(NOTE: This is an obvious take-off on Superman, except with
Super-Lib - skit
by Ron Kurtus (25 Dec 71)
- LOTTIE LANE
- KENT CLARK
ANNOUNCER: ...faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a
locomotive. Can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in
It's a bird; it's a plane...
(Blotch in eye; wipe away.)
It's a bird.
(Lottie Lane enters)
ANNOUNCER (con't): ...working for a major newspaper in metropolitan
Santa Barbara, is the mild mannered secretary, Lottie Lane.
LOTTIE: I'm mild mannered.
ANNOUNCER: Unbeknownst to her fellow employees, Miss Lane is actually
that protector of women's rights and enforcer of the pursuit of liberty,
justice... and a successful career: Super-Lib!
LOTTIE: (Sneaky smile) Heh, heh, heh.
ANNOUNCER: Miss Lane is doing her morning straightening up before
her boss, the famous crime-reporter Kent Clark, comes into the office.
(Lottie is dusting and straightening papers on the desk. She is humming
to herself. Enter Kent Clark, holding his aching head.)
KENT: Ohh, ohhh! (In pain)
LOTTIE: Good morning Mr. Clark.
KENT: (Sitting) Ohh, ohhh! (Pause) Alka-Seltzer. (Pause) Quick!
LOTTIE: Yes, Mr. Clark.
(She goes out and brings back a glass. She loudly places it in front
of him. Clunk!)
KENT: Ohhhh! Please, Miss Lane. (Shakily drinks.)
LOTTIE: Sorry, Mr. Clark.
(Smiles to audience - it serves him right.)
KENT: Oh, that's better. What a night.
LOTTIE: Were you out last night, Mr. Clark?
KENT: (Coming out of it) You bet I was, honey. Met the famous private
investigator, Mr Keen, and we went out for a dozen or so martinis.
I tell you, he wasnt too keen by the end of the night. Ha, ha, ha.
(Lottie politely laughs.)
KENT: For a while we talked about our famous crime-fighting cases,
but soon the conversation turned to women, so we decided to hit a couple
of topless bars on Cota Street (in Santa Barbara).
LOTTIE: (Shakes her head in disgust.) Really, Mr. Clark.
KENT: (Teasing) You should have been along, toots. Well, let's get
to work, now. Why don't you take a letter?
(Lottie gets a pad and paper and sits on chair near desk.)
KENT: "Dear Sir..."
LOTTIE: Who is this letter to?
KENT: Oh, yes. It's to ... it's to... now who the hell was I going
to send this letter to? You know, Miss Lane, I often envy you. All
you have to do is to write down what I say, while I have to do all
the hard work. I have to think.
LOTTIE: This isnt a bad job for a woman with a Master's degree. KENT:
Oh hang the letter! We'll do it later, when my head is cleared up.
(Looking about room) Mmm, I see you've straightened things up nicely,
LOTTIE: Thank you, sir.
KENT: Well, women always were neater than men. That's why they're
so suitable to housecleaning chores. Now, let's see... what was the
case I was working on last night?
LOTTIE: "The case of the missing corpse," Mr. Clark.
KENT: Oh, yes. And I came to the conclusion that... I came to the
conclusion that... all...
LOTTIE: You came to the conclusion that, since the corpse was missing,
the criminal must be missing also.
KENT: Very good: Make a note of that, Miss Lane.
KENT: Hello... Oh, hello Chief. Yes, Chief. Right away. Yes, Chief.
I'll be hot on their tails in a few minutes. Of course, Chief. Those
criminals won't get away, this time. OK. Bye Chief.
LOTTIE: Was that the Chief?
KENT: (Looks at her, then looks at the audience in disbelief, then
looks back at Lottie; says sarcastically) No. It was the good-humor
man. Who else would call me on the hot-line phone?
(Starts hastily gathering up the files on his desk; muttering)
KENT: I've got enough troubles without your stupid questions. Women
never did have any sense, anyway. All these responsibilities. Now another
case. All this pressure... (Pause)
(Lottie just looks on with contempt.)
KENT: I tell you Miss Lane, there are times when I'd gladly trade
places with you secretaries. You just don't have the pressure of these
deadlines to work under.
LOTTIE: Well, I guess it is a strain, but I wouldnt mind it. It would
be a challenge.
