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Joe Bevilacqua
Bevilacqua in 2013.
Joseph K. Bevilacqua

(1959-01-02) January 2, 1959 (age 65)
Other namesJoe Bev
Years active1971–present

Joseph K. Bevilacqua (born January 2, 1959) is an American actor, producer, director, author, dramatist, humorist, cartoonist, and documentarian.



Early life


Bevilacqua was born on January 2, 1959, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of an Italian policeman from Apulia, Joseph Bevilacqua Sr., and a housewife, the former Joan Kvidahl. Bevilacqua began performing as a child. His family moved to Iselin, New Jersey in 1965. In 1971, he began recording his first audio stories, Willoughby and the Professor, half hour stories, in which he performed all of the voices himself, creating live sound effects, and scoring with 78 RPM records he found in his attic.[1][2]

According to NPR, Bevilacqua sent a 120-minute cassette of his Willoughby stories to voice actor Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound and other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters.[1] Butler soon dubbed himself Bevilacqua's mentor.[3][4]



Joe Bevilacqua has written and edited a number of books, including Daws Butler, Characters Actor, the authorized biography of his mentor and the voice of Yogi Bear. He co-authored the script book Uncle Dunkle and Donnie with Daws Butler and edited Butler's Scenes for Actors and Voices workbook. He has also written many liner notes on the history of radio for Radio Spirits releases.[5][6]

Radio career


Bevilacqua also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ, and produced documentaries for WNYC, New York Public Radio, on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton. His features play on NPR.[7]

He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, and in 2009, Bevilacqua presented his commentary for Marketplace.[8] about his "green lifestyle".

As of June 2014, Bevilacqua had 14 regularly airing radio series, and 34 hours of new radio per month.[9]

The Joe Bev Hour


The Joe Bev Hour is the umbrella named used by radio stations for all of his productions [10] syndicated worldwide:

  • The Comedy-O-Rama Hour [11][12] is improvised radio theater, performed by regulars Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Kenny Savoy, Jim Folly and guest stars Rick Overton,[13] Judy Tenuta,[14] Bob Camp (co-creator of Ren and Stimpy), Shelley Berman, Al Franken (before he was a Senator), Bob Edwards, Julie Newmar and Stuart Pankin. The series had a four-year run on Sirius XM Radio before moving to syndication.
  • The Jazz-O-Rama Hour [15] is a music show hosted by Bevilacqua, featuring 78 RPM and early LP recordings remastered from his own personal collection spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.
  • The Joe Bev Experience [16] is an omnibus of documentaries, interviews, comedy and drama.
  • Cartoon Carnival [17] is an hour of rare and classic cartoon audio, children's records, cartoon music and sound effects, new radio cartoons, interviews and mini-documentaries about the animation.
  • The Joe Bev Audio Theater [18] is an anthology of drama and humor storytelling with full casts, sound effects and music.
  • The Joe Bev Hour Sunday Edition [19] is a rotating lineup which includes The Comedy-O-Rama, The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, and The Joe Bev Audio Theater.

Stations running The Joe Bev Hour including WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sound Stages Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, WGTD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sound Stages Radio, WHRO-Norfolk, VA, The 1920s Radio Network, Toon Radio, Pawling Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, Prairie Public, Moab Public Radio, KAZU, WNMU-FM, KREV, WMMT, KAWC, Red River Radio Network, Marfa Public Radio, KCUR, WEZU, WSNC, Troy Public Radio, WCMU Public Radio, WRPI, KUAT, KUHF, KVMR, WRFA, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WHRV, KVMR, WUCF, WFIU, KRPS, KUT, WLRN, WTIP, WNCU, KEOS, KRUA, New Hampshire Public Radio, KGOU, Delta College Public Radio, WPSU, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KMXT, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WEFT, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, WRVO, WYSO, WMPG, WGUC, KRPS, WEKU, Oregon Public Broadcasting, WXXI, Yellowstone Public Radio, Robin Hood Radio/ WHDD AM 1020/FM 91.9-WLHV FM 88.1 /WGHQ AM 920, WHRV, WVAS, WDCB, WMUK, KCCK, WAMC, Here and Now, WGBH, KWIT, KDUR, WGUC, WJFF, WILL, WNPR, WCAI/WNAN, KTNA, WKSU, WKMS, AMU, KSTX (KPAC), KERA, WFCR, WUAL, KZYX, KCPW, Stan, Delmarva Public Radio, KRCB, WKNO, KSJD, KFSR, KUHF, KQED, Spokane Public Radio, WUIS, WEKU, WEPS, WNCU, WPSU, KUOW, KUHB, KTXK, Raven Radio, WQUB, WCOM, WMUB, KGLT, KDNK, KMXT, KSFR, WVPE, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KSUT, KUVO, KDLG, KVNF, KUHB, Yellowstone Public Radio, WERU, KSRQ, WKSU, KRCB, GAUF, WUSM, WDNA, KUGS, WGCU, KFAI, WUTS, East Village Radio, KAOS, KBBI.

