Trolling for Endorsements

We wake up a Margaret Cho-approved congressional hopeful; plus, Unreal gets the Tiger Beat facts on local car dealers and Bill Haas goes south of the border

Twenty-five-year-old Mike Evans is one of approximately eighty-five thousand candidates looking to replace Dick Gephardt in Congress next year. He has no elective-office experience, but he does have the endorsement of raunchy comedian Margaret Cho. So he has that going for him. Sort of.

Unreal: How are you doing?

Cho-tested, Cho-approved: Mike Evans wants to take Dick Gephardt's seat.
Cho-tested, Cho-approved: Mike Evans wants to take Dick Gephardt's seat.
Clockwise, from top left: George "Skip" Weber IV, Jim Trenary, Stephen Vincel, Dave Sinclair and Lou Fusz
Clockwise, from top left: George "Skip" Weber IV, Jim Trenary, Stephen Vincel, Dave Sinclair and Lou Fusz

Mike Evans: I just woke up. I fell asleep in my new office down here on Cherokee. I was working on getting everything set up because we have a function on Sunday.

We got your press release about getting Margaret Cho's endorsement. How did that come about?

About a month ago, we reached out to several celebrity-type of people, asking for some support. We're doing some fundraisers here in St. Louis; in June we're doing a fundraiser at the Contemporary Art Museum, where we'll be donating a large portion of the proceeds to HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis area.

So Margaret Cho was in favor of that?

Yeah. She isn't able to make it for the June event, but her group asked how we'd feel about her supporting us and I said, "Well, that would be great."

Are you a big fan of Margaret Cho?

I really like her, yeah.

What's your favorite of her jokes?

Probably when she talks about regime change with president Bush in her own style, which, being in politics, I probably shouldn't repeat it exactly how she does.

What about her long, descriptive rant about the colonic process?

I think it's all funny.

What other celebrities did you reach out to?

The Fab Five -- the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy guys. I know two of them personally and we talked about it. But they're at the peak of their popularity, and their lives are owned so much by NBC and Bravo that it's not that easy for them just to do that.

Are you seeking the endorsement of other potty-mouthed comics, like Andrew Dice Clay for example?

No. The only reason we went to Margaret Cho is because she does a lot of activism. She's really big on protesting the ban on gay marriage, which I think is important in terms of equality in America.

Would you be willing to get married to a man to show your opposition to the system?

Depends. Maybe if I'd been sleeping on the couch at the office [beforehand].

How Does It Wheel?

They're the unsung heroes of local television. You know the names: George Weber, Dave Sinclair, Lou Fusz, Jim Trenary, Stephen Vincel. They occupy the nooks and crannies of our consciousness, plug the holes between weather and sports, leap out of the newspaper with Shockingly Low Prices! But how well do we really know Jim Trenary? Is he a guy you want to fork over 60 grand to? Unreal, whose Escalade is looking so 2003, resolved to dig the dirt.

George "Skip" Weber IV

Sign: Aries

Synopsis of Astrological Chart [adapted for car dealers]: Aries are the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going [when selling cars]. Whether or not everything gets done is another question altogether, for an Aries prefers to initiate rather than to complete. Do you have a project needing a kick-start? Call an Aries, by all means. The leadership displayed by Aries is most impressive, so don't be surprised if they can rally the troops against seemingly insurmountable odds -- they have that kind of personal magnetism [to close the deal]. Aries is a bundle of energy and dynamism, kind of like a Pied Piper, leading people along with its charm and charisma [on the car lot].

Sports Played in High School: "Not for the school, no."

Thoughts on TV Advertising: "It's not unpleasant."

Favorite Ride Ever: "Corvette. It's America's dream car."

Current Ride: Chevrolet Avalanche ("Everybody says that SUVs are evil, but I'm still driving my Avalanche.")

Fun Fact: Shares a birthday with his father, George Weber III.

Jim Trenary

Sign: Virgo

Synopsis of Astrological Chart [adapted for car dealers]: Those born under Virgo are forever the butt of jokes for being so picky and critical [about selling cars]. Their attention to detail, however, is for a reason: to help others [select the perfect ride]. Virgos, more than any other sign, were born to serve, and it gives them great joy to [pass the savings on to you]. They are also tailor-made for the job, since they are industrious, methodical and efficient. The sense of duty borne by these folks is considerable, and it ensures that they will always work for the greater good, [General Motors].

Sports Played in High School: Golf and baseball

Thoughts on TV Advertising: "We started doing the comedy thing ten years ago. First I started out with it, then I brought my general manager into it, Jack Gonzales. He's a pretty funny guy."

Favorite Ride Ever: Chevrolet Corvette

Current Ride: Chevrolet Suburban

Fun Fact: "Two years ago for my birthday my wife took my first commercial all the way to my current commercial and put them all on the same DVD. It's really kind of neat, because I can watch myself die on film."

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