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Charlie Sheen brings his act to the Fox Theatre

Jeffrey Ross (left) and Charlie Sheen (right) try to humor an audience member on stage.

Jeffrey Ross (left) and Charlie Sheen (right) try to humor an audience member on stage.CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Charlie Sheen, arguably the most media-saturated celebrity since he was booted from CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” managed to keep his rabid, rowdy fans mostly in check at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Thursday night.

If anything, the crowd, which filled more than three quarters of the theater, practically superseded the actor. For much of the first hour, hecklers dominated the proceedings, yelling his various catchphrases at him (”Winning!” “Warlock!” “Tiger Blood!”) no matter what he did. Two women, cited as Pink Pony strip club performers, locked lips in the front row, much to Sheen’s amusement.

This was the 14th show Sheen has done in the past three weeks, a journey which included at least two early performances that resulted in a cascade of catcalls and early departures.

He has since refined the show, adding comic and roasting expert Jeffrey Ross to guarantee laughs, a Q & A portion and just one opening video. Sheen himself admits he’s no stand-up comic. He doesn’t dance. He doesn’t sing. He doesn’t do  Shakespeare soliloquies.

But he’s  able to laugh at his own faults, cracking not so wise about his drug issues, his predilection for porn stars and his clashes with his former bosses at CBS (though he is no longer insulting “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre by name). And yes, despite the mess he created, he repeated again that he wants his job back.

At the top of the show, he himself used what he called a “baseball analogy” on how he had done so far.  “I’m 11 and 2,” he said. “Let’s push it to 12 and 2 tonight!”

He came on stage wearing an Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan jersey.

“There may not be a season,” he said, citing the NFL lockout. “A divide between corporate mentality and the talent! I can [bleepin'] relate to that.”

In the afternoon, Sheen had visited the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team and hit some balls with them. The baseball field, he said, is “my cathedral… a place that let’s me know there is still goodness in the world and everything will be alright.”

But when he shed the Falcons jersey and revealed a Yellow Jackets T-shirt, University of Georgia fans smothered him with boos. He became confused, unaware of the rivalry. “Is that a chant or a boo?” he asked.

He came up with an idea. A Georgia  Tech fraternity brother had stuffed a T-shirt into his car earlier so he stripped off the Yellow Jackets shirt and replaced it with a pink one embossed with the phrase, “Sorry for Partying,” which he wore the rest of the night.

Then it was time for a cigarette. Sure, the Fox Theatre does not allow smoking inside the theater but he didn’t care. A fan in the front row handed him one. “Is this [bleepin'] laced?” he asked. Pause. “Something for my custody battle,” he added. “Thanks, dude.”

Larry Wachs and "Southside" Steve Rickman try to interview Sheen on stage but get booed off after a few minutes.

Larry Wachs and "Southside" Steve Rickman try to interview Sheen on stage but get booed off after a few minutes.

He then invited Larry Wachs and “Southside” Steve Rickman from the Regular Guys morning show on Rock 100.5 to ask him questions on stage.  They asked if he still thought he could get his kids back. “Defeat is not an option,” Sheen said, using one of his catchphrases.”I’m going to stay patient… I know that my children will wind up back with the parent that will care for them the best.”

Things started getting ugly fast. “Boring!” someone yelled from the crowd. “Get the DJs off the stage!” Within 10 minutes, with the audience getting restless, Sheen stood up.”Hold on a second! Everybody! Hold on! We’re all here for the same reason.”

“Yah!” a heckler said. “To hear you!”

“We’re here for the warlock,” someone else yelped.

“It seemed like everything was going fine for awhile,” Sheen said. “Then what happened? Do you guys just want to hear me talk?”

Everyone cheered. Then Ross, the comedian, came on stage. He began roasting Sheen and Wachs and Rickman left the stage.

He mocked Sheen’s lack of experience on a live stage and his past problems. Here’s a sampling of some of the cleaner jokes.

“Two and a half men are the number of people who will be left when the show is over,” he said.

“Let’s face it,” he add. “Charlie Sheen is to stand up to what Larry Flynt is to standing up.”

