Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Jeff Niles RIP

Jeff Niles 1950 - 2020





Jeff Niles, founder of The 4077th Productions, has died. That’s a shattering sentence to type, as well it should be.  Jeff would probably like me to throw a gag in this bit, because he always liked me to throw more gags into things, but I can’t find one.  My friend is gone, and the gags aren’t there for me now.


His voice lives on, in the many productions he was involved with, and in our hearts and memories.  Jeff was well-loved - nobody had a bad word to say about him.  He was kind and funny and engaging - and he was always, always doing things. Lots of things, often all at once.  “Hey, Jeffster, how’s it going?” I’d ask, over some internet messenger service.  “Pretty good,” he’d reply, “just got back from drum circle to grab a bite to eat before heading over to rehearsals for the Radio Players. Spent all morning recording lines for Robotz of the Company, MOSH, Dr Who, a fantasy epic series, a political thriller, a sitcom about clowns, and a 15th Century dark romance set on the high seas, involving penguins.”  “Cool,” I’d say, wondering where he got the energy and the enthusiasm.  Because he was always enthusiastic, always seeing the positive side of things, forever singing the praises of the people he worked with and the projects he was involved with.  I sometimes wondered if he was just being polite about sub par scripts (and I’ve written enough of those), but I think he genuinely loved acting and producing, and just being involved. To him, the good bits in anything always outweighed the bad bits, meaning he would invariably be prone to judge a work favourably.  His enthusiasm was infectious.  He rescued lots of things from the dustbin of ideas, gave them a smile and a good talking to, and released them into the world.
Someone soon should try to compile a list of all the performances he gave.  That would be an awesome thing to read through.  Because he could play anything.  He did play anything.  His range was enormous.  He’s been Doctor Who (and The Master), Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Professor Moriarty, various robotz (including the wonderful Zim Tron), sundry demons, Shakespeare’s King John, Edgar Allan Poe, Ebenezer Scrooge, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robin Hood, Faust, hard-boiled noir detective Lance Hardwick, Count Dracula, Tom├ís de Torquemada, and many, many, many more.  So many more!  He’d often be cast in several parts in the same thing, because no role was too small for him.  I swear he did a MOSH single-handedly once, playing every character in a variety of accents.  When we last spoke in December, I’d asked him to play the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and I was greatly looking forward to hearing him play the part.  Damn you, Jeff, now I’m going to have to recast!  (That gag was for you, old friend)
Aside from being so busy and enthusiastic, he was always surprising.  One day he told me he was producing audio campaign adverts for politicians. Another time he told me he had a whole other life as a pirate - he even had photos to prove it.  That was another thing about Jeff - he was always in photos with people.  There he is with an arm around Peter Davison.  Here, he’s smiling at Nichelle Nichols.  And here he is sat playing drums aboard a spaceship.  That moustache!  Those glasses!  That twinkle in the eye.
We talked about producing a final MOSH story in the spring, with Holmes and Watson in their dotage, solving a case in their retirement home.  The villain was going to be Moriarty’s daughter, now a Nurse Ratched type character.  He wanted to call it Holmes Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but I talked him out of it.  I’m going to write it anyway, and set it at Holmes’s funeral.  And, Jeff, yes that’ll be the title.
   My friend has died, but I’m still writing gags for him.

Goodbye, my friend.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 204


SEXAGONAL PHRASE 204
Past and Present”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Synopsis: Beginning in the past, we discover the first flight of the ship that is now named the Stiletto. In the present, Joss goes on a personal journey to discover the truth about his father's death, with many dangers awaiting him. The crew of the Stiletto must journey to the Creepiest place in the Galaxy! And who, or what, is Urr'o-Dae?

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Brotherhood of the Twisted Iron - Promo


BROTHERHOOD OF THE TWISTED IRON - PROMO

Created and Written by: C. Wayne Owens

Jeff Niles as the Narrator

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 203



SEXAGONAL PHRASE 203
The Truffles Gambit”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius


Synopsis: Sharp (aka Voslo) is battling a nemesis from his past, while the crew of the Stiletto, and Joss in his Barbearitus Armor, fight an onslaught of ships and tanks that threaten the survival of the Prisoners and themselves. Bud faces Sister Subordinate, while Doctor Slaraand and his Truffles hologram join the fray! And what about WAD-O?!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 202


SEXAGONAL PHRASE
Episode 202 “Just Desserts”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius


Synopsis: The planet of Creme Brulee is going to be a more Sticky Situation than anyone could have imagined! Doctor Slaraand creates a way for the trio to escape, but Sharp and Bud soon discover more enemies and danger lurking before them. The Stiletto searches the galaxy for any sign of where the President sent his Captain, while Killa Joss gives an deadly ultimatum to Spawill and the Boss!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 201


SEXAGONAL PHRASE
Episode 201 “Into Sweet Hell”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius


