Comedian Paying His Way From NYC to L.A. Using 3,000 Pounds of Bacon as Barter
Comedian Josh Sankey is a man on a unique mission: He's making his way from New York City to Los Angeles, powered by his wits...and 3,000 pounds of bacon. Yep: Bacon is his only currency. It's called the Great American Bacon Barter.
Sankey was selected for the gig by sponsor Oscar Mayer, who provided Sankey with a trailer full of "bricks" of their Butcher Thick-Cut Bacon. His trip began in NYC on September 9, and he's been followed by a camera crew the whole way to document his meaty exploits.
50 bricks of bacon have been swapped for a night in a cabin, while it took just one to get Olympian Scott Hamilton to surrender an autograph. He's used bacon to get a guy to get a bacon tattoo, and he's paid some college gals in bacon to wash his trailer. Gas, food, lodging, toilet paper, race car driving--Sankey has done it all using bacon as bucks. People interested in swapping a night on a couch or a fun (legal!) experience for bacon can Tweet a barter to Sankey via @BaconBarter.
The trip, however, is about to come to an end, and will find Sankey in Los Angeles by Sunday, September 23. At the very least, we've learned via Twitter he's having a very bacon-y beach party at 2 p.m. in Hermosa Beach. We had a few questions for one of the event reps, who gave us a glimpse at how much bacon Sankey will come to town with, and what he might like to do with it in L.A. B.L.T.'s, anyone?
How many pounds of bacon does Josh anticipate having when he arrives in L.A.?
Right now, Josh has 1,950 bricks of bacon left (we are not sure exactly how many he will have when he arrives in LA). But on BaconBarter.com there is a continuous count of how many bricks that Josh has left every day.
What is the average "cost" in bacon for a ride or a place to crash?
Throughout Josh’s travels, he has bartered anywhere from 30-50 bricks of bacon to stay with people for the night. He has slept on three couches, a twin bed, and on the eight-floor of an apartment in Chicago.
Did he consume any of the bacon himself?
On BaconBarter.com it looks like Josh has not only consumed bacon, but he has also helped cook it.
What will Josh do when he gets to L.A.?
We don’t know for sure what Josh will do in LA because his barters are completely unplanned. But, certainly if he receives a compelling bacon barter offer on Twitter he will consider!
Here are some of Starkey's fun Tweets: