Want To Welcome one and all to the wonderful world of
the Sturdy Beggar Appreciation Society. Isn't it fun?
You Could Be A Winnah!
kiddies, have I ever been busy. Being on Clinton's transition
team has been a very real experience. I have been overwhelmed
by how great my influence on our new president has been.
Perhaps some of you may have noticed his second helping
of mud pie at the MTV ball during the inauguration. (If
there's any bit of business you'd like to have put into
the President's ear, send it in and let me know). That
has kept me very busy, so busy in fact that I have had
to take a sabbatical this semester from the University
of Michigan. Bio-ethics can live without me for a while.
Thank goodness I have plenty of doctoral students to keep
my master students busy on their theses. I have also been
spending a lot of my free time in the studio with my band.
Hopefully the CD will be out before our fall tour. By
the way, Jerry's in great health and remember please,
no vending, don't show up unless you have a ticket, and
be cool. (Call the Dead hotline for details). My one regret
this past year is that all these little projects have
kept me out of the lab more than I would have liked. Even
so, I'm not too far from perfecting my pollution-free,
water-fueled combustible engine, although gold into straw
is still a few years off.
life certainly has been quite hectic for me this "off-season,"
I do hope that this summer my weekends will open up and
once again I'll be able to spend them with you, my dear
fans. You are beautiful. If it weren't for you, and the
enjoyment I receive from performing the Mud Show(tm) for
you dear people, I'd be up on the space shuttle fixing
that darn Hubble telescope. Hey, it's worth putting up
with all those fuzzy pictures just to see all your shining
See you in the future, and remember never eat mud! (unless
you pass the hat first).
Billy Von Billy
Out of the Mud Pit & into your home!
About a year ago, you took the precious time to fill out
one of our cheesey little postcards, and we grovel at
your feet in abject gratitude for that effort. You're
SO cool! Sorry it's taken so long for us to respond, but
hey, we're beggars, waddya want.
here's our cheery li'l newsletter. More special Appreciation
Society premiums are being bandied about. Our intent first,
foremost and always, is to entertain. This SBAS thang
is an experiment...we'll see where it goes. The Mud Show(tm)
is the main thing. Come see us this summer or fall so
we can entertain you right and proper in the rollicking
1993 version of the show the Boston Globe called "...Monty
Python meets 'The Millers Tale' with a dash of 'Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern." .....O.K!
furry forefathers (Ikey, Redbeard, Damien, Ceasar and
Will'm) started Sturdy Beggin' back in 1980. Since then
the Mud Show(tm) has evolved through several (sometimes
controversial) incarnations, always striving to top the
previous level of raucous good times. It's become a wholly
unique entertainment experience, doncha think? We've been
known as Sturdy and Bedlum(tm), but make no mistake, we
are the originals. There are knock-off versions out there,
imitators and scabs. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES! (Let us know
if you've seen a non-Sturdy Beggar Mud Show so we can
send out a pack of lawyers to pick their bones clean)
(yeh, roit) Let's keep mud-daubin' together, you and us.
It's a beautiful thing. Sniff. Let's git to the Pit.
by joining the Sturdy Beggar Appreciation Society you are
automatically entered in the "Dinner With The Beggars"
contest. So don't be suprised if one fine evening two or
three beggars unexpectedly show up on your threshold and
eagerly ask, "Hey, what's for dinner?!?"
The 1993 Sturdy Beggar Season
In Minnesota, "Land of 10,000 Lakes," what is
the most common lake name?
A: Over 200 bodies of water in MN are called "Mud
Lake." Wooncha know!!
to a Mud Pit near you...hope to see you there! (Specific
rosters subject to change. Your mileage may vary)
Bristol Renaissance Festival (IL) June 26 - Aug. 22 Billy
Billy Von Billy (alias Old Beggar Joe), Spiney Nodules,
Oz Park Medeival Festival (Chicago) July 31 - Aug. 1 Lutilla
Fair Dinkum, Helmut von Mudt
Iowa Renaissance & Harvest Faire - Mason City - Sept.
