Usually on Thursday nights I take the MBIP show on the road to a bar, but not tonight because we’ve got something really special to attend—a world premiere of a movie! Greg Batton and Dan DiOrio, hosts of The Greg and Dan show on WMBD radio have made and star in a movie called, “Asian Carpnado.” The exclusive world premiere is tonight at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. It’s sold out and there’s not a ticket to be had in town, but don’t fret, we’re on the guest list, so come along with me as MBIP goes to the movies.
Here we are at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. I really should do a post from here one of these days.
I'd take a quick look around today, but it's almost 6PM and it's closed, but the theater is open and that's where the action is tonight, so let's go inside and see what's happening.
There's one of the stars of the movie, Dan DiOrio on the red carpet. Well, actually it's a grey carpet, but what are you going to do? I'm assuming that's his family but I'm not one hundred percent sure of that, so don't quote me on this.
I am one hundred percent sure that that's Jessica Flynn, the producer of The Greg and Dan Show. She's what Greg calls, "the brains behind the operation."
And here's the other star of tonight's film presentation, Greg Batton.
Here's Greg with JoEll, who astute MBIP readers will remember from the post we did on The Second Chance Church.
I hadn't seen Yvonne Greer in years and she's just as pretty as ever and somehow doesn't age at all! Yvonne is Greg's wife and she's the owner of The Power Zone where she's a Fitness Consultant and Motivational Coach.
Greg has stepped off the grey carpet and is now hanging out with his daughter Ginger in the lobby of the theater.
Product placement alert! Greg's hyping Bud Light while hanging out with longtime Peoria broadcaster, "Slammin'" Ed Hammond. Ed's in the movie and stretches his acting talents by portraying a radio news announcer.
In addition to "Asian Carpnado," there's a second film being shown here which is called "Trail of Blood". Here's Greg and Dan posing with the cast and crew from that film on the grey carpet.
Okay, it's just about showtime. Kyle gave me the ticket to get in and so let's make our way towards the theater.
I found out that there's beer at the concession stand, so we have to make a pit stop here. This is Courtney and Katie serving up that beer. I later found out that Katie is Greg's daughter. There's Battons all over this place!
The ticket is torn and it's into the theater we go!
As you can see, the theater is packed with an anxious audience waiting to see this film that was made right here in Peoria.
Dan and Greg came out before the film started and gave a talk about how this whole movie came to be. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the world premiere of "Asian Carpndado!" Lights, camera...flying fish...
Greg plays a character in the film called, "President Greg Batton."
Dan's character in the movie is, "Dan DiOrio." After seeing the film, I was pretty sure he spent his whole life researching this character.
As you can see from the special effects, this is a big budget film and no expenses were spared in the making of it. I kept ducking down thinking I was going to be hit by one of those flying fishes on the big screen!
Eddie Urish played the role of Professor Monroe with great passion.
WMBD Director of Programming and News, David Van Camp had dueling roles as "the Bystander (on the left) and "The Big Boss" (on the right.) In related news, I'm still waiting for him to follow me back on Twitter. Update: David just followed me back on Twittter! It's an Asian Carpnado miracle!
Here's Ed Hammond delivering Asian Carpnado news in the movie. This was a great film and a fun night out. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to see it last night, you can watch it online right here. Okay, roll credits!
After "Asian Carpnado" played to a cheering house, Greg brought out Jeremy and Kate to introduce their Zombie film, "Trail of Blood." No pictures were allowed to be taken while the film rolled, but it was a fun teaser to what looks like is going to be a great zombie film. Hopefully it will play in its entirety here in Peoria soon.
At the end of the evening, Mike and Debbie Haller of The Academy of Screenprinting and Awards came up on the stage.
They presented an award from Peoria's film and screen actors guild to Dan and Greg. It wasn't an Oscar, it was his cousin Norman. A perfect ending to a fun and wonderful evening.
After the movie I ran into this door which had the following words plastered on it: "No Alcohol Beyond This Point."
Aaaahhhhh! (We'll see you all tomorrow!)
Bonus Carp Art by Jaws the Cabbie!
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this piece of carp art for a possible poster for Greg and Dan’s Asian Carpnado movie. Nice work, Jaws!