Meet Royce and Marilyn

Richard Metzger is guest blogger



Richard Metzger is Boing Boing's current guest blogger.

It's hard to believe that this jaw-dropping series of videos of Royce Reed and Marilyn Hoggatt isn't a massive YouTube sensation... but it will be. Take one (huge) part "Grey Gardens" and add a hefty dollop of Peter and Raymond from "Shut Up Little Man!" and you kind of get into the Royce and Marilyn territory. But not quite, it's as unique as either and yes, it totally deserves to be spoken of in such esteemed context with these aforementioned FREAKS. Royce and Marilyn are two elderly ladies from "another era" and these videos document their lives in a SRO hotel in Los Angele's downtown "skid row" area (where they share a bed). One of them is happy-go-lucky and content with her life, the other is totally haughty with delusions of grandeur and an ever present glass of bubbly. It's one of the most tweaked things I've seen in some time.

Werner Herzog will plotz when he sees this! These videos are the best thing since medical marijuana.

1999 LA Weekly article about Royce and Marilyn

Marilyn, Mr. Bunny and Royce!

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