Animal New York Tuesday has posted a YouTube clip that's been out there since November with surprisingly little attention: a 1986 promo clip for Phoenix radio station Y95 featuring Glenn Beck and a monkey.
In the clip, Beck and co-host Tim Hattrick promise that their radio show is so good, they don't need gimmicks to sell it — and then proceed to roll out a chimp, balloons, cash, a model airplane, and a cuckoo clock.
Salon wrote about Beck and Hattrick Tuesday in a feature on Beck's rise, quoting Hattrick as saying Beck "was great at being a grandstanding, pompous idiot and shaking the brushes for attention":
Beck never grew close to Hattrick, who thought his new partner was talented but full of himself and incapable of thinking of anything but radio and ratings. "Beck lived, ate, drank and breathed radio," says Hattrick, who still works as a DJ in Phoenix. "It was impossible to talk to him about anything without reference to how to bring it into the show. I never once saw any evidence that he could turn it off. In that sense he was a one-dimensional person. But he was great at being a grandstanding, pompous idiot and shaking the brushes for attention."
Watch the clip, featuring a 23-year-old Beck, below: