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Committee Clean-Up

By the time The Committee put out their second album, The Wide World of War, in 1973, they had just about finished their ten-year run in their own theatre (though they continued intermittently as a touring entity for a few years afterward).
In “The Clean-Up,” Del Close and Larry Hankin play junkies. Those who knew Del will tell you that this was not a great stretch. This is where you will hear one of Del’s favorite comedy lines: “You can’t sell fire, man, that’s one of the four elements!” As the scene progresses, Del’s character becomes increasingly frustrated because he no longer can find anyplace on his body to shoot up, and–well, you can listen for yourself.