Archive for September, 2008

Most Awkward Party Ever

Posted in Killers of Comedy on September 27, 2008 by cleanbox

We travel around the country with the Killers, meeting super fans everywhere we go. When you hang out with Beetlejuice before a Killers show, you feel like you’re hanging with freak show royalty. Everyone recognizes him and everyone loves him.

It’s easy to get sucked into the hoopla, and feel like a big shot.

But, when we venture out of our element, when we take the act out of the fan zone, the whole formula changes.

This past weekend, the Killers accepted an offer to perform some material, an impromptu birthday roast, for a well-to-do fan at a private party in a hotel in Long Beach, California. We had a show two blocks away later that night, so it didn’t seem like a big deal.

But, after traveling from SF, and the extremely hectic Artie show, Levy, Yucko, and Shuli were all exhausted. We dragged them down to the party to find what looked like the cast of the Andy Griffith Show, a gang of 30 white collar Republicans and their families, sitting in a generic hotel conference room, with zero knowledge of the forthcoming entertainment.

Within five minutes of the Killers roast, two thirds of the audience had been directly insulted. The other third stared in shock at the filth that was spewing from the podium. The men were trying to decide if they were honor bound to defend their wives. Fifty years ago these same people would have lynched Yucko.

After the train wreck, Levy and Yucko made a beeline for the exit. Shuli and Beetle risked the angry mob to nab some free food.

But the best part of all… we got it all on tape.

To see the party in all its awkward glory you’re going to have to wait for the release of KOC on the Road Season 2.

Artie Show in SF

Posted in Artie Lange on September 23, 2008 by cleanbox

Big weekend for CleanBox… On Friday we put on an Artie Lange show at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. Over 3,000 rabid fans got to see Artie perform over an hour of his stand up (not to mention Killer’s regulars Levy, Yucko, and Shuli). No one was disappointed. Artie’s hilarious tales of his dysfunctional life, overbearing mother, and struggles with overindulgence had everyone in attendance begging for more.

At the end of the show, Artie brought Beetlejuice up onstage for a one on one interview. And just like with the Killer’s of Comedy, it raised the very real question: was Artie opening for Beetlejuice? The little man steals the show every single time. There is something about him that makes grown women squeal like they were little girls at a Jonas Bros concert.

After the show, Bob Levy, Shuli, Yucko, and Beetlejuice made an appearance at the merch booth to sign autographs. Beetle couldn’t sign his t-shirts fast enough they were in such wild demand. Bob Levy made sure to help Beetle collect the right amount of money—though neither of them is the world strongest mathematician.

We also filmed the whole show for our Howard TV series: The Killers of Comedy – On The Road. Howard TV subscribers will get to enjoy Northern California resident, Eric the Midget, put through some well deserved torture. After bragging on the air that Sequoia had personally given him tickets, Eric was disappointed to find out that his name wasn’t on the will call list. The cameras follow him as he is forced to seek out Sequoia to rectify the situation. Only it didn’t end there. Sequoia gave Eric fake tickets and he was turned away at the door. The whole situation lasted for half an hour before Eric was finally let in. Some of us almost felt bad for him. After all, he is in a wheelchair.

But, like Shuli says, Eric is just about the only person you can be glad is in a wheelchair. It suggests that there is some order and justice in the universe.

More details on the crazy weekend to come…