I have asked for the EllisFam to do a small 8 question interview so that we may get to know one another and how The Jason Ellis Show has changed or impacted our lives. These are their reply’s, unedited and all in their own words. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, and thank you to everyone who participated. Without you all this wouldn’t be possible.
- Where do you live? A small town in Saskatchewan. Farm country, but close to a huge forest.
- What is your occupation? Truck Driver/Farm Equipment Operator/Heavy Equipment Operator
- Tell me a little about yourself. 34. single. work 70-80 hours a week (working right now). like hunting, fishing, camping, quadding, shooting things, diesel engines, taking things apart to see how they work. Love my family. I have the same close friends from childhood. Read 150 books a year. Building towards living in a log house with a woodstove and a laptop. Getting closer….
- How long have you listened to TJES? been listening since June of 2009. Convert from shade45. Only missed a dozen shows since then.
- How did you discover TJES? listening to faction
- What keeps you listening to TJES? its like hanging out with your friends every day. Really cool friends.
- Has the show changed or impacted you life in any way? How?yes. I’ve always been aware that life is short and to make the most of every day. Ellis hammers that home by sharing his life with us. I’m eating super healthy and losing weight. Trying to be a better person. I was depressed for a lot of my 20’s, it feels good to laugh again.
- Is there anything else you would like to share? looking forward to meeting Ellisfam at ELLISMANIA 9
- Where do you live? My name is Tim, I live in Southwestern Indiana.
- What is your occupation? My job basically consists of me tellin people what to do. True to stereotype, I am quite the opposite in the bedroom. (Blame that overshare on Jason…for using the word ‘submission’ twice). No, really, my job is all about making very rich men happy. You guessed it…Executive Restroom Glory Hole Attendant.
- Tell me a little about yourself. I’m married and have an 11yr old son, and two daughters, 6 & 2. I play softball on a team that I also coach. I earned the nickname “Wolfman” in high school for my personality change during athletic or competitive endeavors. I am normally a very laid back, mellow kind of fellow…but meet me in competition and I will destroy you. When that cheesedick Al Gore invented the internet, Wolfman became my cyber handle…the 812 representing my area code. I will also answer to Wolf or Wolfy. Yeah, I make jokes and embrace sarcasm and vulgarity. If you don’t like me, then fuck you…in the nicest way possible. Growing up a poor kid in Indiana, there weren’t many entertainment options. But one luxury I did have was access to my older cousin’s skater magazines, which led to my fascination with the world of skateboarding. I tried, but I couldn’t do jack shit on a skateboard. So I had huge respect for those guys that could. Eventually the lion’s share of that respect went to this lanky California kid that was just blowin people away. It was through following Tony Hawk’s career that I discovered this loudmouthed, cocky Australian kid that didn’t quite score as good as the top guys, but other than Tony, his were the runs I wanted to see most…the few times I could actually view an event anyway (yeah, Indiana kinda sucks). He just skated differently than everybody else. And his air was outrageous. But he bailed alot and didn’t make too many finals it seemed.
- How long have you listened to TJES? Around 1999-2000, Ellis was part of the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skatepark Tour. He tried to steal the show every time he was in front of the camera…and for the most part…succeeded. He would do some crazy ass somethin or other every time they skated too, like hanging from the rafters and dropping in….often ending in pain. As far as I’m concerned, he was one of the original ‘Jackass’ type guys. I had no idea that he was just as fucked up from childhood BS and substance dependant as I was at the time. This is when I first fell in love with the character that is EllisMate.
- How did you discover TJES? It was also through Tony Hawk that I discovered the radio Ellis, on Demolition Radio. Once again, stealing the show from the softer spoken Tony, and Jesse Fritsch…and learning how to run the board. But then personal issues forced me to abandon the satellite radio and I missed how he got from there to Octane, and then to TJES. As luck would have it, I started a new job in the summer of 2005, and one of the perks was free satellite radio in the company vehicles. Of course I found out where Ellis was. I did miss many of the night shows, but have been a regular listener since it went back to days, and haven’t missed but a few hours since the launch of the Sirius app.
- What keeps you listening to TJES? We all listen to the show for the same basic reason…it’s funny as fuck. Ellis is the undisputed heavyweight champion, he can knock you out laughin with crazy stories and the way he speaks and thinks. But for me, the show’s secret weapon is Michael Leonard Tully. A quick jab, body shot artist…stick and move intelligent humor that can come at anytime. He makes me laugh more often than…well, anyone…ever. And then there is our little buddy Rawdog…the perfect ring card girl. haha He irritates the shit outta me quite often, but witnessing his progression into an invaluable show fixture as well as his personal growth has been priceless. I got to meet the guys in Las Vegas this year at Ellismania 8. First, Rawdog, who looked very lost and allowed us to escort him to the Wolfknives meeting…then Ellis, then Tully. Ellis interviewed me and gave me the name WolfKisser as my Wolfknives member name. I was very nervous and quite inebriated. He questioned why I was called Wolfman and when I referenced a Metallica song, I was met with a blank stare. Slightly panicked, I began telling him how much I adore him…thus, WolfKisser. I insisted on kneeling as I was knighted into the Wolfknives, and the moment ended with a very warm embrace, awkward whispers and touching, words of encouragement, and a great picture. I then shook hands with Tully, and while freaking the fuck out to be in his presence, said either “thank you” or “I love you” and walked away before the weakness in my knees put me on the ground. I’m still so pissed at myself for not taking some stuff to be signed. I hope to get another chance someday. As all of the true Ellisfam have experienced, this lil ol radio show can be much more than that if you want. The more you listen, the more you care about these guys and what they have to say. It becomes a part of you. You embrace it and eventually seek out other like-minded fans to share the experience with. Ellis and Tully have long promoted social media, beginning with myspace and now dominated by twitter. So though I fought it for many years, I finally joined twitter and started following Ellis, and then eventually everyone else associated with the show, regular guests, and Ellisfam that had been mentioned or had fought at Ellismania. It was awhile before I started following any other Ellisfam…and even then it was only people that were mentioned by who I was already following, or had intelligent/witty tweets to Ellis or Tully. Even to this day, I really only follow hardcore Ellisfam. (hardcore meaning regular daily listeners that have also accepted the lifestyle) I have no issue befriending newer listeners that wish to be part of Ellisfam, but ya gotta display some commitment to that end. And if you don’t know…ask…don’t try to fake it. Veteran Ellisfam see right through that shit. Just keep in mind that there are many people that were here before you…be respectful…make sure they know you’re good people before ya start callin em cunts…if not, be prepared for some verbal legkicks. But, by all means, have fun with it. Outsiders may not get you…but Ellisfam does.
- Has the show changed or impacted you life in any way? How? A lot of people will credit The Jason Ellis Show for providing them with what I refer to as SMILE. Support. Motivation. Inspiration. Laughter. Entertainment. And there is a lot of truth in that for me as well. But, honestly, I get so much more of that from Ellisfam. So, to answer the question of how the show has changed my life…I simply point to the fact that the show introduced me to the community known as Ellisfam. That communal feel was something that was sorely lacking from my life. So to you Ellisfam out there…I wish to express my sincerest gratitude for helping with my SMILE, and for allowing me the opportunity to SMILE back at you.
- Is there anything else you would like to share? I would like to give a special thanks to @AZ_RedDragon & the man that started this website…@bitPimps. This was a great idea, and I Iike where you are headed with it. I can’t wait to see what you still have up your sleeves!