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  •  REVIEW: THANKLESS JOBS OF THE APOCALYPSE

    Thankless Jobs of the Apocalypse

    Does the pope know about this?

    Two comedians normally heard on Catholic radio bring their special brand of heresy to the intriguingly titled "Thankless Jobs of the Apocalypse."

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com

    We interrupt this article to bring you this special announcement . . .

      
    THANKLESS JOBS OF THE APOCALYPSE
    Company: White Noise Radio Theatre.
    Written and performed by: Stephen T. Brophy and Lester Milton.
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    "Hey, kids! It's Double-Frosted Murder Wheats! You won't find hardly any wheat in Double-Frosted Murder Wheats!"

    "There's sugar on both sides!"


    This message was brought to you by "Thankless Jobs of the Apocalypse," a sometimes subtle, sometimes in-your-face-funny sketch-comedy show by two guys who call themselves White Noise Radio Theatre and are allowed to do this weekly on a Catholic radio station in San Francisco (KUSF, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time) right after "Good News for Today — Blessed Life."

    As you can imagine from the intriguing title (which is what drew me to the show in the first place), the church doesn't get any special dispensations from this comedy duo just because it owns the airwaves. "Thankless Jobs of the Apocalypse" starts with a hilarious promo for the duo's upcoming film about the blessed Virgin Mary, tastefully titled "Holy Mother of God!"

      
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    As you can imagine from the intriguing title (which is what drew me to the show in the first place), the church doesn't get any special dispensations from this comedy duo just because it owns the airwaves. "Thankless Jobs of the Apocalypse" starts with a hilarious promo for the duo's upcoming film about the blessed Virgin Mary, tastefully titled "Holy Mother of God!"

    Quicker than I can ruin them for you here, the jokes and oddities keep on coming, like the trailer for the upcoming intellectual tour-de-force from Arnold Schwarzenegger; the psychic who speaks only to the comatose because the dead are too bitter; and the ad for Helter Seltzer, featuring a politically incorrect flavor combining two types of fruit. (Try to figure that one out.)

    These two comedians, Stephen T. Brophy and Lester Milton, have enough theatrical sense to translate their program from radio to stage, but they most remind me of two other radio or radio-inspired acts: Harry Shearer's public-radio program "Le Show", for the sense that the funniest lines are sometimes the ones that you get three lines after they're over; and the Firesign Theatre, for its way of mixing in 10 observations about the absurd for every obvious punch line.

    AUGUST 24, 2000
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