In the premiere episode, a long-overdue trip to the dentist is in the cards for Beetlejuice and he is none-too-thrilled to be there. Afterwards, Beetle and his manager Bobby, go for a quick bite to eat that turns out to be anything but fast food. Soon Beetle and Bobby are in the kitchen cooking dinner for themselves!
From The Producers of the Howard Stern Tv Show
Shooting this pilot posed some unique challenges for our team. The goal was to film our actor as a cab driver taking Sal to a porn shop, but we had no actual cab for him to drive. After much consideration, we decided it was best to simply hail a cab and offer the driver money to let us film -not the wisest tactic.
We hailed a willing cab outside of the Sirius offices in Midtown Manhattan, but of course, no parking! Because there were too many people to fit into one car, co-producer Jason Katz and I followed on foot as we chased the cab all over Manhattan looking for a place to park and film. Just as we thought the shoot would be a total bust our cab driver for hire found the last parking space in Manhattan. Sweating and out of breath, Jason and I finally caught up with Sal and the rest of the crew. Our cabbie stepped out, our actor stepped in, and shooting began. Unfortunately, things proved to get even more tricky.
In the cab scene, comedian Laura Nikifortchuk is knocked to the ground, resulting in a bloody nose. Screaming at the top of her lungs, with fake blood all over her face, Laura was upsetting passers by who had no idea we were filming. One visibly upset woman emphatically urged Laura to sue the cab company. We pulled her aside and explained she had just ruined a great take. In retrospect, I suppose we should have been more surprised by those that walked by without even flinching. A bloodied woman screaming for dear life probably wasnâ€™t the most shocking thing theyâ€™d seen that day. This is, after all, New York.
The good news is we finished the scene and it turned out to be hysterical. Comedian Donnell Rawlings (better known as â€œAshy Larryâ€ from Chappelleâ€™s Show) heard about Salâ€™s offensive black voice, the comments about Miss Howard Sternâ€™s mixed race child, and the famous â€œHi, this is Sal Governaleâ€ apology and signed up to appear in the show as a favor. The behind-the-scenes interaction between the two comedians played out almost exactly like it did later on screen. At some points I suspected Donnell was really upset. It was funny to watch, but pales in comparison to what was actually filmed. He and Sal have a few scenes together that will leave you in stitches.