4-6 Des Moines - Sept. 18-26 Lutilla Fair Dinkum, Helmut
Maryland Renaissance Festival Aug. 28 - Oct. 17 Billy Billy
Von Billy (alias Old Beggar Joe), Wakka Ding Hoy, Gonzo
DiMedici, Privy LaPew
Richard's New England Faire (MA) Sept. 4 - Oct. 24 Legs
Akimbo, Spiney Nodules, Hack Ptui
Texas Renaissance Festival Oct. 2 - Nov. 14 Billy Billy
Von Billy (etc.), Spiney Nodules, Sir Loin of Beef
the Fallen Comrade
Simon LeSlime 1960 - 1993
good friend Slimn' Simon (aka One-Eyed Willie, Simon St.
Albain) died on April 11. He'd worked with the Mud Show
since 1982, principally in New England (also in Texas and
Illinois). Simon was a great guy to hang out with and a
superb beggar, especially in the streets, where he'd entertain
patrons with trademark bits like "Rabid Lizard"
and "Excite the Beggar." He was universally well-liked,
an audience fave, and will be profoundly missed. A crazy,
funny little guy... now wreaking havoc in the choir celestial.
Thumbs Up! Beggars' Faire Acts Hot Picks
(compiled by Hack Ptui, Old Beggar Joe and
Wakka Ding Hoy)
you've thrilled to a Mud Show or two, what other acts
should you be sure to catch at the Faire? We Men of Mud
have been working Renaissance Festivals for well over a
decade now, and we've seen 'em come and go, boy howdy, so
take our word for it; here are some of our top recommendations
for quality guaranteed good times:
The Flaming Idiots - An easygoing and very funny juggling
show. 3 talented and nice boyos. On T.V. a lot.
The Gypsy Dancers - Rowdy, sexy, fast and funny dance
show, rife with audience participation. A beggar favorite
forever. They'll be much missed at Bristol. Sigh. Still
in New England...
Moonie the Magnificent - Hey! Didn't he used to be
in the mud?!? Walks rope, balances furniture on his face,
juggles, and doesn't have much to say. Goofy fun indeed.
Smee & Blogg, the Singing Executioners - Stalwarts
of the Faire circuits. Classic look and solid show. Nice
guys, you betcha.
The Swordsmen - Clever, sharp stuff. Great repartee,
swordplay, and audience interplay. The show changes...catch
more than one.
The Zuchinni Brothers - 2 of the most talented jugglers
around and great guys to boot.
(edited and updated 03/02)
Here's a roughly chronological listing of just about
every nutcase who's worked with the Sturdy and/or Bedlum
Beggars through the years. How many ring a bell
The Reverend Ikey Nokes
Damien the Red-Eyed Bastard
Rott Wyler (aka Sparky Maggot, Caesar, Caesario, Herbaccio)
Billy Billy von Billy (aka Old Beggar Joe, Will'm, Will'm
the Poorer, the Regurgitated, the Rash, the Rush)
Figgy Pudding (aka Sir Loin of Beef, Ham Hocks)
Bert the Beloved
Big Harry Lumpyn (aka Hack Ptui, Pike Spuzmonger, Tommo
Bedlum, Pike Murdwynn)
Spiney Nodules (aka Will Kemp, Snug Frothingale)
Halfwit Henry (aka Wakka Ding Hoy, Sir Loin of Beef,
Beggar X, )
Burnt Arse (aka Ned Crustdragon, Zorbulon the (fill-in-the-blank),
Lutilla Fair Dinkum (aka Johnny Detox, Randy Passion)
Daphne, Queen of Everything (aka Crazy Katie)
Sponge the Wonder Beggar
Simon LeSlime (aka One Eyed Willie)
Pizzle McDick (aka Beggar X, Malcom Powder)
Legs Akimbo (aka Erm the Mad, Long Dick Montrose)
Moonie B. Slutt
Goose R. Bumps III
Privy LaPew (aka Beggar Bob, Jojo the Dogfaced Boy)
Helmut von Mudt
Moose the Magnificently Moronic
Woogie the Weasel
Andy of the North (aka Yourhey Blorchsky)
Bob the Beggar
Apologies to those whose names we've forgotten. What
is your name, anyway?
by Wakka Ding Hoy, w/Hack Ptui, 1993; edited by Lucky
that damn Muddy Rag designed, edited & executed
by Hack Ptui 6/93