Randall and The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger Come to Phoenix This Week

Honey badger doesn't give a shit, but Randall, the badass-fabulous voice behind "The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger" (more than 42 million hits since it was uploaded to YouTube in January of last year), definitely does.

The son of a cameraman for the granddaddy of all nature shows, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Randall grew up fascinated by animals.

"My papa was always on the road, and he would come home with hours and hours of footage. And my parents would encourage me to describe what I saw on screen. Growing up in that world, I always loved animals."

Basically, as Randall tells it, the honey badger video is his family's fault. For which we'd just like to say, "Thank you, Randall's family."

(About the family's last name: He's not telling. Randall -- the alter-ego of comedian and writer Chris Gordon -- says that he dubbed himself "the Cher of wildlife narration...only because my last name is horrid." )

Pre honey badger, Randall was kicking around Los Angeles dabbling in things like acting and manuscript editing, but he didn't love either. He was "horrible" as a background extra, he says, because he kept staring at the camera and was always getting in trouble for it. And the New York City native says he couldn't handle the script editing -- "I had always wanted to be the next Tennessee Williams. I wanted to be a playwright. My heart does still lie in theater."

He knew he wanted to do something with animals, but was too "terrified" for most of the obvious jobs. "I don't have the moxy to be a vet," he says.

And then he saw the honey badger video, and everything fell into place.

Now he's on tour in support of his "adult" animal book. (He'll be at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.) It's packed with photos of cute but vicious animals, interesting facts, and plenty of curse words, just like his videos. "It's hard for me not to drop an F bomb when I'm terrified."

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Deborah H. Sussman

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