909 Comedy Series: Stevie Starr 'The Regurgitator' stuns audience
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 18:10
Last Thursday, Scottish performer Stevie Starr aka "The Regurgitator" stunned the audience at Watkins Auditorium in the 909 comedy show.
Off stage, Starr sat casually, drinking a diet cola and talking with fans that had shown up early. Once he put on his brightly colored sport coat, however, he became The Regurgitator: a man who can swallow, then regurgitate anything that fits in your palm.
When asked what brought him all the way to West Tennessee, Starr said he was doing a campus tour in the United States, having visited North Carolina beforehand.
This is not Starr's first visit to the United States though; in fact, he said he has been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno thirteen times, which is a record for the show. Starr said that after appearing on Leno’s show so many times, the two had become good friends, saying he had personally visited Leno’s house on one occasion.
For those who are unfamiliar with Starr’s act, he started last night’s show by swallowing a light bulb whole, then brought it right back up with a slap of his chest. The objects swallowed and regurgitated got bigger and crazier as the show went on, ending with three live goldfish.
The performance involved a lot of audience participation, which both delighted and shocked the participants.
At one point, Starr had swallowed several of the audience’ rings and returned them one by one, joking that the last person to get her ring back would join him in swallowing the goldfish.
Naturally, this unique talent Starr has gathers a lot of attention, so much attention that Simon Cowell personally asked him to be on Britain’s Got Talent to boost publicity for the show. Starr said he would “play it by ear,” and eventually joined the competition.
Since then, he has performed all over Europe helping local versions of Got Talent gain popularity, such as Germany’s Das Supertalent and the Czech Republic’s Česko Slovensko má talent.
Stevie plans to continue his raunchy performance tour in universities all over the U.S., with last night being one of many jaw-dropping shows to come.