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Published on Oct 31, 2010
JOE CINO on Halloween day, 1966, decided I must improvise a Halloween show for the Cino for that night. This song was written in the time it took to put pen to paper, to be sung by a bunch of pretty vagabonds Joe and I picked up in Washington Square. I wore a diving suit and swim fins, appeared out of a garbage can, and danced around the caffe on the tables to Verdi's "Requiem." Joe said the show was awful (I daresay he was right), locked the gates, and wouldn't let the audience leave until we did the show again (I daresay not better). The only ingenious moments in the show were (1) when Charles Stanley, whom I introduced as guest star Jesus Christ, came out spraying a can of aerosol scent (his idea), and (2) when there was some delay getting started and Merrill Harris, whom I asked to stall, took some comic-book pages which I had distributed as "programs" and made the audience act them out, with hilarious results.