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Charlie Sheen -- Chicago, Do Or Die

4/3/2011 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen will learn tonight whether or not his departure from "Two and a Half Men" was a good career turn or a disaster as he performs his second show -- this time in Chicago.

Charlie Sheen Chicago
A rep for Vividseats.com tells TMZ with the rest of the tour already not selling well -- they have between 200-300 seats available per show -- tonight's performance could send the rest of the tour into a tailspin.

And staffers at several ticket agencies tell us there has been a rapid rise in the number of people trying to unload their tickets since last night's disastrous performance.

Either way, we'll be there and we will tell you how it all goes down ... as it happens.


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151.

Ken    

still a fan Charlie, even though you took a wrong turn with the one man travelling show idea. Come back to tv where you belong so we all can forget this bad part of your career, and start fresh.

1242 days ago
152.

PRO US    

ken, your "autoposter" is stuck on "repeat". Your post is a duplicate of a previous post. Just a friendly heads up.

1242 days ago
153.

t    

Charlie should allow Harvey to live stream one of these shows...LMFAO... Snoop Dog did he show up last night? Maybe the Warlock should have an opening act like Insane Clown Posse...

1242 days ago
154.

Lagoon    

I love a good argument. I love a bad argument. I love any argument. I will take a position I do not even believe in, solely to argue.

RR & nsis

1242 days ago
155.

Lagoon    

Raymond, not RR. I was never good with names. Sorry.

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156.

Zippy T. Pinhead    

These people that bought tickets to see a mentally unstable person perform a show or maybe just sit on stage for 90 minutes and let the drool drip down his face and are now trying to unload their tickets are truly morons! And I'm sure most of them are college educated. All of these imbeciles rushed out and bought tickets to pad the pocket of a known cRaCk-hEAd and drunk. And now a bright light just clicked on in their dim witted little heads and they think they made a mistake? I'd like to have the name and numbers of these retards, because I've got some nice ocean side property for sale in Iowa.

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157.

yo    

Charlie Sheen faces prospect of losing, duh

Bob Tourtellotte and Bernie Woodall

Reuters

6:00 p.m. CDT, April 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES and DETROIT (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, whose assertion that he is always "winning, duh" has become a pop catchphrase, faced a new reality the day after his stage show bombed. Fans and critics said: "losing, really."

In March, Sheen was fired from his job as TV's highest-paid actor on the comedy "Two and a Half Men" after he publicly criticized producer Chuck Lorre and the show's makers at Warner Bros. Television.

He created the stage act -- a disorganized group of sketches, monologues and videos titled "My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option" -- to prove to detractors that after months of drug and alcohol rehab, an assault on his ex-wife and probation, Sheen was still in shape to work.

While it may be true that he is able to perform, what he is doing, at least on stage, has failed to excite his audience.

During the show, whole sections of people in the balcony, chanted in unison, "Refund! Refund!" and after it ended, Joe Boland, 46, of Plymouth, Michigan, told Reuters: "They should have been chanting, "Rehearse! Rehearse!"

By Sunday on Twitter, numerous tweets appeared like this one by jackieedge 207: "Hahahahahahaha Charlie Sheen first night of his tour was a complete failure. #losing".

One person conspicuously absent on the social networking website was Sheen himself who has used Twitter in recent weeks to fire off missives about anything that was on his mind. But there was no reaction from the actor or his handlers.

NO CLEAR DIRECTION

There was plenty to say from critics, including the New York Times' A.O. Scott, who was in the audience at Detroit's Fox Theater where "Torpedo" opened its planned, 20-city tour that next stops in Chicago on Sunday evening. Scott noted that the "multimedia event had no clear structure or direction."

The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. but got off late with opening comic Kirk Fox failing to finish some jokes due to audience rancor. His routine was the first of many during the night that were aborted before coming to their planned end.

Sheen took the stage nearly an hour after show time with his two girlfriends, "goddesses" Rachel Oberlin and Bree Olson, who locked lips in a passionate kiss. They also helped Sheen burn a "Two and a Half Men" bowling shirt.

Sheen donned a Detroit Tigers baseball jersey that on the back had printed his self-given nickname "Warlock," and fans cheered. But it would be one of the few moments that had them roaring their approval.

Throughout the night, a giant video screen was used to show images and interviews that the actor believed gave audiences insight into his recent career turmoil. There were scenes of shark attacks from the movie "Jaws," and videos of Sheen's recent TV news interviews in which he ranted at his bosses.

