Love Workshop

by Derrick Bostrom


“Love Workshop” was a fifteen-minute comedy program that ran on KDKB-FM radio in Phoenix, Arizona for most of 1976. The show was always somewhat of a mystery to me. During its brief life, "Love Workshop’s" hosts, Vern & Craig (Todd Carroll and "Wonderful" Russ Shaw) were my heroes, They just seemed to appear out of nowhere all of a sudden, offering the kind of savage humor I idolized in the "National Lampoon," only they were right in my own backyard. And then it disappeared just as quickly. Though Verne went on to write for a national audience, and Craig continued to appear in Arizona’s short-lived humor magazine, the Razz Revue, they might as well have dropped off the face of the earth.

I used to have a pretty good collection of episodes, but I foolishly loaned out the tapes and never got them back. For the past thirty years, I’ve had to make due with three shows on one measly side of an aging cassette. Now, thanks to "Bostworld" readers, however, the search is over. If nothing else, it proves that I’m not crazy. I didn’t just imagine the whole thing. “Love Workshop” really did exist, and I’m not the only one who remembers it. For this alone, the contributors to this collection have my eternal gratitude and admiration.

It's Time For Love Workshop!

Love Workshop Redux

Love Workshop - The Wayne Butane Collection

The Bostworld Wonderful Russ Interview

Love Workshop Interview (New Times, 1976)

Full Page Ad (Razz Revue, 1976)

Wonderful Russ Article (Arizona Republic, 1974)

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    Bostrom Collection

  1. The Science Of Comedy/Little Jimmy Harrold/Reaching Out To Touch And Share '76/Bobby Basket's Gay CB Radio Record
  2. Rocky Point
  3. Patrika And The Baby
  4. Project: Suffering /A Message From Charles Manson/Hobby Handbook/Andy Williams Christmas Special/A Letter From The Earl Of Snowden
  5. Drunk Rerun Intro/Johnny Involved: Private Eye/American Women's Credit And Trust/Another Letter From Shecky Hallenberg


    Blixco Collection

  1. Anita Bryant Orange Juice Commercial/Cryptographer Joke/A Letter From Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  2. Verne & Craig Song/Abortion Misfortune/Song From Verne/Rerun Intro/Richard W. Kramer
  3. Letter from Sharon/Apartheid In Phoenix (incomplete)/
  4. Decorating For The Poor
  5. A Message From Bill Compton
  6. Love Workshop Song/Focus On Rapping
  7. Queers In The News/John Adamson: Master Criminal/Cheryl Finley Cooks A Potato/A Letter From Joan Embrey: Baby Kangaroo
  8. Where's Craig
  9. DES Fashion Show/John Adamson Dancing To A Shadowy Tune/Pima Gymnastics
  10. Mexican Space Probe/Rerun Intro/Mexican Top 40 Comedy Record (incomplete)


    Wonderful Russ Collection, Part One

  1. Opening Theme
  2. The Science Of Comedy
  3. Amana Radar Range
  4. Reaching Out To Touch And Share 76
  5. Bobby Basket
  6. Friday Afternoon At Victoria Station
  7. Joan Embry 01
  8. Sun Devil Football
  9. Brand New Material
  10. American Woman's Credit And Trust
  11. Mexican Top 40 Comedy Record
  12. Unemployment Fashions
  13. Letter
  14. Editorial
  15. Rocky Point
  16. Vatican
  17. Rape Victim
  18. Joan Embry 02
  19. Pima Gymnastics


    Wonderful Russ Collection, Part Two

  1. Open Theme
  2. John Adamson
  3. Craig's Patio
  4. Coon Line
  5. Project Suffering
  6. Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor
  7. Letter
  8. Abortion Misfortune
  9. Moving Ballad
  10. Convenience Market
  11. Homosexual Corner
  12. The Bensons
  13. Kent State/Handbag/Mexican Top 40 Record
  14. Letter From Robert MacNamara
  15. Robert Kimbell/Letter
  16. American Woman's Credit And Trust 01
  17. Alcoholism In America
  18. American Woman's Credit And Trust 02
  19. Hobby Handbook
  20. American 4th National Bank 01
  21. American 4th National Bank 02
  22. American 4th National Bank 03
  23. Nibbler & Yakler 01
  24. Nibbler & Yakler 02
  25. Nibbler & Yakler 03


    Wayne Butane Collection Part One

  1. Visit To A Mobile Home/Four Wheel Drive Ham Radio Club/The Edge Of Maryvale/Setting Dexter Straight/A Letter From Don Shula
  2. Stewardess & Secretary Behavior Modification Center/Coon Line/Mary McCarthy's Poem/A Letter From MIT
  3. Live Coverage Of The Crucifixion/Alcoholism In America/Barbi Button Suicide Letter/Vern Rant
  4. The Yelling Show/A Letter From Margaret Hance
  5. The Variety Machine/Trapped Miners/Somebody Has To Lose/A Letter From Patrick Moynahan
  6. Jesus Christ: Air Conditioning Repairman
  7. Frog Night

    Wayne Butane Collection Part Two

  1. Guessing Games/Convenience Market/American Women's Credit And Trust/A Letter From Shecky Hallenberg
  2. A Telephone Conversation/A Funny Letter
  3. The News/Circus Commercial/Vern & Craig's Last Name Song
  4. Arizona State Prison Show
  5. Special 90 Minute Communism Show/Vern & Craig Song
  6. Donut Tria/A Letter From Gary Nelson
  7. The Music Show/Grocery Store Song

    Wayne Butane Collection Part Three

  1. Anita Bryant Orange Juice Commercial/Cryptographer Joke/A Letter From Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  2. Queers In The News/John Adamson: Master Criminal/Cheryl Finley Cooks A Potato/A Letter From Joan Embrey: Baby Kangaroo
  3. Mexican Space Probe/American Women's Credit And Trust/Mexican Top 40 Comedy Record/A Letter From Marilyn Liebermanq
  4. Johnny Involved: Private Eye/American Women's Credit And Trust/This Is Your Wretched Life/Another Letter From Shecky Hallenberg
  5. ASU Football/American Women's Credit And Trust/Brand New Material!/Hobby Handbook/A Letter From...?
  6. Friday Afternoon At Victoria Station/A Letter From Joan Embrey: Koala
  7. Focus On Rapping: Insurance
  8. Bonus Track: Lou Grubb Commercial
  9. Bonus Track: The Surgery Store
  10. Bonus Track: KDIL

    Wayne Butane Collection Part Four

  1. Apartheid In Phoenix/Decorating For The Poor/Teen Consciousness/A Message From Bill Compton
  2. Project: Suffering/A Message From Charles Manson/Hobby Handbook/Andy Williams Christmas Special/A Letter From The Earl Of Snowden
  3. Patrika And The Baby
  4. American Heritage: The Patio/A Letter From Betty Ford
  5. Where's Craig/Steps To Approaching The Rape Victim/A Letter From Joan Embrey: Egret
  6. DES Fashion Show/John Adamson Dancing To A Shadowy Tune/Pima Gymnastics
  7. The Science Of Comedy/Little Jimmy Harrold/Reaching Out To Touch And Share '76/Bobby Basket's Gay CB Radio Record
  8. A Light Snack