In a hilarious video that’s gone viral since its release Friday, a man dressed in a full Batman costume is seen around the city – on the subway, outside City Hall, in a Starbucks — asking (rather, screaming) at passersby : “WHERE ARE THEY?!”
Presumably “they” being the bad guys.
At the climax of the video, Batman gets a beef jerky stick (“original, not spicy”) and screams about his parents being dead while two excited girls hug him outside the Eaton Centre.
The man behind the mask is Toronto resident and stand-up comedian Alex Brovedani, who can switch between his normal voice and Batman’s deep, throaty growl at a moment’s notice.
I went to college with Alex and I take full responsibility for putting his life on the ruinous path that follows broadcasting school. He was a nice kid studying to be C++ programmer when I stopped him in the student lounge to interview him, in character as an Australian kangaroo boxing commentator, and put the idea of transferring into the broadcasting program into his head. If I could take back time…
“I hate this little street urchin. He’s always pan handling on Bloor St. playing his ukulele and singing in this high pitched, nasally screech voice. I took this photo and he was like, “You need to pay me $5 for taking the photo or I will sue you.” I told him I wasn’t gonna pay him shit. Plus, I’m not willing to give him any money because it’ll probably go towards the upkeep of the dumb blue highlights in his hair.”
- Page 26 of Journal #4 (April 14th, 2000 - December 19th, 2000)
I sometimes wonder about what kind of hustle this kid was running and what he’s doing these days. He’d have to be in his late teens or early twenties by now. I’d at least hope that he’s learn more than three songs in that time or at least moved on to legitimate busking.
Demanding money for photographs after the fact is the sort of low hustle that I’d expect from someone in the rabble downtown who’s friendly but has substance abuse problems, so it calls into question where a child would pick it up from.
Very little of the interior, but as per usual a great commentary from Hume.
I used to pass Jilly’s every time I went to visit a friend who once worked as a live-in nanny in Leslieville. While even the mere thought of strip clubs makes me uneasy, there was always something that seemed to be untoward about the imposing building with the PG13-rated signage. Perhaps it was the smell of marijuana and beer that wafted from the sketchy looking people who seemed to be running some kind of low-hustle on the corner and in the shelter provided by little cubbies in the building’s brick facade. I always walked on the South side of Queen until I had passed it. At that time, that part of the East end was just beginning to see the green shouts of gentrification.
I think that Hume is right about the place being targeted for renewal as a boutique hotel, a la the West end, in the near future. I was in the area for the first time in years back in October and I could hardly recognize it. In my view, this is a good thing.
Also, the closing shot of Hume sitting in the club, with a beer and woman literally gyrating the background, is one of the best executed shots that I’ve seen all year.
We’re happy to be playing with Advance Base (featuring Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone) at the end of November.
CFTPA had always been one of the arists that the two of us were really attached to and inspired by, and we were really sad to hear about him playing his final shows last fall, so this is double good news to us.
Sunday, November 27 @ Placebo Space, 1409 Bloor St west, apt a. Toronto. Doors 8:30PM, Music 9PM / $7 / All Ages / early show