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Bad Public Cable Access Television

Posted by officialericcrooks - 3 weeks ago


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Bad Public Cable Access Television

 

As seen on https://www.youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos?shelf_id=0&sort=dd&view=0

 

I don’t remember what year it was , but it was definitely after 2009 and The end of The Erica Crooks Show on Public Access Television . 

https://www.officialericcrooks.com/adults-get-bullied-too.html

Probably around 2010 or 2011 or so. 

 

As I mentioned before , The Erica Crooks Show started as this idea and a home movie because I wanted to have my own public access television show. And I was 8 years old. I had to wait until I was 18 so I did all these adult puppet show live performances at my local library which teens heckled and was “ too adult " for kids.

 

During the time a little bit after The Erica Crooks Show leaving public access television and even before , I did volunteer with the public access coordinators at the time to learn about how everything was done . They even gave me a college internship too . They have told me that they really liked my show , might as well , they did watch the test show in 2006 and liked it even then. What happened was during the 2009 Season was I had a sketch which related to my fears of coming out and fears of the future as a trans woman and even the fear that what if I didn’t have a legacy as an artist ? What if I died and no one cared or remembered me .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFkwFRK9VTI

It was a work of art and people took the animated fictional roast on myself which I was 21 at the time , people thought it was a suicidal cry for help. 

Also I was being bullied by a friend who was taking advantage of me and I didn’t realize what was going on until it was too late. I was being abused by my father and his equally ill wife.

Just read Adults Get Bullied Too ! to learn about the history of all that.

https://www.officialericcrooks.com/adults-get-bullied-too.html

 

However the people at the public access station knew I was a good person and perhaps the police call they made was out of caring and a mix of saving their own rear ends from getting in trouble with the cable company that owns public access television and I think they banned me for a week and I made the move to pull the show entirely off the air because I strongly felt as an independent filmmaker that I did not want to censor life like how the media does. To me art is about life and my life is art. And I was really bringing about this unconscious awareness as this transgender woman afraid to come out of the closet. Also it was around the time my Twin Flame connection was becoming more than just imaginary and dreams and daydreaming.

 

Anyway , I didn’t keep a grudge on the people at the public access station and perhaps a little bit I understood why they did what they did. However I still think it’s ridiculous because it was just a cartoon.

 

During my public access television internship which I was getting credits at college for , I seen the wackos that came to do public access television. What’s very interesting was the people who ACTUALLY LIKED MY SHOW were mostly Wiccans and Pagans , and This guy who had a metal rock show which I spoofed and he was a very good sport about it and thought it was funny. Perhaps they were left wing. There was this Narcissist that was there which everyone hated and that became the inspiration for Rotten The Witch who was this narcissist that all the Wiccans and Pagans hated and just didn’t know what the hell this guy was doing in their spiritual community. And he did sound a bit like Daffy Duck , clearly this Narcissist who might have been in the closet afraid to come out as Gay. They say that some of the most homophobic people in the world are indeed in the closet. Which is exactly what I did with Con & Spy Rotten and political satires of Fred Phelps ( Westboro Bapitst Church ) and Adolf Hitler later down the road based on something Lauren Drain said about Phelps being in the closet .

 

The public access station I was at , there was barely anyone my age. Just these middle aged adults who are aways in conflict with one another. One of them ended up complaining about the Rotten The Satanic Crybaby episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFkwFRK9VTI from The Erica Crooks Show's 2009 Season claiming that I was slandering his name at the beginning. As nervous as I was over the phone with this Biker guy with a thick New England / Boston accent ( Yep , that's where all that “BACKYAD ! “ stuff came from ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWjR-O4jlj0 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBMBd5aqHZc ) . I explained to this guy over the phone that “ Robby Rotten Sullivan “ was a parody name based on the 1930s James Cagney character “ Rocky Sullivan “ from Angels With Dirty Faces . The guy ended up keeping me on the phone for about an hour explaining how unfair his ex was treating him on television talking about how mean he was. And he was going to send a lawsuit and blah blah blah. “ SHE BROKE MY HEART ! “

 

It was these kinds of things happening where middle aged adults were in conflict as well as a bunch of right winged old farts who played some musical instrument and had CRAP shows , this is what inspired “ Bad Public Cable Access Television “ .

 

 

Originally Bad Public Cable Access Television was going to be an actual show on Public Access Television and a prank rolled up into one. The idea was , I was going to eventually get the right friendship team with me to pull a prank on public access television. All they had to do was make it work while I would be behind the scenes figuring things out . As an independent filmmaker that NEVER EVER filmed at the actual public access station which the exception of making a few appearances on a show which a couple people said they liked the early episodes before it went to late night and I got away with MORE THINGS lol .

It’s not as if the public access coordinator watches the show before hand. 

You write RT ( Running time ) and know the exact digits like on a timeline in a video editor so they can manually cue it up with their many VHS and DVD players which is how Public Access Television channels are done !

So the actual prank is , 

( 1. Create a new public access television show and make it as bland and boring as possible.

( 2. You slowly build up the insanity. And work your way up. Doing bad edits , having the show upside down , be weird , have fun.

( 3. Be all satirical and rebellious enough to get your show purposely canceled . 

( 4. You leave the audience begging for more.

 

As I think about it now , it’s like working within the system to be against it.

And many satirists did this. The Simpsons , Les Guignols De L’info , Spitting Image , and Dinosaurs for example would riff on the network they were on.

That’s sort of what I wanted to do with The Erica Crooks Show originally.

