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Shut Up, Little Man!
In the fall of 1987, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell D. moved into a cheap pink stucco apartment at 237 Steiner in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco. The building was known as The Pepto-Bismol Palace. There they lived for two years next door to a pair of repressed homosexual alcoholics named Peter Haskett (1928-1996) and Raymond Huffman (1931-1992), and a scary frequent visitor known only as "Tony".
Peter and Ray were neighbors from hell.
—Eddie Lee Sausage
Eddie Lee and Mitchell D. soon began making audio recordings of their uncouth neighbors. Initially these were only for the amusement of their friends; but as their fame grew, they attained a cult status among a generation preceding Encyclopædia Dramatica's habitués. You will find that the recordings have a similar appeal as ED. They represent the historical roots of Internet drama from an era when the Internet consisted of little more than BBSs. They were recorded in the mid to late 1980s, but of course Æ-tan wasn't born until December 2004.
The collection is known as Shut Up, Little Man! because Peter so often shouted those words at Ray.
The Friendly Denizens of the Pepto Palace
Audio clips are available at the Shut Up, Little Man! audio clip page. Go listen to them right now. The only reason they're not embedded on this page is that they're too large, and you really need to have heard them to understand the derivative works in the next sections of this article.
Canonical quotes from Peter and Ray:
Just like everything else on the internet, the Shut Up, Little Man! recordings have been incorporated into animations and other works:
<center>"Wanna Stick Me With That Fork?" by Mike Mitchell.</center>
“The Crucifixion of Dinner” by Rich McMurry
- The official Shut Up, Little Man! home page
- Audio clip page
- The Shut Up, Little Man! history page
- The Shut Up, Little Man! galleries
- Article on TOW about Shut Up, Little Man!
- Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth (2002) in IMDB, based on Shut Up, Little Man!
- August 1995 article by George Cothran in SF Weekly
- A Shut Up, Little Man! animation on funnyazhell.com
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