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There are two important things you need to know about Juston McKinney. He’s very funny. And he’s an extremely nice, down to earth guy. I’ve been listening to his comedy for quite a while on Sirius/XM’s comedy channels, so I already knew the funny part. Like you I got to see another aspect of his comedy when we ran his Hosed webisodes in February of 2011. Along with many STATter911.com readers, I liked what I saw in Hosed’s satirical view of a small town volunteer fire department, Effingwoods Fire & Rescue. It was extremely funny and many of us could relate to the characters. We wanted effing more.
Juston is on the verge of giving us effing more. Today he launched the Kickstarter campaign to help fund Hosed The Movie. It’s a chance for you to participate. There are lot of things to be had from the production depending on your level of support. This includes appearances in the movie. Juston knows what I look like. That’s why he headed that idea off early and made me an associate producer (he’s just not sure who is actually willing to associate with me).
Juston is no stranger to public safety. But it’s on the cop side. He’s a former deputy sheriff in Maine. Please don’t hold that against him. In fact, that’s where he developed his admiration for firefighters (don’t all cops?). I will let him tell you that story in the days and weeks to come. Typical of comics, they make fun of the things they love. A lot of Juston’s comedy has been about his family, being a cop and growing up on the Maine-New Hampshire border. Now he takes on firefighting.
By supporting Hosed The Movie you can become a member of the department. In fact, consider the video above Effingwoods Fire & Rescue’s recruitment video. Except this recruitment drive was not funded with federal grant money (the grant application, like Hosed itself, was just laughed at). You can not only become a member, but you can be the chief without an election. There are patches and t-shirts to be had. Imagine that, you get to wear the t-shirt, but you don’t have get all dirty dealing with that fire stuff. What a novel idea.
As you will see, above the chief level is when you have the chance to be an extra or even have a speaking part in the movie. Again, my face for radio and voice for newspapers will likely keep me out of that.
On the Kickstarter page you will see a whole bunch of pros in front of and behind the camera who know how to make Hosed The Movie a reality (well, just ignore the fact my picture is there). So, I encourage you to support their efforts and get off your effing butts, grab your effing credit card and and become a member or even chief of Effingwoods Fire & Rescue. Tell them that effing Statter sent you.