0:00 Marty Robinson in a comedy segment with Joe Mantegna about a WTTW pledge drive while the studio is being torn down in desperate need of money.
1:49 Claymation segment where announcer tries to interpret meaning of symbolic logo. The logo tries to help him figure it out in a charades-like game.Answer is title of show:”To Be Announced.”
3:15 Joe Mantegna and Miriam Flynn play characters in an all-night diner (The Nighthawk Cafe) who try to serve a television camera. A couple aspiring screenwriters come into the dinner and tell Joe and Miriam about their new breakthrough idea: a British comedy.
6:15 Upper Class, Lower Class. Joe Mantegna plays Alistair Crowley, host of the evening’s program and notorious English Satanist. The gag is that all actor’s are new and American (but playing the cast of a British TV series).
12:00 Another character, Eddie, comes into the diner. He’s apparently some strange mix of wolf/bear/bird.
12:36 Fake PSA from Ele ctric company, who promises to rip you off. Because they can!
14:50 Skit about a show called “Are You Kidding?” Various crazy people make outlandish claims that are clearly ridiculous.
15:35 People in the Diner talk to two writers about potentially show ideas. They go back to the British television show.
16:00 More British Television comedy.
17:55 Joe and Miriam joke around in the diner about coming up with a newer pretentious-sounding menu. The two writers walk out and introduce a segment of outtakes from Soundstage.
18:50 Outtake from a Kris Kristofferson episode of Soundstage (joke). Joke about Kissinger (Mantegna) on next week’s Soundstage, an d another upcoming show with Adolf Hitler.
22:15 Outtake from a WTTW news show in which the producer tells the hosts that the ratings prove absolutely nobody is watching the show. The producer introduces his idea for a new show: Newsquake. On every episode, a new natural disaster! The producer has b ecome the local news anchor. While he talks the Picasso statue comes to life. The Picasso statue ends up fighting the Calder statue. Two anchors, Ken and Barbie, deliver the sports news from bed. The weatherman does a segment on a map with extremely strange icons.
27:00 Jacques Cousteau (Mantegna) recommends living in a pool.
28:17 Joe and Miriam close up the Nighthawk Cafe. A band on the back of the stage begins to play while Joe and Miriam clean shop.
29:45 End of tape.