Performances

Professor Mombooze-o performance

1986

Wooster Gallery, New York, NY.

Where Evil Dwells

1985

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

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.