Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SILENT BOB SPEAKS OUT ; COMEDYsarah Walters TALKS TO ONE HALF OF ONE OF COMEDY'S MOST COMPELLING DOUBLE-ACTS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SILENT BOB SPEAKS OUT ; COMEDYsarah Walters TALKS TO ONE HALF OF ONE OF COMEDY'S MOST COMPELLING DOUBLE-ACTS

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OVER a series of half a dozen movies, the characters of Jay and Silent Bob have become household names and alternative icons.

The troubled kids and low-level dealers outside a convenience store who get themselves (usually unwittingly) into all kinds of dangerous scrapes are the stars of Mallrats, the Clerks movie series, Chasing Amy and Dogma.

Written by Kevin Smith, who plays Silent Bob, the pair - completed by Jason "Jay" Mewes - are childhood friends but they've enjoying a two-decade longevity Kevin never saw coming.

Almost certainly, they've stayed the distance because their back story is even more compelling than their screen ones. Jason, the neglected son of an addict and ex-con and a recovering abuser himself, goes from shy type to motormouth on stage; director and actor Kevin, meanwhile, is near-mute on screen but one of the best talkers in the business off it.

He has taken calls from magazines over the years asking for comments on Jason's death.

Erroneously, it turned out. "Why does People magazine think I'm dead?" he laughs about what Jay said when he called. "He'd been reported missing from a film set for four days; they assumed he was dead."

Jason's real life plays a big part in the new Jay & Silent Bob's Hollywood Babble-On tour, which concludes its brief UK run in Manchester on Thursday.

It's not your usual comedy show, involving a full screening of the duo's new animated film, Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, and one of their popular podcasts which plays out like a Q&A- meets-stand up session ("stand up, but with two people who are sitting down," Kevin clarifies, laughing) with them and the crowd, plus invited guest Ralph Garman: comedian, impressionist, the man behind some of the voices on Family Guy, and regular host of the Babble-On podcast.

But it is the perfect opportunity to tell Jason's story for real. …

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