Road To Hell

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Road To Hell[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: The More I Know You
Followed by: Nausea

"Oh Midnight Special, I ride the rods a hobo, not homeless..."

Road To Hell is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1989.


  • Train sounds.
  • A poetic celebration of the hobo.
  • A ski lodge, writing "regret not the momentary impulse" on a cast.
  • Founding fathers, the articles of confabulation and the bill of human bondage.
  • General Deities Incorporated. Christmas in new york.
  • Throwing a new years party - a guest suffocated beneath coats.
  • Getting mugged weekly in the stairway of Joe's apartment, then meeting the same guy years later.
  • Rapid monologueamidst glass-style minimalist orchestral music: I am a statue in the park... walking into the river and filling a bowl on one's head, using a third eye to cheat at cards.
  • Individualism amidst mobs, perception of a radio program.
  • Deepened monologue: immigrants mistaking an oil rig for America, getting menial jobs, raising middle class children.
  • The balance of payments: taxation by weighing noblemen.
  • A woman with a french accent talks about falling in love.
  • A malfunctioning garage door opener.
  • Describing a fantasy woman.
  • Odes: Oh woman, high school cheerleader, businesswoman, nurse, homemaker, secretary, stewardess.
  • Deepened monologue: being tired of life, the legions of the dead. Dreams: discovering one is still married to an ex wife, being a cartoon character spun off as a plastic doll.
  • A being oiled by women in a room full of video games with a glass floor while a man reads holy books, wanting to go away, watching an old man dance with a beautiful young girl.

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