But the jokes seemed stale, and as the show progressed, some in the crowd of around 4,500 (4,700 tickets were sold) began to walk out.

"The usual Sheen-isms started to sound old and tired. From the men's restroom to the expensive seats in front, it was a restless crowd, delivering plenty of jeers and only a few cheers," wrote The Detroit Free Press in its coverage.

Sheen, who has sued Warner Bros. and Lorre for $100 million claiming he was wrongfully terminated from his job, now faces the reality of reloading his "Torpedo" or disarming it and admitting it was a lost cause.

1242 days ago
158.

pawang    

And you wonder how those dumb sh** corrupt politicians get elected?
This proves Americans really are dumb as a box of rocks

1242 days ago
159.

yo    

Sheen ticket prices plummet online; hard to give away

By Sarah Ostman Apr 3, 2011 04:54PM

Chicago Sun-Times

Winning? Maybe not. Seems like you can’t give away tickets to Charlie Sheen’s show at the Chicago Theatre tonight.

After the former “Two and a Half Men” star’s cringe-inducing showing in Detroit Saturday night, brokers and ticket-holders are desperately trying to unload seats for the Chicago stop of his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour.

They’re not having much luck, though — and people who paid big money for those seats are not pleased.

Tickets for tonight have a face value of $48 to $84, but people who bought through online ticket broker StubHub paid an average of $145 over the past few weeks, said StubHub.com spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer.

But just like Sheen’s reputation, that price has plummeted.

Hours before the show, StubHub has about 200 tickets for sale. They’re going for about $30 apiece – and that price is only expected to drop before showtime, Ferrer said.

That’s only partly due to Sheen’s painful first show: Even before he took the stage in Detroit, tickets there were selling for as low as $9, Ferrer said.

Laura Renaldo, a 32-year-old business owner from Noble Square, says she dropped about $85 for her floor seat.

But after learning she could be in for a night of booing and heckling — and getting little response from a Craiglist ad trying to sell it — she’s opted to stay home.

“It’s just going to be uncomfortable… It’s going to be a s---show,” Renaldo said, adding that she’ll try to give the ticket away. “It’s basically not worth the paper it’s printed on.”

http://www.suntimes.com/news/4646555-418/sheen-ticket-prices-plummet-online-hard-to-give-away.html

1242 days ago
160.

janet    

Sheen is going to have to do an Oscar worthy performance to pull this off. Redo the show, apologize to Detroit in less then 24 hrs. I don't see it happening.

The worst crack of all "I already have your money"

1242 days ago
161.

yo    

Hollywood Reporter

Reports on Sunday morning indicate that despite Saturday night's disastrous debut for his My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour, Charlie Sheen will proceed as planned with the 23-date, 20-city road trip.

There are two key lessons he should take away from Saturday's bumpy kickoff at the ornate 5,000-seat Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. One is: Don't insult your audience. The other: Give them what they paid for.

What they paid for is major face time with the warlock, with tiger blood pumping and Adonis DNA glistening in the spotlight. What they got in Detroit was maybe 40 minutes' total stage time with His Sheenness, padded out with a lame warm-up act, a no-name music guest and a ton of video content, most of which can be found on YouTube. (Read The Hollywood Reporter's review of the show here.)

Those clips were introduced as "Stalker Videos," allowing Sheen to disappear from the stage for an extended break roughly 20 minutes after he came on. Afterward, he chose to interpret the clips as "an expression of love and gratitude from the fans who said, 'Yes, we embrace this man and this movement.'"

The steady mood shift in the house through the evening was palpable, from rowdy and supportive to ripped-off and pissed. The movement was losing followers fast.

Twitter Reacts to Charlie Sheen Detroit Disaster

Sheen initially had the crowd on his side, drawing cheers for every arcane catchphrase that has made his meltdown the most colorful of recent celebrity implosions.

He expressed his thanks "for your curiosity, your generosity, your faith and your troll-murdering spirit." He made a bid for audience complicity by invoking "freedom from evil, from weirdos, from fiction-spouting, canker-tongued liar mouths," or some such gobbledy-gook. We were promised deliverance "from the dour and sour taste of malignant reproach." Uh, OK.

