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Wildboyz
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Title card from episode 3 of Season 1
GenreReality
Black comedy
Toilet humor
Cringe comedy
Physical comedy
Slapstick
Nature documentary
Educational
Created byJeff Tremaine
Chris Pontius
Steve-O
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Sean Cliver
Directed byJeff Tremaine
StarringChris Pontius
Steve-O
Narrated byJacob Witkin
Manny Puig (Warning only)
Music byDave Roen
Opening theme"The Age of Pamparius" by Turbonegro
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJeff Tremaine
Trip Taylor (seasons 1–2)
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Sean Cliver
Derek Freda (season 4)
ProducersAlex Dimitrijevic
Tabrez Noorani
CinematographyDimitry Elyashkevich
EditorsScott Simmons
Seth Casriel
Kristine Young Gaffney
Running time18–22 minutes
Production companyDickhouse Productions
Release
Original networkMTV (seasons 1–2)
MTV2 (seasons 3–4)
Original releaseOctober 26, 2003 (2003-10-26) –
February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
Chronology
Related showsJackass

Wildboyz is an American television series. It is a spin-off and follow-up to Jackass. Wildboyz debuted in 2003 on MTV, and moved to MTV2 in its third season. The show starred Steve-O and Chris Pontius, who perform stunts and acts with animals, often putting themselves in situations for which they are not trained.

Format

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Wildboyz follows the antics of Chris Pontius and Steve-O, as they travel around the globe. Over the course of 4 seasons, Pontius and Steve-O have traveled to 19 different locations. At each location, the pair would both interact with the wild as well as learn the culture of the natives. Some of their antics include dressing up and running with the animals they encounter, subjecting themselves to the defense mechanisms of the animals, and eating the food of the native cultures.

The dangerous nature of the stunts arguably outstrips that of either Jackass or another similar spin-off, Viva La Bam. In the course of the show, Steve-O has purposely subjected himself to the relatively mild sting of the emperor scorpion on more than one occasion, and Pontius has nearly been attacked by a jaguar and has been bitten by a black bear. One of their most dangerous stunts showed the boys attracting a great white shark while disguised as seals, then later jumping into the open water just 10m away, as well as placing dangling meat attached to a hammock to attract lions. In another dangerous stunt, the pair dressed up as fake zebras to try to lure lions. The supposed sport of "hyena football" also made its debut, which in its earliest form was nothing more than a game of keep-away with a pack of spotted hyenas, using smoked ham as a ball. The "sport", according to its founders, "deserves Olympic status".

Some of the scenes were intentionally mislabeled as many of the animals used were from a company called Hollywood Animals.[1]

Despite the crude humor, the show has educational value, as it features accurate narrations of various animals and indigenous cultures. What separates Steve-O and Chris Pontius from their animal show-host colleagues is their complete fearlessness despite their lack of training. This recklessness is also seen in their willingness to interact with the various cultures that they come in contact with. Steve-O and Chris seem open to any new experience, which has given them a chance to experience rituals and partake in events that a typical visitor or tourist may not be privy to.

Several members of the Jackass cast and crew have contributed assistance to the show. The director of Jackass, Jeff Tremaine, served as director and executive producer of Wildboyz. Cameramen Dimitry Elyashkevich and Rick Kosick also continued to work alongside Tremaine on Wildboyz. Manny Puig, a wild animal expert who appeared on Jackass several times, occasionally joins the Wildboyz on their adventures. Fellow Jackass cast members Johnny Knoxville, Wee Man and Loomis Fall also make guest appearances on the show throughout all four seasons.

End

The show ended in 2006, after four seasons. Steve-O later wrote in his memoir that "Wildboyz probably could've kept going after Season 4. It just didn't seem like there was a point. Over time it had essentially evolved back into Jackass. During our final trip to Russia there were no stunts that wouldn't have fit in just as easily on Jackass. Johnny Knoxville came along on that trip too, which contributed even more to that vibe."[1] Though no proper series finale was created, the concept of Wildboyz was somewhat revisited during Jackass Number Two, which was filmed after Wildboyz had ended. Director Jeff Tremaine says, "We shot some of the most amazing stuff [for Wildboyz] we've ever made. And so one of the ideas with Number Two was to recreate some of the best things we ever shot for Wildboyz. Unfortunately, it didn't always work out."

Additional footage captured during the filming of Jackass Number Two also followed a Wildboyz-style format. These sketches can be seen in Jackass 2.5:

Sketches similar to Wildboyz in Jackass 3D include:

Other sketches in Jackass 3.5 similar to Wildboyz include:

Sketches in Jackass Forever similar to Wildboyz include:

Sketches in Jackass 4.5 similar to Wildboyz include:

Cast and crew

Starring

Recurring

Guest stars

Home media

Season releases

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
The Complete First Season 8 October 26, 2004 Commentary by Chris Pontius, Steve-O and creators Jeff Tremaine and Dimitry Elyashkevich, Deleted scenes, "Making of Wildboyz" featurette, a "bite list", a "Wildboyz encyclopedia", Music videos, Bios, Interviews, Photo gallery.
The Complete 2nd Season - Uncensored 8 April 26, 2005 Commentary featuring Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Wee-Man and co-creators Dimitry Elyashkevich and Jeff Tremaine, Never-before-seen bonus segments, Outtakes, Bloopers, Behind-the-scenes featurette: "Wildboyz Unclothed", "Bite list", Photo gallery, Wildboyz encyclopedia & trivia game, Easter Eggs.
Complete Seasons 3 & 4 - Unrated 16 September 12, 2006 Commentary featuring Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Wee-Man, and More!, Outtakes, Unaired Segments, Top 10 Wildboyz Moments, Wildboyz featurette "Over & Out", Photo Gallery.

All 4 seasons became available for streaming on Paramount+ on June 1, 2022.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Glover, Stephen Steve-O. (June 7, 2011). Professional Idiot: A Memoir. Hachette Books. ISBN 9781401303815 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Ridgely, Charlie (May 29, 2022). "Everything Coming to Paramount+ in June 2022". ComicBook. Retrieved May 31, 2022.