Pure Imagination Show Archive

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    Show Archive:

  • Adam & Eve & Dave & Trish [81.6 mb]
  • Parallelism [73.4 mb]
  • Anecdotal Evidence [58.2 mb]
  • Death Takes the A Train [77.2 mb]
  • Minimum Security [75.7 mb]
  • You're Doing an Excellent Job! [64.8 mb]
    • Clerical workers for the Royal Centre for Dragon and Basilisk Preparedness feud with the independently contracted Knights of the White Rose. (Music: "A Ghost, a Girl, and a Tree" and "Learning the Favor of Unaccompanied Fear" by Bob Ladue, "In Love with Symmetry" by van*gloria, "Go 2 Bed with North Korea" by Awesome New Republic, "The Future Dear" by Noah Nite.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Pecos Bill [94.8 mb]
    • Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Slue-Foot Sue navigate the treacherous passes of adolescence at Lone Star High and Our Lady of the Holy Cross. (Music: "Same Side" by Noah Nite, "Jason" by Cuddle Magic, "I'll Be There with You" by Devin Smith, "Atlantic City" by Miracle Cat, "Trouble Comes in Threes" by Bridget Davis.)
  • Battle [61.2 mb]
  • Softly, as in an Unpaid Internship [85.2 mb]
    • The director of interns at a failing Midwestern circus tries to repair his relationship with a married trapeze artist and discover the truth about a workplace mauling. (Music: "Nothing to Say" by Dharma Days, Song 2 by Bob Ladue, "Expectations" by Cuddle Magic.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Olympus [29.3 mb]
    • Selected labors of Heracles, summer style tips from the three Fates, a commercially sponsored odyssey, and more modern myths. (Music: "Rack Jabbit and the Teeth," Songs 2,3,4, "You Served Me a Loneliness Only I Could Huff" by Bob Ladue, "Don't Say Never" by Panic Bomber, Songs 7,8,9, "Aia Khim," by Bob Ladue, "On Impending Manhood" by Wake, Songs 12,13,14,15 by Bob Ladue, Song 16 by Devin Smith, Song 17, "Rack Jabbit and the Teeth [cont'd]" by Bob Ladue.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Career Day [63.9 mb]
    • It's Career Day at Grover Cleveland Middle School. (Music: "No. 1 Delivery Boy" and "Theft and Slavery" by Devin Smith, "Tear Storage" by Bob Ladue, "Rewind" by Bridget + Luke, "The Metal Hand" and "James Cameron" by Miracle Cat.) (PA Announcements by Andrew Westley, Sean Farrell, and Nick Hudson.)
  • Pre-Christmas Special [52.4 mb]
  • American Mythic [61.0 mb]
  • The Stan Years [42.8 mb]
    • A Stan in decline changes his name in an attempt to reclaim his former glory, a miller's daughter struggles to guess the name of a scheming, gold-spinning homunculus, and other stories. (Music: "Orange" by Bridget + Luke, Songs 2,4,6 by Devin Smith, Song 3 by Bob Ladue, "An Aresenal" by Miracle Cat, "Be Quiet and Drive [Far Away] by Devin Smith [Deftones cover].) (Featuring Natasha Waisfeld as the Miller's Daughter.)
  • Alt Disney [48.2 mb]
    • The Little Mermaid visits Red Lobster, Geppetto carves Pinocchio a girlfriend, and Snow White confides in the Magic Mirror. (Music: "Sea Water" by Bob Ladue, "Androids" by Noah Nite, "Beneath the Oak Tree" by Bridget Davis.)
  • Cortez [77.9 mb]
    • A recent high school graduate works for the Novelty Parking Enforcement Department and clashes with a Machiavellian tenant subletting a crawlspace in his parents' house. (Music: "Bow and Arrow" by Bob Ladue, "Music for Talking" and "Allright, v.3" by Devin Smith, "Slow Fade" by van*gloria.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Great Men in Hell [64.8 mb]
    • Honest Abe Lincoln and the other assassinated presidents bide their time in the seventh circle of hell. (Music: "History" by van*gloria, Song 2 by Bob Ladue, "Isis" by Xela Zaid, "MyNewSun" by Wake, Song 5 by Devin Smith, "Who Are You Kissing Love" by Bob Ladue.)
  • Reunion [70.4 mb]
    • Old flames, new flames, and lost attendees of the Midwest Celebrity Impersonators Association's annual retreat convene at a ten-year high school reunion. (Music: "Hold Up," Song 2, and "Furniture Ark" by Bob Ladue.)
  • The Ex-President [65.1 mb]
  • Permutations [73.1 mb]
    • Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last . . . (Music: "A Million Floating Walls" and "Swallowing Marbles" by Bob Ladue, Song 3 by Devin Smith.)
