By Popular Demand...

Dorshock!

Although Dorshock was a fairly minor character on Sandy's show (usually playing Dr. Gesundheit's assistant), he is well-remembered by Sandy's fans. One of his most popular appearances was in a skit showing him and Dr. Gesundheit lip-syncing to the song "Mr. Bass Man". Since Dorshock always spoke in an unintelligible "blah-blah" type of voice, he was the one who took the Bass Man's part.

Dorshock was basically just a head, which gave Sandy a lot of leeway in constructing bodies for him and dressing him up; the picture on this page is one example. On another occasion (a live appearance by Sandy), Dorshock was dressed as a female ticket-taker. Dorshock was a lot of laughs off-stage, as Sandy and various cohorts would set him up in unlikely places and wait for a reaction. One victim, a CBS executive, thought Dorshock was a real person who had died in his (the exec's) bed-- Sandy was prevailed upon to check Dorshock out and pretended to be alarmed-- "Dorshock! Are you all right??" When the executive decided to call the coroner, Sandy decided to come clean. On another occasion, Dorshock was set up (in fatigues and carrying a gun) in a friend's kitchen --while the friend was out, of course. Upon his return, he and his dog came upon Dorshock, who was then attacked by the dog as an intruder. Dorshock once made a more low-key appearance at the Beckers' home, which had a forced-air heating system; Sandy had rigged him up in a living-room air vent in such a way that when the heater went on, Dorshock could be seen wobbling his head in the draft. A female guest wasn't quite sure what she was seeing and was a bit unnerved...

"When I first went to Sandy's apartment, Dorshok's head resided in a vase. I asked Sandy if he was a "pothead". He threw a cushion at me."-- Craig Marin


Photo courtesy of Mrs. Cherie Becker. Special thanks to Jim Cook for tracking down the "Mr. Bass Man" clip, and to Craig Marin for his Dorshock memory...