Stories for Nothing

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Stories For Nothing[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: Emergency Room
Followed by: Building A Church

"I have drunk gallons of Chablis, danced the samba, sat outside the casino in the hours ...."

Stories For Nothing is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1988.


Repeated discordant monologue: Monte Carlo, a privileged life, living out of hotels, the spasms of the sphincter muscle, Flemish primitives, earthquakes, Hiroshima. Living in a cave off Greece, getting dysentery while traveling through Afghanistan, traveling through slums in Iran, putting a hotel owner on trial in Maui. Having forgotten one's life, never having said anything that didn't immediately seem untrue. A ruined suburban family: the mother runs off and discovers that she's spent a day stopped at a red light on the edge of town. A stoned newspaper man interviews the chief of police, strolls through an archery range. A man goes to meet a blind date, accidentally sends her dog out of a high window. A film director is arrested for an unpaid J-walking ticket. A yuppie motorcycle gang crashes a party in a wealthy neighborhood. Wandering through LA at night.

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