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Beetlejuice (entertainer)

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Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice onstage.jpg
Beetlejuice on The Howard Stern Show
Born Lester Green
(1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 49)
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Comedian, actor, boxer
Height 4 ft 3 in (130 cm)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)
Website jollydwarf.com

Lester Green (born June 2, 1968), better known by his stage name "Beetlejuice" (often abbreviated to Beetle or Beet), is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and a member of Stern's Wack Pack. In 2015, the Howard Stern Show named Beetlejuice the greatest Wack Packer of all time.[1] He has appeared in feature films as well as performed voice-over work.[2] Green has performed with various Howard Stern Show-related comedians, including those who perform under The Killers of Comedy Tour banner.[3]

Personal life

Green was born with microcephaly,[4] which gives him his characteristic small head relative to his already small body. He had to be taught how to bathe himself by his manager while working on The Howard Stern Show.[5] Green's nickname was given to him by children in the Marion Gardens public housing complex in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he lived with his sister Lisa. The children used to pick on him because of a scene in the film Beetlejuice featuring a character's shrunken head.

On the October 2, 2007, broadcast of The Howard Stern Show, Jerry O'Connell revealed that he knew Green while he was growing up. O'Connell's mother was Green's special education teacher, and Green was such a good student that he did special work as her "assistant."[6]

Green is managed by former boxer Bobby Rooney. Prior to that, he was managed by Bobby's brother, Sean Rooney, Green's original manager who died in July 2009. Green moved to Georgia circa 2012.[citation needed]

Career

Green sang "This Is Beetle," also known as "The Beetlejuice Song," on The Howard Stern Show in late 2004.[7] Stern Show producer Richard Christy recorded the song, wrote music to accompany Green's raw vocals, and then engineered it into the full song.[8] The key lyrics to the song are, "This is Beetle, he's bad as can and he knows he's the best."[9] The song, which Green created spontaneously in the recording studio, has been covered by the rock group Staind,[10] who included the song on special editions of their album Chapter V. On September 19, 2005, Blues Traveler played their version of "This Is Beetle" on The Howard Stern Show.[9][11]

Initially, Stern was unable to broadcast this recording on his Sirius Satellite Radio program because CBS Radio owned the copyright to all of Stern's shows from K-Rock.[12] Stern and his production staff recreated many of the more popular segments from his days on K-Rock, but attempts to recreate "This Is Beetle" were unsuccessful. However, in May 2006, Stern, Sirius, and CBS reached an agreement to sell the rights for all his K-Rock broadcasts to Sirius, thus enabling Stern to play the song.[12] There was also a controversy around the share of potential profits from the song, and Green's manager at the time, Sean Rooney, got into an argument with Gary Dell'Abate, the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show, regarding the percentage share of the profits between Green and Christy.[13]

In 2002, Green appeared in rapper N.O.R.E.'s music video for the song "Grimey"[14] and was featured on three songs on the hip-hop group Smut Peddlers' 2001 debut album, Porn Again, on the tracks "Beetlejuice Intro," "Pimpology by Beetlejuice," and "Beetlejuice Outtakes"[15] on Rawkus Records.[16]

Filmography

Year Title Role
2012 Girls Gone Dead Himself
2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game) Zeke (Voice)
2001 Scary Movie 2 Shorty's Brain/Himself
Bubble Boy Lil' Zip

Television

Year Title Role
2009 This is Beetle Himself
2003 Doggy Fizzle Televizzle Himself and Super Juice
2000 WCW Monday Nitro Himself

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.howardstern.com/howard-on-air/howard-100-101/2015-03-18
  2. ^ "Beetlejuice". Internet Movie Database. Internet Movie Database. 2007-02-09. Archived from the original on 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  3. ^ "The Killers of Comedy". The Killers of Comedy. Ego Logic Creations. 2007-02-03. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Bio (Beet)". Jolly Dwarf. JollyDwarf.com – The Official Beetlejuice Website. 2006-03-29. Archived from the original on 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  5. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-06-16). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  6. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2007-10-02). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  7. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2004-12-03). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  8. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-06-17). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  9. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (2005-10-28). "Stern's Beetlejuice: The Jolly Dwarf With Staind, Blues Traveler In His Corner". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  10. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-08-10). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  11. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-09-19). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  12. ^ a b "Stern Gets Old Tapes, CBS Gets $2M". CBS News. 2006-05-25. Archived from the original on 19 June 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-26. 
  13. ^ "The Beetle Song Controversy (Part 3 - Sean Straightens Things Out)". Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  14. ^ Jake, Paine (2007-06-27). "N.O.R.E: Hood Dreams". AllHipHop.com. Infinity, Allhiphop.com, Inc. Archived from the original on 28 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-04. AllHipHop.com: To close on a funnier note: one of my favorite rap video moments from of yours is in "Grimey," when Beetle Juice throws the cereal boxes off the shelf. Tell me, was that your idea to put him in the video? N.O.R.E: Yo, man, let me tell you somethin': nobody got my idea of Beetle Juice first off. 
  15. ^ "Smut Peddlers: Porn Again" (MP3). Eastern Conference (Amazon.com). 2001. ASIN B000QR38N8. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Shabooty Interview Series: Cage (Chris Palko)". shabooty.com. 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2012-11-02.

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