remembering the magic that was public access television — PART I…
from SLEAZE UP
Colin Malone’s had an interesting ride so far. He dropped out of UCLA in 1990 because there weren’t enough Iron Maiden fans there. Plus, he thought the whole place was bullshit anyway. So he started doing stand-up and improv comedy. While performing at night, Colin was working during the day at various video stores. Eventually he wound up at 20/20 Video in Hollywood where he met Dino, his future co-host of the cult sensation “Colin’s Sleazy Friends”.
Dino hated everybody, except Colin for some reason. And as Dino became more frustrated with his band, and as Colin gave less of a shit about doing stand-up comedy, they decided to do a TV show together. However, no one in the television industy shared their enthusiasm, so they headed to the local cable access station in Van Nuys, CA.
In their first episode, Colin and Dino basically showed some porn clips and joked around. While it wasn’t a huge hit at first, they knew they were on to something. By the next episode, they somehow got legendary porn star Ron Jeremy to take a break from humping, and drop by to do an interview. The next show featured Tiffany Millions naked in a hot tub, and from then on, “Colin’s Sleazy Friends” snowballed into an underground smash in Los Angeles. You got to love a town that lets naked porn stars discuss their sexual escapades on local television.
People from the porn industry were the only guests on the show until Colin received a call from actress Janeane Garofalo. Her appearance opened the door to interviews with other comedic actors like Jack Black, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Silverman. Mixing these celebrity guests with porn stars made “Colin’s Sleazy Friends” even more popular, and it wasn’t long until members of famous bands like Anthrax, Korn, and Weezer were stopping by as well.
At one point, Colin got a call from the casting office at “Seinfeld” to make a guest appearance. Being the genius he is, he turned them down. He didn’t want to join SAG because of the dues he would have to pay. After “Seinfeld” offered to pay his dues for him, Colin was surpirisingly cast as “Sleazy Guy”. He also made appearances on David Cross and Bob Odenkrik’s cult hit “Mr. Show“, as well as an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. When “Angel” wanted to cast him, Colin came in a few times and went over his lines, but turned down all their offers. He thought the show sucked, and was only going in because the girls that worked at the casting office were hot.
After 240 episodes of “Colin’s Sleazy Friends” on a cable access channel, Colin finally had enough. In his words, “There’s only so many times you can ask a porn star what they like most about fisting.” Besides, FOX had already given him the green light to shoot a pilot episode of a new talk show – “Colin After Dark“. It didn’t contain nudity, but it was still edgy for network television. The show never made it to TV though because shortly after filming it, Janet Jackson showed her tit at the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show, and FOX didn’t want to take any chances with the FCC by putting Colin on the air. So Colin walked away from the scene for a few years to lay low. But now he’s back and ready to spread the di-sleaze all over again.