Clowns Going Viral
The Granger Brothers are on a roll. These two crazy Canadian kids from Vancouver, B.C. have been plotting something for quite some time and it’s finally here. It’s called “The Charlie Da Clown Show” and these clowns aren’t the kind you want to hire for your boy’s ninth birthday party, unless dead party girls and Mafioso are on the kid’s wish list.
Matty and Mikey Granger have been creating noir comedy with a twist for quite some time. In 1999, director Quentin Tarantino picked the Granger Brothers creation, “Quarter Pounder with Cheese” as the winner of an MTV contest to bastardize a Tarantino film. Personally delivering these real-life brothers the award, picked amongst thousands of entries, Tarantino inspired them to commit to a much larger aspiration. Charlie, a washed up Las Vegas talk show host and his loyal sidekick, Sprinkles, then came to life in two seasons worth of scripts drawn up over many coffee-fuelled, rainy evenings on North Vancouver’s shore.
The Granger Brothers then raised the funds to bring these clowns to the big screen, using top-notch film technology, a cast of brilliant actors and a cache of fans loyal to their cause. The final product didn’t disappoint. Debuting at the VanCity Movie Theatre in December, 2010, the crowds that gathered for the pilot’s first three showings were thrilled with the complex character dynamics, the shock-value gags and the pure brilliance of the script. To show their appreciation for this charity event, they broke all liquor sales records in the history of the venue. Now, this pilot is ready to build a fan base on the world-wide web and there is no better place for this to start than www.funnyordie.com This is the website made famous by Will Ferrell’s viral sensation, “The Landlord.” Viewers at this site can watch shows and vote whether they have comedic merit or strike them down if they suck. Millions of viewers await, ready to judge your work. If videos make it to the front page of funnyordie, there is a good chance they will explode into a viral, internet sensation with massive global attention. If Charlie and Sprinkles can make it there, they can make it anywhere.The Granger Brothers can use this kind of grass-roots uprising to give them the leverage they need to get the attention of television channels like HBO or Showcase, where the rest of the written seasons can find their niche.
If you’re interested in helping these Vancouver boys get their swing at fame, go to www.funnyordie.com/thegrangerbros and watch the show, vote and then share it with your friends. I wouldn’t, however, send it to your potential mother-in-law, unless you want out of your relationship. These clowns are adult-only humour; really, really good Canadian-made, adult-only humour.