Sheen won some favor by sucking up to hometown sentiment, appearing in a '50s retro shirt like the ones his character wore on Two and a Half Men, then ditching it (he ordered stagehands to burn it) and donning a Detroit Tigers shirt with Warlock emblazoned across the back. He brought on some local babes to butcher "The Star Spangled Banner." And his opening spiel was peppered with shout-outs to Michigan towns like Kalamazoo and Deckerville. So far, so good.

Charlie Sheen Tour: What the Critics Thought

But as he burned through the semi-scripted sermon and got to the so-called audience Q&A period, it was clear Sheen had run out of steam and was no longer connecting with the house. "Is anybody else as confused by this **** as I am?" he asked at one point. "And I wrote it!"

Almost all of the questions -- both coming live from the audience and in written submissions -- were rejected as lame or boring. No, he didn't want to talk about AA or porn stars or "dirty sluts."

Sheen promised to tell stories and shed light on recent events in his life, but he never really got started. And that seemed due more to his own inability to stay on track than to the growing chorus of boos and heckles. His constant pandering of "You're all beautiful, you're awesome" didn't really convince.

Five Most Awkward Moments of Charlie Sheen's Detroit Show

He crossed a line with the audience when he brought up crack. "I don't do crack anymore, but if I did, I think I might be in the right city," he mused. "Let's see a show of hands from everyone here's who's tried crack."

The angry response showed that this was not the most sensitive approach to addressing one of America's hardest-hit cities in terms of the recession, unemployment and a soaring crime rate.

As the catcalls of "You suck!" and "Loser!" grew more insistent, and the walkouts more frequent, Sheen took a more antagonistic turn. "You gave me your hard-earned money without knowing what this f**king show was about," he said.

Much of the video content was introduced via an app called the Masheen, which the actor claims is being fine-tuned before hitting the market. When he felt like the audience was ganging up on him, Sheen pointed to this innovation as evidence of his superiority. "Let's see, I have an app, you guys have zero," he snapped.

As the show degenerated into the ravings of an egomaniacal clown who had lost control of his audience, Sheen turned the stage over to musical guest Simon Rex (not a big hit with a crowd expecting Snoop Dogg) and then never returned. When the house lights came up abruptly, the audience was left stunned, wondering what they had just witnessed.

On Sunday night, it's Chicago's turn to see what Sheen's idea of "winning" looks like. Good luck with that.

1242 days ago
162.

Bruno    

If the Chicago crowd is disappointed by tonight's show, then they are bigger #Losers than Chuckles. They've been forewarned. As long as they go in with low expectations, Chuckles will live down to it.

1242 days ago
163.

JustASayin    

WARNING! Tigerblood recalled due to salmonella! Return all bottles to Charlie Sheen.

Seems many fools already fell sick from drinking it though. Chucky Cheeze scammed them good. Gotta give him that.

But he obviously isn't the warlock he thinks he is. It's easy to be one in front of a screen but stand on a stage in front of a crowd...Sorry Chucky! The warlock's shrunk and your true troll has come out to play.

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164.

DizzKid    

It's good to see that sanity has return.

1242 days ago
165.

yo    

Critic’s Notebook
Belligerent and Boozy, and That’s Just the Audience

New York Times

By A. O. SCOTT

DETROIT — Charlie Sheen chose Detroit as the starting point for his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” live performance tour. Before his show at the Fox Theater here on Saturday night you could speculate on a metaphorical link between the city and the star: phoenix rising from the ashes or ****tered wreck of former glory. Either one might have seemed appropriate.


As it happened, Mr. Sheen and Detroit proved to be a disastrous match. The Fox, a lavishly ornamented, carefully restored 5,000-seat show palace evoking a lost golden age of spectacle, is beautiful, but the scene there was ugly, as a boisterous, liquored-up capacity crowd greeted Mr. Sheen with cheers that quickly turned to boos. The show — a ragged mix of video clips, ear-splitting music, profanity-laced monologues and clumsy attempts to encourage audience participation — did not so much end as collapse. After a little more than an hour Mr. Sheen turned the stage over to a rapper he said would “wake up” the increasingly belligerent spectators, or maybe calm them down. After a Snoop Dogg video, the house lights went up, and though the headliner briefly returned to trade insults with a mostly empty house, the evening clearly had not gone according to plan. If there ever was a plan.

