Joe explains the reasons why he has failed to prepare for tonight’s show. Among them: an exhausting, all night conversation with his engineer. A woman who calls, then comes to his apartment and remains for hours while attempting to seduce him; the arrival and set preparation below his window at dawn of a film crew. And having ‘no show,’ Joe turns on his portable radio and listens to other stations, urging his listeners to do the same. Then he calls a suicide hotline and discusses the meaninglessness of his life with a warm-hearted black woman.
Series: Work in Progress
Show Type: Monologue
Cast: Joe Frank
Air Date: 1986
Digital Audio Bit Rate: 128kbps
Tyson Polter – :
This is an example of Joe Frank turning a show back in upon itself. His hourlong description of his “failure” to produce a show becomes the show itself. “Failure” in the Joe Frank universe is a relative term. Who, after all is a success? What does it mean to be a success? When you consider yourself to be a success, is that the moment when your complacency belies your ability to be a success? Joe Frank defies you to turn the station and listen to other programming. He actually suggests it as part of the show. By revealing more and more of his own anxieties he’s suggesting its OK to admit that we all have shortcomings. I don’t want to give away too much, but he has an encounter with the road crew at a location shot for the television show Simon & Simon and mentions Magnum P.I. Classic episode referencing some classic 80s cheese. Love it.