Synopsis: Having been captured by President Nimrod, Sharp/Voslo and Bud Daniels are taken to a forced-labor prison world. Lucy finds out that Earth is not as she remembers it to be. Will they be reunited? You won't know unless you listen! Oh - and make sure you listen AFTER the credits. You don't want to miss THAT scene! LOL!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

SEXAGONAL PHRASE - Episode 5


SEXAGONAL PHRASE
Episode Five “The Deep Blue Sea and the Devil”
The Season One Finale

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius


Synopsis: Our heroes save the day on Ven'Faala, and are honored for their heroism by the Galactic President (No, not THAT one! Remember this is 10 years earlier). You'll need to listen to learn more, but the climax of this season will leave you in tears! Don't PANIC! We return in 2019 with Season Two!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 4


SEXAGONAL PHRASE - Episode 4

“And So It Begins”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius


Synopsis: Our heroes arrive on the ocean world of Ven'Faala to broadcast a power plant dedication, but soon they discover what is really happening. Plans have been set in motion by the evil Boss that will take the Stiletto and its crew to the edge of danger, while at the same time, testing the mettle of Lucy Sharp!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 3


SEXAGONAL PHRASE - Episode 3

"Luck Eventually Runs Out"

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Synopsis: Having escaped from the Astral Casino disaster, our heroes rush to Barnard's Star and a nice Hotel. Lucy's father, the wanted "criminal" G'Una Voslo, arrives at the Casino too late to reunite with his daughter, but is instead reunited with someone from his past: Tharla J'Quantus. Lucy unwittingly agrees to be interviewed on the galactic news, dragging Bud Daniels - and also her father, into the limelight. Things get worse quickly, but you must listen to discover the details!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Playbeing Channel Presents - Ep 2


PLAYBEING CHANNEL PRESENTS
Episode 2

This "Companion Series" to "Sexagonal Phrase" gives you more info through interviews with characters of the Main series. This episode, hosted by Eccentrica Gallumbits, features a “lost episode' of the universally loved Gyro Springster Show and his guests Na'Karthia and Ik'Tharia – the Mega-Mantis sisters - who have had many issues with one another their entire lives. Can Gyro bring these siblings back together?
If you haven't listened to Episode 2 of Sexagonal Phrase, you need to!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 2


Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 2
Baptism of Fire”

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius
Rated: PG-13


Synopsis: Having traveled from Earth to Alpha Centauri B, Lucy and Bud find themselves enjoying the comforts (and strangeness) of a Casino that is more than it appears! The crew of the Stiletto are chased by Killa Joss, whose world is about to be turned upside down. And we meet two new characters: Xarrissa O'Facto and her Writer's Assistant Drone "WAD-U" who work for the Galactic News as Reporters! You'll have to listen to find out why things go horribly wrong!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Playbeing Channel Presents - Ep 1


PLAYBEING CHANNEL PRESENTS
Episode 1

This "Companion Series" to "Sexagonal Phrase" gives you more info through "Sexy" interviews with characters of the Main series. This episode, hosted by Eccentrica Gallumbits, features Sexbot 69-71 chatting with WAD-O, Bud Daniels and his interview with Ik'Tharia the Arcturan Mega-Mantis, and a sensual and steamy one-on-one conversation with Eccentrica and Korpax Spawill in her Hot Tub! Wow!
If you haven't listened to Episode 1 of Sexagonal Phrase, you need to! https://archive.org/details/SexagonalPhraseEp1

Friday, 4 May 2018

Sexagonal Phrase - Episode 1


Sexagonal Phrase – Episode 1

"Never Piss Off Your Boss"

Written and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Friday, 20 April 2018

Sexagonal Phrase - Teaser


A Teaser for the upcoming series "Sexagonal Phrase"! A fan-based spin off of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Instead of a writer for the Guide, this series follows a writer for Playbeing Magazine. It also takes place a decade before the story you already know and love. This series will be exciting, sexy and a bit Tongue-in-Cheek.

Written by Viktor Aurelius
Starring Jeff Niles and Ted Wenskus
with Rachel Rumler and Viktor Aurelius

Friday, 22 December 2017

The Big Sleigh


The Big Sleigh

was Written by C. Wayne Owens

and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Thursday, 14 December 2017

363 Days A Year


363 Days A Year

Written by C. Wayne Owens

and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Friday, 8 December 2017

Peace in the World... And Roller Skates


Peace in the World... And Roller Skates”

Written and Performed by C. Wayne Owens

Monday, 4 December 2017

DOC FAUSTUS - Episode 10


Doc Faustus and the Frankenstein Factory

Chapter 10 “Last Stand in Cedar City”

was Written by C. Wayne Owens

and Produced by Viktor Aurelius

Monday, 27 November 2017

DOC FAUSTUS - Episode 9


Doc Faustus and the Frankenstein Factory

Chapter 9 “The Nightmaster and the Darkest of Souls”

was Written by C. Wayne Owens

and Produced by Viktor Aurelius