Grouchy Old Man with Parkinson’s Disease Launches 24/7 Channel of Liberal Satire and Comedy at and Blog Talk Radio

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It's been called "a one-man homage to the Firesign Theatre style of comedy and satire." Some call it criminal and have tried to have him jailed.

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One might think that a 58-year old man whose Parkinson’s disease has left him nearly housebound wouldn’t find too many things to laugh about.

So what motivated retired government employee Bill Schmalfeldt to launch a channel that some have called “a one man homage to the Firesign Theatre style of comedy and satire”?

“Call it a mixture of boredom and disgust,” Schmalfeldt said. The Elkridge, Md., man said that after decades of writing and broadcasting for the public and private sector, his neurological disorder has advanced to the point where he cannot walk without assistance. “Other than that, the brain works fine,” he said. “You wouldn’t happen to know where a guy could get a new mid brain, plug-and-play, snap it in and get to work, would ya?”

Schmalfeldt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago while doing a morning talk show in Naples, Florida. He retired from his job as a writer/editor at the National Institutes of Health in 2011 when travel became increasingly difficult.

“Now, I really only leave the house when I have to go to court for some idiot or another trying to put me in jail,” Schmalfeldt said. “So far, the score is First Amendment -13, right wing morons - 0.”

That’s where the disgust comes in, Schmalfeldt said. “Check out the various blogs and so-called 'news sites' and you see so much right wing nonsense in print and on the air. There are very few voices like mine to counter the ridiculous crud these right wing folks pump into the atmosphere. This is me, lighting a single candle in the darkness. So to speak."

Schmalfeldt adopted the “nomme de radio” of “Slappy McWingnut” and launched his 24-hour stream of comedy bits and parody songs in late May. Most are recycled from his daily live talk show on Blog Talk Radio.

“Hard to believe, but in two months I have compiled about seven hours of material,” Schmalfeldt said. “I’m very, very bored and very, very disgusted and this hobby keeps me from bothering my wife with any of this crap.”

“Slappy” broadcasts weekdays at Noon EDT on Blog Talk Radio ( and listeners can catch his 24/7 audio stream of consciousness at His home page is

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