|Michael Robert Busch
aka Mike Busch
One of the many to be called "The Brains Behind the Show", Mike came up with the show's title after having a dream about The Louisiana Purchase on January 22, 1963.
He is also famous for writing such TS2O! classics as "The Great Ketchup Question", "Honey, I'm Inflicting Bouts of Giganticism onto the Kids", "237 Impractical Uses for The Heisman Trophy", and "Let's Talk About Quarantines".
Mike currently resides in dowtown Hollywood, where you can find them anywhere there's a swimming pool and dry martinis.
Anthony won a spot in TS2O!'s cast after writing the winning essay in our "I wanna be on the Internet" contest held at the Pittsburgh Local 404 Moose Lodge in 1964.
Once arriving at The Shaft's headquarters, Anthony did not disappoint, as he appeared in over 100 skits, most notably "Old Ironsides", "Piggly Wiggly", and "The Angry Discussion starring Lorne Greene".
Anthony currently resides in Hollywood, where he works at USA Networks, and is developing the made-for-TV movie of "The Shaft Sounds Off!" starring David Hyde Pierce, Bert Convy, and Kirstie Alley.
aka "Chocolate Thunder"
Jon Focke showed up at The Shaft Headquarters during a 1965 taping, accompanied by his manager, "Angry" Joe Schueller. Schueller then instructed Focke to perform one of his 1,734 characters (it would be "Syllabus Man" on this day).
being hired Jon appeared in such skits as "How to Get Your PhD in Aardvark
Testing", "Jack Beam vs. Jim Daniels", "Squirrel, I Hardly Knew Ye",
Jon currently is a sports anchor at KOLD in Minnesota. He thinks the station's call letters are cheesy.
Eric Moneypenny was noticed by TS2O!'s talent scouts in early '64, while performing his two-man show at the Woodside Comedy Festival in Swepsonville, North Carolina.
getting on TS2O!, he wrote and appeared in many skits throughout the show's
groundbreaking run. A skilled mimic, he delivered dead-on impressions
Eric currently lives in Hollywood, CA where he performs stand-up comedy at The Giggle Gig, The Gaff Gapp, and The Ra-Ra Rut.
aka "The Girl"
Lauren Smith was a late addition to the cast, breaking the TS2O! gender barrier short after Helen Reddy's solo debut.
A helpful addition to the cast, Lauren voiced many characters including "Drymouth Samantha", "Bad Weather Forecasting Lady", "Kneedrop Mary", and "The Midwest Drifting Dental Assistant". She could also be heard in skits like "Time For a Bear Trap", and "Parking Out Front".
We have no idea of her whereabouts.