Fake Wrestler, Real Dedication, Completely Hilarious

UCBW Autumnslamn Occupy Denim

Billy Beyrer loves wrestling. He has since he was a kid, so when the opportunity to wrestle in front of a paying audience presented itself, he jumped at the chance.

Billy isn’t really a wrestler per se. He plays the character Whole Lotta Denim as part of the UCBW, a comedy-wrestling group that performs at the UCB Theatre. Wrestling is already fun and silly, but these comics take it to new levels.

This month, Billy won the UCBW World Championship at AutumnSlamn, one of UCBW’s seasonal homages to the pay-per-view events put on by WWE. He defeated the evil Wall Street, a guy dressed in a suit with a Bluetooth in his ear.

For Billy’s story and the sounds of the match, check out the clips below:

How Billy found his character by Daisy Rosario

Billy on how he got interested in wrestling by Daisy Rosario

Billy on his favorite wrestler and when he got to meet him by Daisy Rosario

The sounds of Billy’s match by Daisy Rosario

[image courtesy of Billy Beyrer]

October 15th in Washington Square Park: A Photo Essay

Saturday October 15th was billed as a “global day of action,” in 1000 cities worldwide. As people took to the streets in major cities, many smaller groups converged in Washington Square Park to begin their marches towards banks and Times Square, while others remained in the park to rally.

1. A group of protesters march out of Washington Square Park towards banks. A short time later protesters at a bank close to the park would be arrested while attempting to close their bank accounts.

2. The gathered crowd, a mix of protesters, journalists, and interested people, as seen from the east side of the park.

3. Police barricaded the perimeter of Washington Square Park’s famous and recently renovated fountain.

4. The table of a group distributing a socialist newspaper.

5. Two of the people distributing a socialist newspaper answer questions for a passerby.

6. Young people stand on stone park benches to get a better view of one of the many speakers. Different groups were in circles all around the park, sharing information via the “people’s microphone.

7. Older women (and a veteran) stand back from the crowd while trying to hear a speaker in the park.

8. An older Puerto Rican protester shares a laugh with a man who just took his picture.

doctors rally arch

9. A group of people in doctor’s coats stand together with a sign that says “Doctors for the 99%” on the north side of the park. They were one of many separate circles sharing information at the time. As seen through the Washington Square Arch.

10. The Washington Square Arch as seen from outside the park. Police and tourists kept their distance, but many took pictures of the action from behind the barricade surrounding the arch. The “Doctors for the 99%” sign is visible on the lower left.

[all photos by Daisy Rosario]