  • Knowing Your Target Demographic Is Key to Brand Development [107.2 mb]
    • A laid-off market researcher for San Francisco-based LoveCorp struggles to find employment and win the heart of an ex-coworker. (Music: "Neurotica" and "Out Pound" by Bob Ladue, "Streetlights" by Cassette.)
  • The Dial-a-Grave [36 mb]
    • A young child believes that an accountant lives beneath his bed, beleaguered parents turn to outsourcing, a single mother works for the Human Lotto, and a thrifty father purchases his dead wife a Dial-a-Grave. (Music: "You Know You Love It" by Bob Ladue, "The Culture War" by Devin Smith, "The Afternoon as Morning" and "Pink Scorpion Paperweight" by Cassette.)
  • Maxine [129.8 mb]
    • A server at Neil Armstrong's Giant Leap for Mankind Pancake House regales his customers with tales of heartbreak and woe. (Music: "The Nativity" by Noah Nite, "This Is My Heart" by RCL Destroyer, "Going Down" by Awesome New Republic.)
  • Apocalypse Day [63.3 mb]
    • The apocalypse will be televised. (Music: "Took Away" and "Motorcycle" by Devin Smith, "Television Dream" by Noah Nite.)
  • Stars [43.1 mb]
    • The daughter of Elvis and Cher impersonators lives in an RV called Graceland, a man launches the American history/youth lifestyle magazine "Historical Gossip for Teens," and more stories of life on the periphery of celebrity. (Music: "Male Die Jill," "Oil Rig," "Discontentness with TVness," "Sally Third," "Unicorns," "Thrill of Cook," and "Male Die Jill [cont'd]" by Bob Ladue.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • The Aerodynamics of Absent Wings [70.0 mb]
    • A teenage clerk at Hassan's Artificial Limbs, Brazilian Jeans, and Pastries longs to grow wings. (Music: "Sleeveless" by John Hancock, "You Wanted Me" by Paul Bender, "Vroomgothecowmew(bumruckuss)" by Bob Ladue.)
  • Lewis and Clark [48.1 mb]
    • Lewis and Clark inspire three primetime TV hits: a crime procedural, a family sitcom set in an oversized fiberglass replica of Elvis's digestive system, and Lewis and Clark: The College Years. (Music: "Savannah" by Devin Smith, "Don't Say Never" by RCL Destroyer, "Bet It All" by Sir Majesty.)
  • Infinitron Superdroid [52.3 mb]
    • A boy grows to manhood on a failing dairy farm on the bad side of the moon. (Music: "Centipede" and "I'm on TV" by Devin Smith, "The Electric Question" by Bob Ladue.)
  • The Auteur [48.3 mb]
    • A troubled avant garde German director makes infomercials, corporate training videos, and the Driver's Ed Trilogy. (Music: "LA," "Father and Song," "First Sight," "The Mystery Game," and "A Sick Man Follows a Stranger" by Bob Ladue, "Rockstar" by Devin Smith, "LA [cont'd]" by Bob Ladue.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Hello Incoming Freshmen [40.5 mb]
    • A campus tour, an anthropology lecture, and a graduation speech at EducationLand! Miami-Dade North. (Music: "Grand Cayman," "Paulina's Song," and "This Time" by Devin Smith.)
  • A Series of Tactical Errors [39.1 mb]
    • The Mr. Dictator Pageant suffers some setbacks, a senator apologizes for indiscretions behind his podium, and a presidential candidate campaigns with the blues. (Music: Songs 1,2 by Devin Smith, "Cattle Call" by Sir Majesty.)
  • Stimulus [35.9 mb]
    • A father teaches his daughters an ill-fated lesson on capitalism, a couple argue about purchasing a holographic video system, and a man offers the girl of his dreams one economic stimulus payment's worth of passion. (Music: "The Real Gold" by Bob Ladue, "Never Love" by Devin Smith, "Tried My Best" by Noah Nite.)
  • Jokes Have I Known [42.3 mb]
    • A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar . . . (Music: "Chocoholica" by Bob Ladue, "Poison Tongue" and "The Toast" by Noah Nite.)
  • The Pride [44.5 mb]
  • Monster [36.3 mb]
    • Werewolves and a reluctant Monster's Bride struggle with the indignities of the modern age. (Song 1, "Lab Coat," "No Dance," Song 4, and "Not What I Expected" by Bob Ladue, "Sinking" by Devin Smith.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • The Unseen Seagal [30.1 mb]
    • Synopses of lesser known Steven Seagal films and the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. (Music: "Life (Cycle Sessions Remix)" and "Color Clouds Blue (Version 2)" by Induce, Song 3 by Luke Moellman.)
