The 2011 Gathering Of The Juggalos

In just two short years, the Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, a preposterous nightmare weekend hosted by the Insane Clown Posse, has gone from Internet Surprise to Internet Meme to Institution. Just to give you a sense of some of the transformations that have taken place, the original on-line infomercial for the gathering was 14 minutes long. Last year, it was 17 minutes long. This year: 27 minutes long. To put that into perspective, the on-line infomercial for a weekend of garbage music and helicopter rides (HELICOPTER RIDES IS BACK, BITCHES!) is longer than an episode of Friends (unless it was a “sweeps week” SUPERSIZE episode). Not to worry, though, it is still as hilarious and bizarre and sort-of-self-aware-but-in-a-way-that-it-might-as-well-not-be-self-aware-at-all. Sweet Sugar Slam and DJ Clay are joined by Vanilla Ice this year (?!) and all of them are wearing ALIEN COSTUMES. Sure. In addition to the music and the helicopter rides, this year will also feature INFLATABLE MOON BOUNCES, hayrides, A CANDLELIT SEMINAR FROM A DUDE FROM SYFY NETWORK’S SHOW GHOSTHUNTERS, and pro-wrestlers doing stand up comedy. Obviously.

The recurring Saturday Night Live parodies of the Juggalo Gathering videos is always great, but will never actually be this good because no one on that show is willing to subject themselves to an actual brain disorder WOOT WOOOOOT:

R.I.P. Ass Dan, indeed. (Thanks for the tip, Yelena and Jessica.)