Gross, Michael / Telephone Solicitor's Nightmae
Album: Telephone Solicitor's Nightmae   Collection:Comedy
Artist:Gross, Michael   Added:Oct 2002
Label:R Independent  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-10-11 Pull Date: 2002-12-13
Week Ending: Dec 1 Nov 17 Nov 10 Oct 27 Oct 20 Oct 13
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 25, 2020: On The Warpath
Slow Down
4. Jun 01, 2005: Brownian Motion
Sick Guy
2. Jul 26, 2007: Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
Sick Guy
5. May 18, 2005: Brownian Motion, Strangest Music Distillation
Foreign Friend
3. Feb 22, 2006: Brownian Motion
Foreign Friend
6. Nov 28, 2002: The Thanksgiving of Solitude
Slow Down

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2002-10-03
Comedy: prank phone call genre except that this time it’s the caller that’s being pranked, the callers in this case being the universally hated telemarketer. Brilliant and side-splittingly hilarious most of the time as Michael Gross takes on various personas and drives the telemarketers to the brink. But in the end its easy to feel for the callers, realizing that they do indeed have a shit job. At one point a caller thanks Gross for being “the most interesting call I’ve had all day”. Its then that you realize how many of the callers are probably on to Gross but are so jaded that they seem oblivious. Regardless, some of these rank up there with the best of the jerky boys etc.

Noted tracks:

1) drives the telemarketer nuts by continuing to say “slow down”
2) feigns illness including horrific barfing sounds
4) this one (along with take 2, track 19) is the best: Gross pretends to consult his “friend” in a foreign language that is so hilariously false and made up
7) pretends to be from france, complete with stereotypes and a genuinely duped hic telemarketer
9) rather abstract: the telemarketer asks various questions to which Gross answers with Shakespeare text, strange
11) pretends to be a “songwriter” and ad libs a song based on the telemarketer’s pitch
18) makes annoying sounds and drives the caller crazy
19) see number 4

Track Listing
1. Slow Down   10. Computer Scientist
2. Sick Guy   11. Songwriter
3. Alien   12. Paranoid
4. Foreign Friend   13. Jerry
5. Old Man   14. Meditations
6. Secret   15. Cowboy
7. Frenchman   16. Voiceover
8. Dinner for One   17. Greta Garbo
9. Shakespeare   18. Annoying Sounds
  19. Foriegn Freind Ii