The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 13, 1997, Image 3

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13,19 ge 1 (Thursday • November 13, 1997 Lifestyles pfessor Pepartmi ion, saidi) ''ship tran t has t A&M. ist stude pome out ore andt (hosehavt iheFFA, preside! |s said. i&M has pnventio! gives sti h folks a volved ndustryal said. "Itis funityw Iployers.” Over the‘TOP’ Interview with Carrot Top reveals the man underneath the comedy and copper locks : if By Chris Martin Staff writer hat has three arms, two heads, one semi-trailer full of toys and is red all over? A demonic Santa Claus? Wrong answer, but it is the right frame of mind for a night of comedy with Carrot Top. ! Carrot Top and his toy chest will be live onstage tonight at 8 in Rudder Auditorium, i Forthose unfamiliar with CarrotTop’s | e a Tverblown, observational comedy, it is a 1 frit like being locked in a toy store ‘d by the^’^hi while watching tapes of Sein- went to® on f ast forward through 3-D glasses, ercenttc ^ addition to his many sold-out, to chairs itanc *' u P tours > Carrot Top has the top- 2 percent 13 ® show on the Cartoon Network ent “Carrot Top’s A.M. Mayhem”), a book anageroi®^ ' n t ^ ie Trunk”), a Web site he A&.\i iww carrottop.com) an d an upcoming ram sup' D10v ‘ e ca d e d Chairman of the Board. port that ^ arrot Top grew up in Cocoa Beach, cific stir 1,31 ^ attended college at Florida At- ncludinglffl c lJm vers ' t y in Boca Raton, mprove^ '^ en we hdked to Carrot Top last rarv ani' e ® was in Florida preparing for Wormances in Texas. idations®^ / ' 0,/: S° what were your college l do\h^ like? Carrot Top: Those were the good old days! No stress, no nothing. Just sleep in and get drunk. I did get my degree in marketing, thank God. Well, actually, I should say the guy I sat next to gave me the degree. 1 haven’t been backdown to that part of Florida in a few years. I’m afraid my stu dent loan guy will find me. Batt: Is college where you started your comedy routine? CT: Yeah, I was just a regular old college kid. They had a talent night at the school bar one night. I went up on stage and did jokes. That’s how it all started. Batt: I’ve heard your show is almost like a Kiss concert. CT: I think they say that because I have a lot of pyrotechnics and lasers and lights. Most comics don't have that kind of stuff, but I wanted to have a big show. I think I wanted to be a rock star deep down inside. So I kind of mixed the two and made it a rock ‘n’ roll comedy show. Batt: If you could rock on stage with anyone, who would it be? CT: I would say the Gratefid Dead, but they’re dead. I’d like to rock with the Stones one night. It would be cool to be that close and see how old they are. All the people I'd like to rock with are dead. Jim Morrison, dead. Batt: Hanson’s still alive. CT: I thought they were chicks'.I thought it was like a Mentos commer cial. I had no idea they were guys. Batt: There’s no shame in that. CT: Okay, good. Batt: The Jaggerian theory of the Rolling Stones was sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Is there a Carrotopian theory of comedy? CT: Yeah, it's dirty magazines, coffee and the remote. Bath Is TV where you get your inspiration? CT: I get it mostly from just walking around. People make me laugh. You see things that make you laugh, like how Hooters has food to go. Why would you want food to go from Hooters? The food sucks. That’s why I’ve got a to-go bag with tits on the side, so you can take the atmosphere home. Batt: Have you been to Texas very often? CT: Only a few times, but I've always had a blast. The Texas crowds are al ways really energetic and ready to laugh. I’m looking forward to it. Batt: Do you enjoy country line dancing? CT: Countiy line dancing? I invented it, what do you mean? I’d be a cowboy, but I can’t get a hat over my head. I’ve got too much hair. I think I'd look like a chick in a hat— like Hanson. Please see Carrot on Page 4. L/i 11 CARROT- To Ihievabhl |hink vvC IS. ■ Wakeland promotes new self-titled album tonight (Mi By Stephen Wells Staff writer & O Wakeland r akeland, the Oklahoma- based power pop group who played at last year’s Ag Final with Jackopierce, is coming back to Texas A&M to celebrate the release of their new self-titled CD. Wakeland will be bringing their new release with them to Marooned Records today at 5 to perform an acoustic set of new and old material. The Marooned concert will be a pre cursor to a two-hour concert at the Dixie Theatre later tonight. Wakeland is the combined talents of Chris Sullivan (guitars and vocals), Brad Heinrichs (Guitars), Shane Litsch (drums), and Andy Nunez (bass). Together, these four have forged a sound of infectious grooves without all the staged melodrama. Singles such as “Falling Again” and “Half of You” demonstrate Wakeland’s ability to produce clean and memorable pop songs. Heinrich said the band takes an honest approach to songwriting. “I never like to write about something I don’t personally know about,” Heinrichs said. “If I don’t feel it, if it isn’t true for me, how can I get it across?” Wakeland began as cover band at OSU with no long-tern plans in mind. In a press release, Sullivan ex plained the attitude most people hold toward cover bands. “People trash cover bands,” said Sullivan. “But if you start out as one, it really makes you tight. You learn" to play together.” With previous performances at the Tap and the Dixie Theatre, this band has experience with A&M crowds. “We do fairly well in College Sta tion,” Sullivan said. “We started off playing at the Tap, but our last cou ple of performances have been at the Dixie Theatre. It’s actually one of our favorite places to play.” The new album represents a new direction for Wakeland, who have recently broken away from the record label that produced their last album, Magnetic. Please see Wakeland on Page 4. jpAY N 1 Th wm ■ fii DELTA ZETA -Presents the 1 st- RUN TO THE CHICKEN PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE HOUSTON EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION November 15, 1997 - 9:00a.m. Will begin at Oaks Park, located on the corner of Harvey and Stallings in College Station. Run will end at the DIXIE CHICKEN. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winncia. All participants will receive t-shirts with registration. Entry Fees Prior to Nov 15th are SI2.00; On Nov 15th S15.00 SPONSORS Copy Corner, Bullwfnkles Grill & Bar, un tne border, Ada u. him CPA, Greek Boutique, Nutritec, Outback, Fajita Rita's Registration forms will be available in the MSC a week prior to the run, or from any Delta Zeta member. Return forms to Delta Zeta house at 1501 Olympia Way. f questions contact, Kan at 6V3-V/43 or Kathleen at bV^-2ID/ November 24 & 25 at 8 PM Rudder Auditorium an 845-1234 for tickets. Sc Opera & Performing Arts Society m Cfi/fca/ Act now before your VISION CARE BENEFITS EXPIRE! °/ O off most i eyeglasses Choose from many of our fashionable designer frames, such as Halston, Oleg Cassini, Giorgio Sant'Angelo and more! Other lens options and types extra. Cannot be combined with any other offer or vision cane plan. See optician for details. Offer expires January 3, 1998. • Disposable contact lenses starting at $21.95^ •Ask about receiving a complimentary flBMf. Great Start kitT tAI participating locations. We honor many Vision Care Plans including: Texas A&M Univ. System, Coast to Coast, Lowes Post Oak Mall 764-0735 'Eye Exams Where Permitted By Law. *EYE EXAMS • VISION CARE PLANS • ONE DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE