MASH Matters

MASH Matters

Jeff Maxwell (Private Igor from M*A*S*H) and Ryan Patrick host a lively discussion of all things M*A*S*H, Hollywood, acting, and other jocularity. We will also feature interviews with super fans and creative geniuses who helped to create the greatest television show of all time. Step into the VIP tent, grab a heaping bowl of creamed weenies, and join the fun … because now, more than ever, M*A*S*H Matters.

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May 1, 2021 37 min
Major Houlihan just keeps coming back for more! Jeff & Ryan welcome Loretta Swit back to the Mess Tent for more jocularity. Topics include the magic chemistry among M*A*S*H cast members, meeting Turhan Bey, the evolution of women on TV, and Loretta's involvement in the upcoming CNN series about sitcoms. We even talk about her guest stint with The Muppets! (Just don't ask her to watch your favorite TV show.) For show not...
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She's back! Loretta Swit makes her triumphant return to MASH Matters!   In part one, Loretta talks to "Jefigor" & Ryan about her career, her art, and the creation of Margaret Houlihan.   PLUS - Did she want the show to end? What did Margaret really do after the war? What did she think of AfterMASH? Why did she choose M*A*S*H over Cagney & Lacey? And why didn't poor Igor ever find love at the 4077th?   For sh...
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March 15, 2021 46 min
Jeff & Ryan go for the (canned) laughs in this episode of MASH Matters. Who added the laugh track? Why don't other TV shows let you turn off the laugh track? Why doesn't our podcast have a laugh track?  We also discuss residual checks, Ronald Reagan's ranch, M*A*S*H geocaching, Grandpa Walton, Frank's brief command, and that mysterious basketball-playing redhead. Plus, we make a big announcement about our next e...
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Why wasn't Pat Morita in more episodes? Whose names were written on the sign in the Officer's Club? What's up with banana daiquiris?  Who played General MacArthur in Big Mac? Who left their bra on the bulletin board? Jeff & Ryan pretend to answer these and other unanswerable questions in this episode of MASH Matters. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit www.mashmatterspodcast.com 
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Jeff & Ryan are proud to bring you a MASH Matters EXCLUSIVE: Unedited audio of a real M*A*S*H table read! This recording of the episode "Bottle Fatigue" was recorded by David Odgen Stiers for Michael Hirsh (creator of MAKING MASH and MEMORIES OF MASH). Michael graciously offered this recording to us so that we can share it with you. PLUS - we are joined by Dan Wilcox who wrote "Bottle Fatigue" with writing partn...
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What are Jeff's hobbies? What drew Ryan to M*A*S*H? Was Jeff ever invited to appear on AfterMASH? Why didn't Ryan try acting as a profession? WILL THERE BE REFRESHMENTS?! Find out the answers to these and other burning questions as Jeff & Ryan interview... Jeff & Ryan! For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit www.mashmatterspodcast.com  
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Appendicitis! Ballet Shoes! Accordions! Dirty Fortune Cookies! Jeff & Ryan welcome Marina Bryant, the USO performer whose true story inspired the season 10 two-part episode THAT'S SHOWBIZ! You'll hear about Marina's surgery, her fellow performers, and the soldiers whose stories were brought to life by the M*A*S*H writers and cast. Jeff Maxwell also makes a guest appearance in Marina's story... not once, but twic...
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Jeff & Ryan ring in the new year with a new episode of MASH Matters. We answer listener questions about the M*A*S*H exhibit at the Smithsonian, dancing with the future Mrs. Tom Hanks, the mysterious PA announcer, a suspicious white van in Korea, and more yarn! Plus, Koalas aren't bears. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit www.mashmatterspodcast.com
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December 15, 2020 57 min
Jeff & Ryan pick nits and discuss listener's favorite episodes from season five of M*A*S*H. Topics include a farewell to Frank Burns, Margaret's big season, the cutest voice on M*A*S*H, actors playing multiple roles, a tale of two Penobscotts, Johnny Haymer's dubbed voice (again), and the plotline that writer Burt Prelutsky called "stupid." Plus, Jeff & Ryan reveal their favorite season five episodes. Jo...
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December 1, 2020 44 min
How many latrines did Igor dig? How can you turn a grenade into a reading lamp?  What happened to the M*A*S*H time capsule? Jeff & Ryan dust off another stack of old listener questions in this episode of MASH Matters. More topics include Hawkeye’s one-man show, that darn laugh track, and Klinger’s middle name. Plus, what’s with all the yarn? For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit www.mashmatterspodcast.com
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Who says too many cooks is a bad thing? Jeff & Ryan welcome the lovely Lesley Nicol to a special episode of MASH Matters. Lesley originated the role of Mrs. Patmore on the critically-acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey. We discuss her journey to Downton Abbey, a slightly ominous encounter with an Oscar-winning actor, animal activism, her one-woman show, and whether or not she’s a good cook in real life. She also reveals her favo...

