This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 21: Fear Of Failure

AIR DATES: November 26, December 3, 1990


The whole crew needed a week off, so running one of Joe’s student films, “Fear of Failure,” filled an episode.

The movie is a stream-of-consciousness hallucinatory rant by a disaffected student at an Ivy League University (presumably Yale University?). He imagines his fellow students as mute, identically clad, occasionally homicidal automatons, carrying out the will of a sadistic, sword-wielding professor.

The film did not fit the show’s aesthetic and was not popular with viewers.



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