The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 22

Take My Life... Please!/Devil's Alphabet/The Library (28 Mar. 1986)

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Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Diamond (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Ray Buktenica ...
Max (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
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Dave (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
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Marty (segment "Take My Life...Please!") (as Jim McKrell)
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Frederick (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Hywel Bennett ...
Grant (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Robert Schenkkan ...
Eli (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Wayne Alexander ...
Cornelius (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
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Deaver (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Osmund Bullock ...
Andrew (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
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Brian (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Stuart Dowling ...
Creditor (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Christopher Carroll ...
Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
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Assistant Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
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Gloria (segment "The Library")
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Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A young woman goes to work in an unusual library. Written by A. Nonymous

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"Take My Life...Please!" has no opening narration. Neither "Devil's Alphabet" nor "The Library" has any narration, at either the beginning or the end. The title is based upon the Henny Youngman joke, "Now take my wife. Please!" See more »

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A crew-member's reflection is visible in Billy's car-window as he enters it. See more »

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Bad times for stand up comedy
25 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

TAKE MY LIFE...PLEASE! is a relatively engaging segment of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, broadcast at the tail end of the first season. It's a blackly humorous storyline about a stand-up comic (Tim Thomerson, good value for money) who dies in a car accident, only to "come back" in a nightclub in purgatory where he is forced to perform psychologically painful acts over and over again.

Much of the episode relies on Thomerson's charisma and sense of humour to get by, while a youthful Xander Berkeley turns up in a minor role. The ending is one of the bleakest of the series, yet also one of the funniest.


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