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Tom Mabe

A Wake-Up Call for Telemarketers – 2003 (Megaforce)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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You know, this is really not a good time to be a telemarketer. Millions of people looking forward to having a meal or watching a TV show without being harassed by strangers trying to sell them stuff have signed onto the Federal Do Not Call list. (If you haven't already, call 1-888-382-1222 or go to www.donotcall.gov.)

As if that weren't bad enough, Tom Mabe is on the warpath again. And now he's not content to mess with the telemarketers' minds when they call him. No, he's calling the participants at a telemarketing convention, waking them up in the middle of the night to try to sell them sleeping pills or to hit them up for a donation to the Telemarketers With Insomnia Foundation. Not surprisingly these people don't enjoy being disturbed any more than we do.

Unfortunately, if it's tough times for telemarketers it's also tough times for Mabe. Realizing this, Mabe branches out on this CD with less than impressive results. When he pranks the drive thru window people at the fast food restaurant, he comes across not as a champion of the little man but as a bully. And the less said about the musical track "Pick One" (four minutes of a man bragging on his nose-picking prowess) the better.