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: 70th Anniversary Special- I Love Lucy

    October 15th, 2021  |  44 mins 9 secs
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    October 15, 1951- I Love Lucy debuted on televisions across America catapulting itself and its actors to superstardom and icon status. 70 years later, we celebrate the juggernaut starring Lucile Ball as Lucille Esmeralda McGillicuddy Ricardo "Lucy", Desi Arnaz as Enrique Alberto Fernando y de Acha Ricardo III "Ricky", Vivian Vance as Ethel Mae Potter Mertz (or Ethel Louise or Etherl Roberta) William Frawley as Frederick Hobart Mertz "Fred" and Keith Thibedeaux as "Little Ricky".
    The hosts speak with Lucy-related social media page holders, Breanna (@lovedesilu on Instagram), Kalley (@lucilleball_fan on Instagram) and Laura from The Lucy Lounge (@TheLucyLounge on Instagram and TheLucyLounge.Com website)
    They discuss their love of all things Lucy and how their individual endeavors came to be.
    After all these years, we still love Lucy!

  • Having A Ball: The Seance

    October 11th, 2021  |  41 mins 25 secs
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    The hosts discuss Season 1, Episode 7 "The Seance". In this episode, numerology and astrology are the main focus of decision-making for Lucy and Ethel and the topic of superstition and beliefs of such theories and how they shape our thinking is compared. In this episode is where we first hear a few of the "risque" lines uttered in the show.
    We also meet Mr. Merriweather played by (Jay Novello) who they need to impress by staging a séance to communicate with Tilly. The hosts also discuss the surprising superstition Lucille Ball believed in and the life changing push Carole Lombard provided in a dream to encourage her to take on television.

  • Having A Ball: Robert Stein, HBO Producer

    October 4th, 2021  |  56 mins 45 secs
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    In this episode, Erika talks to award-winning HBO producer of on-air marketing and creative services, Robert Stein. Robert had the pleasure of meeting Lucille Ball on a couple of occasions and he discusses those experiences and what she was like in person and how gracefully she handled herself. One of those times was being assigned to help Ms. Ball as she prepared to go on to speak at the Night Of A Hundred Stars 2 in 1985.
    Stein himself being a longtime fan of Lucille and I Love Lucy, also chats about the impact I Love Lucy has had in television history, his own trip to Jamestown, NY and all the memorabilia he has collected along the way.
    Robert also discusses his time producing and overseeing for 'The Buzz' and 'HBO First Look' as well as a documentary based on the life of his friend, actor James Gandolfini.

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: 'Let's Talk to Lucy' Bing Crosby Review

    September 29th, 2021  |  6 mins 37 secs
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    In this episode , the hosts review 'Let's Talk to Lucy' with guest Bing Crosby. Much like the majority of these episodes, there's an eavesdropping element to this conversation as two very long time friends discuss Crosby's holiday signature song and Christmas staple, 'White Christmas'. They discuss retirement and Bing's love of golf. Lucille and Crosby go way back in their friendship and he was even on the Bing Crosby Show via Desilu Productions and CBS Paramount Television.

  • Having A Ball: The Audition

    September 27th, 2021  |  40 mins 57 secs
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    In this week's episode, the hosts discuss the episode that was inspired by the pilot episode of 'I Love Lucy', 'The Audition'. They discuss the differences and similarities between the pilot and this episode as it is also inspired by the radio episode of My Favorite Husband. There are so many outdated thoughts that are touched upon such as the place of a man and a woman, the lack of encouragement from the husband to his wife to try something new and how this show's premise was used as the Arnaz' vaudevillian roadshow.
    They discuss how long it took for Lucille Ball to learn the routine performed in this episode and how greatly her physical comedy came alive!

  • Having A Ball: Keith Thibodeaux- Little RIcky

    September 20th, 2021  |  55 mins 26 secs
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    The hosts chat with child actor and ‘Little Ricky’ on I Love Lucy, Keith Thibodeaux.
    Keith was beloved as the son of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on the much loved program and later, went on to play Johnny Paul Jason on The Andy Griffith Show.
    Keith started his career at a very young age playing drums professionally at only 3 years old traveling and eventually getting the role that changed his life.
    He discusses his time on the show, his relationships with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and their children.
    Most importantly, Keith discusses the huge role God plays in his life since becoming a born again Christian, meeting his wife, playing with his band (David and the Giants), forgiving his father and mending that relationship and opening up a ballet school dedicated to dancing for Christ. Truly an inspiring story from a man who went through a lost patch and came out the other side with grace.

  • Having A Ball: Frank Nelson Spotlight

    September 15th, 2021  |  22 mins 19 secs
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    In this episode, the hosts highlight the career and many 'Lucy' appearances of veteran actor and voiceover extraordinaire, Frank Nelson. His career spanned 6 decades with his iconic voice and hilarious "Yeeessss" born from his Jack Benny program days to his countless I Love Lucy and My Favorite Husband cameos.

