Star-Studded Cast Revisits 1972 Classic "Free To Be... You And Me"
November 12, 2012
San Francisco – November 2012 –
Rooftop Comedy, the leading interactive media producer of original comedy content, is excited to announce the release of It’s Okay To Do Stuff, an album paying tribute to Marlo Thomas’ Free To Be… You And Me which celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this month. It’s Okay To Do Stuff features appearances by Lizzy Caplan, Eddie Pepitone, Andy Richter, Fred Willard, Megan Amram, Eugene Mirman, Colin Hanks, The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin, former Barenaked Ladies’ front man Steven Page & more and will be available via retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and RooftopComedy.com and will also be available to stream on Pandora, Spotify, and Last.fm, among others.
The album was conceived and produced by Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show, Dennis Miller Live), Stephen Levinson (Channel 101, Funny Or Die’s Noah’s Ark) and Joel Moss Levinson, a writer/musician/comedian who's appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and some national ad campaigns he's vaguely proud of. When asked why he decided to put together an album to tribute Marlo Thomas’ groundbreaking 1972 record, Rob Kutner explains:
“Growing up with irreverent, forward-looking parents Free To Be… You And Me quickly became part of my DNA. As with all things that enter my DNA, it was only a matter of time before the mutations took over. It’s OK To Do Stuff is the result. I hope you enjoy it -- and notify the CDC."
Kutner isn’t the only one who was affected by the 1972 landmark recording. The Conan writer and contributor to Jon Stewart’s America (The Book) was greeted with enthusiasm when he approached the album’s featured performers. As for collaborating with the Levinson Brothers, Joel tells it best:
“When Rob Kutner asks if you want to work with him on something, you don't say no. Mostly because he doesn't listen. I've gotten to work with Rob on musical projects in the past about the apocalypse, robots and purim, so parodying a classic children's album just seemed like the next logical step.”
Just as Free To Be… You And Me
contained commentary on social change that was occurring in American culture in 1972, It’s OK To Do Stuff
does the same, though with a humorous tone. Songs like “Divorce Makes A Family Twice As Big”, “Swallow Your Dreams” and “Everyone’s Equally” are irreverent-but-affectionate sendups of some of the social and cultural themes addressed by the original. Proceeds from the album will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and while the album is short in length, it’s long in humor and character.
Previously released titles from ROOFTOP COMEDY PRODUCTIONS
include: Tommy Johnagin’s Stand-up Comedy
, Grammy® Nominee Sandra Bernhard’s I Love Being Me, Don’t You?
, Hal Sparks’ Escape From Halcatraz
, Moshe Kasher’s Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, And Then You Are
, and W. Kamau Bell’s Face Full Of Flour
, among others.
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