Episode Number: 55
Production Date: March 15th, 1994
Running Time: 29:30
You all know me as T Black. Thankfully I operate under many aliases to keep myself one step ahead and in this episode of ROX #55 entitled Up All Nite, our hero needs to accomplish two specific goals. One: change his sleeping pattern in order to begin another new job in his career and two get his worldly possessions out of an abandoned home before felony burglary charges are levied.
One punchline is that the job itself only lasted from the day of production through the day of release of the episode. My comic sensibilities always trump life responsibilities. 12 hours a night? Six days a week?? I was more interested in the experience than the job stability. My riders ranged from drunks, to tweakers, to vandals on the run, and strippers who loved getting me high. But most of the time I was sitting in my car, in the lot, in the cold, watching time tick tick tick away. So I quit…
I took the job to remedy the loneliness and isolation I had been feeling while living on the street. The secondary primary goal of staying up all nite was to get my shit out of the abandoned house I’d been caught living in by a neighbor. That house was a just remedy from the cold. Before that, I was sleeping in 3rd street park or the woods on campus. I was in an out of homelessness for over two years. Going homeless was meant to be a rebellion against society, a strength and character building exercise, a desire to be mobile, and great television content… But the deeper I got into it the more it fucked with my psychology and world view.
BUT, thanks to Frank, Amanda and JBXY I made it through that night, the following week and to the My favorite to episodes of the season: Coping with the Shock and J&B Get Baked. (lights up a joint) some things ain’t never gonna change….