  • Having A Ball: The Quiz Show

    September 13th, 2021  |  43 mins 33 secs
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    The hosts discuss episode 5 of Season 1, The Quiz Show. In this recap, the concepts of the place of a woman or the intelligence of a woman is very much questioned and doubted in this particular episode. We meet Freddy FIlmore (played by spotlight topic, Frank Nelson) for the first time in the I Love Lucy franchise and the game show "prize" that is presented. In retrospect with 2021 eyes and ears, this episode stands out as very outdated but Lucille's comedic abilities shine extra bright!

  • Having A Ball: Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying To Murder Her

    September 7th, 2021  |  50 mins 28 secs
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    The hosts discuss episode 4 of Season 1 'Lucy thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her' and the intense title and premise of the episode. Since this is early in season one, there are many changes and upgrades to future episodes.
    Discussed is also the idea of slipping one's wife a 'mickey' when she is too anxious or to calm her down and how today something so intense and almost criminal would be frowned upon or even protested against.
    Lucille's physical comedic ability is on full display in this episode.

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: 'Let's Talk to Lucy' Sheila MacRae Review

    September 2nd, 2021  |  7 mins 43 secs
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    In this review of 'Let's Talk to Lucy', the hosts start off talking about a story Lucille tells about a bird attack in her own Beverly Hills backyard which reminded them of the fear of birds she carried from childhood.

    She is then joined by her interview subject, actress and singer, Sheila MacRae and they discuss her homelife and career and tour life while missing her children. Lucy discusses nurturing the talent and enthusiasm of her own children and how she feels about them joining the family business.

  • Having A Ball: The Diet

    August 30th, 2021  |  43 mins 21 secs
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    The hosts discuss the third episode of season one The Diet. They discuss the pressure on women and absurdity that Lucy sees herself as 'too big' and goes to extremes to lose weight.
    Lucy's ultimate goal is to be in Ricky's show, of course, but once comparing herself to others auditioning, Erika and Ziva talk about how that still resonates to women and society today.
    The biggest treat is we get to hear and see the Cuban Pete and Sally Sweet number Desi and Lucille performed around the country while proving to the network that audiences would love and embrace them... and we have for nearly 6 decades!

  • Having A Ball: Bonus: ‘Let's Talk to Lucy’ Dean Martin Review

    August 25th, 2021  |  4 mins 40 secs
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    Edit: Mrs. Martin’s first name is Jeane. Not Joanne.

    In this episode, the hosts discuss the friendship between Dean Martin and Lucy We also discuss Lucille’s admiration for their family life and how they are raising their family during the time of recording.
    Dean Martin’s son and Desi Arnaz, Jr. were also joining the business during this time forming and performing in their band Dino, Desi and Billy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • Having A Ball: Be A Pal

    August 23rd, 2021  |  49 mins 55 secs
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    The hosts discuss the second episode of season 1, Be A Pal.
    They discuss the complex relationships and standards of the 1950’s. They break down all the different things Lucy Ricardo tried to do to keep Ricky’s attention. This is a fun episode that involves a bit of Desi’s culture with Lucy’s rendition of Carmen Miranda’s “Mama yo quiero”.

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

    August 19th, 2021  |  5 mins 20 secs
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    MINI BONUS EPISODE: With the release of the Let's Talk to Lucy podcast on Sirius XM and the podcast format after all these years, it feels like Lucille is joining the podcasting world with all of us!
    In this episode, Erika and Ziva discuss their takeaways from the first released episode with Danny Kaye and Carol Channing.
    They also discuss the difference between how free the real Lucille Ball sounds compared to the more animated Lucy Ricardo.
    Listening to Lucille interview and podcast away so long ago is really a treat for everyone!

  • Having A Ball: The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub

    August 16th, 2021  |  50 mins 24 secs
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    Often considered the first episode of the I Love Lucy series, 'The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub (Season 1, Episode1) is the episode immediately following the Pilot Episode.
    The hosts discuss the premise which is Fred and Ethel Mertz' wedding anniversary. They discuss the differences between men and women in the dating world and marriage in the 50's and how they differ from today. In this episode, we really see Lucille Ball's ability for character changing, physical comedy and true audience reactions. This is the initial episode of the breakdown and reviews of all the I Love Lucy show!

  • Having A Ball: The Lost Pilot Episode

    August 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
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    The hosts discuss the pilot episode of I Love Lucy- commonly known as the Lost Pilot. The premise of the pilot episode centers around what would later become 'The Audition' episode.
    They discuss how the set was designed, the guest stars and we had no Fred and Ethel yet- the search for the couple is described and who was originally wanted to play the lovable Mertz neighbors.
    The Lost Pilot was a replica of Lucy and Desi's cross country tour to prove to CBS they could pull off an I Love Lucy show with Desi as the husband.
    After the pilot, history was made in 1951. We almost didn't have this Lost Episode to review! Find out who had the original film stored away for many many years!