Having A Ball

A Podcast about all things Lucille Ball and Desilu

About the show

Co-hosts Erika Murrietta and Ziva Maples dive deep into the life of Lucille Ball, exploring many facets of her life.
They take an episode by episode look at some of her most famous shows Lucille Ball was part of like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy. They will also take a closer look at some of Lucy’s movies, explore the creation and works of Desilu productions and learn more about Lucy’s costars throughout her long career spanning decades!

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Episodes

  • Having A Ball: Gary Morton & Edith Hirsch

    April 25th, 2022  |  43 mins 46 secs

    This week's chat centers around the second marriages of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After their marriage ended, they both went on to find love and marry others. Lucy married comedian Gary Morton and Desi married Edith Hirsch. Our episode today really is a chat about what we know about them pre-and post Lucy and Desi as information of their upbringing is scarce. The beautiful thing to see is how happy these second marriages made each of them- even in the undeniable shadow of the juggernaut that was Desilu and the image they created forever.

  • Having A Ball: Pioneer Women

    April 18th, 2022  |  43 mins 27 secs
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    This week's episode recap centers around the famous 'loaf of bread' episode, (season 1, episode 25) 'Pioneer Women'. The hosts discuss the dynamics between the husbands and wives for housework and everyday life when they decide to remove all the modern conveniences like dishwashers or modern transportation. Erika explains her refusal to use a dishwasher and Ziva helps point out all the bloopers in which the bet they started would have already been lost! It's also interesting to chat about Lucy and Ethel wanting to be part of an organization of women that scrutinize so heavily. Oh, and there's a huge loaf of bread.

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: (Spanish) Biografía de Desi Arnaz En Español

    April 11th, 2022  |  28 mins 19 secs
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    ¡Hola! Today's special episode is a biography of Desi Arnaz entirely in Spanish (narrated by Erika). As one of the very first Latin faces on American television, Desi had to break many boundaries, stereotypes and prove the initial naysayers wrong. In this mini biography (that certainly does not cover every genius move, every groundbreaking negotiation, or every credit well-deserved), we learn a bit about his upbringings, his start on broadway and of course, his written-in-the-stars encounter with the legendary Lucille Ball.
    We speak of his successes and innovations while creating I Love Lucy.
    A video of this episode with stunning images of all thing Lucy and Desi can be found on our YouTube channel. Thank you for listening!

    ESPANOL: ¡Hola! El episodio especial de hoy es una biografía de Desi Arnaz totalmente en español (narrada por Erika). Como una de las primeras caras latinas en la televisión estadounidense, Desi tuvo que romper muchos límites, estereotipos y demostrar que los detractores iniciales estaban equivocados. En esta mini biografía (que ciertamente no cubre cada movimiento genial, cada negociación innovadora o cada crédito bien merecido), aprendemos un poco sobre su educación, su comienzo en Broadway y, por supuesto, su escrito en las estrellas. encuentro con la legendaria Lucille Ball.
    Hablamos de sus éxitos e innovaciones mientras creaba I Love Lucy.
    Puede encontrar un video de este episodio con impresionantes imágenes de todo lo relacionado con Lucy y Desi en nuestro canal de YouTube. ¡Gracias por escuchar!

  • Having A Ball: The Gossip

    April 4th, 2022  |  50 mins 30 secs
    being the ricardos, beverly hillbillies, bob hope, classic tv, classic tv shows, comedy, desi arnaz, desilu, desilu productions, ethel mertz, fred mertz, having a ball, having a ball podcast, i love lucy, i love lucy trivia, javier bardem, let’s talk to lucy, lucie arnaz, lucille ball, nicole kidman, rick nineg, the lucy show, vivian vance, william frawley

    This week's episode we discuss the hilariously written, 'The Gossip' (Season 1, episode 24) which showcases Lucille Ball's pantomiming skills and the physical storytelling she was so brilliant at performing. The hosts discuss their own views on gossiping, background on the sometime-returning guest stars, Bob Jellison and Richard Reeves.and how well this episode was written. Plus, some behind the scenes trivia!

