Today's debate: How big is Canada, anyway? Apparently it's pretty big, or at least big enough to support beef between the Eastern and Western inhabitants. Although none of this would have been known if it weren't for a few of the jackass guys going out on their upcoming standup stint in North America's attic this June. Once again, Rick Kosick gets the scoop, this time straight from the King of Poop, Dave England…
Rick Kosick: I’m talking with Dave England, but Preston Lacy is welcome to chime in anytime during this discussion. You guys are about to kick off your Canadian tour, what’s it called, does it have a name?
Dave England: It’s called the Jackass Standup Comedy Eastern Canada Tour. At first we called it the Canada Tour, as we posted on social media, but then Western Canada had a lot to say about that. We’re only doing Eastern part, but I’m sure we will go back and hit the Western.
Why aren’t you touring the whole country?
Because it’s huge. Canada is giant.
How many cities are you doing on this tour?
We’re doing 15 cities in 16 days with one day off.
How did this tour come together?
Last year, Ari Shaffir invited us to do his comedy show “This Is Not Happening” at the Hollywood Improv. A bunch of us went and it was fun and we were like, “Let’s do this more!” Steve-O had already been doing standup comedy, so we just kind of joined forces with him. We did Phoenix, Arizona, for four or five days, then we went and did Cleveland, Ohio, for the same amount of days. It went really well and it was awesome. Steve-O wanted to do his own shows, so we kind of branched off. Now we’re doing the same thing as last year, but we added Wee-Man. So it will be Preston, Pontius, Wee-Man, Ehren, and me.
Does that mean Wee-Man is opening the show?
We’re playing it loose when we get there. We have some stage stunts we’re going to do with Wee-Man, but we’re going to let him find his own place where he wants to fit in… kind of let it happen organically instead of trying to plan it out all on paper. We’re just going to roll up there and see what happens.
He seems pretty confident that he’s going to be better than all of you guys.
Preston: I can honestly see that happening when he gets his groove down, because he’s really good with the crowd.
So when each of you guys go up, how many minutes will you be onstage?
I would say 15 or 20 minutes.
That’s a long time.
Not really… I always run out of time and I can’t believe it’s already over. It’s fun! Basically, we get up there one at a time and tell some funny stories of all the crazy shit that’s gone down over the years.
There are a lot of crazy things that have happened over the course of jackass and Wildboyz the last 15 years.
Yeah, we’re not running out of stories to tell. A lot of times we tell different stories each night and we don’t have to repeat ourselves. There’s so many fun things that have happened—so much crazy, random shit—it gets people cracking up. People love it.
What story can you share right now?
You have to come see our show.
C’mon, if there’s that many you’ve got to have at least one story.
It’s not something I’m willing to divulge, but we’re here at Chris Pontius’s house today and Preston and Chris are planning out which different stage antics we're going to do. Maybe we'll do a little double-cross on Ehren there… it never hurts.
Is Ehren always going to remain the whipping boy?
He brings it upon himself. It’s not something we decided to do to him out of the blue.
It’s funny you say that, because the other day I was looking at his Twitter page and someone hacked into his account and started posting porn links.
That’s awesome! I had no idea about that.
Who do you like the most doing these comedy shows?
Chris is just hilarious. When we did shows the last few times, every night I would watch his set. Everyone else I’m like, “Fuck those dudes.” I’m just kidding, but we discussed it and it looks like Party Boy will close the shows. He’s hilarious. And it’s not about what he’s saying. It’s watching his brain work and him starting to laugh at what he’s thinking onstage. You can see him mulling over something in his head and start laughing and cracking himself up.
Preston: But we all come out for the finale. There’s a big Broadway ending.
Almost like the musical?
Preston: Yes, almost a musical.
There’s no rules where and how this tour is going to happen, like if something needs two people up there, or sometimes it’s going to need all of us up on that stage. We’re all going to pile in a RV called “Sweet Georgie Boy.” We’re going be driving in that every day to the next spots. So there’s going to be a lot of road antics.
Is there a plan on doing more of this in future?
If this goes great, I think we would all want to do that. It’s good getting the gang back together, or as much of the gang as we can.
Preston: We’re fielding multiple offers now from all over, so we will see. But Western Canada is kind of a priority, because the people are so mad we chose Eastern Canada over them. Who knew there was a beef between the East and the West of Canada? They should meet in Winnipeg and fight it out.
All right. If people want to see your comedy act, how do they find you?
To buy tickets, go to: https://www.thediamondmineagency.com/
Preston: There’s also a devoted Facebook page that supports the tour: https://www.facebook.com/events/887535188038790/
Anything else you want to add?
I can’t wait. Two weeks from now we’re going on the road and it’s going to be so much fun getting back in close quarters in a RV with most of the dudes. It’s going to be like a reunion.