Oh, yeah! Tonight was the premiere night for Charlie Sheen's, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" show.
Looks like Sheen has learned the most important lesson: do not court Internet trolls for your audience.
The show was supposed to last 70 minutes. People were walking out at the 45 minute mark.
Early in the show, somebody yelled, "You suck!" Sheen responded, "Already got your money, dude."
Somehow, the 5,100 seat Fox Theater was filled to capacity. How? God only knows. The news quoted Linda Fugate, 47, of Lincoln Park, MI, yelling, "I want my money back!" She paid $150 (!) for two seats. What did she get for her money? An appearances by Sheen's live-in "goddesses," audience questions, film clips, a video montage with Sheen's catchphrases "Winning," "Adonis DNA," and "Violent hatred," and a live rap by Simon Rexx. Nope, no Snoop Dogg. Instead, they showed a Snoop Dogg video just before the lights went back up.
People were hoping to see Sheen ranting and being funny. Ranting comedians work long and hard to get their act just right. Your Lewis Blacks and such don't rely on improv because too much can go wrong. Sheen apparently ranted plenty, but wasn't funny. Sheen didn't even make it to the one hour mark before he decided he was tired of the crowd's open hostility and walked off the stage.
Chicago is next. I wonder what the papers will say.