Steve-O survived reality television and addiction, and now, life is but a song.
Born Stephen Glover, Steve-O first gained fame in 2000 for doing outrageous things on MTV’s reality show “Jackass,” which spawned three feature films.
His “Jackass” co-star Johnny Knoxville and other crew from the show later staged an intervention to help Steve-O recover from drug and alcohol abuse. After a stint in rehab, he became a vegan and now has been clean and sober since 2008.
In 2009, he went from reality host to reality-competition contestant, lasting six weeks on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” with professional partner Lacey Schwimmer. Then, in 2011, he released an autobiography, “Professional Idiot: A Memoir.”
Now, rather than performing dangerous stunts and battling his own demons, Steve-O is instead challenging contestants to overcome their fear of singing a karaoke song while being put through hilarious and unexpected physical challenges.
“Killer Karaoke” premieres Friday (Nov. 23) on truTV, giving audiences plenty of time to digest that turkey before indulging in a good belly laugh.
Zap2it posed five questions to Steve-O via email, and here’s what he had to say about this new TV venture:
What made you want to do Killer Karaoke?
As much as I enjoy my reputation for breaking bones and putting things in my butt, it would be nice to be able to make a living without having to do those things. Being able to work as a comedian/host on “Killer Karaoke” is a step in the right direction, and I’m very grateful for that.
Why do you think the contestants want to do the show?
Being on television has always been appealing to most people, but, these days, we see an increased willingness to do anything to make that happen. “Killer Karaoke” is a perfect example of the amazing sacrifices and compromises people will make to appear on TV.
Are you a karaoke fan?
I can count the times I’ve sang karaoke myself on three fingers. I hated doing it every time, and that’s why I leave the singing to the contestants on “Killer Karaoke.”
If you could create the ultimate 10-song karaoke lineup, what would it be?
The entire soundtrack to the original “Footloose” movie from the ’80s.
Favorite vegan holiday food?
The “brownie bowl” at Real Food Daily in West Hollywood, Calif. Every day is a holiday at that place.