He said Sheen kept asking where “The Museum of Coke” was.

Sheen takes the roasting well.

Sheen takes the roasting well.

“His nostrils are  so snotty and full of coke, he calls them the Hilton sisters.”

“Mubarak has a better shot at getting his job back.”

“Charlie, you look awful. I got to admit. Your eyes have more bags than  your kids when they were forced to move out of your house.”

“Duh… roasting!”

Ross in effect saved the show.

He asked audience members to come on stage. Most were downright bizarre. One guy said he wanted Sheen to sign a T-shirt to sell. A woman asked him to “motorboat” her breasts. He obliged. Later, a man bum-rushed the stage before being  dragged off the stage.

At the end, he made an impassioned defense of his actions, without getting too specific. “It’s up to them to get over their egos and emotions,” he said, citing his former (and possibly future) bosses. “It’s up to them to maybe take a look at giving the people what they want. It’s up to them to stop blaming me for being awesome.”

Tyler Sims, a 23-year-old law student who purchased 11th row seats for $24 Thursday off Stubhub (as I did), said he isn’t even a big Sheen fan but decided at that price, it was worth checking out. “It was funny,” he said. “It was very chaotic. I didn’t know what to expect.”

“The show was everything we hoped it would be,” said Mike O’Boyle, from Greenville, S.C., who was in the fifth row. “Charlie is the alpha male and we are all wanting to be like him,” he said. He wasn’t a fan of the hecklers:  “The hecklers were out of line and should have been escorted out.” His thoughts on Ross: “He brought the show up another notch. Charlie is a great entertainer, not a comic. He needed help.”

He thought the Regular Guys “didn’t understand the crowd. They didn’t fit in.”

Dave FM producer Fat Kid wasn’t quite so kind about the show. “It was a mess,” he said, “an absolute mess.” At the same time, “It was a spectacle.  I’ll enjoy having the ticket stub. I will be able to tell people I saw that trainwreck. It was as awful as everybody said it would be.”

Many of the people who came to the show didn’t even pay for tickets. Apparently, comps were handed out like candy to help fill up the theater.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

87 comments Add your comment

Get Real

April 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

Let’s just move on past Charlie Sheen and forget about him.

Next!

Just Give Me a G & T

April 22nd, 2011
8:21 am

Nice to see that Larry Wachs got smacked down a little bit. If he can’t appeal to that crowd, then who does he appeal to?

Chaddd Scottt: couldn't get in last night's show

April 22nd, 2011
8:23 am

Ha ha ha ha! The Regular Gays were booed offstage. Guess the ratings don’t lie… eh Wachs ???

Emily

April 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

love Charlie Sheen, great talented artist.

MrJims

April 22nd, 2011
8:36 am

What’s funny is the morons who paid money to ’see’ a known drug abuser/child abuser shouldn’t be in possession of money. People who utilize logic know charlie sheen is a worthless, wasted excuse of a human being.

holland

April 22nd, 2011
8:37 am

We are HUGE Two and a Half Men fans…BUT Its apparent the only reason Sheen is ‘funny’ on his show is because of the writers and he is only funny in person because when he’s totally f’d up!.

Oh it was a train wreck! Thank goodness for Jeffrey Ross…if it hadnt been for him, we would have left at 9:15 like most of the folks around us (this was during the Regular Guys portion) After the roasting it still went downhill, and by that point it was more entertaining to watch the drunken brawls sprouting up all over the Fox-no doubt drunk hecklers being asked to shut up by other guests…

Not something I ever will do again, but the tix were free, so why not.?

jungleland

April 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

I’m so out of the loop. I had no idea he was in town. I hope he makes good on his pormise to use the proceeds to help the Two and A Half Men crew.

Madea

April 22nd, 2011
8:41 am

Funny how Charlie mentions the producers/creators of the show’s egos. His ego has been out of control since he was a teen-ager.

Heather

April 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

I am Charlie Sheen’s biggest fan..that man can do no wrong..leave him alone!

