it is the self-proclaimed “Most Hated Band in the World,” and now it is bringing its own theater of the absurd to the Fuse Network with the aptly titled “Insane Clown Posse Theater.”
For 24 years, Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler have taken on the persona of wicked clowns as their alter egos, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. On their weekly forum, the Detroit-area rappers critique pop culture, claiming to bring an outsider’s perspective. A good part of the show has the guys critiquing music videos, much like Beavis and Butt-head from a generation ago.
“Maybe this is conceited, but I don’t care,” Bruce said. “ Nobody is qualified to do something like this as ICP because ICP is the only group in the position in the history of rock-and-roll that ever sold as many millions of records as we had and had as much success as we’ve had and it’s still considered a joke. It’s still considered the most hated band in the world. We love to be hated.”
Perhaps that’s just when it comes to their music, because both want the show to go beyond their infamous, clown-faced fan base.
A portion of that vast subculture has come under attack in recent years, and at one point the FBI classified them as a “gang threat.” The band filed a lawsuit that was eventually settled, saying that a majority of their fans are law-abiding folks who are simply misunderstood.
“People . . .fear what they don’t understand,” Bruce said.
As for “Insane Clown Posse Theater,” the guys poke fun at mainstream videos, red carpet photos and trends. One thing that they don’t do is talk about news.
“I don’t care about a royal baby,” Utsler said. “I don’t care about Detroit going bankrupt. I’m just living. And I don’t know all the details. I’m just dumb like that because I don’t care.”
(30 minutes) airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. on Fuse Network.