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Jake Revolver

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Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent
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A radio-noir parody
by
Matthew Konkel

About the Play: In this radio-noir, private detective parody, Jake Revolver fights against conspiracy, double cross and self-reference to uncover the killer of his own narrator. Meant to be performed as the premiere episode of a nineteen-forties live radio broadcast complete with foley artistry and on-stage standup microphones, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent is packed with puns, play on words, oodles of self-referential absurdity (and Beatles references?) In the tradition of Firesign Theater, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent combines slapstick, screwball humor, commercial spoofs and a murder mystery for a stylish and ridiculous tour de force comedy.

Casting: JAKE REVOLVER, FREELANCE SECRET AGENT can be performed by a flexible cast of 6 -10 male and female actors.
RUNNING TIME: 90 Minutes

Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent received its world premiere production in Milwaukee, WI produced by Milwaukee Entertainment Group, June, 2015. This hilarious noir parody has delighted audiences in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.  

SYNOPSIS: In this radio-noir, private detective parody, Jake Revolver fights against conspiracy, double cross and self-reference to uncover the killer of his own narrator. Meant to be performed as the premiere episode of a nineteen-forties live radio broadcast complete with foley artistry and on-stage standup microphones, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent is packed with puns, play on words, oodles of self-referential absurdity (and Beatles references?) In the tradition of Firesign Theater, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent combines slapstick, screwball humor, commercial spoofs and a murder mystery for a stylish and ridiculous tour de force comedy.

JAKE REVOLVER, FREELANCE SECRET AGENT was originally produced by Milwaukee Entertainment Group in the Brumder Mansion, Milwaukee, WI, June, 2015.


“Beyond the superficial silliness there’s a deeply playful exploration of dichotomy and duality. The show tumbles through a narrative that plays with the fourth wall in a weird existential funhouse, dizzyingly drenched in a semi-automatic barrage of humor.” -Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express Shepherd Express Review of Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent

(The half-lit stage is set as if for a live radio show. Two microphones are preset downstage. Upstage are chairs for the actors next to a sound effects station. Actors hold prop scripts in their hands and all lines are played into the microphones as if it is a live radio broadcast. When not performing, the actors sit upstage and do quiet business, i.e. play cards, do their nails, read a book, do crosswords, etc.)

(Lights slowly rise through the duration of the RADIO ANNOUNCER’S following speech.)

SFX: A RADIO DIAL TUNES IN. STATIC, MUSIC, COMMERCIALS. THE DIAL STOPS ON:

RADIO ANNOUNCER (V.O.): ...Freelance Secret Agent. Starring Gerald Crest as Jake Revolver and featuring the voice talents of Elaine Flagg, Colleen Forward, Penny Drops, Hamish Heggs, Jerome Wander, Louis Victor and Victor Louis. Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent comes to you live from Air Waves America. The finest smelling radio network in the world. (big sniff) Ahhh. Add up the clues and play along at home as you solve the murder along with Jake. Jake Revolver Freelance Secret Agent is sponsored by Jitterz Whole Bean Coffee. Jitterz Whole Bean, the smart coffee makers with the bean to prove it. And now, the premiere presentation of Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent.

(Lights to full. The actor playing the NARRATOR comes down to the microphone.)

NARRATOR: Previously on Jake Revolver...

(Stage goes BLACK.)

SFX: RADIO STATIC.

(Jake Revolver theme music begins. Lights up on NARRATOR at microphone.)

NARRATOR: Wherever there’s a right needing to be wronged, he’ll be there. Whenever there’s food needed to be eaten, he’ll have a fork. And whatever you can do, he can do better. Some say he’s not human. Others say he’s just a man. Only a small percentage say he’s a woman. But no matter what he is, his name and title remains the same. Into the light of the dark black night comes...Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent!

(Theme music crescendo.)

NARRATOR: Tonight’s episode: Self Reference Gone Haywire or Who Killed Jake’s Narrator?

(Ominous organ chord.)

NARRATOR: Business had been slow at Jake’s Secret Agent office all month. San Noir City slept peacefully knowing— Wait a minute! What did I just read? But— No. This can’t— I don’t see—

(The actor playing JAKE REVOLVER comes down to the microphone.)

JAKE: Hey, what’s the hold up? When I hire a narrator I expect him to narrate not babble about like he’s reading the script for the first time.

NARRATOR: I know, Jake, it’s just— The title of the episode, Jake, I—

JAKE: Which one?

NARRATOR: Who Killed Jake’s Narrator?

JAKE: Yes?

NARRATOR: Jake, I’m the Narrator.

JAKE: Yes, that’s true. Can we move on now? I’ve still got errands to run after the show and—

NARRATOR: But, Jake— You mean...(covers the microphone with his hand) I’m going to get killed? 

JAKE: (laughs) Oh, don’t worry. It will all be done with sound effects. 

NARRATOR: You mean I don’t really have to—? 

JAKE: Die? Yes. It will be the greatest death never seen on radio. But I, Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent, will see to it that your murderer is discovered and brought to justice league.


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