Late Night: Either I Am Getting Old, and/or This Is Just…I’m Speechless


Okay, first Thurston Moore from the art-punk band Sonic Youth is the narrator for two years of National Geographic’s “Hard Time” prison documentary, which was pretty damn freaky.

And now, former Black Flag singer and noted spoken word punk rock uber-dude Henry Rollins is the host of “Animal Underworld,” where you can watch Rollins’ veins bulge, as he narrates in the commercial

I wrestle an alligator…kill a snake and eat its still beating heart.

and then lets rats run over his feet before eating a roasted one. Because of all of this–per my DRV guide write up– is Rollins seeking

to find where the the true boundaries are in the human-animal relationship.

National Geographic senior vice president Geoff Davis explained to the Hollywood Reporter:

It’s really an investigation into our relationship with animals. It’s covering the full range from the off-beat and quirky to the potentially illicit. And our approach to [the latter] is to make sure that we’re obviously not encouraging that behavior. Our standards and practices group is something that really sets us apart. We’re always gong to come through the filter of the National Geographic mission and make sure that we’re doing that in a highly credible and responsible manner.

Which is why Rollins will be visiting the Road Kill Cafe on Route 66 in Seligman Arizona, and more exotic locales to watch people drink frog milkshakes and munch on tarantulas. And why on the Rollins-hosted NatGeo special “Snake Underworld,” which features Slayer guitarist Kerry Kelly’s python collection, there was a segment featuring a guy who shoots up black mamba venom to create naturally occurring snake venom antibodies.

What’s next? Rob Zombie hosting a interior design show?

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.