Middle school and early high school were the days before Adult Swim, high speed internet and Ren & Stimpy on DVD (well, DVDs in general), there were very few outlets to find new inappropriate cartoons. Sure, there was Duckman and Beavis and Butthead on the air, but they were hard to follow due to changing timeslots. Instead, I had to wait until Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation came to town. It was supposed to be 18 and over, but I sneaked in when I was 16 by slapping on a bit of make up and giving off a “don’t even think about carding me” vibe. It was everything I ever dreamt it could be.
Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted has been around and touring nationally since 1990. It gave birth to Beavis and Butthead, showed the South Park pilot in public, provided Don Hertzfeld with a constant audience and debuted the PowerPuff Girls. This week, it’s playing at the Bell House. If you like cartoons at all, you will love this show.
Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
The Bell House
149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues [Gowanus, Brooklyn]
Thursday December 2, 9pm/Friday December 3, 12am