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.

Episodes

May 1, 2022 45 min
In this episode, recorded live at Indiana Comic Convention, Ryan moderates a M*A*S*H Q&A panel starring Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, and Jeff Maxwell!  

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Jeff & Ryan dive into another pile of listener questions in this episode of MASH Matters. Topics include the real Radar O'Reilly, sending children on a 20-mile hike, the mysterious PA announcer, the nervousness of Mary Kay Place, Bloomington, Illinois, and the emotional connection to MASH. All this and Sparky, too. Shazam!   For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit our website.
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Jeff & Ryan welcome the creative team behind the 1988 documentary Korean War: The Untold Story. We discuss the behind-the-scenes journey that took producer Arnold Shapiro, writer/director/producer Carol L. Fleisher, and host Loretta Swit to Panmunjom, Seoul, and the 38th Parallel in Korea. We dedicate this episode to the memory of Korean War veterans Frank Muetzel, Ed Reeves, Bob Lunney, and Vern Wright.
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It's the question that has plagued man since the dawn of time. (Well, since 1975, anyway.) And now, Jeff & Ryan have the answer! In this episode, you will finally learn the true identity of the mystery actor who played General MacArthur in the season 3 episode "Big Mac." We also discuss a variety of other topics including the mysterious second medical team, clarinet reeds, the M*A*S*H motion picture, a boy named Haw...

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March 1, 2022 45 min
How did a box of popcorn lead to a job writing for the greatest TV shows of all time? Allan Katz sits down with Jeff & Ryan to discuss the rather unorthodox start of his entertainment career. Allan also talks about writing (and rewriting) with Gene Reynolds, working with the gentleman known as Alan Alda, his wife's "marriage" to Mike Farrell, and how to produce and star in your first ever major motion picture! We ho...

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February 15, 2022 38 min
Fo(u)r (O)ur 77th episode, Jeff & Ryan open Radar's mailbag for another round of listener questions. Topics include promotions, the point system, Igor's real first name, residual checks, Tinnitus, history majors, folk music, Kookie's comb, and Igor's dream job. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit our website.
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February 1, 2022 37 min
Jeff & Ryan welcome the wonderful Eileen Saki to MASH Matters! Eileen played the tough, sassy owner and proprietor of Rosie's Bar on eight episodes of M*A*S*H. She also made an earlier appearance as a madam wooed by Klinger's wardrobe in season five's Bug Out. We talk to Eileen about her early years, her career path to MASH, Mel Brooks, and much more. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit MashMatte...
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In this supersized episode, Jeff & Ryan awkwardly recap the sixth season of M*A*S*H... where Jeff relives *that* scene. We also discuss the on-set drama that led to a popular storyline, the actor who almost played BJ, orange grape Nehi, Tom Willis from The Jeffersons, the Triple-Threat known as Ronny Graham, "Counterfeit Igor," Big Daddy O'Reilly, a hostage situation with a laugh track, and the comic genius of Hamil...
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December 15, 2021 41 min
Jeff & Ryan wrap up the year with a look back at the M*A*S*H family members lost in 2021. We also dive into the mailbag to answer listener questions about creamed weenies, the fourth BJ, the best DVD collections, the mystery of BJ's mystery, and a life-changing quote from Col. Potter. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit MashMatters.com
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December 1, 2021 36 min
Unplugged, Unplanned, and Unprepared! Jeff & Ryan go off-script and talk about anything that comes to mind: injuries, wills, Jerry Lewis, and Jeff's brief stint as a game show host. Don't worry. we also talk about M*A*S*H... along with some thoughts on the passing of beloved guest star, Richard Lee Sung. Buckle up because we don't know where this one's gonna go. For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more ...
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November 15, 2021 33 min
We're going back in time to when Jeff & Ryan first met... on the radio! The year was 1997. Ryan was working on the morning show on New Country Z100 in southern Illinois. One fateful morning, Jeff joined Ryan and his cohorts to promote his soon-to-be-classic cookbook. The rest is MASH Matters history. In this episode, for the first time in 24 years, you will hear the interview that started it all. Plus,  stick around at the ...
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November 1, 2021 48 min
Jeff & Ryan welcome Gary Markowitz to MASH Matters. Gary was not only a writer on M*A*S*H, but he was also the stepson of M*A*S*H creator Larry Gelbart! In this candid conversation, Gary shares stories about Larry writing the M*A*S*H pilot, the original ending of the episode "George," the beginning and end of the relationship with his writing partner, getting fired by his stepfather, and his thoughts on a M*A*S*H reboot...
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October 15, 2021 35 min
Let's go to the phones! Jeff & Ryan unload a slew of listener voicemails. Topics include the evolving role of women on M*A*S*H, a radio show featuring the enlisted personnel, actors who have passed away, blooper reels, and the ever-changing theme song. Plus, will the Smithsonian do anything with the M*A*S*H set to celebrate the 50th anniversary? Find out on this episode of MASH Matters.
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October 1, 2021 35 min
Emmy award-winning writer Dan Wilcox returns to MASH Matters! Dan sits down with Jeff & Ryan to talk about writing M*A*S*H with his partner Thad Mumford. We discuss their writing process, the genius of Gene Reynolds, continuity on M*A*S*H, the tricky balance of comedy & drama, his favorite characters to write for, and Mr. Snuffleupagus! For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit MashMatters.com
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September 15, 2021 37 min
Jeff & Ryan welcome Shari Saba to MASH Matters! Shari played the aptly named Nurse Shari on M*A*S*H (seasons 9-11). We discuss her music background, her memories from the chaotic last day of filming, the cast member who made her laugh, and what it's like to act like you're flirting with Alan Alda. Sheri also talks about her unorthodox road to appearing on M*A*S*H and why she stopped acting after the series ended. For sh...
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What's with all the continuity errors on M*A*S*H? Plus, who picked out the cast's clothing? Did M*A*S*H discover Godzilla? When the heck are Jeff & Ryan gonna do their season six recap? And what did Jeff think of BARBARELLA? Find out on this episode of MASH Matters!
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Which guest stars stood out from the rest? What was it like to film the famous final scene in Abyssinia Henry? Did acting class really work for Jeff? Find out in this jam-packed episode of MASH Matters! For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit MashMatters.com
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Jeff & Ryan welcome David Pollock & Elias Davis to MASH Matters!  This Emmy Award-winning writing team wrote multiple episodes M*A*S*H, including fan favorites "Blood Brothers," "'Twas the Day After Christmas", "Sons & Bowlers," and (with Alan Alda) the first 30 minutes of "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen." We discuss their career, influences, writing process, and the comedy team they did...
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Mail Call! Jeff & Ryan open letters from home and answer another round of listener questions. Did anyone ever get hit by a jeep? Who's yelling at Alice? Was Dennis Troy wearing a hairpiece? Do cats really enjoy watching M*A*S*H? And what the heck is that purple stuff on BJ's toe? For show notes, episodes, recipes, bios, and more visit MashMatters.com
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June 15, 2021 40 min
In this episode of MASH Matters. Jeff & Ryan cover a range of listener-inspired topics including plungers, mice, mess tent coffee, and Klinger's magical tank. Plus, international mail, an update on Jeff's cookbook, and a special appearance by Bob Newhart as... Father Mulcahy?
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