Source: Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times
The New York Times is reporting that Hulk Hogan has agreed to a Hulkamania speaking tour. The tour will be called In Conversation: Outside the Ring with Hulk Hogan and will have a limited opening this fall before expanding to more cities worldwide next year.
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Listen up, Hulkamaniacs: Are you an aspiring young actor or journeyman performer looking for advice, inspiration and insider anecdotes from a seasoned show-business veteran? Would you be interested in attending an hour-and-a-half lecture by Terry Gene Bollea, a seasoned actor, musician and athlete? Not sure? How about a 90-minute, no-holds-barred stage production starring Hulk Hogan, the pointing, preening, all-American professional wrestler? Whichever sounds more appealing, you’ll have your chance to pose questions to and receive wisdom from Mr. Hogan, the body-slamming alter ego of Mr. Bollea, on a tour that the wrestler is planning for next year and which his agency is envisioning as a Hulk-ified version of “Inside the Actors Studio” (with perhaps more Atomic Leg Drops than James Lipton’s incarnation). The Agency Group said on Wednesday that it had signed up Mr. Hogan for the production, called “In Conversation: Outside the Ring with Hulk Hogan,” which will start with a few dates in the fall before commencing a worldwide tour next year.
Nick Meinema of the Agency Group said Wednesday that the specific contents of the stage show were still being worked out, but would likely include “about an hour of semi-scripted stories and behind-the-scenes stuff, synced up with video and pictures, stuff that he wants to share with his fans and will be exciting for them to hear from him — personal stories, stories about matches and his career.” The presentation will then conclude with a Q. and A. where audience members can ask the Hulkster about his life and work. But can they ask him to demonstrate the big boot on them? “I doubt that highly, for insurance reasons,” Mr. Meinema said. “But maybe he can tell a story about how that finishing move came about.”