|Posted on Friday, November 23, 2007 - 10:10 am: |
I posted the following on DetroitYES.com today but thought it belongs here too. Stephen has the announcement on this site.
I have sadly learned of the passing of a most remarkable Detroiter and friend, Pat "The Rat" Halley, playwright, comedian, underground theater activist, troubadour, and taxi driver.
Pat's most famous moment occurred during a formal session of the Detroit City Council in 1973 when he pied the then-heralded "boy god" [the "Guru" Maharaj Ji], in protest of the Guru's claim of divinity while 'God' was receiving the keys to the City of Detroit. Halley later claimed that he "always wanted to hit God in the face with a pie."
"God's" vengeance came in the form of two goons from the Divine Light Mission [the boy Guru's front organization] who tricked Halley into admitting them into his apartment, claiming they were former DLM members wanting to expose the cult. They proceeded to assault him caving in his skull and leaving him for dead, which later required a metal plate.
Pat ran the famous Cass Corridor underground theater the Freezer Theater, a subject of recent discussion} on this [DetroitYES] forum.
His standup act as "Dirty Dog" the clown was as hilarious as it was outrageous as it was outstanding. I always wondered why he was never discovered and became a star. But then Pat threw his comedic pies at all gods - commercial, nationalist, cultural, even the divine. He wouldn't/couldn't fit. Pat was the classic round peg in a square peg world.
Like many artists he did not make a living from his art and creativity and, like more than one artist, was a life-long Detroit taxi driver. In recent years, failing health along with the death of his son last year weighed heavily on him. Last week he threw his final pie at himself and ended his own life.
RIP, Pat. Thanks for making us laugh so hard that it hurt!
|Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 3:53 am: |
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|Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 12:24 am: |
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