But Comedy Central HATED IT , so did [ adult swim ] , mondo media when I cold called pitched it to them in 2012 and even Troma Entertainment Inc isn’t interested when I tried to work something out in 2016 / 2017 when I was starting to slowly give up hope. 

 

So Anarchism kind of saved me as a satirist and as a person. 

 

 

So anyway in 2013 when officialericcrooks.com premiered to revive the puppets of The Erica Crooks Show , I was working on other web shows too. Kind of like what James Rolfe was doing with not only The Angry Video Game Nerd but also he had Board James and You Know What’s Bullshit ! So for me , I was going to do things I always wanted to do and was experimenting before I had my own public access television , around the time I was entering Middle School in fact , I wanted to make Comedy Albums like Cheech and Chong . 

So that became “ The Audio Broadcast of Satirical Comedy “ and even though I haven’t done it awhile , I can always bring that back. It’s like within the tradition of Cheech and Ching , Week Ending , Dead Ringers , The Goons , Dr. Demento , that Old Time Radio thing which is an art form where it’s sort of fading a little bit.

And of course “ Bad Public Access Television “ . Another inspiration would be definitely The Young Ones and Rik Mayall who passed away while I was filming Bad Public Access Television . 

 

What “ Bad Public Cable Access Television “ ending up being was this Dark satirical slapstick satire parody of Bad Public Cable Access Television shows ran by middle aged old farts with miserable lives and Ego problems. Which is exactly what I seen at that Public Access Television Station . It’s middle aged people who are afraid of YouTube and doing things on the internet and when they are on TV , they have this EGO on them like they are this big celebrity.

 

Sure I was this teenager in high school who had a public access television but I only told people I liked “ Hey check it out “ and I would give them the time. Usually it was Friday night at 7pm then moved up to about 10pm on Friday Nights . I was told that if your show was on at 2am , you can get away with more but I seen the possibilities with the internet.

 

YouTube is common to younger adults now a days but I was putting stuff on my old MuppetPro account as early as 2005 but really dedicated to it in 2009 until I deleted the account due to the cyberbully trolling threats I was getting.

 

 

 Bad Public Access Television was all improv , it was like this Alternative Improv Comedy and a Drag King act all rolled into one. 

It was exhausting because what I was really doing wasn’t telling jokes but actually acting as these characters which can be quite depressing. But the show was satirical , dark , and slapstick .

 

If the show had any point at all , it really shows that at this time where hierarchy is still around , when SOME ordinary people get on television , for some people it becomes THE ME show and their Ego takes over even thought they are talentless and have ego problems.

 

The Erica Crooks Show barely has anything to do with me . It’s like the work of Robert Crumb , Walt Disney , you see the artist name , so it’s an invite to their perspective , what they see , what they want to bring awareness about. To me that’s art. There’s a quote I like …

“ Art Should Disturb The Comfortable and Comfort The Disturbed “.

 

I ended Bad Public Cable Access television mainly because I much prefer animation and puppetry more. Also as a Transgender Woman it’s very hard to perform dude characters if my face is seen. It’s much easier to do the work when I’m not scene. 

 

I’ve noticed ContraPoints did similar things in their ( or her ) work. Though for me as an actress and performer , perhaps the puppets and cartoons make the work slightly more innocent and you can get away with the cartoon violence slightly more in a light way . It’s not like I had the budget and cast of a Mel Brooks or Zucker / Abrhams / Zucker film.

 

What I’m trying to say is there was a fear I had that if people seen me perform live action like that , no one would take me seriously as a Woman because I’m born a Transgender Woman .

 

I did try out a more updated version of Bad Public Access Television called Bad Video Access Television spoofing bad Video Blogs and such but was quickly abandon. 

Plus also performing women characters as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2vHj_XzOCY

 

I even tried doing something with appearing as a wacky fictionalized version of myself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WuFYMg0TfE

 

And I even did a little bit of alternative stand up on stage from time to time , once in 2014 and another at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in 2016 which was very hard because even though I performed ok and people found it flawless. What I really wanted to do was cancel my performance and break down crying because my Twin Flame was Running at her absolute worst making out with other women and trying to be as nasty as possible and it scared the crap out of me and I even thought she was a sociopath and told somebody which I regret. 

A lot of that shock and frustration came out within the second half of 2016 unfortunately https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWgKPHQEx1U . But of course I love my Twin Flame and forgive , so that explains why it was expressed by several fictional characters and never a direct caricature of my Twin Flame . 

 

Speaking of my Twin Flame , I did tell my Twin Flame around the time when I didn’t realize the telepathic communication soulmate spirit I was channeling quietly at bedtime for 9 years WAS ACTUALLY THIS VERY PERSON WHO I WAS TALKING TO FACE TO FACE , I did tell her about Bad Public Cable Access Television.

 

My Twin Flame performs as a Drag King and what I find ironic is how on Bad Public Cable Access Television , I didn’t mind looking cheap. Even The Erica Crooks Show recycled cardboard because Art is a craft . I even drew the fake facial hair and had cheap costume changes and stuff. And it’s interesting because I noticed my Twin Flame did similar stuff even using the art form of crafts unto her act.

 

At Twin Flame Union , I should ask if Bad Public Cable Access Television inspired her a little bit. 

 

Also what’s interesting is just how many views Bad Public Cable Access Television has got on youtube ! http://youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos

 

And I think people hate it because it’s not REAL Camp Public Access Television Shows but a satire on it .

 

It was what it was. Though I think a Graphic Novel approach to Bad Public Cable Access Television might be cool. 

 

Though here’s the thing , Public Access Television might be one of those things that’s going to fade out .

 

But at least I got a chance to knock the piss out of it. lol

 

_ Erica

 

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