Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bert and Ernie. Frodo and Sam. Pop culture is laden with dynamic duos, buddies who balance one another. And ever since Kevin Smith's underground film Clerks became a smash hit in 1994, no duo has encapsulated the Generation X/Y/Z experience quite like Jay and Silent Bob, also known as Jason Mewes and Smith himself. The two have appeared in every Smith film except Jersey Girl -- let's just pretend that one never happened -- and now they get the screen to themselves.
No, this isn't the re-release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; it's an all-new, one-night-only event titled Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" -- and it will screen at eleven different movie theaters across Colorado.
The three-hour film contains two parts: One will feature Jay and Silent Bob hosting their popular podcast, "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old," and the second will be a live, interactive question-and-answer session wherein Smith will connect directly with audience members across the country via social-media networks.
Smith and Mewes started the podcast when Mewes relapsed -- after spending six years sober -- on post-surgery painkillers. "Kevin asked why I went back to getting high every day and abusing drugs again after six years," Mewes remembers, "and I thought it was because I hadn't been going to meetings and talking about it; I wasn't accountable to anybody. And he said, 'Why don't you and I do a podcast, and we can talk about everything that's going on -- how we met, how you started using drugs -- and not only will you be talking about stuff, you'll be accountable to everybody who listens.'"
That said, don't expect a sad-sack extended D.A.R.E. session. "You never know what you'll hear or see," Mewes says, "and you can do it with a hot dog and a bag of popcorn in your lap."
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The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; visit www.fathomevents.com for a full list of participating theaters in Colorado (there are fifteen) and to purchase tickets, $15.
Thu., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2012