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"Nobody fucks with Big Jimmy!"

Extra Pulp is an American one act play written by John Lewis Young. The plot follows Tim and Roth, the right hand guys of Big Jimmy, the "Big Fuckin' Boss" in town. Above Big Jimmy is the enigmatic criminal mastermind, the Head Honcho. Aside from his many other crimes and schemes, Big Jimmy has Tim and Roth carry out assassinations for the Head Honcho. They receive a manilla envelope and must kill whoever's name is inside. Everything is going well and Big Jimmy seems to be poised to become the next big thing in crime, but when Tim and Roth botch a job and receive a new envelope, their whole operation is threatened.

The play first premiered as part of a one act play festival at the University of Delaware. A video of that production's closing night can be found here.


Extra Pulp contains examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: The scenes are set up as a series of short episodes that are performed out of chronological order.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Big Jimmy's past crimes. The trope is actually named in "Big Jimmy's Big Tip."
  • Back to Front: Played with. The scenes are performed in reverse chronological order, except that the last scene is the second half of the first. The whole thing is essentially a nonlinear version of How We Got Here.
  • Black Comedy: Prevalent in "Tim and Roth Fuck Up Their Rendez-vous" and "Tim and Roth Smite The Wicked."
  • Bloody Hilarious: Much of the humor of the second scene is centered around Tim accidentally (and then purposefully) shooting the Contact.
  • Catchphrase: "Nobody fucks with Big Jimmy!"
  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange in "Rendez-vous:"
    Roth: You're supposed to be stoned for adultery and stuff, not scaring people!
    Tim: I don't think you have to smoke weed to commit adultery, man.
    Roth: Not fucking grass, man. I mean like rocks.
    Tim: I don't think you have to smoke crack to do that either.
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  • How We Got Here: "Big Jimmy Gives a Performance Review" is chronologically last, but performed as the first scene, with the other scenes giving it context. The show ends with "Tim and Roth Smite The Wicked," which is a continuation of the first scene.
  • Mamet Speak: Nearly the entire play's dialogue consists of short overlapping sentences with loads of profanity.
  • Straight Man: During the original writing of the play, Tim was intended to be this. In the end, Roth took on more of the role. During the first performances, Tim actually stole the show, with the audience laughing more at his lines than at any others.


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