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Pit, The

Approximate date: 1966

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Pit, The
Program Description

The Pit by Norman L. Hartweg is a dramatic production done in the “theater of absurd style.” Produced by Fred Barzyk.

A satirical comedy, it is the story of Anselm Froth (Ashley Westcott) who tries to help Mary Alice Vegetable (a little girl never seen and who has the voice of man) out of a pit. Before he is done, his efforts involve a stripper (Judie Stein) and U.S.Senator Wallace Versipel (Whitney Haley). The police, who claim they’re too busy fighting a crime wave, the press, who intimidate Anselm, and a federal investigating committee, who claim the local authorities should be called, are also brought in to help.

Shot live onto tape, the program featured local actors who worked for free. By Fred’s own admission, “probably the strangest comedy ever put on TV”. 1966.

See July 1966 Program Guide for story and photo.



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Broadcast program

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Barzyk, Fred (Producer)
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