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Friday, September 17, 2010

Clownvis Presley Speaks! The King of Clowns on America's Got Talent, Winning Over the Goo Goo Dolls and His Next National TV Appearance

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Is Johnny Rzeznik's hair as well-coiffed in real life? Oh my God! I couldn't believe it. And his face and everything? What a chiseled man! They are some dudes, man, but how nice of them to be fans of mine, they came and scouted me out. That's their picture, they just emailed me that. I'm doing the drummer's Halloween party at his house.

Before the show were you warned to be nice to the judges or given any direction? anything like that? No, that's what was tough for me. It was surprisingly open. I kept saying, Man, I'm just going to flip off the judges, and if I don't get paid I don't get paid, at least I don't look like a tool or anything. But then you know, my wife told me not to, everyone told me not to, so I didn't do anything. They just kind of assumed everyone would play along. It was weird, straight-up live TV.

Clownvis' appearance with the America's Got Talent All-Stars:

You also have a couple of pictures with Amanda Palmer, how did you meet her She's great, I've known her since the Dresden Dolls first came to St. Louis, every time they've come through Clownvis usually does something with them. She was out here doing that Evelyn Evelyn tour and we got to hang out. She's great, man.

She seems awesome, I obsessively follow her and Neil Gaiman's relationship online. Yeah, she's like one of the only people I follow on the internet. Some people are good at doing that, you know, most of the people when I go online, I'm like I don't give a fuck. But everything she says is kind of interesting for some reason. Endearing, you know? She's very every man. And that's really how she is, I don't know how she has the energy, she's really "of the people" at every show.

So, since you're in LA now, the Freaker's Ball at Atomic Cowboy is no more? That's done, but I'm going to keep doing shows in St. Louis, I'm trying to work to work it out so I can bring it to a bigger venue and just bring the whole show up a notch. I am doing a monthly show out here now.

What's the response been from that? Are people digging it? Yeah, yeah. it's crazy, it's different than in St. Louis, where I was around for a long time. Most people don't know me personally, so it's just a character."

So do you miss St. Louis? Yeah! Every day man! I'll totally come back to St. Louis, I assume when I own a house it'll be in St. Louis, that's definitely where I'll lay my hat as they say. We're just running around while we can, it's fun.

What's next for Clownvis? I just filmed an episode of Judge Karen's Court on BET, she's like a sassy black judge. The thing with that is, it's just a case about Clownvis, Clownvis isn't on there. It's about him not getting paid for these birthday parties because they said he was drunk. In the end he ends up getting paid. And I actually won a thousand real-life dollars out of it. But it wasn't a real case! The producers made up the whole thing; they were looking for a clown with a dispute. I originally said I wanted to sue my buddy Narvil in St. Louis because I wanted to get them to fly him out here. They called me and were like, "Is there anyone in Los Angeles you want to sue?" So I called up another buddy out here and was like "Hey man, Can I sue you?" [The] season starts at the end of September and it'll be on a few weeks into the season."

Any final words for Sharon? I don't really care what she thinks because Geezer Butler's wife loves me! [laughs]

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