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: Lucy Plays Cupid

    January 3rd, 2022  |  47 mins 40 secs
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    In this episode recap, the hosts discuss Season 1, episode 15 'Lucy Plays Cupid'. This episode included the actress that was a frontrunner for Ethel Mertz, Bea Benaderet.
    The hosts discuss the cringe-inducing interaction between Ricky and Lucy when she wanted to help Miss Lewis find love. There are many male and female outdated concepts in this episode- which is why we love to recap these episodes and compare modern-day relationships vs. 1950's marriages.
    This is a fun one that includes actor Edward Everett Horton as both the object of Miss Lewis' affection and the one who won't take no for an answer from Lucy- even with hidden kids and a husband!

  • Having A Ball: ‘Being The Ricardos’ Movie Review

    December 27th, 2021  |  43 mins 35 secs
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    Another 'Being The Ricardos' review? Sure, why not?!
    In this episode, both Ziva and Erika finally chat about their views on the biopic that is all the talk in the 'Lucy' community. They discuss their likes and dislikes of the films, what their expectations were and why they think the film was written the way it was.
    There's a lot to discuss as the main character is such a beloved and cherised legend that you can't help but discuss the way the fabulous foursome and their writers were portrayed.

  • Having A Ball: George Pennacchio, ABC7 News

    December 20th, 2021  |  38 mins 52 secs
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    As the streaming premiere date on Amazon Prime of ‘Being The Ricardos’ approaches, Erika of Having A Ball Podcast chats with ABC7 News Entertainment reporter, George Pennacchio.

    Not only does George have an extensive career in Los Angeles covering and Interviewing Hollywood’s A-list celebrities, he is a huge Lucille Ball fan with an enviable collection of Lucy memorabilia.

    We chat about what how his love of Lucy began, some of the items he has collected for many years and his thoughts on the newly released ‘Being The Ricardos’,.

    He tells us about interviewing Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem and the extensive research they did to capture the essence of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

  • Having A Ball: Amateur Hour

    December 13th, 2021  |  49 mins 36 secs
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    This episode centers around one of Erika's least favorite 'I Love Lucy' episodes, Amateur Hour. The hosts discuss the cringeworthy behavior from the children Lucy is babysitting while earning money for a dress she wants to keep.
    There are so many outdated ideals and behaviors in this episode that are juxtaposed with modern-day marriages and services like babysitting.
    You have to look past the behavior of the twins to really appreciate the physical comedy Lucille pulls off in this episode from the merry-go-round tying to the charity event dancing when a certain frog makes a home on Lucy's neck!

  • Having A Ball: The Benefit

    December 6th, 2021  |  42 mins 45 secs
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    in this episode, the hosts discuss the hilarious episode that is The Benefit. We discuss how Lucy was treated in this episode and how we would behave in our everyday lives.
    The history of the songs that are performed in this episode and eventual comedy routine is discussed and you'd be amazed how many other television shows have used these same songs!
    Lucy and Ricky Ricardo perform one of their vaudevillian-inspired acts that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz took on tour before I Love Lucy was finally picked up!
    The hosts may or may not attempt the skit with the jokes.

  • Having A Ball: Hazel Pierce and Bennett Green Spotlight

    November 29th, 2021  |  31 mins 36 secs
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    In this episode, the hosts highlight the many appearances of Hazel Pierce and Bennett Green, sometime character actors and stand-ins for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, respectively. Hazel and Bennett were usually on the set because of their similar body types to the actors. The hosts discuss the friendship between the women and how familiar their faces were to any 'I Love Lucy' viewers.
    Both actors went on to appear in many other Desilu productions and it is always fun to try to spot them in their various roles throughout the series.

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: 'Let's Talk to Lucy' World Fair Review

    November 25th, 2021  |  11 mins
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    Happy Thanksgiving! In this review, the hosts discuss the 'Let's Talk to Lucy' episode where Lucille Ball describes the amazing day created at the World Fair in her honor, Lucy Day!

    This episode was much different than the other 'Let's Talk to Lucy' episodes as Lucy walks us through the entire experience at the fair accompanied by husband, Gary Morton and Hedda Hopper.
    We also hear a fun little interview snippet from Lucille during a Barbara Walters interview in which she describes a very Lucy Ricardo-esque mishap in the kitchen- perfect for Thanksgiving!

  • Having A Ball: The Adagio

    November 22nd, 2021  |  42 mins 5 secs
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    This episode recap is focused on Season 1, Episode 12: The Adagio. The hosts discuss the hilarious way the actors interact with the French man who immediately falls in love with Lucy and attempts to woo her as that's what American women expect, apparently. The dark history of the 'Apache' dance is also discussed and how the characters ultimately decide to end the misunderstanding or "boo-boo".

