He was standing there screaming, soaking wet with beer, nearly naked, with lipstick smeared all over his body and standing in broken glass. It was a moment that has since become legend in Edmonton’s underground comedy scene.
Local comedian, improv and theatre artist Ben Gorodetsky was the dude, and the scene was unfolding at the beloved Dr Jokes comedy show at Wunderbar in 2013. Lou Reed had just died, and Gorodetsky celebrated the Velvet Underground legend by doing Broadway-musical backup dancing to Metal Machine Music, stripping and then whipping himself with his belt before shattering the pint glass he’d just poured over himself.
“I’m sure he didn’t plan to break the beer glass,” Tim Mikula laughs. “It was so funny because it was this weird performance-art piece. The audience found it hilarious. I think it’s the weirdest we ever got.”