WWE Legend ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan Is Doing Stand Up Now, Not Above Using A 2X4 On A Heckler
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was funny during his popular run in the WWE (then WWF) from 1987 to 1993. But, fans are likely to remember Duggan as funny in that “cross your eyes, stick out your tongue, walking cartoon” kind of way. Now on tour with his “2×4 Tour” live show, how could that lovable, yet incredibly simple character translate into a night out at a comedy club? Thoughts come to mind of the large, hairy “Hacksaw” stomping violently around the stage, stopping periodically to start “USA! USA!” chants for an hour.
Duggan generously distributes his crowd pleasing “Hoo!” and snaps into character throughout the set when telling wrestling stories from days gone by. But he also reveals a clever and genial side rarely seen on television until his turn on WWE Network’s reality show Legends House. On Legends House, Duggan developed a tender friendship with fellow WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Piper passed away suddenly in 2015.
“Legends House really opened up my whole personality to a bunch of people who never saw (me) besides ‘Hacksaw’ Duggan in the ring,” Duggan said. “And I think a lot of folks saw that it’s more than just my character in the ring, (and) that I do enjoy having a good time. I’m a personable guy, I like having fun and laughs, and that’s why me and Piper got along so well.”
Early into his first solo tour, which hits New York State and Boston through the first half of February, Duggan is satisfied with the turnout he’s seen. He sold out his first show in his hometown of Glens Falls and had a good night at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo, particularly for a Wednesday in the winter.
Duggan’s material hinges on humorous tales involving wrestling legends on the road and in the ring. The stories usually include the insight and commentary that has driven the popularity of pro wrestling podcasts and the growing category of pro wrestlers turned live storytellers. Duggan points out early in the show that he’s not doing traditional set ups and punchlines (“If you’re looking for knock-knock jokes, look somewhere else, tough guy!”).
“I think Mick Foley was the first guy to open up the door for doing this kind of show. It’s a kind of behind the scenes wrestling show, and then a lot of guys picked it up. I’ve actually done them in three other countries besides America. Last year, ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase and myself were over in Scotland and England. And, I did them up in Canada with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, also here in the states,” Duggan said.