KENT: Sometimes I don't know if I'm coming or going, like when I get
two, three stories to do at once. By the way, did you finish typing
up my stories on the Cromwell case?
LOTTIE: Yes. I finished it yesterday and gave it to the Chief. KENT:
And the Wellington Case? I hope you made all the corrections in spelling
and punctuation too.
LOTTIE: I finished that this morning, before you came in. I had to
make a few corrections, like changing the first six paragraphs. But
I think it'll meet the approval of the Chief.
KENT: Good girl. I think we'll put you up for a raise. I'll see if
they can boost your wages to $85 per week.
LOTTIE: (False enthusiasm) Oh! I don't know what I'll do with all
KENT: (Ho hum) I know you'll spend the extra money foolishly on some
hat or something. Women always do that. You're lucky women don't need
to make as much money as a man. I can barely get by on my 250 a week.
LOTTIE: (Catty) Yes, with all those booze bills.
KENT: Hello... Yes, Chief. I was just ready to go out and solve that
Oh? He did?
(Covering phone and talking to Lottie)
Jimmy Larson, boy reporter, caught the crooks.
(Back to phone)
Well, that's great, Chief. He was getting an ice cream cone, and he
noticed that the good-humor men were the criminals in disguise. Well,
I guess that the joke was on them. Ha, ha, ha.
(Lottie gives an “Oh boy” look)
Right, Chief. 'Bye. -- Oh! Chief!
(Hangs up phone; to Lottie)
Darn. I wanted to ask him about your raise. Well, next time I see
LOTTIE: Yes. (Nods and smiles)
KENT: (Sitting on edge of desk, sly grin, and beckoning) Say, Lottie.
LOTTIE: (Coming over to him.) Yes, Mr. Clark.
KENT: You can call me Kent.
(Puts hand on her butt; she looks back there.)
You know, Lottie, since I'm going to be giving you a raise...
KENT: I thought that since I'm being nice to you...
LOTTIE: Yes, Mr. Clark - I mean -yes, Kent.
KENT: I thought, you'd be nice to me.
LOTTIE: (Coyly) Are you trying to make a pass at me?
KENT: Well, that was the general idea.
LOTTIE: With little old me?
KENT: We could go out for a few drinks for lunch, and then...
LOTTIE: (Pushing him away; angry) And then what?! I've had enough
of your sexist oppression!
(Runs out to behind screen. Kent is taken back by her sudden action.
Then clothes come flying from behind screen. Lottie comes out from
behind screen dressed in leotards and a cape. She is holding a large-sized
DDD-cup brat which she symbolically casts on the floor.)
LOTTIE: This is a job for Super-Lib!!
(Kent goes over and picks up bra, looks at it and compares with her
KENT: You must be kidding.
LOTTIE: Liberation from the sexist bondage of you chauvinistic males!
Equality for women! Free us from your oppression!
(She is marching around the room.)
Better pay for women! Careers!
KENT: Lottie, have you flipped your wig?
LOTTIE: I am now Super-Lib, protector of women's rights! We will no
longer be manipulated by you chauvinistic males.
KENT: (Befuddled) What in the world are you talking about?
LOTTIE: (Pointing finger at him.) We're tired of being second class
citizens. We want the right to have careers, too. We're not just sex
objects. We're tired of always playing the patsy for you men, while
you have the challenge of exciting careers. We're tired of waiting
at home, until the man decides to call to ask for a date. Now, we're
(She grabs Kent and kisses him, patting his rear.)
KENT: (To audience) I needed that.
(To Lottie) I needed that to transform me into my true self.
(Starts ripping off his shirt; underneath is a lavender outfit.)
KENT: For I'm not really Kent Clark, tough mean crime-reporter, but
Super-Softy, the weak-willed mama's boy.
LOTTIE: (Covers mouth in surprise) Oh!
KENT: I'm tired of all this responsibility. I'm tired of having to
always call up girls to get a date. I'm tired of playing this role
LOTTIE: (Pleased) Oh!
KENT: I just want to stay home and take care of the kids, while my
wife is out earning a living for us.
LOTTIE: (Flirting, as Mae West) Hey, big boy. You want to step out
for lunch and a few drinks?
KENT: (Shyly) Well, I don't know...
LOTTIE: Come on, baby, let's take off.
(She takes his arms and they fly off stage.)