SHOW TITLE: The Last Late Night Show on Earth
PRODUCER: On Tenterhooks Productions
SHOW DESCRIPTION: As the last survivors of a global apocalypse, the cast of a late-night talk show carry on producing the same show over and over again. Show business goes on even when the audience is gone in this dark comedy.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Apocalypse, we’ve all been there…
INTERVIEWEE: Elizabeth Ess (writer/director.performer)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
I’m Elizabeth Ess, a stand-up comedian and sketch writer in Minneapolis. I’m directing my first Fringe show, which I also wrote.
So what’s the big idea?
“The Last Late Night Show on Earth” is an original play about a variety show produced by the survivors of an apocalypse. It’s a show within a show, and every day they make the show again with the same guests. It’s not possible to create something completely different, but it’s not possible to create something identical either. It’s a dark comedy that might make people think.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
I wanted to play with the late night show format in a way that told a story. When I pitched this idea to my sponsors two years ago, there had been so many changes in who hosts what on the major networks, but the content is still decided with the same goals in mind. These shows tend to cater to the most mainstream taste, and that often ends up sounding like bizarre drivel if you’re not used to it. Also, I think about death a lot.
Why should I care?
First, you’ll have fun. The actors I found make me feel like I hit the jackpot as a Fringe producer and you’ll really enjoy them. Featured stand-up sets from Courtney Baka and Lyle Larue are also going to be great. Second, you’ll feel satisfied at the way we criticize the format, and show business in general, but since we benefit from both, we can’t help but look foolish in the process. Embrace the foolishness.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
You say “morbid” like
It’s a bad thing; Howard the
Duck will be there, too.
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