"). He recalls several aspects of the shows such as the ad-libbing and spontaneity, working with memorable guest stars, and the experience of doing the famous "pie in the face" gags.  Finally, Nastasi outlines the incident that got him and Soupy Sales suspended from the New York show, when Sales told kids on the air to send their parents' money to him, care of the network. Charles Salzberg conducted the interview on July 24, 2002 at the Friars Club in New York, NY.

"On New Year's morning, Soupy said, 'Sneak into your dad's room, go in his pants pocket and send me those small pieces of green paper. I'll send you a picture postcard from Puerto Rico.' Some lady complained that we were teaching children to steal and we got suspended for ten days!"

Highlights
Frank Nastasi on the infamous "green pieces of paper" incident on The Soupy Sales Show
04:59
Frank Nastasi on his friendship with Soupy Sales
00:48
Frank Nastasi on the character "Onions Oregano" on Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
02:29
Frank Nastasi on Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show
04:40
Frank Nastasi on mentoring and how he'd like to be remembered 
00:54
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his service in World War II; on the first time he saw television and his first time on television
On going to work on Lunch with Soupy;  on his friendship with Soupy Sales; on writing for Soupy Sales early on and the various characters on the show
On doing the voice for "Pookie" on Soupy Sales; on appearing on the show Barnaby and the Ranger;  on the production of Lunch with Soupy
On the live aspect of Lunch with Soupy;  on Soupy Sales' trademark pie in the face; on the characters he provided voice for on Lunch with Soupy

Chapter 2

On the character "Onions Oregano" on Lunch with Soupy; on the character of "the nut at the door" on Lunch with Soupy; on the series Soupy's On
On the music of Soupy's On; on leaving Soupy's On; on the Hollywood Blacklist
On working on The Soupy Sales Show; on the various elements of The Soupy Sales Show; on The  Soupy Sales Show naked girl prank
On Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show; on the guest stars of The Soupy Sales Show

Chapter 3

On the infamous "green pieces of paper" incident on The Soupy Sales Show;  on the sponsors and commercials of The Soupy Sales Show;  on the end of The Soupy Sales Show
On his post-The Soupy Sales Show  activities; on the legacy of Soupy Sales; on career achievements and regrets and how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Soupy Sales Show, The

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Frank Nastasi on working on The Soupy Sales Show
02:06
Frank Nastasi on the differences between Lunch with Soupy and The Soupy Sales Show
01:26
Frank Nastasi on the characters of The Soupy Sales Show
01:15
Frank Nastasi on the various elements of The Soupy Sales Show
02:04
Frank Nastasi on The  Soupy Sales Show naked girl prank
02:29
Frank Nastasi on Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show
04:40
Frank Nastasi on the guest stars of The Soupy Sales Show
02:18
Frank Nastasi on the infamous "green pieces of paper" incident on The Soupy Sales Show
04:59
Frank Nastasi on the sponsors and commercials of The Soupy Sales Show
01:40
Frank Nastasi on the end of The Soupy Sales Show
02:01
Frank Nastasi on the time slot of The Soupy Sales Show
00:55
Frank Nastasi on the popularity of The Soupy Sales Show
00:46
Topics

Bloopers

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Frank Nastasi on The  Soupy Sales Show  naked girl prank
02:29

Historic Events and Social Change

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Frank Nastasi on his service in World War II
00:37

Hollywood Blacklist

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Frank Nastasi on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:44

Industry Crossroads

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Frank Nastasi on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:44

Pop Culture

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Frank Nastasi on Soupy Sales' trademark pie in the face
03:58

Television Industry

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Frank Nastasi on the Hollywood Blacklist
01:44
Frank Nastasi on the then-current state of television 
00:33

War

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Frank Nastasi on his service in World War II
00:37

World War II

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Frank Nastasi on his service in World War II
00:37
Genres

Children's Programming

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Frank Nastasi on writing for and appearing on Lunch with Soupy
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Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on Lunch with Soupy (Part 2)
04:41
Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on The Soupy Sales Show
16:18
Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on The Soupy Sales Show  (Part 2)
10:22

Comedy Series

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Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on Soupy's On
05:52
People

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Frank Nastasi on Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show
04:40

Soupy Sales

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Frank Nastasi on going to work on Lunch with Soupy
01:22
Frank Nastasi on the concept of Lunch with Soupy 
01:34
Frank Nastasi on his friendship with Soupy Sales
00:48
Frank Nastasi on writing for Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy  early on and the various characters on the show
02:58
Frank Nastasi on doing the voice for "Pookie" on Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
01:15
Frank Nastasi on the production of Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
03:35
Frank Nastasi on the live aspect of Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
03:52
Frank Nastasi on Soupy Sales' trademark pie in the face
03:58
Frank Nastasi on the characters he provided voice for on Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
01:28
Frank Nastasi on the character "Onions Oregano" on Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
02:30
Frank Nastasi on the character of "the nut at the door" on Soupy Sales' Lunch with Soupy
02:11
Frank Nastasi on Soupy Sales' series Soupy's On
03:24
Frank Nastasi on the music of Soupy Sales' Soupy's On
00:43
Frank Nastasi on leaving Soupy Sales' Soupy's On
01:45
Frank Nastasi on working on The Soupy Sales Show
02:06
Frank Nastasi on the differences between Lunch with Soupy  and The Soupy Sales Show
01:26
Frank Nastasi on the characters of The Soupy Sales Show
01:15
Frank Nastasi on the various elements of The Soupy Sales Show
02:04
Frank Nastasi on The  Soupy Sales Show  naked girl prank
02:29
Frank Nastasi on Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show
04:40
Frank Nastasi on the guest stars of The Soupy Sales Show
02:18
Frank Nastasi on the infamous "green pieces of paper" incident on The Soupy Sales Show
04:59
Frank Nastasi on the sponsors and commercials of The Soupy Sales Show
01:40
Frank Nastasi on the end of The Soupy Sales Show
02:01
Frank Nastasi on the time slot of The Soupy Sales Show
00:55
Frank Nastasi on the popularity of The Soupy Sales Show
00:46

Frank Sinatra

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Frank Nastasi on Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. appearing on The Soupy Sales Show
04:40

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