Attention Recently Unemployed Laffing Devils

April 23, 2013

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It looks like some version of American Chopper, the reality motorcycle soap opera about an unhappy father and son who got rich and famous building ridiculous bikes, may be coming back and the show is hiring.

On April 12th, Orange County Choppers’ Facebook page announced:

“Orange County Choppers is back at it again! We are about to begin production on a new TV series for a new network. But before we begin, we need a new Creative Director – someone who will work alongside Paul Senior (both on and off camera), building the best custom motorcycles in the world. So, if you are skilled, creative, outgoing, fun and think you can withstand Sr.’s over-the-top personality, demanding style, and sometimes relentless criticism, then we want to hear from you!

“Send an email to [email protected] with your resume & location. Also include a recent photo and a brief explanation of why you would be the perfect person to appear on the new show as the new Creative Director for Orange County Choppers. Feel free to include photos of work you’ve done or any other material you think we need to see.”

American Chopper

American Chopper debuted on the Discovery Channel at the height of the custom V-Twin boom in March 2003. It presented custom motorcycles as a kind of modern art and portrayed the men who built the bikes as being as temperamental and high strung as fashion designers. The principal divas were a bike builder in Orange County New York named Paul Teutul and his son Paul Teutul, Jr.

The show quickly became a hit on Discovery. It moved to another Discovery network named TLC (originally The Learning Channel) in 2007. Paul Jr. was fired by his father and started his own custom bike business in 2008. The show was cancelled by TLC in February 2010. At the time, the network issued a statement that read “The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run.” Five months later that network announced the show would be reborn as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. That incarnation lasted two seasons and concluded with an episode titled “Chopper Live: The Revenge” last December.

Pilgrim Studios

The new show will be produced by American Copper’s original production company, Pilgrim Studios. Founded by Craig Piligian, a one time producer of the CBS reality series Survivor, Pilgrim is probably the leading producer of reality content for television. The company’s shows include Ghost Hunters, Dirty Work and The Ultimate Fighter.

A casting notice on Pilgrim’s website asks “Are you Paul Senior’s right hand man?” The notice explains that Orange County Choppers, “needs some fresh blood – someone who will work alongside Paul Senior, running the shop and helping to build the best custom motorcycles in the world. This is a full-time job working with O.C.C. on and off camera. It doesn’t matter what your specialties are in the motorcycle world. As long as you KNOW the world of choppers, are outgoing, fun and think you can withstand Senior’s onslaught when he’s angry, then we want to hear from you!”



28 Responses to “Attention Recently Unemployed Laffing Devils”

  1. Tim Says:

    put Jesse James back on!!!!

  2. Ken Simmons Says:

    Couldn’t we get a show about guys who build FXR’s and Dyna’s in their garages that do third gear wheelies? A different builder every week.
    All over the world!

  3. One Eye Says:

    Once again the difference between fact and fantasy, the real life of M/C lives and SOA, and real bikes and OCC junk. One question: in past Biker Build Offs, bikes had to be built and then RIDDEN to a specified location for voting; why not in this one?

  4. Thump Says:

    I’m pretty sure the law says you have to wear a tiara when you ride their ‘bikes’.

  5. Tooj Says:

    Well said Nihilist.

    In such cases I often think of Jesse James complaining about all the distractions of fans and fame… in his film (with Kid Rock, ad nauseum) documentary. Who the fuck gets lost in Mexico with a film crew?

    And Jesse is bringing back WCC for what? TV exposure…you can’t escape the label if you’re wearing the whore’s uniform.

  6. Frequent Flyer Says:

    All their bikes look the same, it’s just formulaic yuppie BS.

  7. Nihilist Says:

    Rebel, I think you were spot on describing the actors as “divas,” comparing them to fashion designers. I can’t say I ever saw the show, only snippets and such; their presence was practically unavoidable about ten years ago. Once again, we are faced with the platform/delivery system of the television attempting to hammer a path into a certain way of life. The horrible effect, of course is life imitating art, only the art in question is a bizarre portrayal/interpretation resulting in mechanical abortions produced by asshats who have been proclaimed the new emperors. But it’s all about the marketing, baby. With the right amount of sugar, you can get the masses to do anything. Which is why people eat at McDonald’s, watch SOA, and buy Softails. Each one is a twisted, bullshit version of something once real.

    I have to wholeheartedly disagree with “slycechyx” in that the OCC did/does NOT know what they are doing, and I don’t believe what they built looks good anywhere. I guess I’ve always been a form-follows-function kinda guy, to the point of being called a purist. I think a motorcycle should (and can) stand the test of being scrutinized purely in classical or functional terms, as well as in a romantic or aesthetic analysis. Anything that can’t bridge both worlds, well, you’re doing it wrong.

    This is where Harley shines, though. Through years of careful and deliberate marketing, they are now able to sell a lifestyle rather than a vehicle. It’s no secret that a large percentage of their customers are only concerned with cruising up & down main street on warm summer evenings at about 35-40 mph, festooned with a bar and shield in every possible location, sneering at old people. And yes, I do ride a Harley; I have four of them, and I have removed all the logos. I ride the piss out of them-every day: go shopping, go to work, go on vacation, etc.-year round, regardless of the weather.

