Published: 00:01, 11 October 2017
They’re larger-than-life stars of TV and they’re coming out of the storage unit world and onto a stage near you.
Auctioneer Sean Kelly will be joined by two of his co-stars from the American reality TV series, Storage Hunters, Tarrell “T-Money” Wright and Cameron “Green Mile” Rowe.
The show has had a cult since being broadcast on the Dave channel.
Visitors will learn a lot about Sean’s crazy life story, including Top Secret military clearance and serving a combat tour in Iraq, catching shoplifters as an undercover store detective in Italy, travelling to more than 80 countries and being married to 25 years to wife Lori. And audience members are encouraged to bring along a cheeky item from home to be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
We spoke to motormouth auctioneer Sean Kelly...
What’s it like being on tour with T-Money and Green Mile?
It is the first time we have gone out on the road together. But I have known them years. These guys are two of my best friends. Before we did Storage Hunters, Tarrell, Cameron and I performed stand-up together for many years. We did seven shows a week every week for eight years. That’s why we’ve got such good chemistry on stage.
There’s all kinds of weird stuff that comes out of storage units. I would just say I stopped getting shocked! It has this real element of gambling. Cut the locks and look inside – you have no idea what’s going to be in there. The show has comedy, drama and big characters. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of an auction. I once sold a puppy for $17,000. People start to lose their mind and forget how much money they’re spending at an auction. They want to outbid each other.
My friend asked me to step in for the auctioneer at a show and I thought ‘I can’t get on stage and do that’. But he was going to pay me £5,000 for an hour so I did it! I went on to YouTube and tried to mimic what they were doing. I had to really stop and think about what I was doing and saying. It does take years to get good at it. Everybody in the beginning tries to go really quickly. You have to get the rhythm. The cool thing about being an auctioneer is that there is no rule book. You can make bid-calling how you want. I think I’m good at stoking people up with my high-energy, in-your-face style. Because I’ve done stand-up, I know how to work with audiences.
We will each do our stand-up and we talk about our lives and some of the stuff we have done. Then there’s the auction. I hope we get to make a difference and raise a lot of money for Help for Heroes. I served in Iraq and have a strong connection with wounded veterans. If people don’t know what to expect from our shows, I’d like them to come out at the end and say, ‘Wow, that was really fun!’”
It’s such a rush for me. Comedians are true illusionists because they give you the impression that they are thinking up crazy stuff off the top of their heads, and we buy into that. I also believe that after every show, you should meet your fans. Normally, I’ll be in the lobby for three hours. I think that is really important.
Storage Hunters will be at Leas Cliff Hall on Thursday, October 12. For tickets visit atgtickets.com
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