Film and Television Performances

Into the Night With... Jim Rose and Joe Coleman


Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man


Joe plays the title character in this burlesque horror thriller.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness


Directed by Julian Hobbs. Coleman plays Dr. Moritz Schreber.
"Based on the 1903 journal written by Daniel Paul Schreber, a distinguished German judge, while incarcerated in an asylum under the watch of the obsessive Dr. Emil Flechsig (Bob Cucuzza). Schreber's insanity was characterized by startling delusions, all chronicled in his journal, including a belief that he directly communicated with God through a secret "nerve language," and a desire to transform himself into a woman."

Trailer (Joe is not in the trailer)



Directed by Paris. A mockumentary about a Robert De Niro lookalike, Joe Manuela. Coleman plays a psychotic derelict who attempts to murder Manuela thinking he is the real De Niro.

Scarlet Diva


A film by Asia Argento (Opera Films, produced by Dario and Claudio Argento). A semiautobiographical feature film with Coleman as a sleazy American film producer. The film garnered first prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

Trail of Blood


A film by Ari Roussimoff. Coleman plays a criminologist.

Black Hearts Bleed Red


An independent film by Jeri Cain Rossi based on Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Coleman plays a major role as The Misfit.

Shadows in the City


Directed by Ari Roussimoff. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Lower East Side meets Dante’s Inferno. Coleman plays Mephisto.

Where Evil Dwells


Written and directed by Tommy Turner and David Wojnarowicz. Coleman plays Satan to Rockets Redglare’s Jesus. (Video release is censored; at one point a geeking Coleman is pictured on tape with the proverbial black bar over his face.)

Coleman exploding at about 9:30.

Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed


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”).