This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 19: Democratic Television

AIR DATES: October 29, November 5, 1990


To kick off the second season, Joe’s Basement allowed itself a “greatest hits” show – expanding on Joe’s “recipe” of comic “ingredients” such as “Maniacal laughter” and “A small, burrowing insectivore” – to provoke specific suggestions from viewers.

Again, phone numbers displayed at the bottom of the screen and the crew manned those pay phones, and filmed the phone conversations for the following episode.

Production Notes:

During the summer months of repeat episodes, letters trickled in regularly and the first few newspaper articles appeared.  This evidence of a following, coupled with the benefits of some time off from the project, fueled the enthusiasm of the show’s producers and led to a period of high productivity.



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