The Marx Brothers Council Podcast

The Marx Brothers Council Podcast

28 “Flywheel, Shyster, and Tefteller”

October 27, 2020

In our longest episode yet, we barely scratch the surface while talking to archivist John Tefteller. John has spent more than four decades accumulating rare Marx Brothers audio, and is producing a collection of the long-lost radio series “Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel”.

John details how, as a high school sophomore, he was hired to be Groucho’s personal recording engineer and archivist. His stories of rare finds, heartbreaking misses, and colorful personalities will entertain you more than we ever did. You’ll even get to hear about John’s days as a teenage relationship counselor to Zeppo, and then Erin Fleming.

Yes, your three hosts are present…but about as much as the Marxes are in “The Story of Mankind”

Name-checked in this episode: Bill, Clinton, Perry Como, Ed Begley, Jr.