I started Street Carnage in 2007 when I was negotiating a split with my old company. The first name was “DOs & DON’Ts & TV Carnage” because I was starting it with Pinky Carnage (Derrick Beckles) and I assumed I could still use the title “DOs & DON’Ts” (I can’t).
Street Boners seemed like the best alternative name because “a boner” can also mean “a blunder” and it always cracked me up that Judi Rosen named her dog Boner. I wanted Derrick and I to be like Tim & Eric but creating a studio with a green screen and all that shit would have been a sizable investment. Besides, while I was hamstrung by the quagmire of non-compete contracts and all the other legal BS that’s tied to big splits, he was blowing up. He couldn’t work for a website for free while simultaneously creating a show for Adult Swim called “Totally 4 Teens” so I needed someone else to fill the gap.
Arvind Dilwar was a funny kid from Queens who was still in college. You need young people as fuel for any project because us old timers get tired a lot. Arvind had boundless energy and hired lots of young writers who wrote about kid stuff like hating corporations and thinking the government is capable. Then a kid named Sam flew in from Buttfuck Ontario and agreed to do pushups on every drug in the world including heroin. The site was squeaking by but after all my legal shit ended, I wanted to enter the real world too. I started a production company with Sebastian Eldridge called Rooster NY that later became an ad agency. I stopped doing Street Boners around the same time I stopped giving a shit what young girls wear. Soon after, Derrick got another show picked up called “Hot Package” and that was it for him.
Arvind helmed the boat alone for a couple of years but eventually he got offered a real job too. Jim Goad was editing Takimag at the time and agreed to take over the site for a nominal fee. I changed the name to Street Carnage and left pretty much everything up to Goad until now. He just left to take over Thought Catalog and now it’s all back to me. I have 37 full time jobs at this point but I think I can handle it. I’ll just reduce the posts to about one or two a day and try to keep them light and funny. As far as I’m concerned, that post about Def Leppard is where I want things to go. I’ll put all my TV appearances and press for my projects here so the homepage doesn’t become too Gav-based.
This is either an exciting new chapter in the most neglected website of all time or the beginning of the end.