  • Having A Ball: The Moustache

    March 28th, 2022  |  45 mins 44 secs
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    This week's episode review is on the 'This can only happen to Lucy' episode "The Moustache" from season 1, episode 23. The hosts discuss the hilarity in which all the events take place throughout the episode, their own thoughts on facial hair preferences, the history of the products used and the music performed by Desi Arnaz.

  • Having A Ball: Lucy and Desi Documentary Review

    March 21st, 2022  |  30 mins 15 secs
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    We finally review and share our opinions and thoughts on the much anticipated and beautifully directed documentary on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 'Lucy and Desi' from Amy Poehler currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The film certainly feels like a modern version of the "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" from the early 90's produced by Lucie Arnaz.
    We discuss what we loved about the film and some of the bits of information and hardly or never-before seen videos of Lucy and Desi at the start of 'I Love Lucy'.
    We have some fun discussing the friendships Lucille created with such great icons as Carol Burnett and Bette Midler and how Desi shaped the world of television and entertainment for the Latin community.

  • Having A Ball: Fred and Ethel Fight

    March 14th, 2022  |  50 mins 20 secs
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    Today's episode recap centers around 'Fred and Ethel Fight' (season 1, episode 22). This particular episode is highly addressed in the Being The Ricardos film, particularly the infamous dinner scene. The hosts discuss the way the relationship between Vivian and William may have made this episode easier to film, the hilarious way Lucy tries to reconnect the two after a fight and how Ricky and Lucy attempt to apologize without apologizing to end their own fight!
    As always, we dive into a bit of history including the famous Henna Rinse Lucille loved so much for that fiery red hair, Desi's spanish, and the beginning purposes and services of the YMCA.

  • Having A Ball: Forever Darling movie review with Carrie Ketterman

    March 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
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    In this movie review of the Lucille Ball/ Desi Arnaz 1956 film, ‘Forever Darling’, we are joined by the lovely Carrie Ketterman of Our Technicolor Life and The Not So Long Trailer!
    We can’t help but feel the presence of Lucy whenever we have Carrie join us and talk our way through Lucy and Desi’s third film together!

    We discuss the stunning wardrobe, the familiar faces and the parallels with I Love Lucy.
    We also find out how Lucille really felt about this film and behind the scenes trivia and production facts.

  • Having A Ball: New Neighbors

    February 28th, 2022  |  53 mins 25 secs
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    This episode recap is centered around a very memorable series of events when new neighbors move into the East 68th Street building. The hosts discuss the backgrounds and connections of the guest stars and the fantastic physical comedy displayed throughout.
    Lucille Ball really set the standard and there bar high with the amount of facial expressions and creative physical stunts she pulls off while trying to snoop through the neighbor’s belongings.
    It is an extremely fun episode and we have a hilarious time breaking it down.

  • Having A Ball: The Young Fans

    February 21st, 2022  |  38 mins 2 secs
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    Today's episode recap centers around Season 1, Episode 20, 'The Young Fans' which guest stars Janet Waldo and Richard Crenna. The hosts chat about the childhood crushes both guest stars get on Ricky and Lucy, how they handled the idea of a May/ December romance and the premise of a young lady being infatuated with a celebrity and how it is viewed in today's society, We also get to see a bit of and 'older' Lucy and Desi, who remained close until the end.

  • Having A Ball: The Ballet

    February 14th, 2022  |  35 mins 27 secs
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    In this recap, the hosts discuss the absolute classic that is The Ballet from season 1 (episode 19). There's so much physical comedy in this one, it's hard to choose just one scene to love. Lucille Ball gives a brilliant performance and we meet a couple of memorable guest stars!
    This is usually one of the episodes of I Love Lucy that most people think of- right up there with Job Switching and Lucy Does A TV Commercial!

