Things have been a little out the norm as of lately. Not with the movement but with me. You see, I’ve been hearing a voice talking to me inside of my head like an alien or something. That’s really been freaking me the hell out. I’m slapping my damn self, telling myself to shut up. I’m telling you, all I need now is a long coat that sleeves tie in the back. This mess is crazy! I don’t know when it started. I guess when I came back from the occupy movement my head started to hurt like hell. Felt like Mike Tyson hit me upside the head, then let my ears sit in hot sauce for the added flavor. I don’t even know where I am sometime and I can’t get to much sunlight now cause that triggers my head aches.
Then from out of nowhere, this voice starts talking in my mind! It sounds just like a person I know before in my life, frankly, it sounds like my Uncle Rick, somebody who is doing a lot of begging I presume. Uncle Rick use to come by after he gambled up his check and asks for money. My Momma would say, “He on that stuff again”, whatever that means. Anyways, my head still hurts, even now. I have this feeling that my head gonna open up and something is gonna crawl out of there and say, “Take me to your leader Leroy Wilson. I’m a being from outer space”, like a Jetsons or some crap. I can’t call it from either side but I gotta get to the bottom of these damn head aches before I crack up!
“Raise your glasses, one-and-all. Time for a Toast.” [Drum-roll] “Taa-Daaaah - the 50th episode y’all. ‘40 and Leroy – Crazy in New York’ has made it. Made what, one could ask. The simple answer could be ‘the first plateau’. But doesn’t television usually acknowledge the 100th episode, and not the 50th? Yeah, but this is the internet, a new horizon - and the rules are changing.
Yep, the upcoming episode of “40 and Leroy – Crazy in New York” will be the fiftieth installment of the groundbreaking series. Quite naturally with a ‘low-budget’ production, there were many obstacles to overcome but creator, director Reed R. McCants and actors Eduardo Lorenzo, and particularly Horace Glasper were stalwart in their desire to see new episodes produced and broadcast over their YouTube channel [liveat5tube] on a continual basis. The fact that all three resided in different cities (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago respectively) presented difficulties. A lot of credit has to go to Glasper (Leroy) because he picked up and moved from Chicago to New York to assist in the writing, production and marketing of the show
which was a herculean task when you consider this entailed finding work and an affordable apartment in New York. Many times the production picked up and traveled to Los Angeles to work out scenes with Lorenzo (40 Ounce), or in some cases, flying Lorenzo and McCants to New York to work with Glasper, Denzel McCants (the Diesel character), Ralph Correa (Ralphie) and Janus Yvonne (Lynette) and the other cast members.
Much of the work of the “40 and Leroy” entity entails updating the website (40andLeroy.com), writing the shows (although much of the show is improvised), editing, coordinating schedules and coming up with new ways and means of increasing viewership and fan base. The lion’s share of the duties primarily falls on the shoulders of McCants who describes his efforts as ‘a labor of love’ – so much so that the realization of the 50th episode milestone came upon him ‘”like a thief in the night”, says McCants. Generally he works on several episodes at once – editing one episode while shooting an
other, and at the same time arranging schedules and writing skits for future episodes. With so much on the plate, no wonder the 50thepisode plateau came upon the production crew and cast with such suddenness. But when it’s all said and done, all parties concerned are certainly pleased with the overall quality and improvements made over the years. The early episodes were shot on a ‘flip camera’ and now are shot in high-definition [HD]. Many of the graphics and effects are now also of a higher quality as is the new revamped website. As it turns out, weekly viewership is in the many thousands although YouTube misrepresents the numbers as being much smaller (much like Hollywood in general). Regrettably black productions like “40 and Leroy” tend to be ignored or not given ‘top-shelf’ status by many of the web organizations. Luckily the “40 and Leroy” team takes the time to seek out data and verify the actual viewership statistics which are ‘many multiples higher’ than those reported by YouTube. On the other side of the coin “40 and Leroy” has received much love from other comedy web sites like Will Ferrel’s ‘Funny or Die’. But as long as “40 and Leroy – Crazy in New York” receives love and accolades from those whom they value most – the urban audience – they will continue to make new and hopefully funnier episodes until they finally reach the 100th show plateau, and beyond. Time to raise your glasses and join in the toast, “Here’s to 40 and Leroy, keeping us laughing far into the new horizon, for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjLwKV4bfV4
Courtesy of our sister website, livetheatregang.com40 & Leroy has added a brand new page to it’s website, “STRAIGHT UP GOSSIP”. It’s where you can dish the dirt, find the filth or pick up the scoop on some of the buzz in the Entertainment World. This is one page you might not want to end up on. Or maybe you do because as they say, “No gossip is bad gossip”.
Very few character names have been used as often as the name Leroy in comedy. But what few people know, or have observed, or even paid attention to, is that there is an expansive story behind the illustrious name of Leroy as it relates to comedy.