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: Let's Talk to Lucy Vivian Vance Review

    November 18th, 2021  |  7 mins 43 secs
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    in this review, the hosts discuss and review the 'Let's Talk to Lucy' episode featuring the one and only Vivian Vance. Of course, her long-time and arguably her most-known co-host from I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show and other appearances together for decades.
    The hosts discuss how genuine their friendship comes across and the love they clearly have for one another as they endured ups and downs together.
    It really is a joy to listen to these two iconic women whom we all grew up watching just be normal girlfriends catching up and discussing everyday life while we eavesdrop in awe.

  • Having A Ball: Drafted

    November 15th, 2021  |  46 mins 12 secs
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    This episode recap is focused on Season 1, Episode 11: Drafted. The hosts discuss all the confusing ways this episode came to be and all the jumping to conclusions that take place!
    A bit of history of Desi Arnaz' own drafting is talked about along with historically what was taking place during the Korean War during that time.
    They also chat about the stereotypical differences between men and women that are so heavily portrayed in this episode.

  • Having A Ball: Being The Ricardos Trailer Review

    November 11th, 2021  |  17 mins 53 secs
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    In this short review, the hosts discuss the just released full trailer for the 'Being The Ricardos' feature film starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz.
    Each host has a different take and have different aspects as to their likes and dislikes so far from such a small snippet. As a Lucy loving community, we can all agree we are waiting to see how carefully this legendary story is handled. Leave us a review and let us know if you agree!

  • Having A Ball: Lucy is Jealous of Girl Singer

    November 8th, 2021  |  39 mins 34 secs
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    The hosts discuss Season 1, Episode 10, Lucy is Jealous of Girl Singer. The episode touches on a topic that was uncomfortable to dissect as the actors themselves also dealt with this scenario in their real lives. The topic is being jealousy and uncertainty and how to handle the rumors when the husband is a super star and surrounded by beautiful women.
    Lucille give a hilarious performance that brilliantly shows her physical comedic abilities and provides one of the best dance scenes from I Love Lucy.

  • Having A Ball: Carrie Ketterman- Lucy/Desi Tribute Show & The Not So Long Trailer

    November 1st, 2021  |  32 mins 56 secs
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    Today, the hosts have the great fun honor of chatting with Carrie Ketterman of 'Our Technicolor Life' blog/website and the Instagram page, 'The Not So Long Trailer' which is of course in honor of the Lucille Ball/ Desi Arnaz 1954 film, 'The Long Long Trailer'.
    Carrie and her husband, Jeff tour the country with their Lucy/Desi tribute show and she describes her life on the road camping and traveling in a beautifully revamped vintage, 50's era-style trailer.
    We learn where her love of all things Lucy began, the experiences she's had dressing up as the comedic icon, places they have performed and her love of all things vintage!
    Carrie also lets us know of her favorite I Love Lucy episode and the many works of Lucille Ball including her movies, television shows and her business sense that she admires so much.

  • Having A Ball: The Fur Coat

    October 25th, 2021  |  36 mins 20 secs
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    In this episode review, the hosts discuss Season 1, Episode 9, 'The Fur Coat'. They discuss the cost of such an item and the hilarious reactions from both parties to a simple misunderstanding. They also discuss the history of some of the items found in the Ricardo apartment along with comparing material gifts often seen in the episodes. Erika and Ziva also talk about what their idea of a perfect anniversary gift is.

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: 'Let's Talk to Lucy' Red Skelton Review

    October 20th, 2021  |  7 mins 44 secs
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    in this mini review of the 'Let's Talk to Lucy' episode featuring the massively funny and talented icon that is Red Skelton, the hosts discuss Lucy and Red's lifelong friendship, their shared movie roles, Red's home life from his wife Georgina and a beautiful pause Lucille took to show honor to the hard workers of the world she so respected.

  • Having A Ball: Men are Messy

    October 18th, 2021  |  36 mins 56 secs
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    The hosts discuss Episode 8 of Season 1, Men Are Messy. This is a hilarious episode in which Lucy has had enough of Ricky’s messy ways. This brings up a conversation of keeping our own homes clean and stereotypes of men and women. Based off the radio show ‘My Favorite Husband’ episode, George is Messy, this episode gives us some of Lucille Ball physical comedy and references about sponsor Philip Morris and magazine covers which Lucy and Desi ultimately grace. Also, the room is split down the middle- a concept that was borrowed for many other television comedies throughout time.