Performances

Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed

1982

A film by Manuel DeLanda. Joe Coleman wrote and, as voiceover, reads his “Blind Bum Poem” (the film was censored and this scene was later edited out; the filmmaker has referred to the Coleman cut as the “Extra-Strength Tylenol version”).

Professor Mombooze-o at The Kitchen

1981

The Kitchen, New York, NY. First art-world performance as exploding geek Professor Mombooze-o. (See description in essay by Haden-Guest.)

Ten-year high-school reunion

1980

Performance as Doug Sprag, Oceanside, Long Island. Coleman impersonates a deceased class member, exploding and disappearing at the end of the evening. Police arrive to find that the perp has been dead for years.

Raw Nerves: A Lacanian Thriller

1979

a film by Manuel DeLanda, co-written by Joe Coleman

Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Mismatches

1978

Manuel DeLanda-  (1978, 18 minutes, 16mm):WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF goes gaga in this optically-printed masterpiece featuring a very surprise appearance by Professor Mamboozoo (artist Joe Coleman). Joe Coleman First appearance on film

Uncle Ted’s Ghoul Show

1978

(Pennsylvania cable TV) Coleman cameos on the set as a “monster robot” and Rondo the Self-Decapitating Wonder.

Steel Tips

1976-1980

Coleman performs with The Steel Tips at various nightclubs, strip clubs, bars, a prison, an insane asylum, and a benefit for female alcoholics at a church in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area.

Panhandling performances

1976-1977

Coleman wanders New York City streets as a scarred, one-legged derelict.

Suburban Terrorism

1971-1975

Terrorist performance art. Coleman crashes suburban parties in Connecticut with explosives strapped to his chest.