Iceland (Part 1)

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Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Narrative Monologue, Absurd Lists, 1 hour
Preceded by: I'm Not Crazy
Followed by: Iceland (Part 2)

"Lila always carries a big purse, more of a bag than a purse really."

"Iceland" is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1990.


A description of Lila; her big purse, losing things, behavior in a movie theater and restaurant. Joe finds Professor Vogel's love letters to Lila. Rhythmic laughter in many voices. We're on the brink of social collapse, religions are crumbling, apes dressed as holy men. "Would you still love me if I were someone else?" Travel notes: flying paper at a celebration in Buenos Aires, being picked up by sister anthropologist; pushing a broken down bus through a poor countryside; an airport conveyor belt; a balloon safari with a nude English colonel and a licentious nun; climbing to the Rio statue wearing a party mask; scene in a Thai bar, sex with a singer while a piano playing queen suffers a breakdown. The search for truth, the nature of truth, "tailors of truth," truth as an infection, we should walk away from truth. Joe criticizes the music in his own show. Joe's program as a religious experience and a call for donations. Word play on whether Joe should get behind his work. More rhythmic laughter. Who is happier: a rich old man or a beggar, a rich young man or a slum dweller parolee, an aristocratic lady or a homeless woman. Joe accuses himself of saying nonsense, invites our wrath. He pines for the good old programs, begs us to end his show, admits to plagiarizing all his ideas.

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