[...] Sheen wasn’t winning with some Georgia fans last night while at the Fox.  Anyone who wears bowling shirts, long cargo shorts, socks with loafers and can only seem to get [...]

Chuck

April 22nd, 2011
8:58 am

He could do another show in Atlanta and enough losers would continue to fill his pockets for nonsense. Lame southerners quick to support a self-procaimed rebel. LMAO! Go do something good for your community, world.

shaggy

April 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

Bristol

April 22nd, 2011
9:00 am

“Sheen had visited the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team and hit some balls with them”

The administration at Georgia Tech should be ashamed for allowing a self proclaimed drug user, child abuser, porn addict, multiple convicted woman beater access to their facilities and the team. This is absolute trash! Funny, but I can guarantee they won’t let Michael Vick visit with the football team.

PiKapp For Life

April 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

That sure he was wearing is a Pi Kappa Phi “sorry for partying sure” from the Georgia Tech Iota chapter

It's all good

April 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

I saw the show last night and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. Yeah, Larry and Steve completely bombed, but it was parlayed into Ross coming on stage and turning it all around. A great show, no matter what “Fat Kid” said about it – and come on, Dave FM? Does anyone even listen to that station anymore? Please.

It's all good

April 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

And to you stupid UGA fans who booed him for wearing Tech colors – grow up. Had the show been in Athens, he probably would have worn the bullpup gear.

Cammi317

April 22nd, 2011
9:12 am

Yeah, Charlie Sheen is a train wreck….but I’m still a fan!

julie

April 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

I don’t get the attraction to this man. He’s such an embarrassment.

mike

April 22nd, 2011
9:15 am

Charlie and his posse were at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Buckhead yesterday after his workout with the Tech baseball team. He was very nice and friendly with everyone but his “bodyguards” were kinda jerks.

Party Man

April 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

http://www.sorryforpartyin.com – get your Sorry for Partyin merchandise here!

Edward

April 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

I got in for free and I still felt cheated. I left around 9:15 during the tedious droning of those “Regular Guys”.

Gman

April 22nd, 2011
9:17 am

The Fabulous Fox was three-quarters filled with Republicans Thursday night to hear from the newest GOP presidential hopeful… Charlie Sheen!!!

Sal

April 22nd, 2011
9:17 am

Great review Rodney! You captured the evening spot on. I paid $40 total for two orchestra tickets and a parking pass. I was not expecting much, but thought it would be cool to experience whatever it might be for what it is. This being said, had I paid $90+ face value for the tickets I would not have been happy with the end product. Here is to Charlie being Charlie!

Sal

April 22nd, 2011
9:20 am

During the show last night some guy yelled, “Charlie you should run as Donald Trump’s vice-president”.

EddieG

April 22nd, 2011
9:32 am

Wait, there are frats and sororities at Georgia Tech? Do they have kegs at their Dungeons and Dragons games?

I hope Charlie enjoyed playing Pokemon with them after the show.

Dawg Fud

April 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

It’s all good,

I think you may be a little hypersensitive to being #2 in your own town.

VERY SAD

April 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

Enter your comments here

South Side Steve

April 22nd, 2011
9:35 am

Rodney…you are such a Ho…..sniff sniff

Not Winning

April 22nd, 2011
9:38 am

Bristol….nothing wrong with porn. The drugs and the beating…..yeah…..but leave the porn out of it.

JJJ

April 22nd, 2011
9:41 am

Hollywood & Drugs – the ruin of many a star. What’s worse, his monumental ego is throwing gas on this out-of-control fire.

jld

April 22nd, 2011
9:44 am

No comment!!!!

Idiot

April 22nd, 2011
9:47 am

I am disappointed a bomb didn’t take out the fox and all of the idiots who paid to see the bigger idiot make an idiot out of them and himself.

PornCzar

April 22nd, 2011
9:51 am

Larry Wachs and the RegularGuys have forgotten what built them a loyal following in the past and that is to entertain their audience. Unfortunately Larry is under the illusion that everybody wants to listen to him dominate a converstion with no outside input. Today’s RegularGuy show was basically 4 hours of listening about how Larry and SSS got booed off the stage at the Fox last night. The RegularGuy’s show would be a lot better without Larry. It use to be a great show but now it is not even mediocre. Such a pity.

