Steve-O shares entirely too much information with City Pages
When the world first met Steve-O on Jackass, he was the guy who wasn't afraid to push the envelope. Whether he was being punched, kicked, cut, or electrocuted, Steve-O was a man without fear, willing to go the extra mile to put on a good show. A decade later, after fame, fortune, and a high-profile battle with addiction, Steve-O is still that guy.
This Thursday through Saturday, Steve-O hits Rick Bronson's House of Comedy inside the Mall of America as part of his "Entirely Too Much Information" standup comedy tour, where he'll be taking the stage with one mission in mind: to prove sobriety hasn't changed him or softened him up.
Before he hits the stage for three nights full of uncomfortable stories and flaming hair (literally), Steve-O sat down with the Dressing Room to talk stunts, sobriety, and the time he was choked unconscious six times in a row.
City Pages: This is your first standup comedy tour ever. How's it been so far?
Steve-O: It's really rad. I think a lot of people have gone in not knowing what to expect, and they leave pleasantly surprised. I mean, no one is telling me that the show sucks, so that makes me feel really good.
CP: That's always a good thing. So what made you think to start doing standup?
S-O: Back in 2006 someone asked me if I wanted to go the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles to see a show. I was sitting there thinking to myself, "The craziest thing I could probably do would be standup. But what would I say?" So that night I went home and started kicking around material.
Now, at the time I was probably sitting on my couch with a bottle of vodka, doing whippets, and writing jokes. You can actually see a video of my standup from that year on YouTube. I'm really not proud of that video, but people laughed and seemed to like it and I just caught the bug.
CP: So you tried it out back in '06, but why did you wait until now to go on a full-blown tour?
S-O: The thing is, I've been clean and sober for a while now. A couple of years ago after Jackass 3D came out I started thinking about how I needed to get out there and prove that sobriety hasn't robbed me of my personality and turned me into a big, lame sissy. So I booked a few shows. It's funny because my contracts were just for like, 15 minute hosting gigs, but I ended up going out and doing an hour. And not just standup, but stories, stunts--everything. I feel like I'm better now than I ever was.
CP: Has your sobriety affected your stage show at all?
S-O: Not really, man. Sobriety isn't changing me. My show is still going to be as wild as ever.
CP: What is your standup material like?
S-O: It's awkward, uncomfortable. You get a lot of stories about my bedroom misadventures and other crazy stuff that's happened to me. Really crazy stuff. I mean, I've gotten my dick sucked by three chicks at a time; hooked up with a tranny. I'll stop there because I don't want to get all shticky on you, but it's pretty wild.
CP: You do stunts during your show too, right? What kind of stuff can we expect?
S-O: Yeah, for sure. It's funny because when I decided to start doing standup I was like, "This is a good way for me to have some self-preservation." But then I decided that I wanted to make the show as good as I possibly could, and I love doing stunts because it's entertaining. So now instead of lighting my hair on fire once a week, I'm doing it six times. I guess that didn't really work out the way I thought it would (laughs).
CP: Speaking of stunts, after all the crazy stuff you've done over the years is there anything you look back on and think, "That was a mistake..."?
S-O: One time I let Ryan Dunn choke me out six times in a row. That was pretty dumb. Honestly though, I'm just glad I got through everything and I'm still here. The other day I was actually thinking, "If I could do it all over again, knowing what I know now, how would I do things differently?" The thing is I'd probably end up breaking my neck the first time I tried anything, so I'm just happy everything worked out the way it did.
CP: When do you think you'll decide to hang it up and stop doing stunts?
S-O: I don't know, man. Honestly, I'm in better shape now than I was in my twenties. I mean, I worry about my vision sometimes from shooting lemon juice into it, but other than that I feel great.
CP: So what's next for you?
S-O: I just want to keep challenging myself and staying occupied. I like being busy. Rehab was kind of my break, and now I love staying active. I just finished a book that's due out this June, I've been doing some other stuff. It's really cool. Come on out to my show and you'll see. I'm going to give you the best possible show that I can.
If you go:
8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Rick Bronson's House of Comedy
18+; 21+ later shows
More details here
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