  • Having A Ball: Breaking The Lease

    February 7th, 2022  |  34 mins 37 secs
    being the ricardos, beverly hillbillies, bob hope, classic tv, classic tv shows, comedy, desi arnaz, desilu, desilu productions, ethel mertz, fred mertz, having a ball, having a ball podcast, i love lucy, i love lucy trivia, javier bardem, let’s talk to lucy, lucie arnaz, lucille ball, nicole kidman, rick nineg, the lucy show, vivian vance, william frawley

    This episode recap centers around Season 1, episode 18: Breaking The Lease. The hosts discuss the hilarity of how quickly things took a turn in this episode and how certain situations are handled between friends who are also in a landlord/ tenant situation.
    There are a couple of great songs with a rich history included along with so many unnecessary fights that are randomly started that make a non-stop episode. There's also an impromptu jam session in the Ricardo apartment that include appearances from our spotlighted stand-ins Bennett Green and Hazel Pierce.

  • Having A Ball: Lucy Writes A Play

    January 31st, 2022  |  35 mins 54 secs
    being the ricardos, beverly hillbillies, bob hope, classic tv, classic tv shows, comedy, desi arnaz, desilu, desilu productions, ethel mertz, fred mertz, having a ball, having a ball podcast, i love lucy, i love lucy trivia, javier bardem, let’s talk to lucy, lucie arnaz, lucille ball, nicole kidman, rick nineg, the lucy show, vivian vance, william frawley

    This episode review centers around Season 1, Episode 17. 'Lucy Writes A Play' (one of many plays Lucy will write or take part in during I Love Lucy). The hosts discuss the hilarious mistakes and miscommunications that surround this episode. There are stereotypes that are touched upon, very funny accent changes and for once, it isn't Lucy who messes things up!
    As is with most episodes of I Love Lucy, we see the genius and physical comedy extraordinaire that is Lucille Ball.

  • Having A Ball: Part 2- The Long Long Trailer Review with Carrie Ketterman

    January 24th, 2022  |  40 mins 26 secs
    being the ricardos, beverly hillbillies, bob hope, classic tv, classic tv shows, comedy, desi arnaz, desilu, desilu productions, ethel mertz, fred mertz, having a ball, having a ball podcast, i love lucy, i love lucy trivia, jamestown, javier bardem, lucille ball, new york, nicole kidman, rick nineg, the lucy show, vivian vance, william frawley

    The hosts are back with the lovely as ever, Carrie Ketterman with part 2 of 'The Long Long Trailer' Review. They discuss the music from the film, the co-stars that may be recognized from other television shows trivia from behind the scenes and the fabulous wardrobe.
    Carrie tells us all about her adventures that mirror the movie and how many trinkets and items they have collected to decorate and refurbish their not so long trailer!

  • Having A Ball: Part 1- The Long Long Trailer Review with Carrie Ketterman

    January 17th, 2022  |  39 mins 24 secs
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    In this episode, the hosts review the 1953 feature film, The Long Long Trailer starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as newlywed trailerites who explore the ups and downs of driving a really long trailer together across the country and are tested left and right!
    We have the fun honor of once again being joined by Carrie Ketterman of the Not So Long Trailer and Our Technicolor Life website who has created an entire trailer adventure with her husband, Jeff, centered around this classic film!
    She tells us how she came to love the film, what adventures they've had that mirror the film and all the people they meet along the way!
    Join us again next week for part 2!

  • Having A Ball: Lucy Fakes Illness

    January 10th, 2022  |  41 mins 24 secs
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    in this recap, the hosts discuss Season 1, episode 16: "Lucy Fakes Illness". This is a hilarious episode as Lucy does a fantastic impersonation of Tallulah Bankhead in order to fake an illness (or at least one of the symptoms, apparently.) Lucy, of course, is faking this psychological disorder to show what happens when her talents are repressed.
    We discuss the many tactics Lucy attempts and how Ricky hilariously turns them around on her!