Beetlejuice on The Howard Stern Show
June 2, 1968
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Lester Green (born June 2, 1968), better known by his stage name "Beetlejuice", is an American actor with dwarfism, and a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show. A member of Stern's Wack Pack, Beetlejuice was named the greatest Wack Packer of all time. He has appeared in feature films as well as performed voice-over work. Green has performed with various Howard Stern Show-related comedians, including those who perform under The Killers of Comedy Tour banner.
Green was born with microcephaly, 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. 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".
Green sang "This Is Beetle", also known as "The Beetlejuice Song", on The Howard Stern Show in late 2004. Stern Show producer Richard Christy recorded the song, wrote music to accompany Green's raw vocals, and then engineered it into the full song. The key lyrics to the song are, "This is Beetle, he's bad as can and he knows he's the best." The song, which Green created spontaneously in the recording studio, has been covered by the rock group Staind, 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.
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. 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. 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.
In 2002, Green appeared in rapper N.O.R.E.'s music video for the song "Grimey" 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" on Rawkus Records.
|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|
|2009||This is Beetle||Himself|
|2003||Doggy Fizzle Televizzle||Himself and Super Juice|
|2000||WCW Monday Nitro||Himself|
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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.
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