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Flirtin' With Disaster

Just before I go to bed, I decide to check the news.

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.

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hellaine
Apr. 3rd, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Ahh, someone posted a twitter update-by-the-minute of the show and then posted the whole set to ONTD and I just relinked it on my Facebook. It sounds like it was a trainwreck, and not even an interesting one, and I'm glad to hear it. I had a few acquaintences who bought tickets to this and all I could do was spam them with links to the wiki article on the short shelf life of internet memes.
sinetimore
Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I just checked out the article. Holy crap! I think the two of us could have gone out there, I say, "Herp," you say, "Derp", and continue to do that for an hour and it would have been a better show.

I don't have any sympathy for people in the audience. Sheen had it right when he pointed out everyone bought tickets without even knowing what the show was going to be about.

Cult heroes are so much better when they are just visual icons or just make occasional short posts. It keeps people from knowing how uninteresting you really are. Or, worse, that you might not be as worthy of worship as they think you are.
hellaine
Apr. 3rd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Someone posted the whole show here: http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/57955954.html

I have no doubt the people who are still totally amused by this guy are the same people who think The Hangover is the new Citizen Kane.
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