©1966 Michael Dormer and Lee Teacher
Shrimpenstein, an offbeat children’s television show, premiered on KHJ channel 9 in 1966 and became an instant counter-culture hit.
The show was created by Michael Dormer and Lee Teacher at the stylish plastic kitchen table of Dormer’s Ocean Beach home. Their pal at Capitol Records, producer Fred Rice, had suggested that they cook up some cute monster characters for merchandising, but when he saw the first Shrimpenstein storyboard, the fuse was lit. Rice, Teacher, and Dormer pitched the idea of a Shrimpenstein to the suits at KHJ.
Rice had already worked with Gene Moss and Jim Thurman, so Moss was tapped to play Dr. Von Schtick and Thurman to provide the voices.
Shrimpenstein, affectionately known as “Shrimpy”, was a miniature Frankenstein monster, "created" when jellybeans accidentally fell into the Monster Machine. The noted sculptor and puppet-meister, Wah Chang, brought Shrimpy to life.
Dormer and Teacher wrote all the scripts and the theme song lyrics. Rice and some friends from Capitol Records supplied the musicand Moss sang the theme song. Dormer also designed the sets and all the goofy machines.
Milt Hoffman, the genius behind the first "Tonight Show" starring Steve Allen, mentored, produced, and directed.