  • Curriculum Vitae [33.0 mb]
    • Gotta go to work, gotta go to work, gotta have a job. (Music: Song 1 by Justin Sitarz, "Magpie-Group" by Devin Smith, "Rain Song" by Cassette, Song 4 by Devin Smith.)
  • Post-Christmas Special [28.5 mb]
    • Five elves from different socioeconomic backgrounds discuss life in the North Pole. (Music: Assorted holiday favorites.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • True to Life [30.3 mb]
    • What's the Most Humiliating Thing You Would Do on Television for Fifty Dollars? and other pressing questions posed and pondered by reality TV execs and contestants. (Music: "Misguided Melancholia," Songs 2,3,4, and "Misguided Melancholia [cont'd]" by Luke Moellman.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • What's With the Cape? [37.1 mb]
    • Lobster Boy, Slime Girl, Awesome Jr., the Amazing Fireball, and the lover of the Blue Flash discuss the harsh realities of lives spent battling evil in spandex. (Music: "Sandinista" by Cuddle Magic, Song 2 by Bob Ladue, "Telephone" by Cassette, "Cinder Mint" and "Rolling in the Grass" by Bob Ladue, "Sandinista [cont'd]" by Ben Davis. (Actors: See cast list here.))
  • People Ain't No Good [34.7 mb]
    • An unpopular girl attempts to win Show and Tell, an obese supermarket bagger wallows in the shadow of his famous brother, and a seven year old is abandoned by his Mother in the Repository for Unwanted Infants. (Music: Song 1 by Kent Hernandez, "Laying Down the Fork" by Bob Ladue, "Mama Don't Break" by John Hancock.)
  • The Mannequin [31.7 mb]
    • A Driver's Ed instructor from the Bone 'n Gristle District takes affluent kids driving through Jesustown, human mannequins endure innumerable indignities at a failing department store, and a cloud watching enthusiast battles depression. (Music: "Watering Hole" by John Hancock, Song 2 by Kent Hernandez, "Open Your Heart" by Devin Smith.)
  • Guy Meets Girl [32.3 mb]
    • The World's Greatest Lover holds court at a dive bar, a lady-in-waiting dissuades a knight from slaying dragons for her, and other awkward interactions between the sexes. (Music: "Resuscitation" by Induce, "Searching Through the Skies" by Luke Moellman, Song 3 by Justin Sitarz.)
  • The Great Spumoni [30.4 mb]
    • The son, lover, and protege of a recently deceased magician remember his rise and fall. (Music: Excerpts from the album "I Am Fiji" by Dave Willocks Quartet.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • The Museum of Impossible Loves [35.0 mb]
    • A museum curator guides visitors through exhibits detailing his failed romantic relationships, a woman falls in and out of love with a menu writer, and a high school student becomes enamored with a local musician who only knows one song. (Music: "I'm Your Man" by John Hancock, Songs 2,3 by Justin Sitarz, "Remembrance" and "It's Your Fault Part 2" by Bob Ladue.)
  • Act Now and You Shall Never Know Sadness or Fear [34.3 mb]
    • Advertisers make questionable product claims for Auxiliary Morale Boosting Reengagement Rings and Six Speed Oscillating Toothbrushes, among others, and trouble ensues when a vending machine only dispenses root beer to the pure of heart. (Music: "Systematic Mechanic" by Induce, "Numba Crunchaz" by Devin Smith, "Call (Original Mix)" by Induce.)
  • Advanced Techniques for Beginners [32.1 mb]
    • How to dress for success, how to play better golf, and the loneliness of the octagonal pizza deliveryman. (Music: "Destroy the Satellite Installation" by Luke Moellman, Song 2 by Justin Sitarz, "Rain" by Bob Ladue.)
  • Factory Love [30.5 mb]
  • The Caretaker [40.1 mb]
    • An embattled cemetery caretaker struggles to appease the living and the dead. (Music: "Bump," "Radio Friendly," "Return to Sender," "Evisceration," and "Children's Song" by Devin Smith.)
  • City and the Crime Complex [28.8 mb]
    • A recently released convict attends his high school reunion, a businessman lectures drug dealers on salesmanship techniques, and more tales of the city's seedy underbelly. (Music: "Swingin' Hips" by Cassette, Songs 2,3,4 by Devin Smith, "SH2" and "Living Spaces" by Cassette.)
