Speaking of monologues I did for the TV show The 90s, the one with the oddest trajectory is “Television.”

The director of the piece, Skip Blumberg told me that the theme of the episode he was working on was “television,” and could I write a piece for it?  My thought was, well, if I were a television, what would I say?  What does a television want?

Since I did the piece, it’s taken on a very strange life.  I used to open my monologue show with it, since it was a great way to get people’s attention.

Me doing it in my monologue shows got the attention of the editor of The Spoken Word Revolution, an anthology of slam-poems, intended to get high-school students interested in poetry.

It seems to have worked to a certain extent. Every now and then I get a message from a student, of both the high-school and college variety, about an adaptation of the piece they’ve done. Beth Fulton’s is the best I’ve seen so far.

Television is a drug. from Beth Fulton on Vimeo.


14 Responses to “Television”
  1. Todd says:

    Or, as Google Translate puts it:

    Many try on their own interpretations. But the video of Elizabeth Fulton , he is particularly out to be.

  2. Curt_Holman says:

    Did you see that Andrew Sullivan’s ‘The Daily Dish’ re-posted this?

  3. Todd says:

    I did! That was cool.

    Actually, it seems to be flying all over the internets. Not bad for a 20-year-old monologue.


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