All In, Fair Warned! Sean Kelly Brings Storage Hunters to Cumbria
Sean Kelly and the stars of Storage Hunters bring their eccentric auctioneering skills to Barrow-in-Furness this October.
The reality TV series from the US, Storage Hunters, has picked up a dedicated UK cult following since being broadcast on Dave. It is now coming to Cumbria as part of a nationwide tour this autumn. At The Forum on 6 October, audience members are encouraged to bring along a cheeky item from home, to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the charity, Help for Heroes.
Storage Hunters, which started in 2011, blew up in the UK. The anarchic show follows a group of eccentric bidders fighting over other people’s abandoned belongings, in the hope of striking gold. It’s an unusual, but winning formula that has proved to be addictive and compelling viewing. The UK’s own, domestic version is now in its sixth season and its debut episode attracted more viewers than The Walking Dead – yes, really.
The star of the show, the ever-smiling, ever-shouting auctioneer, Sean Kelly – whose style has been likened to someone attaching electrodes to a woodpecker – will be joined by two co-stars, Tarrell “T-Money” Wright and Cameron “Green Mile” Rowe, both far larger-than-life comedians popular for their hijinks and hilarious bidding styles. T-Money and Green Mile will both perform their own stand up sets and help with the auction finale of the show, in the first time ever the stars of Storage Hunters will be seen on stage together in the UK together.
Recalling how he discovered his natural ability as an auctioneer, Sean said: “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, so we are very well practised triple act now. That’s why we’ve got such good chemistry on stage because we were friends for years before we did any TV.”
He continued: “We were not making a ton of money doing stand-up, so we had to do other things. I was managing a newspaper when a friend said to me, ‘You should come and be the auctioneer at my sale’. I started doing auctions. One day, all of a sudden a fight broke out at one of my auctions. I immediately thought, ‘This would be a great TV show. It’s WWF meets The Antiques Roadshow!’”
Sean, has led a remarkable life, there’s little he hasn’t done, from holding a Top Secret military clearance and serving a combat tour in Iraq, catching shoplifters as an undercover store detective in Italy, travelling to over 80 countries around the world and headlining the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But after all this time, he still thrives of the buzz of playing to a live audience, he explained: “It’s such a rush for me. It’s a dream come true. 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.”
With Storage Hunters currently airing in 130 different countries, it seems that it’s not just the Brits who have bought into Sean and this simple but extremely effective concept.
He admitted: “I’ve now made 80 episodes in the US and 56 in the UK. I’ve met lots of fans at conventions, and they all love it. They adore the atmosphere of the show. It’s really struck a chord.”
Sean, who has built up a tremendous rapport with his fans over the years, is set to be a hit for the Cumbrian venue. With the money raised going to a worthy cause, and one close to Sean’s heart, fans shouldn’t forget to bring along their own item to auction. The crazier the better, but be warned, there’s pretty much nothing Sean hasn’t seen.
He added: “First of all, 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.
“Above all, 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.’”
Sean Kelly and the Stars of Storage Hunters come to The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness on 6 October.
For tickets contact 01229 820000 or visit www.theforumbarrow.co.uk