Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper by Dito Montiel
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Meet Eddie Krumble. He's a relatively happy guy. Content-ish. Fresh to Los Angeles, Eddie and his friend Chris Plork land their first gig: clapping as paid audience members for infomercials and sitcoms so heinous that tourists won't even attend. Eddie spends long days clapping, laughing, and hissing — on cue, of course — and his life slowly begins to take shape as a relationship with Judy, a gas station attendant, begins to brew. Suddenly his life is turned on its head. In one of his nightly rants, Jay Leno scrutinizes the state of late night TV and ends up unveiling two stills of Eddie as audience members for two different infomercials. Eddie is singled out as clapper-for-hire, Eddie's career comes to a halt, and Leno turns his discovery into a segment on his show: "Who is THE CLAPPER?" takes the public by storm, and Eddie's face appears on TVs and billboards throughout the nation. A clever satire about fame, consumerism, and reality TV, Dito Montiel's Eddie Krumble is The Clapper is the first work of fiction from the acclaimed author of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.

About Dito Montiel

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Dito Montiel wrote A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and he is also the director of the forthcoming film adaptation of this memoir. His work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines.
Published March 1, 2007 by Thunder's Mouth Press. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unemployed and living like vegetables in a basement in Queens, New York, Edward Krumble and his herb-smoking partner-in-crime Chris Plork get turned onto the debased world of “human guinea pigging.” An especially risky experiment provides them with enough funds to take a Greyhound to Los Angeles,...

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Eddie Krumble is a high school kid from Queens with a job at a lock factory and a bleak future that gets a bit sunnier when he and permanently stoned pal Chris Plork hop a bus to L.A., where they find work in the "audience participation placement" field (read: compensated clapping for shows too a...

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