American comedian, stuntman and star of Jackass, Steve-O, visits Auckland as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival in May 2011.
He is a daredevil performer, television personality and hip-hop artist but is best known as one of the stars of the hit MTV series’ JACKASS and WILDBOYZ.
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name and it all started when he snatched a video camera from his father’s closet when he was fifteen years old. From there he started producing homemade skateboarding videos featuring dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior.
Steve-O was born in London and by the age of twelve, had lived in five countries and communicated fluently in three different languages. He holds citizenship in three countries – the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
After finishing high school in London, and completing a year at the University of Miami, Steve-O realised that college wasn’t for him. He enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman. After graduating Clown College, and determined to make it in Hollywood, he began to pitch his home videos to producers.
Eventually, Steve-O’s videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Creator/Director/Producer) who was working with Johnny Knoxville to create a stunt based reality show. The rest is history. MTV aired the first season of JACKASS in 2000. In 2001, Steve-O launched his own “Steve-O Don’t Try This At Home Tour”, establishing himself as an accomplished stage performer, at venues throughout the U.S. and around the world.
When the JACKASS TV series ended in 2002, the team moved on to JACKASS: THE MOVIE, released that year. Shortly thereafter, Steve-O and fellow JACKASS alum, Chris Pontius, were given a spin-off show entitled WILDBOYZ, which aired on MTV and MTV2 and lasted four seasons. In 2006, Paramount released JACKASS: NUMBER 2 in theatres and Steve-O continued to thrill audiences with his outrageous stunts.
In 2009 he competed on the hit show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and lasted six weeks, despite an injury and having virtually no dancing ability whatsoever.
Next up, for Steve-O was the release of JACKASS: 3D, in October 2010. Thus far (and still counting), his career as a performer has brought him to a total of 38 countries.
Most importantly, however, Steve-O has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area…but he still has no problem stapling his balls to his leg.
AUCKLAND: GREAT TOWN HALL, THE EDGE
FRIDAY 13TH MAY, 8pm
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