In honor of this Saturday’s tribute to Bill Cardille, MMNF went over to YouTube, where there are a surprising number of “Chiller Theater” clips. (Try searching on “WIIC.”)
This clip, which looks to be from the late ’60s, features “Chilly Billy” in an acting tour de force “transvestiting himself through the airwaves” using his “super female voice.”
Erm, yeah, that’s what he said.
The Cardille tribute, hosted by WJAS (1320) and WPXI-TV (11), is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown, and will feature Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, Walt Maddox, Harold Betters, Wee Jams and “much, much more,” as they say. Bruno Sammartino, “Terminal Stare,” “Stefan the Castle Prankster” and other Cardille video associates are expected to appear as well.
As of this morning, tickets were still available and prices started at $25. Call 412-456-6666 or visit www.pgharts.org. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, whose Labor Day telethons have been hosted in Pittsburgh by Cardille since 1971.
(And of course, don’t miss the fan website, “Chiller Theater Memories.”)