  • Blue Genes [27.0 mb]
    • The clones of a star athlete, Abraham Lincoln, and a young boy crushed by a model of a blue whale relate the difficulties of being genetic copies. (Music: "I am Fiji" by Dave Willocks Quartet, Song 2, "Rumours on the Internets" and "The Hipster Regime by Paul Bender, "I Am Fiji" by Dave Willocks Quartet.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Two Hundred Years of Debra [32.0 mb]
    • Several generations of Debras meet untimely and violent deaths. (Music: "Invincible Sunshine Machine," "Union Jack," "June," "Sideways," and "Matt's House" by Cassette.)
  • Divorce and the Robot [32.9 mb]
    • The young child of divorced parents copes as his mom moves in with her doubles tennis partner and his dad purchases a marital robot. (Music: Song 1 by Nick Kruge, Song 2 by Kent Hernandez, Song 3 by Devin Smith, Song 4 by Nine Sixty Complex.)
  • Trick or Treat [40.8 mb]
    • A neighborhood eccentric creates elaborate jack-o-lanterns, a timid office worker dresses as Zorro for a company Halloween party, and a man inspects trick-or-treat candy for health violations. (Music: Songs 1,2,3 by Devin Smith.)
  • The Little Lady [37.2 mb]
    • An aging TV weatherman struggles to appeal to the youth demographic, a married man secretly lusts after the eleven inch tall wife of a casual acquaintance, and the lawns of a small Midwestern town are plagued with mysterious holes. (Music: "Cancer Mice" by Cassette, Song 2 by Devin Smith, "Lately" by Nick Kruge.)
  • Out of Time [25.6 mb]
    • A police officer lives his fantasy of being a cowboy, a millionaire abandons his mansion for the life of a hunter-gatherer, and a Mississippi high school girl dreams of marrying the Prince of Denmark. (Music: Excerpts from the album "Stolen Coal" by Raffa and Rainer.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Fortune Falls [33.8 mb]
    • Two stories set in small Wisconsin towns: a former Olympic pairs figure skater works as a carhop on rollerskates at a retro 50's diner, and a young man works for a maze company. (Music: Song 1 by Devin Smith, Song 2 by Luke Moellman, "Spring Cleaning" by Nick Kruge.)
  • The Janitor [28.2 mb]
    • A recent high school graduate hired by the same school he once attended finds solace from his daily grind in the nurse's office and an out of the way service elevator. (Music: Songs 1,2,3,4 by Devin Smith, "Aero" by Justin Sitarz.)
  • Do The Evolution [28.7 mb]
    • Three first year teachers in Topeka, Kansas are ordered by law to teach intelligent design in conjunction with evolutionary theory. (Music by Ajanm.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • Nothing Touches Me [32.3 mb]
    • An insurance adjuster allergic to the human touch loathes his coworkers and trains to break the world record for holding one's breath underwater. (Music: "Finale" by Devin Smith, Song 2 by Kent Hernandez, "Cowboy Song" by Nick Kruge.)
  • Birth of an Assassination [31.5 mb]
    • A boy learns the exact time and date of his death at a carnival and decides to become a hired assassin. (Music: "Thursday Night" by Justin Sitarz, Song 2,3,4,5 by Devin Smith.)
  • The Highway [32.8 mb]
    • A recently married couple adopts a highway, an awkward introvert works as a professional dater, and a young man receives a Russian mail order bride as a birthday present. (Music: "Fall" by Nick Kruge, "Shadow" and "Bedtime Stories/Forgiveness" by Cassette, Song 4 by Devin Smith, "You'll Never Know" and "Scared to Lose" by Nick Kruge.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • American Backbone [25.0 mb]
    • A lifeguard is hired as a pool cleaner by an eccentric, licentious older woman. (Music: "Ladybug" and "Cartographer" by Cassette, Devin Smith.)
  • Fashion is Exhausting [28.9 mb]
    • Three Midwesterners stumble through the Miami fashion scene and the Wisconsin Miss Teen Dairy Pageant. (Music: "Fingernails" by Cassette, Song 2 and "Naked" by Devin Smith.)
  • Submarine High School [25.4 mb]
    • A year in the life of three students attending the U.S.S. Dubuque High School, embedded in a functioning nuclear attack submarine. (Music: Excerpts from the album "Battle Master" by Devin Smith.) (Actors: See cast list here.)
  • My Dear Persephone [32.9 mb]
    • An astronaut leaves his beloved space station to fight real estate development in outer space. (Music: "Forbidden Fruit" by Nick Kruge, Song 2 by Kronos, Songs 3,5 by Kent Hernandez, Songs 4,6 by Devin Smith.)
  • The Ugly Kennedy [26.9 mb]
    • The son of a woman obsessed with the Kennedy family leaves home to join a traveling carnival. (Music: Songs 1,2,3 by Devin Smith, Song 4 by Kent Hernandez.)
  • Pure Imagination Theme Song [2 mb]