Rempel Wins Van Gogh-Gogh 'Who Looks Dorkiest in a Beret' Contest
LOS ANGELES (Intermunicipal Van Gogh-Gogh Press Syndicate) Mar. 6, 2000----
Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group the Van Gogh-Goghs announced a
winner in their "Who looks dorkiest in a beret" contest. Van
Gogh-Goghs member Charles Rempel, 29, of Los Angeles, Calif., was
declared the winner and presented with a check for $10,000.
"I can't wait to go blow this check!" Rempel said. "Vegas, here I come!"
"As long you don't spend the money on berets!" laughed group member
"One side, dorko!" Rempel exclaimed, as he jokingly kicked Black into a steel pole and quickly exited the awards ceremony.
Rempel's win in the closely watched contest came as quite a surprise.
Group member Rob Terrell was heavily favored to win, due to his
incorporation of the beret into an entire, dorky-looking "New Romantic" ensemble.
|Second place winner Childs (left) presents Rempel with $10,000, in traditional oversized novelty check form.|
Unfortunately for Terrell, his plan backfired and he ended up coming
in next to last. Analysts believe that many voters felt Terrell was simply
trying too hard.
"Terrell pandered, and the voters recognized that and rejected it,"
said Ira Cook, a professional hatter and haberdasher.
Cook also noted the voting was complicated by the fact that dorky
people are unlikely to have their dorkiness enhanced by a beret.
Second-place winner T. Mike Childs is one of those rare exceptions,
"Childs is what we would categorize as a 'loser,'" said Cook. "Dorky without a beret, even dorkier with a beret."
Childs received a small trophy commemorating his second-place showing.
The contest, which began on November 1, 1999, pitted the six members
of the Van Gogh-Goghs against one another. Each member was
photographed in an official Boy Scout beret, and Internet voters were
asked to decide which one looked the dorkiest.
|Third place winner Benson presents Childs, the dorky one in the beret, with the second place trophy.|
The contest was inspired by events at one of the Van Goghs-Goghs'
practice sessions. In a fit of idleness, different members began
trying on the red beret (a prop in the group's "Damn Those Filthy,
Filthy French to Hell" sketch) and comparing how they looked.
"While it was agreed that we all looked dorky in the beret, there was
serious discussion over who looked the dorkiest," Black said. "We
decided to present our case to the people."
| VOTE RESULTS |
| Charles Rempel: 70 |
| T. Mike Childs: 50 |
| Alan Benson: 42 |
| Galen Black: 34 |
| Rob Terrell: 30 |
| Jason Torchinsky: 28 |
"It all grew out of our theory that everyone looks dorky in certain
hats: chef hats, 'Jughead' hats, and, of course, the beret," group
member Jason Torchinsky added.
"And those caps worn by turn-of-the-century newsboys, old people and
Dom Deluise," group member Alan Benson said. "Do they even have a
name? What's the deal with those things?"