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ROX #31: A Toast to Poverty







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Title: "A Toast to Poverty"

Series: ROX
Season: one
Episode Number: 31
Production Date: April 20th, 1993
Running Time: 26:10

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Production Notes:

February 28th, 2003
"Oh Happy Accident, The Dust To Raise And See"

B: Somewhere in the middle of “A Toast to Poverty,” the program takes a random detour from the ostensible topic, wandering through a slightly off-kilter Easter Sunday party before eventually finding its way back to the serious matter of poverty. It seems random and bizarre, and it transforms the show from a diatribe about social inequities into a celebration of life.

You may wonder where I found the inspiration for this bold editing decision.

The truth is that it was a strategy born of desperation. Midway through editing this show, I misplaced one of the tapes. We were on a tight... [More...]


June 10th, 2003
Best ROX Episode Ever?

Skippy: “A Toast To Poverty” (#31) is the point where J&B had not only hit their stride, but wound up totally transcending the original concept.

From a simple statistic - the fact that Bloomington is the 11th poorest city in the USA - J&B go on a sociological exploration of what lies behind it, via a surrealistically circuitous route that includes an Easter celebration and a doggie-doo production facility at work. The episode presents its point both factually and satirically, and pulls both aspects off perfectly (an extremely difficult task)!

Quintessential ROX, and arguably the best episode of the entire series!


August 11th, 2003
Let's All Go On Down To Beautiful Downtown Ray's Fuck Shop...

W. Owen: Well, what else can you say about a show entirely based around some statistic from a guy whose name Our Heroes immediately bust a gut laughing at when it gets mentioned??

The Johnson Dairy and that entire surrounding area have long since been renovated and turned into office space (along with the Showers building, now largely occupied by the new City Hall). Local economy still sucks giant pitted asteroids though.


Addendum added 4/30/2010: The rooming house at 10th and Morton, pictured behind the opening titles of this episode, has now gone down... [More...]

Media for A Toast to Poverty:
Pix for A Toast to Poverty:
May Day
XY sings: "May Day at the industrial ruin! Yes, capitalism has fallen in Bloomington!"

Drop Acid
'Nuff said.

Juggle x 4
Jessie Woodson juggles blocks in Dunn Meadow.

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