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'Half Pint Brawlers'

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'HALF-PINT BRAWLERS': Midget wrestling takes center stage.
  • 'HALF-PINT BRAWLERS': Midget wrestling takes center stage.

HALF PINT BRAWLERS

Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Spike TV

When Arkansas Times entertainment editor Lindsey Millar said he only had a small space for The Televisionist this week, I told him that was good, because I had a show about small people (rimshot!). Straight from Reality Show Hell — which, in recent years, has become more of a freak show than a documentary-style examination of anything approaching a normal person's "reality" — comes Spike's "Half Pint Brawlers." The show follows the fortunes of a midget wrestling team (yes, I said midget, because that's what they call themselves) that tours incessantly, putting on matches at bars and festivals all over. Though the concept sounds a little weird, the show actually turns out to be fairly entertaining. The most interesting thing about their adventures might be how normal it all seems. Once you get over the fact that most of these guys aren't tall enough to ride the roller coaster at Disneyland, they seem a lot like what you'd expect a group of unattached young men living on the road and performing before roaring crowds would be like — which is to say: Wild, horny, often naked, and willing to eat or drink just about anything. Though the current trend of scripting purportedly unscripted shows is clearly in effect in places here, the show's leads have a real sense of self and that shines through. Watching them grab life by the cohones is a lot of fun, not to mention kind of inspiring for all us tall folks. Definitely a guilty pleasure. Check it out.

David Koon

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