You could say that Mr. Sheen and the audience failed each other. The ticket buyers did not show him the “love and gratitude” to which he felt entitled, and he did not give them the kind of entertainment they thought they had paid for. But you could also say that the performer and the audience deserved each other, and that their mutual contempt was its own kind of bond. The ushers, in their black gold-braided uniforms, retained an air of inscrutable dignity in the midst of an orgy of depthless vulgarity. Everyone else in the room — onstage, backstage, in the $69 orchestra seats — had to swallow a gag-inducing, self-administered dose of shame. And no, the journalists who traveled to Detroit to gawk and philosophize at the spectacle are not exempt from that judgment.

What did Mr. Sheen think he was doing? What did the people who snapped up all those tickets expect? What they got, much to their displeasure, was a warm-up set from Kirk Fox, a tall, skinny stand-up comedian who never really had a chance. The booing started early, and as Mr. Fox struggled through his act he tried, masochistically, to embrace the hostility, trashing his own jokes and praising the crowd for being “unified” in its hatred of him. The people wanted Charlie Sheen.

And then they didn’t. Mr. Sheen, taking the stage after a chaotic rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by two spangly blond women, brought two other blond women (excuse me, “goddesses”), who helped him choose a shirt to wear. (They also set fire to a shirt that appeared to have been taken from the wardrobe closet at “Two and a Half Men.”)

He settled on a white, button-front Detroit Tigers jersey with the name Warlock on the back, which inspired some cheers. Other attempts to rally hometown favor were not as well received. “How many people here are holding crack?” he asked. “I’m not smoking crack,” said Mr. Sheen, who has notoriously bragged about “banging seven-gram rocks” of the stuff in the past. “But if I were smoking crack, what better place than Detroit?” Oddly, the wave of applause he seemed to expect did not materialize.

The problem was not that Mr. Sheen’s material was offensive. You are likely to encounter much more obscenity, crude sexual humor and aggression at any comedy club in America, at least on a good night, and the patrons will be in no mood to complain. The problem was that Mr. Sheen did not really have any material, and certainly nothing new. After a loud montage of movie clips — mostly violent snippets from films starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and other actors whose ranks Mr. Sheen might at one time have aspired to join — he delivered a kind of mock State of the Union address that sent the evening tumbling irretrievably toward disaster.

With a gonzo grandiloquence that suggested some acquaintance with the early work of Allen Ginsberg — or at least the possession of a thesaurus, the collected rants of Dennis Miller and a pile of Rolling Stone back issues — Mr. Sheen reeled off what he called a “Manny-fest-oh.” “Tonight we trade our vanity for insanity,” he bellowed. “Our stupidity for smart-idity.” Declaring himself the “battle-tested leader” of a vaguely defined movement for freedom, he invited Detroit to bask in “a night of absolute redemption, a night of winning.”

Then — not to bore you with too many details — Mr. Sheen, star of the beloved “Major League” movies, played a little catch, showed part of a short film he wrote and directed long ago, sampled some fan videos and presented some of his own, including a remix of the interview that appeared on “20/20” last month. In short, the best parts of the show were either already available on, or best suited to, YouTube. And Mr. Sheen, whose skill and professionalism as an actor have remained steady through much of the tabloid mayhem of his personal life, proved not to be sufficiently nimble or inventive as a live performer to hold the attention of a large and restless mob.

That is the technical interpretation of what happened Saturday. The show was no good, and the public protested. But then there is the cultural analysis, which in the end is only slightly more interesting. Mr. Sheen is hardly the first celebrity to mistake morbid, hysterical curiosity for adoration, or to think that he could extend his fame by finding the right alloy of self-mockery, bravado and false populism. His act, such as it was, vacillated between sentimental declarations of solidarity with the audience and reminders of his own superiority. “I have two goddesses,” he said to one heckler. “How many do you have?”

Of course the people in the seats — fans, rubberneckers, critics — were guilty of a complementary hypocrisy. We profess dismay at Mr. Sheen’s long history of drug abuse and violence against women, but we have also enabled and indulged this behavior, and lately encouraged his delusional belief that he could beat the toxic fame machine at its own game. The price of a ticket to one of his shows represents a wager that it is impossible to lose. The audience that walked out of the Fox could feel righteously ripped off and thus morally superior to the man they had paid to see, who seemed to feel the same about them. Win-win!

So now the question is: Will the shows go on? Will career suicide become Mr. Sheen’s new career? Or is he finished? I know I am.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/arts/charlie-sheens-violent-torpedo-tour-flops-in-detroit.html?src=me

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