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Mail Call! Jeff Maxwell (Private Igor from M*A*S*H) & Ryan Patrick tackle another round of listener questions and voicemails in this episode of MASH Matters. Topics include fan art, listeners’ favorite Winchester moments, camp slumber parties, the final day of filming, President Hawkeye Pierce’s cabinet, and watching M*A*S*H during a pandemic. Plus, we learn where extras come from and what they’re always yakking about. For show...

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October 15, 2020 58 min

Jeff & Ryan welcome special guest Burt Metcalfe to MASH Matters! Burt took over the reins as Executive Producer of M*A*S*H when Gene Reynolds left the show in 1977. In this extensive interview, Burt shares stories from his long career in entertainment as an actor, producer, director, and Emmy-nominated writer. Topics include the passion of Gene Reynolds, the genius of Larry Gelbart, writing with Alan Alda, and what Burt conside...

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October 1, 2020 45 min

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Jeff & Ryan open the MASH Matters mailbag for another round of listener questions and voicemails. Topics include Roy Goldman’s beer, shooting away from the camp, creating Igor Straminsky, M*A*S*H in syndication, how to watch the series in Canada, and Ryan’s favorite Winchester moments. Listeners also share more stories about M*A*S*H’s influence on their lives. For show notes, episodes, r...

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September 15, 2020 62 min
He’s here! The big man! The head cheese! Jeff & Ryan are thrilled to welcome the one and only ALAN ALDA to the second anniversary episode of the MASH Matters podcast! The man known as Hawkeye Pierce discusses his life and career - from making his stage debut as a child to writing, directing, and starring in the greatest television show of all time. We discuss his critically-acclaimed podcast, acting with his father and brother,...
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Jeff & Ryan welcome Brian Goldman to MASH Matters to celebrate the life of Brian’s father, the great Roy Goldman. The guys swap stories about Roy acting on Hogan’s Heroes, playing Hitler for Mel Brooks, pumping iron with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and landing the role of a lifetime as Best Dad Ever. It’s a touching tribute to a very special man. Plus, Brian shares his childhood memories of playing on the M*A*S*H set! For show notes...
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Jeff & Ryan tackle another round of listener questions and voicemails in this episode of MASH Matters. Topics include TV residuals, MASH-inspired pet names, 16-millimeter film, Red Lobster commercials, the old-time radio star that sounds like Jeff, and the MASH episode we would show someone who has never watched the show. Plus - get ready for a HUGE announcement! For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit www.mashm...
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In this episode of MASH Matters, Jeff & Ryan welcome writer/director/producer Michael Hirsh, the driving force behind two beloved documentaries: 1981’s Making M*A*S*H and 1991’s Memories of M*A*S*H. Michael shares some wonderful behind-the-scenes stories about writing with Larry Gelbart, battling the studio, working on AfterMASH, and much more. You’ll also hear about the mischievous side of David Ogden Stiers and the REAL reaso...
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Jeff & Ryan dig through some old listener questions (the questions are old, not the listeners) on this episode of MASH Matters. Topics include latrine digging, M*A*S*H on BluRay, continuity errors, angry Radar, dream interviews, the series’ most emotional moments, cassette tapes, and the iconic theme song. Plus, we have our first sponsor! For show notes, episodes, bios, and more visit www.mashmatterspodcast.com 

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Jeff & Ryan welcome best-selling author Stephen Rebello to a special bonus episode of MASH Matters! Stephen’s latest book, Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!: Deep Inside Valley of the Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time is a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood in the 1960’s. Our very own Jeff Maxwell, who spent much of his early years in show business on the lot at 20th Century Fox, was interviewed by Mr. Rebello and many...

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