Preston Lacy show

December 20, 2018


Preston Lacy loves the Looney Bin.

Lacy, a stunt performer and actor, gained notoriety from his appearances in 14 episodes in the short-lived “Jackass” TV show from 2000-02 and fame from four “Jackass” movies.

He is hosting his second Preston Lacy Annual Looney Bin Christmas Party at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Bin in Bradley, and this will be his fourth appearance at the bar at 201 S. Schuyler Ave.

“He’s only going to one place where he’s going to do a Christmas show, and it’s here,” said Nick Huffman, co-owner of the Looney Bin. “For whatever reason he chose us.”

Lacy previously did comedy shows at the Bin on Dec. 15, 2017, in November 2016 and August 2015.

Prior to last year’s Christmas show, Lacy said he loves coming to the Looney Bin because it’s always packed with people ready to laugh and have fun.

“It’s my favorite venue in Chicagoland,” he said. “And the owner is a nut.”

Lacy and Huffman became fast friends when Huffman got Lacy to bring his traveling, stunt-based “Jackass”-themed comedy show to the Bin back in 2015. Huffman was the opening act, and part of his routine was him as a human dartboard.

He hung a dartboard, one you can get at a big-box hardware store, around his neck. Audience members then took turns shooting 17 blow-gun darts at his chest.

“Once the set was over, (Lacy) came over, and he looked like he had seen a ghost,” Huffman said. “He said, ‘How did you pull that off.’ We hit it off and we’ve been friends ever since.

“Preston said it was the craziest thing he’s ever seen on the road.”

Did the dartboard stunt hurt?

“-- — yes, it hurt,” Huffman said. “That was one time where there was blood on the stage.”

Tickets for Friday’s show are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Looney Bin or online at outhousetickets.com. For an additional $10, a dinner from Bull’s BBQ, located within the Bin, can be purchased. That reserves you a seat as well.

The opening act for the show is comedian Jon David, of Michigan City, Ind. Huffman did some shows with David when he was a touring comedian several years ago, so he’s excited about the opener.

Lacy is also bringing Jason “Wee Man” Acuna from the “Jackass” movies with him for Friday’s show.

This year’s show will likely include some stupid human tricks that were a part of the 2017 event.

“Christmas is awesome,” said Lacy prior to last year’s show. “And it gives me an excuse to have the audience participate in contests and to give out prizes to the winners or the losers depending on how you look at it.”

Lacy, who lives near Joplin, Mo., has vowed to make this an annual event.

“Every year, he’ll be here for Christmas, the weekend prior, either on Friday or Saturday however he can plan it,” Huffman said.

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