10 episodes

He's Prehensile. She's Gretel. Listen in as Phil and Rita Reebius share stories of growing up, work, marriage, and many other topics. Some are real. Some are imagined. Some are both. They've been married for over 20 years and claim to be from the same planet. They do this for fun. Both are graduates of The Player's Workshop of Second City. He's the author of "The Randy Scuffle Papers." Both write regularly and read their work in and around the Chicago area. They hope you enjoy the show! P.S.: Parsley!

Prehensile and Gretel Phil and Rita Reebius

    • Comedy

He's Prehensile. She's Gretel. Listen in as Phil and Rita Reebius share stories of growing up, work, marriage, and many other topics. Some are real. Some are imagined. Some are both. They've been married for over 20 years and claim to be from the same planet. They do this for fun. Both are graduates of The Player's Workshop of Second City. He's the author of "The Randy Scuffle Papers." Both write regularly and read their work in and around the Chicago area. They hope you enjoy the show! P.S.: Parsley!

    Back From Wherever

    Back From Wherever

    Many podcasters do seven or eight episodes and then disappear. You probably thought that happened to us. Well, for a while it did. Now we’re back. Sorry for the delay. Life sometimes has a way of making itself a priority and you can’t say no to that. In this episode, Rita and Phil discuss a variety of things including work, life and the attendant frustrations. All in all, we’re glad to be around, so we can’t complain. One of the things we’ve been dealing with the Alzheimers and aging parents. There will be more of that to come, but for this episode we wanted to just get our sea legs back. Please enjoy this episode and prepare yourself: we have more ideas for some fun episodes and topics.

    • 36 min
    PG-009 Musical Impressions

    PG-009 Musical Impressions

    Hello everyone!

    Can you believe we’re actually putting out two podcasts within a 4 week period? No shit! Well, part of it is due to the fact that we recorded a longer than usual show on New Year’s Eve. Then it took us forever to get it together. We decided to divide it into two shows. Trouble is, in between all this, there was a parade of death. David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Bley, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, et. al.

    In this episode we start the discussion of what our most influential musical connections are. In some cases, as with Rita, we look at the perfect albums. Phil talks about experiences with music. Keep in mind, none of this is comprehensive and it is all subject to continued discussion. There is much to discuss. We love music. I think our collection includes over 1000 LPs, well over 1500 CDs, hundreds of cassette tapes, and yes, we still have 45s. Not the largest collection in the world mind you, but we have invested in tunes.

    This episode also includes a new Shart Industries commercial. They love us and we love them. They have proven to be very big supporters and sponsors of the Prehensile and Gretel Show.

    One thing Phil wants to correct: he makes reference to WZMF radio, back in the 60s and 70s; it was indeed out of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, not Milwaukee, as Phil states on this episode.

    At any rate, we hope, as always, that you enjoy this episode and if you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to comments at prehensileandgretel.com

    We might have a contest coming up soon!

    Thanks to all of you who’ve been listening. More good stuff coming!

    Special thanks to our secretary Blanche Nesbitt and also to Barry Flavonoid, who plays the role of our loyal Schnauzer.

    Artwork provided by the amazing, incomparable Wesley Wong.

    -Phil and Rita Reebius

    • 29 min
    Fine pickings from the internet

    Fine pickings from the internet

    Hi everyone! Gosh dang, it’s been a long time since our last post. And we apologize for that. This episode is the first half of a longer piece we recorded on New Year’s Eve, if you can believe it. Things have just gotten out of hand and well, it took a while. Plus, Phil was all obsessed with the various transitional elements of this episode and he lost control of time. Seriously, this was recorded on New Year’s Eve. And we still have another piece, the second half, to go, which will come out soon. You’ll also hear things on this episode that will sound like anachronisms but that’s because we talked about them before some major changes happened in the world. Then, because we were tardy in getting this out, it sounds all f****d up. Sorry. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you hear us tallking about it. December and January have been brutal for the music industry. Enough said.

    Well, in this episode, Phil shares some interesting shit he found on this thing called the “internet.” There are all kinds of things out there. This involves boogers. But we think you’ll enjoy where it comes from. And then you can look it up for yourself and be amazed too.

    We also start to get into some discussions about music. But mostly this is about boogers. And nasty habits. Please note that if you’re only interested in hearing adults talk about boring adult stuff and how their children are perfect and how they make 3 meals a day on only 3 dollars, then this show isn’t for you. We’ll save you the time.

    We sure hope you’ll enjoy it and we also hope you’ll continue to be patient as we get our shit together and get you more episodes of The Prehensile and Gretel Show.

    Also, please enjoy our new artwork created by the awesome Wesley Wong. Thanks Wes!

    -Phil and Rita Reebius

    • 28 min
    PG-007.5 Hidden Track

    PG-007.5 Hidden Track

    • 8 min
    PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

    PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

    Yes, it’s been way too long since the last episode and we’re very apologetic about it. Too much going on. Sepetember was crazy with volunteer activities and then October came and went. Rita and I have been anxious to get another episode your way. So here it is!

    In this episode, we jabber about several topics. We cover Halloween, Patti Smith live, kids, dogs, and much more.

    Plus, we start to zero in on our sponsors, Shart Industries. Shirley Shart has been an elusive sponsor, but our secretary Blanche talked to her so we manage to find out from her that she has Shirley’s phone number.

    Thanks again to Shart for sponsoring the show! Two new commercials make their debut and we’re proud to be the only podcast sponsored by Shart! If people can be all excited about the commericals for the Super Bowl, they can be excited about this too damn it…

    Since it’s been a while, we did a longer, bonus length episode for you to enjoy.

    Let us know if you have any questions for us or for Shirley Shart. We plan to give her a call soon.

    Thanks for listening!

    -Phil Reebius

    (and Rita)

    • 46 min
    PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

    PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

    Hi there,

    Rita couldn’t join us this time around because she’s been super busy with volunteer work and this is the high-season for the Berwyn Historical Society and their annual Bungalow tour. That takes place September 27. You should go!

    Okay, I admit I’m a walking snob. I walk fast and I want everyone to get the hell out of my way. But I’m polite about it! I share a walking in Chicago story.

    I’ve promised (threatened) to do this before and this time I finally come around to fulfilling my promise. In this episode, I read a handful of letters from The Randy Scuffle Papers. Randy basically lives in his mother’s backyard, and he is an artist whose main material is meat. He loves hot dogs. He invents things. he has plans to save the world. Randy is a nut. Well, no, not really, if you read the book you’ll see why. I hope you enjoy these samples. Let me know what you think!

    Don’t forget, if you have any comments, send them to us at comments at PrehensileAndGretel.com. You can also reach me by writing to phil at philreebius.com which, by the way, is also a blog I try to keep up with and promise myself I will be more consistent about in the future. When does the future start?

    -Phil (and Rita) Reebius

    • 24 min

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