Jerkbeast (partially found Seattle public access series; 2001-2002)
Jerkbeast was a comedy television show that aired on Seattle public access television (specifically, on the Seattle Community Access Network) from April 6, 2001 to September 25, 2002. The show featured a large foul-mouthed paper maché monster (the Jerkbeast) who would scream at and insult people who called in. As the show's website described it: "It's a simple premise: 30 minutes of pure, blinding hatred directed at YOU, the viewing audience. Call in and try to out-swear us. You'll find it rather difficult."
One of the cast members, Calvin Lee Reeder (who played "Sweet Benny" on the show) writes on his website:
I use to go to Brady’s house a lot. There was this particular pile of trash in the living room, and each time I went over there, it seemed to grow in horrible new ways. One day it became the Jerkbeast. Brady had plans to host a public access show wearing it. He did that. Brain Wendorf and I co-hosted 2 seasons of it alongside him on Scan-TV channel 77. We had a pretty strong following, and it was as all because of the Jerkbeast, the most creatively vile rapid-fire insulter Seattle public access had ever known. All social boundaries were ignored, and we received death threats on a regular basis.
It went so well we decided to turn it into a movie. The movie features the three of us in a band called Steaming Wolf Penis, Jerkbeast played drums. That band was so bad it gained a separate cult following. We played live quite a bit even toured England a couple of times. I’d say most people who saw us play didn’t even know we made a movie, probably never will.
Some of the episodes were available on staticvideo.com until around late 2008. Archive.org saved some of them, although the videos are very low quality.
In 2012, someone uploaded 4 episodes of Jerkbeast to YouTube. The video is much higher quality video than the episodes on staticvideo.com.
In 2014, Justin Brown uploaded two episodes of Jerkbeast to Vimeo (S01E11 and S01E14).
In 2019, YouTube user gov' holocaustal uploaded 21 episodes of Jerkbeast, including a moderately-sized chunk of season 2.
List of Episodes
- Official website of Jerkbeast.
- Mirror of found episodes on Archive.org.
- Clips from the show.
- Audio clips of various calls.
- Jerkbeast Flash animation.
- TV promo for Jerkbeast.
- Interview with Calvin Lee Reeder on Soundcloud.
- Another recording of S01E15.
- Another recording of S01E16.
- Another recording of S01E17.
- Another recording of S01E18.
- Behind the scenes footage of episode S01E19 (1/2).
- Behind the scenes footage of episode S01E19 (2/2).
- Another recording of S01E21.
- Another recording of S01E23.
- Another recording of S01E24.
- Another recording of S02E01.
- TV Schedule for SCAN-TV: April 1 - September 30, 2002
- List of Jerkbeast episodes
- Jerkbeast! The TV show that loves to hate you!
- Jerkbeast trailer UK
- Jerkbeast movie on Amazon.com