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Meet Eddie Krumble. He's a relatively happy guy. Content-ish. Fresh to Los Angeles, Eddie and his friend Chris Plork land their first gig: clapping as paid audience members for infomercials and sitcoms so heinous that tourists won't even attend. Eddie spends long days clapping, laughing, and hissing — on cue, of course — and his life slowly begins to take shape as a relationship with Judy, a gas station attendant, begins to brew. Suddenly his life is turned on its head. In one of his nightly rants, Jay Leno ...

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Meet Eddie Krumble. He's a relatively happy guy. Content-ish. Fresh to Los Angeles, Eddie and his friend Chris Plork land their first gig: clapping as paid audience members for infomercials and sitcoms so heinous that tourists won't even attend. Eddie spends long days clapping, laughing, and hissing — on cue, of course — and his life slowly begins to take shape as a relationship with Judy, a gas station attendant, begins to brew. Suddenly his life is turned on its head. In one of his nightly rants, Jay Leno scrutinizes the state of late night TV and ends up unveiling two stills of Eddie as audience members for two different infomercials. Eddie is singled out as clapper-for-hire, Eddie's career comes to a halt, and Leno turns his discovery into a segment on his show: "Who is THE CLAPPER?" takes the public by storm, and Eddie's face appears on TVs and billboards throughout the nation. A clever satire about fame, consumerism, and reality TV, Dito Montiel's Eddie Krumble is The Clapper is the first work of fiction from the acclaimed author of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.

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The widely acclaimed author and director of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saintsshifts from memoir to high-energy satire in his fiction debut. Eddie Krumble is a high school kid from Queens with a job at a lock factory and a bleak future that gets a bit sunnier when he and permanently stoned pal Chris Plork hop a bus to L.A., where they find work in the "audience participation placement" field (read: compensated clapping for shows too awful to draw a legitimate audience). Eddie wears disguises to maximize his earning potential—appearing as different people at different clapping gigs (sometimes three in a day). The producers of The Tonight Showmeanwhile, while trawling reels of bad television for material, notice Eddie's manifold personalities, prompting Jay Leno to make "The Clapper" into a recurring bit that puts Eddie's anonymity, and thus his livelihood, on the line. A whimsical tale where the underdog gets his day—and his few minutes in the spotlight—Montiel's first stab at fiction is an entertaining excursion into the mundane reality behind television's exuberant facade. (Mar.)

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Debut novel about listless non-achievement, from the author of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2003). Unemployed and living like vegetables in a basement in Queens, New York, Edward Krumble and his herb-smoking partner-in-crime Chris Plork get turned onto the debased world of "human guinea pigging." An especially risky experiment provides them with enough funds to take a Greyhound to Los Angeles, where they end up with steady work as "clappers"-paid audience participants on daytime TV shows and infomercials. Narrator Eddie, who is as inexperienced as he is ambitionless, eventually falls for Judy, the night attendant at a local gas station. The two bond, but suddenly Eddie's comfortable, if excruciatingly boring, clapper life is threatened in a quintessentially L.A. way when Jay Leno airs a comical expose showing him participating on a host of different shows in various disguises. Cover blown, Eddie is effectively out of work-but "the clapper" is a huge hit on The Tonight Show. Meanwhile, Judy loses her job, and she and Eddie, having never exchanged phone numbers, lose touch. Desperate, Eddie cashes in on his 15 minutes of fame with a recurring part on The Tonight Show in which he scours the streets in search of his lost love. When an on-air phone call with Judy goes awry, the tabloid circuit brandishes Eddie a stalker, and his skit is canned. Down and out, he gets booked to tell his story on a poorly rated daytime talk show. Miraculously, Judy is in the audience. Eddie proposes, and the two get married on (of course) The Tonight Show. The plot is entertaining enough, but Montiel's excruciatingly banal stream-of-consciousness prose would work better onscreen than it does in print.Unfocused and rambling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560259633
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dito Montiel

Dito Montiel wrote A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and he is also the director of the forthcoming film adaptation of this memoir. His work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines.

Biography

Dito Montiel is the writer and director of the film adaptation of his memoir, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. He is the author of The Clapper, and his articles, interviews, and poetry have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Author biography courtesy of Thunder's Mouth Press.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Montiel:

"I did everything from selling peanuts on 42nd street when I was 14, to walking dogs, to unloading trucks, to whatever! I wrote -- and write -- because I have to. Because I love it. My inspiration comes from everywhere, and everyone."

"I love reality TV. I know it's not cool , but Big Brother is the greatest TV show ever! I'm in Venice, Italy now. Our film just won the Critics' Choice Award. Sting and Trudie are waiting downstairs for us to all take a Gondola to a movie premiere, and all I can think is that I can not believe WILL GOT KICKED OUT AND LOST THE POWER OF VETO!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Orlando Montiel (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Santa Monica, California
    1. Education:
      High School

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