What Happened to Beetlejuice – News & Updates
A dedicated member of Howard Stern’s “Wack Pack” and a regular on the Howard Stern show, Beetlejuice has been the source of both many laughs and many very bizarre moments. Considered the Greatest Wack Packer of all time, it’s not surprising that many fans have occasionally worried that his fate may line up with such peers as Bigfoot, Crackhead Bob, or Eric the Actor. Let’s see what Beetlejuice has been up to in 2016.
The Birth of Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice (often shortened to Beets or Beetle) was born Lester Napoleon Green, to Christopher Palid and Laura Green of Jersey City, New Jersey. At an early age, it was noted that Lester would continue his life with multiple developmental issues, including dwarfism (growing to only 4’3”), microcephaly (having a head much smaller than what would be considered proportional) and his trademark dental issues. As a result of these issues, his first job offer was to join one of his uncles as a member of the Ringling Brothers circus freak show at the age of seven, to which his mother declined, instead opting to have him pursue an education.
Through his school years he was mentioned to be remarkably bright and often helped his special education instructors as an assistant. One of these teachers ended up being the mother of Jerry O’Connell, a fellow entertainment personality who ended up knowing Green at length as a result and mentioned this during a taping of the Howard Stern show.
Beetlejuice’s first taste of fame came from the Howard Stern Show, where he appeared in 2001 as one of many colorful guests to appear on the show. It was during these first appearances that he explained the origin of the nickname he continues to go by. During his time being raised in the Marion Garden Projects in Jersey City, he was picked on as a result of the 1988 film by the same name, as children drew comparisons between his microcephaly and one of the characters in the movie who happened to have their head shrunk. It would come to pass however, that Beelejuice would get the last laugh.
The Stern Years
First managed by Sean Rooney (whom he met in a bar) as a nightclub entertainer and comedian, Beetlejuice quickly fit into the dark and raunchy world of Howard Stern after a short stint as a wrestler on the WCW wrestling show. This in turn quickly allowed Beetlejuice to gain the attention of multiple producers and directors who set him into the 2001 movie Bubble Boy as Lil Zip as well as himself in the horror comedy Scary Movie 2.
After garnering a rather large fan base as a result of both the films and his now frequent appearances on the Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice began doubling down on his raunchy antics and comically aggressive demeanor. He, as many stars before and after him have, decided to venture into the music industry with Rawkus Record’s hip hop group, where he was featured on the cover art and could claim credit for at least three of the songs in their album.
Perhaps as a result of this work in the industry, he was quickly thereafter recruited by performer N.O.R.E. to appear in the 2002 music video for Grimey. N.O.R.E. was not the only rapper to recognize the potential value of someone with Beetlejuice’s personality. In fact, the following year Snoop Dogg invited him to appear on the sketch comedy show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle . This era of hip hop inclusion ended in his 2005 invitation to voice Zeke in the popular video game, True Crime: New York City.
Between 2005 and 2008, Beetlejuice had a quick hiatus from the film world and mostly maintained himself as a Wack Pack member, raising a little havoc from time to time. However in 2009, Beetlejuice truly became the star he had always hoped to be, having his own reality show called This Is Beetle. While not the biggest of critical darlings, this show did give many fans insight into the life of Beetlejuice and his daily struggles as a result of both his fame and disabilities. Somewhat odd for a Stern production, This Is Beetle showcased quite a few tender moments between himself and his manager who also happened to be his caretaker. That being said, it did keep a common theme of surreal events including but not limited to: taking over a diner, getting into a fight with another dwarf while in a strip club, and a rather off the wall experience at a spa that is perhaps best left to the reader to discover if they so wish. After the wrap up of the final show of This Is Beetle, Beetlejuice was given yet another opportunity to play himself in the 2012 film, Girls Gone Dead.
What’s Beetlejuice Doing Now in 2018 – Recent Updates
After his latest film debut, Beetlejuice fell somewhat into the background of the Stern Universe. While still appearing on the Stern Show and even showing up in the Killers of Comedy tour, which has dates in multiple cities until mid October, 2016, Beetlejuice has since decided that taking a private practice of partying was his logical next step. As a result, he took a long hiatus from the Howard Stern show (though appearing again in late 2015 to accept his award as the king of the Wack Pack), instead promoting himself through his manager and his website, Jollydwarf.com .
Here, he regularly posts about the trouble he has gotten into recently that would not be allowed on social media, and advertises himself as available to bachelor parties or any other event that may result in wild stories the week thereafter. He also, for better or worse, states that both he and his friends are available for “ Dwarf Tossing, Boxing, Bowling and Bartending”, which stays true to his roots of crude humor.
On the topic of physical humor, on his most recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice had claimed he had been hitting the gym with a passion, and outright challenged Mike Tyson to a match inside the ring. While there has been no response to the challenge yet by the Tyson camp, this still looks to be an exciting year for Beetlejuice fans.