No Show

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No Show[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, 60 mins / 90 mins / 120 mins
Preceded by: Landing Strip In The Jungle, A
Followed by: Let Me Not Dream

"I have an announcement to make this evening. There is no show."

"No Show" is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1986.


  • Joe announces that there is no show, and spends the program explaining why against soft piano music.
  • Discussing the inter-connectedness of all things and the indomitable desire to live with a producer.
  • Joe sweeps a tuner across commercial radio stations, suggests his audience listen to something else
  • A woman invites herself to Joe's apartment, talks forever about nothing, and harasses his cat. Sharing a frozen dinner with an elderly cat.
  • Joe calls a telephone counseling line from the studio.
  • A dinner party in Joe's honor, feeling a fraud, discussing the meaning of quality of life. Dinner parties as an Olympic sport.
  • The lawsuit against a film company for plagiarism.
  • Joe's friend talks about problems with his mother.
  • Joe's cat goes into a seizure.
  • Living in a noisy neighborhood. Waking up to a film crew outside.
  • Joe picks up a girlfriend at the airport.

Interesting Facts

-Although broadcast frequently in a 60-minute edit, there are 90-minute and 120-minute versions.

-Joe's most truly autobiographical show. 100% true, *probably*. He talks about his daily life and frustrations, and the cumulative interruptions which have caused him to be unprepared to write a show.

-Joe's most "improvised" monologue. You hear him tell unprepared stories about his life, his narrative is less polished, more hesitant, sounds like his "true speaking voice".

-Includes material about his lawsuit against the screenwriter from the Scorcese film "After Hours", which is not included in the 60-minute version.


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