Fat Man Down

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Fat Man Down[1]
Somewhere Out There
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue, 58 minutes
Preceded by: A Death In The Family
Followed by: Talk To Me

He tries to sleep as long as possible. When he feels himself rousing...

Fat Man Down is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Somewhere Out There. It was originally broadcast on May 24, 1997.


  • A washed-up musician tries to fill time.
  • As an old man, he's in a hospital, but imagines he is in a resort.
  • As a college student, he steals brownies from Howard Johnson's restaurants on road trips between home and school. He fills his trunk with them. Later then put them back.
  • In New York he gets a job as a janitor at a church and dates a German waitress who he makes love to on the alter of the church, and his caught by a priest.
  • Stealing sunglasses, cafe meals.
  • Telemarketing for an opera company.
  • Subway stations as an underground world.
  • His mother tries to kill herself.
  • His mother sings The Linden Tree at a restaurant, talks about wanting to become a singer.
  • Playing music in a bar.
  • Walking in central park and becoming ill.
  • Dream of about being lost and leading a child through a strange city, trying to call his mother at the phone company from a booth. Hiring prostitutes.
  • A woman whispers in German.


Shared Material


  • This program shares most of its text with Dreams of The River, but includes hospital scenes in place of the scenes from a boat going downriver, persistent background music, and no sound effects. This is not a remix, but a recording of the same text with small changes. Also contains a third person version of the telephone booth story from Islands.
  • Much of the text in this program also appeared in the short story Fat Man, published in The Queen of Puerto Rico.