    And those of us who make attempts at non-comformity through ways of living, decisions, etc. will be penalized for not playing the game. The man will infiltrate us under any circumstances, craft inescapable laws designed to catch anyone regardless of action or inaction, lie, cheat, violate their own standards, and silence the voices of abstention. Well I say fuck you, fuck Hollywood, and fuck OCC. I will not be marketed to and my principles and I are not for sale. Anyone who’s on TV is saying they are willing to play the game and join the market, so all bets are off. You can’t complain about shit, you’re basically a whore.

  8. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    Jesus H Christ on a crutch. I had hoped this dysfunctional band of mouth breathers had faded into the background. Other than Jesse “Mr Bullock” James, these retards set bike building back by 40 years. Any Iron Horse/Bourget/Big Dog, makes more sense than the shit these ‘tards churned out.

    Now that I’m in my 50’s, I have become a bagger fan. I love my FXRS( with a 127″ Ultima) for around town, but for the 750+ mile runs, gimme the bagger. Comfort for us old farts does make a difference.

  9. Bookworm Says:

    Jesse James red bike shit on Paul Jrs whole life and so called career. And Paul Sr. built a slightly less nerdy version of a Segway. I figured before I watched the show,that the fix was in. Jesse’s bike was loud, functionally ridable with a kick ass look to it. The Pauls used same frame, with add-ons to match the theme. The Caddyshack bike was too stupid, nothing like bolting on some garden shears to match bill murray’s zany personality.

  10. Grumbler Says:

    @Hose-a 1%er – That was Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles who said “American bikes look like tarts handbags or Easter eggs on wheels”. A fitting tribute to OCC.


  11. sherides Says:

    There’s been a purple OCC Chopper up for raffle in these parts for the last 2 years.

    Some guy had them build it/bought it – it’s a March of Dimes themed bike. It’s my understanding that they are trying to recoup the cost of the bike before actually raffling it off.

    I call these kind of bikes “Foo Foo” Bikes… kind of like the umbrellas in fancy cocktails. No practical purpose whatsoever.

  12. sherides Says:


    That bike sounds alot like the first Harley I ever rode on. That one was a 52 Panhead Chopper – the guy used to get ribbed about having to plan his turns 1 block in advance. P-Pad with no Bitch Bar. No front brake. I still have the polaroid photo of that bike – taken in 1979. I often wonder what became of that bike.

  13. who-lee-oh Says:

    My back hurt when riding my bagger on rough roads. I tried a Victory & ended up buying one. It helps quite a bit with the back pain.

  14. Hose-a 1%er Says:

    Whats the German bike builders name?Can’t remember,he summed these bikes up perfectly.He said they’re like easter eggs.Same design on all of them just differant colors.That about sums it up.
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C retired F.T.F.

  15. Sieg Says:

    Rode my chopped 47 Knuckle roundtrip el-Lay to the Chi twice without realizing I couldn’t do that. 21″ girder, 10″ front wheel, more stretch and rake than I wanna think about, oh, and of course, it was still a rigid.

    But the roads were much softer then. I’ve found that over the last forty years that have passed since I did that, the roads have REALLY gotten fucked-up. Rough, uncomfortable, hell, they hurt my back no even on a bagger!


    5 to 1

  16. Rashomon Says:

    We see some of their “creations” when we’re out riding occasionally and it’s hard not to laugh – there’s just something about watching somebody try to drive a bike through the twisties because it won’t go around corners. Indian Larry used to build some fine bikes and these clowns have nothing on him.

  17. slycechyx Says:

    Damn straight, I want a bike I can ride comfortably several hundreds miles at a time, not a bike that looks good sitting in my garage.

  18. Stevo Says:

    Maybe Hawkster and Rockem can duke it out in an alleyway to see who gets the job…

  19. Dr. No Says:

    @ Glenn S.

    “…a show called ‘Functional Motorcycles’…” Great idea!! And then have the builders take them on a long ride – not some piss-ant little putt down local roads. Make them demonstrate that they are a serviceable bike, not just a damn chrome paper-weight.
    Unfortunately, you are probably correct when you say, “…then only bikers would watch the show.” But, who knows, it just might start another V-twin boom.

  20. Glenn S. Says:

    Wish they’d do a show called “Functional Motorcycles” where they’d build something other than bar bikes, something suitable for road trips. A show where the bikes and not the personality was the focus. They probably won’t because then only bikers would watch the show.

  21. slycechyx Says:

    Although these guys know their shit, they only know one bike design. Almost every bike they build looks the same, maybe with a different paint scheme, but their bikes got boring fast.

    It’s the same with the baggers, not a fan of those either. Seen one bagger, you’ve seen them all. I’ve also notice most bagger riders look the same along with their trophy barbie girlfriends.

  22. Chief Says:

    Really?!? These guys are worse than herpes…they never go away.

    With Respect

  23. Wretched Man Says:

    @ Sieg
    Took the very words out my mouth……LOL


  24. Budweiser Says:

    Rockem has already gotten the job.

  25. Not Surprised Says:

    [email protected]…………

  26. Sieg Says:


    Get your ass off the computer and on over to the shop, boy-this one is made for you!

    FTF / FTP
    5 to 1

  27. Phuquehed Says:

    How the fuck does anyone afford to make another show that will lose money just as quickly as the last one? And who the fuck told these asshats that their bikes look good?

  28. 11c_infantry Says:

    Damn…I thought I was through having to see stupid promos featuring their over-priced, ugly-ass pieces of crap.

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