Bear Manor Radio


In March 2014, BearManor Media appointed Joe Bevilacqua as program director of the new Bear Manor Radio Network.[20]

In an announcement dated March 28, 2014, Ben Ohmart, president of Bear Manor Media, the publisher of books about old Hollywood, said, "We are excited to collaborate again with the extraordinarily talented Joe Bevilacqua."[21]

The BearManor Radio went on the air streaming 24/7 on April 1, 2014, with six program. On June 1, 2014, the network added four more hour, all produced by Joe Bevilacqua. These are:

  • The Voice Actor Show: Interviews with top voice actors [22]
  • Lorie's Book Nook: Interviews with Bear Manor authors [23]
  • The J-OTR Show: A mix of new and old time radio [24]
  • Fred Frees Favorites: An audio book sampler [25]
  • The Jazz-O-Rama Hour: Early 78 RPM and LP recordings remastered [15]
  • Cartoon Carnival: Interview, music and soundtracks [17]
  • The Lost OTR Show: Recently uncovered old time radio not heard in over 60 years [26]
  • Audio Classics Archive: The top old time radio from the vault of Terry Salomonson [27]
  • What's Cookin' with Chef Steve:[28] Jazz, authors, and recipes

Audio books


In 2011, Bevilacqua signed a deal with Audible to distribute all of his audiobooks, including radio drama, science fiction, comedy, cartoons, documentary, classic literature, biography, and autobiography.[29]

In 2012, Bevilacqua signed a new deal with Blackstone Audio, which has released nearly 100 audio titles by Bevilacqua, for download, CD, retail and libraries. 100 more are planned for 2014, many radio theater and comedy.[9]



Since the 1970s, Joe Bevilacqua has been cartooning his own characters, starting with Willoughby and the Professor. He has drawn for many of his projects and most recently drew cover art for six new Blackstone Audio titles coming up July 1, 2014, under the collective title A Joe Bev Cartoon.[30][31]

Film and TV


Joe Bev was also the voice of Unicycler Cat[32] in the North Bay Corp animated television commercials.



Bevilacqua's stage work includes roles in Equus, Bedroom Farce, Applause[clarification needed], Black Comedy, and others plays. He tours regularly as Bud Abbott in A Tribute to Bud & Lou[33] with Bob Greenberg as Lou Costello. Bevilacqua has performed at [The Improv], Caroline's on Broadway,[34] Catch a Rising Star, and the Comic Strip. He has opened for Uncle Floyd, and has worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black and Rick Overton. Bevilacqua has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried.[35]

In 1989, funded by The New Jersey Historical Commission and The Monmouth County Historical Society, Bevilacqua produced, directed and starred in A Freneau Sampler, consisting of the poetry, prose and life of Philip Freneau.[36]






Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Better Angels Lawyer Credited as Joe Bevilacqua
2014 Cold in July Coroner Uncredited
2014 Hits Angry Townsperson Uncredited
2014 John Wick Man on Bus Reading the New York Times Uncredited
2014 The Fly Room Uncle Dwight
2015 The Wannabe Giuseppe Uncredited
2017 The Two Worlds of William March Dr. Edward Glover
2019 The Gandhi Murder Abraham Lincoln
2019 Love Is Blind Bar Fly Shooting Darts Uncredited
2019 The Irishman Cadillac Linen Service Worker Uncredited
2019 Just in Time Alan Mackey Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Crew Member Episode: "Course: Oblivion"; uncredited
2013 Deadly Devotion IRS Agent Documentary; 2 episodes; credited as Joe Bevilacqua
2014 The World Wars Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery Documentary; Episode: "Never Surrender"
2014 Mysteries at the Monument Nikola Tesla Episode: "The King and the Spanish Dancer; a Communist Comes to America; Filth Party"
2014 Boardwalk Empire David Sarnoff Episode: "Eldorado"
2014 Greatest Mysteries General Smedley Butler Documentary; Episode: "White House"
2014–2016 Mysteries at the Museum Devil Anse Hatfield / French Resistance Decoder / Art Expert Documentary; 3 episodes
2015 Redrum Terry King Episode: "Families and Foes"
2015 The Haunting of... Alysia Reiner's Father / Alan Ladd 2 episodes
2016 Blood Feuds Randall McCoy Episode: "Hatfields and McCoys"


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  8. ^ "Green Audio at NPR". Marketplace.org. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
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