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It's amazing that a cable TV series that ran from 1979 to 1981 could reboot in 2018, but The Downtown Altoona Players isn't your average television show.
Back in the late 70s and early 80s, no other television show was doing what The Downtown Altoona Players was doing: Every episode had not only original comedy sketches but also a rock band from the New York area that performed at least two original songs. It was different. It was innovative. And it was all done on a shoestring budget.
By 1979, the comedy team of Johnny Stevens and Jack Bachner had already been performing together for a few years, mostly in hole-in-the-wall clubs: The Bombay Badminton Club, which was, despite its name, home to a rough crowd; then there was Vinnie's Concussion Room and The Pesticide Bar and Grill East. Well, maybe those last two weren't actual places, but they're as real as the world of The Downtown Altoona Players.
Stevens and Bachner met and started doing comedy and theater together in high school, and ...