A traffic helicopter reporter describes increasing mayhem on the freeways of Los Angeles. Shot down by a missile, he philosophizes about life.
Series: Somewhere Out There
Show Type: Monologue
Cast: Joe Frank
Air Date: 01/07/1996
Digital Audio Bit Rate: 128kbps
MIKE – :
First Joe Frank monologue I heard. A damp Sat. night, KCRW, 89.9 on, 7PM, me and a buddy parked behind Dennys on Sunset. I laughed all night and was hooked immediately on most of his works. One day I’ll scrape up up enough coin to buy his tracks. Eye in the Sky bounces light on the entire SoCal experience! A hilarious expose about SoCal in the same vain as Mike Davis.
Jason Hurtienne – :
The faint sound of a helicopter opens the beginning of the show, growing louder and louder. Suddenly you’re listening to a helicopter newsman reporting on the hellish roads and highways of L.A. The first time I heard this show, I had a mental accounting of the actual roadways being talked about. Suddenly his helicopter is going down from the hit of a shoulder mounted rocket launcher. I awaited his final epitaph, the meaning of life in five simple English words before crashing into the ground.
Hilary Hall – :
If I were attempting to introduce Joe Frank to someone who knew nothing about his work (something that never works when I try an elaborate explanation), I would play them the opening monologue from this episode as their personal litmus test. The slightly unnerving intimacy of his voice, the bone-dry humor (“There appears to be a drive-by shooting gone horribly wrong…”), the ever-increasing deadpan absurdity, the smell of impending apocalypse in every syllable (“So you might want to dip a handkerchief in some distilled water and put it over your nose and mouth…) and the abrupt and yet perfectly calibrated transition into subsequent scenes make this one of my perpetual favorites. Play it for a friend today.