The Bat Poet Needs Your Help! Telethon 8 p.m. Saturday on Ch. 19
by Jim Ridley
on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM
As we reported earlier on Pith, Joey Bowker, a.k.a. Nashville public-access TV hero The Bat Poet, has been beset by catastrophic medical expenses--the result of recent bypass surgery and ongoing treatment for diabetes and other ailments. In his honor, Nashville entertainer Melba Toast has organized a one-hour telethon for 8 p.m. Saturday on CATV Comcast Ch. 19, which has hosted his show for most of its 13 1/2-year run.
Those appearing include horror host Dr. Gangrene, the gorgeous gals of Music City Burlesque, Morelia Cuevas (daughter of country couturier Manuel), Suzette Renee Lawrence of Suzette & the Neon Angels, Wild 'n' Woolly, The Hogman, Herman Jenkins, author W.D. Humpfree, Ch. 19 station manager Sam Thompson, and Ch. 19 personality Jesse Goldberg.
For a donation of $25 or more, lucky patrons will receive a feature-length DVD compilation of The Bat Poet's bizarre escapades, of which the clip above should give you some idea. All proceeds go to Bowker, and checks should be made out to Joey Bowker, P.O. Box 60651, Nashville, TN 37206. Send thoughts and well wishes to thebatpoetshow (at) yahoo (dot) com. Or just post 'em here.