August 30, 2007

The Greatest Story Ever Told About The MPWF

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This sports feature is possibly the coolest feature ever. Eric from the CBS affiliate in Fargo did one heck of a job.. CHECK OUT THE CHOPPER ENTRANCE!!!
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August 28, 2007

NBC Fargo affiliate interviews the champ

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Watch Steve-O Gratin tell it like it is after his championship match against the Afrodisiac in Barnesville. FYI:The newscast has an incorrect spelling of his name. It’s not “Au” Gratin. Dis. Honest mistake.
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August 15, 2007

Rough edit-Mashed Potato Wrestling-Clark 2007 footage

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This is just the isolated rough edit that also appears in Minnie Indie #8
-Steve-O Gratin

August 14, 2007

Clark Mashed Potato Wrestling Pictures and Video

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There are pics under the Clark 2007 link now. We’ll be updating that with more content soon.
Jordan made this FAN VIDEO BELOW from the Clark action. In it, we see the Afrodisiac, The Nisswa Ninja, Rowdy Roddy Potato Head, and Steve-O Gratin getting down and dirty.
Steve-O Gratin defended his title once again.

Other Clark wrestling footage can be found in this Minnie Indie video below. WARNING: It does contain adult language. Minnie Indie is a weekly comedy video series based around music events in the Twin Cities. More Minnie Indie videos can be found here:

Above: Steve-O Gratin gets ready to rumble.
A better edit of Clark only footage to come in the future after the Mashed Potato Wrestling Federation of the Universe hits Barnesville this August 24th.

July 13, 2007

On CNN HEADLINE NEWS show called “News to Me”

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A producer emailed me from CNN/TBS and asked if we would be interested in doing an interview. Duh. Like totally.
Here is a link about the show itself and host Eric Lanford

Behind the scenes:
Basically, I made a fake press conference backdrop out of foamecore and a podium with a micro-potato microphone. We conducted the interview by phone and we were to film ourselves using a cell phone’s earbuds so we would be talking hands free. We sent in the tape and then CNN made it look “via satellite”
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Potato Days: Barnesville, Minnesota 2006

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This is the video that started it all. Me, myself and I (Steve Barone) went around to several Minnesota festivals last summer and made some videos for Explore Minnesota Tourism’s new user generated subsite called My Favorite Minnesota. This one is from Potato Days in Barnesville where my alter ego Steve-O Gratin became the Mashed Potato Wrestling Champion of the Universe.

Other entertaining Minnesota festival videos on the My Favorite Minnesota site can be seen here

Below is a My Favorite Minnesota press release about the site and the video/webisode

Mashed Potato Wrestler in Minnesota Tourism’s corner.

St. Paul, Minnesota — Fishing, biking, shopping, golfing, okay, but mashed potato wrestling? Normally, wrestling in a pit of mashed potatoes isn’t the normal way to promote tourism, but Minnesota has successfully pulled it off—or peeled it off in this case.

Mashed Potato Wrestler, Steve-O Gratin (aka Minnesota resident Steve Barone) was recently crowned Mashed Potato Wrestling Champion of the Universe and a hilarious web video about it is generating buzz both on-line and off, and attracting travelers to the state tourism website: It’s featured on a sub-site called My Favorite Minnesota, where people can get the inside scoop from Minnesotans who upload their own content about their favorite places to go and things to do in Minnesota.

Barone’s list, “Steve’s 12 favorite places in Minnesota for a festival Junkie” features a dozen festivals that take place across Minnesota, including of course, Potato Days, held annually in rural Barnesville Minnesota. In the “webisode” we are introduced to Barone, clad in a circa 1970s red singlet and the masked Rowdy Roddy Potato Head, his opponent who dons a low budget superman style outfit. The match begins and there is an audio overlay from a P.A. announcer as the wrestlers fight to move around in the 10’x20’ pit of mashed potatoes. Soon, both wrestlers are completely covered in the starchy goodness. The music crescendos into an anthem as Barone pins his opponent and greets about 20 cheering kids with the messiest high-fives the world has ever seen. Barone then holds up his homemade title belt over his head and declares to the camera that he is “champion of the world baby, champion of the world…champion of the universe, actually” The video concludes as he is rinsed off with a fire hose by a local fireman on the scene.

Steve’s list of festivals is one of many lists of Minnesotans’ favorite places to go and things to do in Minnesota, providing photos, video and commentary. Other content on the My Favorite Minnesota site include Olympic luger Tony Benshoof’s favorite places for adventure and thrills, a motorcycle gang’s favorite scenic byways and “Liam’s 12 favorite places in Minnesota to take his parents.” Fishing, a tried and true tourist draw for Minnesota, is included as 10 bait shop owners across the state team up to reveal their 10 favorite fishing holes in Minnesota.

Check out the mashed potato wrestlers with big heads on this MN Tourism Poster for
My Favorite Minnesota
(L-R) Steve-O Gratin, Rowdy Roddy Potato Head
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