|Work In Progress|
|Original Broadcast Date|
|Larry Block, Friederike Frank, Freddy Frank, Joe Frank|
|Absurd Monologue, Improv Actors, Telephone, 59 minutes|
|Preceded by:||El Cholo (In The Beginning)|
|Followed by:||In The Dark (Part 1)|
Rockwell gave visual form to essential American values.
Joe praises Norman Rockwell's paintings, then Margaret Keane's (the children with the huge, liquid eyes).
5: Joe talks about Christo, the environmental artist.
8: Joe talks about the crash of the Exxon Valdez as environmental art, building on Christo.
11:20: Joe talks about Pol Pot.
16:10: Joe talks about Charles Manson, contrasts him with Pol Pot.
19:40: Joe talks about Wilhelm Reich, says he was suppressed because oil companies feared being put out of business by orgone.
25:50: Joe tells us how important Barry Manilow's lyrics are, that he eclipsed Reich's psychological insights.
32:20: Joe's mother calls to tell us how great Joe is - then makes sure she's said enough.
33:20: Larry Block calls to tell us how great Joe is - then where to send the check.
35: A dog barks, then gets shot.
38:30: Joe asks us what allows us to judge.
43: Joe addresses Alicia (absent) on her behavior.
53:50: Joe talks about Jimmy Swaggart, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker.
- Mock intellectual presentations: Rockwell and Keen as visionaries, comparing Cristo with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, comparing Pol Pot and Charles Manson, Freud and Reich and Barry Manilow.
- People call Joe, praise him, and then poison the scene. A dog barks and is shot. Joe coaches his parents in making a similar call.
- Second person address to Alicia: eating meat, a misunderstood attack, adding reverb to a radio voice, an eloquent suicide note
- Jimmy Swaggart
The original broadcast credits state: "[P]erformed by Joe Frank, and created in collaboration with Larry Massett and David Rapkin. Edited and mixed by Theo Mondle. Special thanks to Phil Proctor, Sheila Bjornlie, and Ariana Morgenstern."
- These pictures were originally attributed to her husband Walter. She proved in court that she had drawn them. Walter Keane's Wikipedia page calls him a plagiarist, not an artist. Tim Burton's Big eyes (2014) tells the story.
- Reich comes up again in Predator, Summer Hill, and 'Rent-a-family'.
- The zip code is in the wrong state.
- John,in Problems, shoots his dog (re-used in In The Dark (Remix)); a story in Rent A Family (Part 2) includes the shooting of a dog; a story in Karma Crash includes the shooting of a dog; Joe imagines shooting his neighbor's dog in On The Edge. In a pledge drive, Joe asked for pledges to keep a dog from getting shot; the cover of National Lampoon, January 1973, is the 'Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog' cover)
- Joe calls him Freddy