“JUNKTAPE” (MNN, 1998)
This show was created by frustrated, former film students Sean Baker, Spencer Chinoy and Dan Milano. It ran on NYC’s Manhattan Neighborhood Network as a bi-weekly, half-hour show, Monday nights at 11:30pm. The character of Greg the Bunny was created for the purpose of hosting the show – a collection of irreverent montages from a variety of sources. As time went on, the episodes became more about Greg and his real-life experiences with East Village locals, than the mixed media clips.
1. Human Behavior
The first episode. Introduces GTB, who hosts clips from strange documentaries and B-movies. Highlights include inter-cutting Vietnam scenes from “Forrest Gump” with jungle scenes in “Predator,” as well as clips from Sesame Street and Ronald Regan commenting on Ken Kesey’s acid tests.
2. The Drug Episode
Irreverent, drug-related clips from exploitation movies, propaganda films and popular culture. Hosted by Greg The Bunny and featuring an on-the-street interview with a local dealer. Also features clips of Charles Bukowski and Gumby.
3. The Fifth of July
Our first and only “holiday special” in which Greg wakes up a day late to celebrate his country. Featuring clips from war propaganda films, cartoons and war-themed films. Also features interviews with a cast of unique locals in Tompkins Square Park, NYC on July 4th 2000.
4. Surprise Lunch
Introduces the characters of Token Pablo Sanchez, The Wumpus (who would not appear again until the 2005 IFC series) and Zachariah the Manic Clown. Our first story -- Greg throws a fit and quits the show. By the time he goes crawling back, he finds the creators are holding an open casting call to replace him. Also featuring irreverent clips from popular and obscure sources, including the “Harvey Cry-Tel Montage,” a disturbing collection of Harvey Keitel’s crying scenes.
5. The Soft Skulls Episode
Greg goes to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, rescues and old friend, and finds out that Chuck has no soul. An episode themed on children, with kid-related clips from films and documentaries. Features “The Mutant Baby Montage,” a salute to demonic children in B-movies and television shows.
6. The Times Squared Episode
Greg visits Times Square, NYC at the end of its transition from adult-themed entertainment to Disney and family-friendly fare. Includes a visit to one of the last live girl peep shows, as well as the Carter Hotel – where Greg is re-introduced to Zachariah the Suicidal Clown. Features a series of random clips from pop culture movies.
7. The Last Supper Episode
Greg confronts the creators of the show, asking for money and input. He is rewarded by being fired, and kicked out onto the street. This, the last of our public access episodes, aired most often and features some of our most irreverent clips from a variety of obscure sources. Features Greg with some real-life characters on Avenue A, and an ending that pays homage to the movie, “The Warriors.”