Height of Joe Bob Briggs
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1. Where did Joe Bob Briggs come from ?
John Irving Bloom (he is born in January 27, 1953), known by the stage name Joe Bob Briggs, is an American syndicated movie critic, writer, and comic performer. He is known for having hosted the TNT television series MonsterVision from 1996 to 2000, and The Last Drive-In on Shudder from 2018–present.
2. What could we know about Joe Bob Briggs besides his height ?
Bloom was born in Dallas, Texas, United States, the son of Thelma Louise (née Berry) and Rudolph Lewis Bloom.
3. What are the projects of Joe Bob Briggs ?
He was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended Vanderbilt University on a sports-writing scholarship. He began his writing career at Texas Monthly and Dallas Times Herald. While a movie reviewer at the Herald, he created the humorous persona of “Joe Bob Briggs” to review exploitation movies and other genre movies.
4. Somme collaborations with Joe Bob Briggs ?
Briggs’s acting persona is that of an unapologetic redneck Texan with an avowed love of the drive-in theater. He specializes in humorous but appreciative reviews of B-movies and cult movies, which he calls “drive-in movies” (as distinguished from “indoor bullstuff”). In addition to his usual parody of urbane, high-brow movie criticism, his columns characteristically include colorful tales of woman-troubles and high-spirited brushes with the law, tales which inevitably conclude with his rush to catch a movie at a local drive-in, usually with female companionship. Briggs revealed in an interview with James Rolfe that he intended the character to have an ambiguous sounding name and initially thought of calling himself “Bubba Rodriguez”, but was told that the name Rodriguez would be perceived as racist and decided to go with “The whitest name I could come up with.”
The reviews typically end with a brief rating of the movie in question’s “high points”, including the types of action (represented by nouns naming objects used in fight scenes suffixed with “-fu”), the number of bodies, number of female breasts bared, the notional number of total pints of blood spilt, and for appropriately untoward movies, a “vomit meter”.
A typical summarisation would read, “no dead bodies. One hundred seventeen breasts. Multiple aardvarking. Lap dancing. Cage dancing. Convenience-store dancing. Blindfold aardvarking. Blind-MAN aardvarking. Lesbo Fu. Pool cue-fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Tane McClure. Joe Bob says check it out.”
Originally, Briggs’s movie reviews were limited to pictures shown at local drive-ins. Later, after a tongue-in-cheek ‘battle’ with his own convictions, he also began reviewing movies released on VHS and DVD.
During the early 1980s when New York City was in the planning stages of redeveloping its run-down 42nd Street, Times Square area, which included closing many grindhouses showing B-movies on double and triple bills around the clock, as well as many porn theatres, Joe Bob expressed great opposition. He encouraged a “postcard-fu” campaign, i.e., encouraging movie fans to write to New York City officials and pressure them into saving “the one place in New York City you could see a decent drive-in movie.” He felt the 42nd Street movie houses rightfully belonged to all Americans and should be preserved as places where “Charles Bronson can be seen thirty feet high, as God intended”.
In 1985, “Briggs” wrote a column about the “We Are the World” video, in which he wrote a mocking description of starving African children, and made derogatory comments about the American Negro College Fund. The resulting controversy ended Bloom’s position at the Dallas Times Herald, though his syndicated column merely changed distributors.
In July 1985, Joe Bob’s one-man show, An Evening with Joe Bob Briggs, started in Cleveland, Ohio. Later re-titled Joe Bob Dead in Concert for home release, the show evolved into a theatrical piece involving storytelling, comedy and music. The show was performed in more than 50 venues over the next two years, including Carolines in New York and regular engagements at Wolfgang’s and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, as well as convention centers, theaters, music clubs and other comedy clubs. In 2019, Joe Bob began performing a new one-man show, How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, at genre movie festivals and revival movie houses across the United States.
In 1986, as a result of the stage show, Joe Bob was asked to be a guest host on Drive-In Theater, a late- night B-movie show on The Movie Channel (TMC), related network of Showtime. Briggs went over so well that he was eventually signed to a long-term contract. Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater became the network’s highest-rated show and ran for almost ten years, and was twice nominated for the industry’s Cable ACE Award. He appeared on some 50 talk shows, including The Tonight Show (twice) and Larry King Live. He was also a commentator for a Fox TV news magazine for two seasons.
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