Here is what a few distinguished people had to say about Wild Willy Parsons

I don't care how good he is, I'll still bounce his paycheck along with the rest of them!.....

J.D. Davies, owner-Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee

Just one of the biggest actors that I know, I had to go to a wider lens just for his close-up!!....

Steve Oedekerk, director, writer, comedian and Jim Carrey's friend

He's not what we are looking for at this time, keep us posted on his progress....

Jim Brogan, ex- booker-The Tonight Show

Definitely a star on the rise, he should not be missed at any price....

Murray Stiener, reporter-The Milwaukee Sentinel

A true professional and a pleasure to work with besides being absolutely hilarious....

Anne Fox, producer-San Francisco Comedy Competition

The funniest and most innovative comedian on the planet, now can I have my wallet back Willy?....

Richard Jeni, comedian

The most talked about comedian of the entire festival, a well seasoned veteran....

Bruce Hills, producer-Montreal Comedy Festival

A home town favorite who sells out every show when he is here, a truely gifted performer....

Fred Burns, manager-The Comedy Store in La Jolla

Get out of the aisle please, and don't order the lobster....

Budd Friedman, owner-The Improv

A great addition to any event, he was the highlight of our festivities....

Steve "Red" Barron, president-Abate Local Chapter 6

He is a club owners wet dream, he sells lots of drinks and no one ever walks out during the show....

Steve Shiripa, manager-The Riviera Casino

I laughed so hard that my sides hurt worse than Rodney King's....

Daryl F. Gates, former Chief of Police of Los Angeles

 

Biker Kills Audience

WILD WILLY PARSONS SLAYS CROWD OF THOUSANDS

BY MURRAY STEINER

As the sun set last night here at the Harley-Davidson 90th anniversary, a massive crowd of leather-clad bikers had gathered to see Wild Willy Parsons, the "World's original biker comic" perform live under the Big Top. I personally didn't give much thought to this assignment of covering this event since I had never even heard of this guy before today.

The turnout for this show was more of a surprise to me than the hundreds of fans bartering for tickets to the sold out performance. The original seating capacity set by the fire marshal was 1000, but by opening the back of the tent, the promoter was allowed to add 100 more tickets which were immediately sold.

The buzz radiating into the night air was the same that I remember some years back as a young man awaiting to see Bob Dylan. I am not trying to compare Wild Willy to Bob Dylan, but the anxious glee on everyone's face was exactly the same. So for the first time this evening I was actually looking forward to seeing this guy for myself. I had no idea what to expect from a biker comedian except the fact that I would probably hear every expletive known to mankind and then some. I then flashed my pass to some gargantuan at the gate and readied myself for the ride with a tall cold glass of Milwaukee's finest.

Wild Willy enters the confines to an ear blazing rendition of Steppenwolf's classic biker anthem "Born to be Wild" and a soul cleansing roar of appreciation from the crowd which is now on their feet. His actual appearance is that of many members of his audience itself, including women, by donning long hair, a beard and a barrel chest with two oak tree size arms protruding out of the sleeves of his black Harley t-shirt. He started fast and furious with a bunch of one liners just about getting to the gig. His physical presence was very dominating and his comic timing was impeccable. Early on he had to let a boisterous fan know who was in charge by telling him to go out and move his "Kawasaki" off of the lot. From that moment on, the crowd was all his. Contrary to what I was expecting, Wild Willy did very little biker material, but more along the lines of self-deprecation, the justice system, and raising a family.

After his hilarious hour long performance he added his trademark statement of "not to judge people by their looks alone, there are many other ways to find out that they are an A-hole". This was a point well received by all including myself, his newly self-appointed biggest fan. Wild Willy Parsons left the stage to a well deserved standing ovation. His encore piece of things that you wouldn't hear a biker say and things that you wouldn't say to a biker were the perfect exclamation to an excellent show.

Wild Willy Parsons is definitely a star on the rise and shouldn't be missed at any price.

M.S.

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