What can you say about two dudes from Salt Lake City, Utah, whose idea of a good time is stripping down to their skivvies and having their bodies slathered with hot wax while imbibing brews live on the air? First and foremost, you have got to tune in, because that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Each week on The Man Hour, host Mike Jenkins and his wacky Mexican sidekick Jose “The Baby Gorilla” Bacio go to epic lengths to elicit laughs from their fellow guys and (while you won’t catch many admitting it) way more than a few girls. But considering Mike and Jose’s training, it’s no wonder their show is a veritable guffaw-fest. For the past six years, they’ve been honing their comedy act alongside the likes of Dave Attell, Frank Caliendo, Lewis Black, Tommy Chong and Larry the Cable Guy. And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Mike and Jose…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
The Man Hour brings comic relief to our stressful, modern-day society. If the world is our playground, let’s dress it up like a woman—and have it make out with Jose; let’s send a nursing student in to practice a colonoscopy on Mike; let’s put a tutu on and make everything spin! And if you like watching the world spin (but don’t enjoy merry-go-rounds), tune in for a play-by- play by the world’s greatest duo since Abbott and Crosby, Martin and Costello or Hope and Lewis.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
MIKE: I am undefeated in “career mode” on the video game, UFC Undisputed 2009, and I was voted Best Comedian in Utah by Salt Lake City’s City Weekly newspaper two years in a row.
JOSE: I was in two Mormon movies: Passage to Zarahemla and Mobsters and Mormons. Another thing that people would find surprising is that I once accidentally kissed a dude thinking he was a chick.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
MIKE: Tough question. I like both Howard Stern and Dan Patrick, co-host of NBC’s Football Night in America. Dan is able to conduct any interview with ease and his questions are pure genius. Howard is just awesome.
JOSE: I honestly like Artie Lang. He’s a witty guy who can just come up with the most random things off the top his noggin. I crack up every time he belittles anyone. My nickname, “Baby Gorilla,” was given to me by my friends after watching Artie in the 1998 film Dirty Work.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
MIKE: Former heavyweight ultimate-fighting champ Randy “The Natural” Couture. This guy is a legend in the Mixed Martial Arts world and I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a wee lad. I would sacrifice Jose’s first born just to get him on the show.
JOSE: Lucky for me, I don’t believe in having kids. As for my guest pick, I’d love to interview Jesus. I’m just a simple Christian farmer who respects the land and can’t wait ’til I get married to make love for my first time.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
MIKE: An elegant bow tie, a classy mustache and, well, that’s all.
JOSE: A limited-edition Man Hour XXXL T-shirt. I use it as my pajamas.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
MIKE: Trying to get Jose to throw up on the air, which he did four times—after I had him watch Two Girls, One Cup live on YouTube after he ate a whole box of Rice Krispies.
JOSE: My craziest moment would be when I wore a thong in front of our friends while getting a full-body wax live on the air. I didn’t think it would be that bad, but the girls who were waxing did a horrible job.
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