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Josh Hager – Club Deville

Know Your Bar Manager: Josh Hager – Club Deville

Josh Hager is known around town for lighting his balls on fire and having the occasional brawl with Russell Crowe, but we’ll get to those stories in a minute. Oh yeah, he has also been the manager of Club Deville for almost two years. I might add that he will probably become famous on a few gay porn web-sites after this photo spread. As a permanent fixture at Deville, I’ve known Josh for several years and thought he would be a great Rank and Revue Centerfold. My theory was validated when he pulled up in his truck with his dog Bud, and asked me, “What do you think about a picture with me naked, holding a bottle of Yager in front of my crotch?” I thought this was a grand idea. His super cool wife, Amanda, reluctantly gave him the thumbs up as well. Josh is a conundrum. What kind of man will suggest a naked photo spread and later spend two hours lining up each liquor bottle exactly one inch apart, labels front and center, and all spouts pointed to left? I suppose the answer to that query is: A bar manager who was released from the US Marine Core with an “Other-than-honorable- discharge” while driving a tank in the desert.

Club Deville just celebrated its six year anniversary. Its success is no surprise due to the kick- ass drinks and smart-aleck employees. Deville has something for everyone. For those who like to stalk the rich and famous, Club Deville should become a regular stop on your hunting circuit. Dave Attel filmed there for his TV show, Insomniac. Owen and Luke Wilson held a party for their new movie, ‘The Wendell Baker Story’ at the back bar. Jeanine Garafalo, Dennis Quaid, David Cross of ‘Mr. Show’, Sandra Bullock and of course Josh’s old buddy Russell Crowe have all been known to stop in for a cocktail. One might ask,” How in the hell did Josh end up in a fight with Russell Crowe?” Apparently, Russell doesn’t like being called Barbara Streisand in regards to smoke machines and other over-the-top props for his “band”. Josh made the mistake of sharing this comparison with Mr. Crowe. Nor does he like to be asked, “How does it feel to be a Rock Star?” I’m sure that question was just dripping with sarcasm. Let’s just say things erupted from there and I’ll just leave it at that. Amends were made by both parties the following day.

Midway into the interview, Josh told me he once lit his scrotum on fire. Obviously, I was intrigued. He walked into a party of strangers and said he would perform this stunt for a mere twenty dollars. The party-goers scrounged up a wad of cash and he dowsed his boys with 151, lit a match, and sure enough they were ablaze. Although he received brief local fame from this stunt and it wasn’t really painful, he reports that he is now retired from lighting any part of his body on fire.

As long as we are on the subject of fire; let me move to the advice portion of my column. Attention Deville patrons, do not replicate the following behavior. A customer was throwing lit matches at Josh one evening after a marathon happy hour. Josh politely redirected him several times, but the inebriated fellow continued to light and throw matches, finally one hit Josh and burned the back of his neck. Josh grabbed a can of WD-40 and a lighter and shot that boy with a face full of flames. Slightly singed and now laying on the floor, the guy squeaked out an apology and vacated the premises.

Before anyone thinks that Josh is an out of control pyromaniac, I would like to mention that he the entire bar staff at Club Deville are complete professionals. I know from personal experience that they will buy you a taxi home if you need one, let you hear the music you like, debate politics, and challenge you to a game of dominoes, Operation or Atari(depending on who’s working). These guys, and the ladies too, can make a Tuesday afternoon at the bar seem like the best gig in town. The drinks are infamously strong and they are known for their house shot “The Ghost of Bobby Duncan” and Lana’s “Sake Bomb”. Josh wanted to thank the owners of Deville; Abigail, Michael, and Nathan for providing him such a great opportunity. The Deville staff are Josh’s best friends and he had compliments for each of them for me to print, but I’m out of space. I guess, “Team Yager” should sum it up. Josh is a newlywed. He and his wife Amanda married last month in Cape Cod. Congratulations! You can see more of Josh, and I mean that literally, on October 15 @ 8pm when he will be modeling something risqué from Legs Diamond at the Fall Deville Fashion Show.

-Joelle Bart

Josh Hager – Club Deville

BAR MANAGER DATA SHEE – CLUB DEVILLE

NAME:_____JOSH HAGER_______________

HEIGHT : ___5’10__________ WEIGHT: ________150___________

BIRTHDATE:__6/14/74________ BIRTHPLACE:____COLUMBUS,OHIO

AMBITIONS:_ TO OWN A SKATEPARK/PIZZA JOINT/ BAR COMBO_

TURN-ONS: MY HOT-ASS-WIFE

TURN-OFFS: PUKE BREATH , PEOPLE WHO SHAP THEIR FINGERS AT ME, THE THEME SONG FROM “MASH”

THREE FAVORITE BANDS: BUTTHOLE SURGERS, DAY GLOW ABORTIONS, AMERICAN PEOPLE

THREE SUCKIEST BANDS: BOB SCHNIEDER, THE BEATLES, & SARODINGUS CAT

WHAT WILL GET A GIRL A FREE DRINK? : TELLING ME ITS HER BIRTHDAY, BUT NOT DEPANDING A HAND-OUT

MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT BEING A BAR MANAGER: TRYING TO TAKE UP DRINKS WHEN THE BAR CLOSES AND HAVING PEOPLE ASK ME TO COME BACK LATER AND WHEN THEY NAME DROP THE OWNER’S NAMES.

THE SICKEST THING YOU’VE SEEN ON RED RIVER: A CRACK HEAD SLUT TAKING A DUMP BEHIND OUR DUMPSTER

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