If you’re an urban dweller, a suburban-ite or a plugged-in rural person between the ages of sixteen and sixty, the word ‘40’ could, in most cases, conjure up an image of a 40 ounce bottle of Miller Highlife, perhaps Colt 45 malt liquor, or my old favorite ‘from the block’, Cold Duck. Ironic that it be so, because it is each young man’s virgin experience with alcohol which is the mighty crapshoot moment that might open the Pandora’s Box into a lifelong bout with alcoholism.
I miss my girl Lynette, everyday. Now that I’m home I can’t help but think about her. Even when I watch Pinky in them flicks, yawl know Pinkeeee alright, but all I do is I think of Lynette. Or maybe, I’m just thinking about Pinky! Ain’t no telling when the lights are out. I love her though, even when she plays hard to get. When she smiles, looking like the queen she is, I just wanna leave momma to live with her! She's my everything. It’s wild… I never been like this before. Real talk! I even called into a WBLS's Lenny Green late night radio show! That’s how much I love her. Got a brother, requesting songs! I don’t even remember what it was, Freddy Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Dr. Dre, I don’t know, but it had something to do about love! Yeah! This lady Lynette really melts my heart... and my pockets… But I still miss her. I even miss when the check comes and her arms get real short, as if they weren’t just moving earlier reaching over the table for them damn cheddar biscuits! I got it so bad for her and I don’t even care! Like for instance, last time we went out, she ate Shrimp Foo Young, and I ate Top Ramen, and I even left a tip. That’s right, brother's in love leave tips! Can’t help but think the whole time I was gone, she could have been with another. I do remember I did see Diesel that one time at the workout gym. She could have been using me for my money...momma does hook a brother up with allowance every now and then. I’m tripping and my head hurts more when I think of her! She is MY wonderful one, like Marvin Gaye said in that song. Come to think of it, that was the name of the song I requested on the radio. Shoot, that’s how love goes. My mind hasn't been right without her.
I’m finally home after living on the streets for months or that's what they tell me I was doing. It's crazy, but I can't remember a thing! I must have lost my mind for a little while. Maybe I smoked the wrong joint one day and just blacked out. I don’t know how I got to live on the streets, but that's where 40 found me. I never thought I'd say this ever, but I will never smoke another joint a day in my life. I'm so happy that my cousin 40 found me, because if not I don't know where I would have ended up.
My mind is still a little cloudy. Things don't seem the same! Like for instance, 40 just doesn't look like 40 to me. He looks a little different. He’s been trying to loose weight for years, and as soon as I’m missing he looses so much weight I can't recognize him. Damn, he must have been really worrying about me. He was worring so much, I guess he didn't have time to eat half the world like he does. I guess you never know how much you’re really loved till you’re gone. I love that guy!
Before I left, getting a home cook meal from my mom was like pulling teeth. When I got home, moms hugged me so tight and cooked my favorite meal, steak tacos and even put real steak inside instead of the Kibbles and Bits. she always used to use. After not washing up in two months, I took a long hot bath. When my mom saw the thick dirty ring I left in the tub, she didn’t even call me her usual bad names like dirty bum, or stink ass, she just called me a filthy ball of a scum rat. That told me how much she cared.
I just felt one again, these damn headaches!! I mean, at first I thought I had taken acid or something like that. I kept seeing flashes of a life that is unfamiliar to me. It was weird. But back in my own bed, back home, now I can sleep long and hard, like a crack addict.
One last thing Journal, I also have a weird sensation filling my me, I feel like I need to be a part of something, some movement. But I just can't put my finger on what exactly I'm suppose to be a part of.
Well I guess that’s all I have to say for the first entry.
P.S. There’s one thing that keeps puzzilin’ me since I been back. It's 40, who never smoked weed in his entire life, and now he's always trying to get me to smoke a joint with him. But even weirder, as much of a pot head as I was, I don't even have the slightest interest in puffing on a fatty. What's up with that? I guess I’m going to have a long talk with 40 to find out how come he’s changed so much.
After a three-month hiatus, followers of the popular web series 40 and Leroy Crazy in New York can rejoice! Now you can watch new episodes of the web series for the first time on Blip.tv. Some of the episodes running this season will be exclusive only to the www.40andLeroy.com website and www.blip.tv/40-and-Leroy with subsequent airings on YouTube and Funny-or-Die a month later.
In the tradition of the great comedic duos like Fred and Lamont to The Wayans Bros, comes the contemporary slapstick team of 40 and Leroy! Crazy in New York, is a web series that follows cousins 40oz and Leroy and a host of diverse characters as they explore the highs and lows of the life of everyday urban youth living in the city. Raw and unscripted the show is a grassroots POV on 21st century banter and culture.
In the Season 3 opener, after searching all over New York City for a missing Leroy, 40 runs into a little trouble of his own. 40’s search for Leroy will lead both the fella’s into a world of the occult and the supernatural. This season will bring many surprises, and a whole bunch of laughs. If you haven't seen the 40 and Leroy Webisodes in a while this could be a good time to join in on the the fun. Check out the new Blip channel and website. Let us know what you think. "Like" us on facebook or "comment" or subscribe!