Sanjeev

April 22nd, 2011
9:52 am

@jungleland – the other actors are set for at least retirement 2.5 men is already in syndication. they’ve already cashed in no matter what happens to the show.

Idiot = Mike O'Boyle

April 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

Mike O’Boyle, from Greenville, S.C., who was in the fifth row. “Charlie is the alpha male and we are all wanting to be like him,” he said.

What a dumba$$ loser.

frommiami

April 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

“…It’s up to them to stop blaming me for being awesome.” The only thing awesome about Charlie Sheen is his ego. He is a pathetic loser and I cannot begin to comprehend why anyone would pay to look at or listen to him.

Mrs. Wachs took Larry to the cleaners

April 22nd, 2011
10:24 am

TRG were great back in the late 90’s/early 00’s…now all it is Larry blabbing on & on & on about uninteresting garbage and tim andrews hacky jokes. oh yeah sebas is gay, FU steve.

Emilio Estevez

April 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

Hey I am the more talented brother here. My liberal daddy, Martin, told me I was. Guess being married to Paula Abdul for 8 weeks counts for nothing, huh? Well I am going to get some coke and hookers this weekend and then you all will see who has the most talent……….MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

LK

April 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

My 3rd row tickets were free and I am not sure but I think I paid too much. The only good part was the song by Dirt Nasty at the end.

barneyb

April 22nd, 2011
10:36 am

What the heck were all these people thinking?

Kay

April 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Gman the sad part he would be better the candidates that all ready declared they were running. Charlie 2012

Uncle Tom

April 22nd, 2011
11:08 am

I knew all the hoopla about his “problems” were just a ploy to garner attention for this crap/feces/malarkey/rigamaro (can’t decide on the word to use here).

Don't be a hater

April 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

Funny how a lot of folks feel it’s their place to make negative comments about shows they don’t even see. I paid my money, I saw the show, and I was entertained – good job, Charlie. If you didn’t go to the show, then your opinion is worthless and you should really get a life and quit trolling. I’m just waiting for that “special” person to make it a racial discussion, lol.

Fulton

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

Yep…this is simply another fine example of just how stupid people really are!

just bummed

April 22nd, 2011
11:59 am

It just goes to show that Charlie Sheen is funnier when he has writers telling him what to say. Chuck Lorre must be laughing himself silly.

Teacher

April 22nd, 2011
12:04 pm

I am glad to hear others comment that they hate the regular ladies as much as I do.

C JONES

April 22nd, 2011
12:13 pm

Can we all pray Charlie Sheen gets the help he needs to be a happier healthier person and a better Father. If Mr. Sheen was not this famous star, he would be in jail for his pass action, it would be great for people to flood his e-mail with positive message and encourage him to get some real help and not go around the country with this disfunctional showing the pain he’s in. This is not healthy and his kids are suffering because of his out of control behavior.

finally

April 22nd, 2011
12:15 pm

Regular Guys are NOT funny and the constant repeating ad nauseum of their segments just wastes airtime and they don’t have to come up with anything new- ever. Yes, they used to be funny but those days are long gone, sadly. Get rid of Larry and put Jeff Dauler or Crash Clark in there then you might acutally have a topical, entertaining show- not just whine whine whine. I am forced to listen because my husband has it cranked up, he likes them a lot, but he even says they repeat the same thing too much.

Carlos

April 22nd, 2011
12:25 pm

I bet Sheen is really regretting getting fired from two and a half men. That was a sweet gig he had. Going to work for a few hours and getting paid millions. Now he has to go from city to city doing these nonsense shows.

With his lifestyle, the money will run out quick. I bet he’ll write a book next.

marc

April 22nd, 2011
12:39 pm

Dave fm guy…..Charlie’s show is a mess?…..lol….wow…at least he’’s rock and roll…you guys are a bunch of cororate emplyooees…..