In 1980, David Isaacs and I wrote a series of one-act plays called CITY OF ANGLES. It was an exercise to write in four different comic styles. They were performed at the Fifth Street Studio Theater at 5th and Western downtown over a pizza parlor. Theatergoers took their lives in their hands by attending.
One performance was videotaped for posterity and promptly buried. Only recently did I find it and get it digitized. One of the four one acts still seems to work. 555-GIVE. This was our attempt at writing a funny monologue. Thanks to friend of the blog GreatBigRadioGuy, it's now on YouTube. So today I thought I'd share it.
So we decided to distill his sales pitches down. In our play he has 30 minutes to raise $30,000. And he tries every trick in the book to accomplish that.
A couple of quick things...
The screen is black for the first 12 seconds while the intro music plays.
It was shot on a camcorder so the quality and sound is not exactly "broadcast."
There are maybe thirty people in the audience.
It was early in our career.
Okay, so here we go. For the first time in 33 years, here's 555-GIVE.