The episode of ESPN's Cheap Seats in which the Sklar brothers commentate on the telecast of the 2004 Nathan's Famous finals can be viewed on youtube.
The Onion has an article about Nike's new line of competitive eating apparel described as “specially designed to boost performance by absorbing barbecue sauce, blue cheese, ranch, and all manner of drippings to completely eliminate condiment-related discomfort during competitive eating events” presidental burrito challenge has a post titled “Leaving A Legacy: Barack Obama Just Became The First President Since Gerald Ford To Complete The White House Monster Burger Challenge”

Upon inauguration, all presidents are challenged by the White House executive chef to conquer the 5 pounds of ground beef featuring 20 slices of Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, and a pound of fries on the side. And on top of all that, it has to be done in under an hour with no bathroom breaks nor any help from the vice president or first lady. Success means a free T-shirt, comped bill, and a plaque on the wall of the Oval Office, but considering the sheer amount of angus beef one has to conquer, success is far from a given.

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Dave Barry on cockroach contest fatality

Humorist Dave Barry has a column for the Wall Street Journal about his home state of Florida which includes the following account of a 2012 bug eating competition:
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Comments (1) has an article about the Kansas City Chiefs head coach titled "Andy Reid Furious At Self For Poor Clock Management At End Of 72-Oz. Steak Challenge". (via Stephanie Wu & Randy Santel)
This is That, a CBC Radio program, produced a segment about Camp Odoon, "the world's number one training facility for those who consider themselves to be 'food athletes.'". The show describes itself as "a current affairs program that doesn't just talk about the issues, it fabricates them". has an article about a restaurant offering a challenge requiring customers to watch someone finish three pounds of nachos. People successfully completing the challenge receive free nachos for life.
Youtube has a mini-mockumentary about the Championship Eating Network. The fictional channel is used as an example of a minimally-viewed offering which is required to be included in cable packages and is part of Consumer Action's campaign against the practice of bundling. (via
The LA Beast ate a cactus, a dozen raw eggs with shell and three ghost peppers at the Coupe de Comedy Festival hosted by the University of California at Irvine's Improv Revolution. (video)
FilmClassicsVirgin has a review of Eat it Up, a comedic short film about competitive eating gangs.
The Cheap Seats episodes where the Sklar brothers commentate on the 2004 Nathan's finals and 2005 US Open of Competitive Eating can be viewed on youtube.
HelloDenizen produced a video of Takeru Kobayashi competing against a hamster in a hot dog eating contest.
The episode of The Simpsons where Lisa dates an aspiring competitive eater voiced by Zach Galifianakis will be rerun tonight at 8 pm.
The Riverfront Times has a blog entry about Cannibal Corpse singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher reportedly eating 112 hot dogs at the Gathering of the Juggalos' Hot Dog Eating Challenge.
The Simpsons episode (Luca$) where Lisa dates a competitive eater will be rerun tonight at 8:30.
UK GQ has a blog entry about the British satirical scifi comic, 2000 AD. One of the stories described, "Requiem for a Heavyweight", is set at an eating contest (page 1 | page 2)    
In an episode of Hulu's new supernatural stoner comedy web series Deadbeat, the ghost of deceased competitive eater Hiro Tamagachi (based on Takeru Kobayashi) wants to have the rabbi who received his stomach organ face off against his arch rival Johnny Praline in Oinky's hot dog eating contest near Times Square. (previous instances of a Mr. Praline in a comedy series)

Competitve Eating in “The Simpsons”

Tonight’s episode of The Simpsons, “Luca$”, in which Lisa dates an aspiring competitve eater named Lucas Bortner is not the first appearance of competitive eating in the animated series. Eating challenges from previous episodes:

There is also an eating challenge level in the Simpsons video game and the Simpsons comic book had a story titled “Man vs. Beast vs. Food”.


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On a recent episode of the Conan O'Brien show, a 72 ounce steak from the Big Texan was shot by a catapult at a basketball goal outside the Dallas Cowboy stadium (site of this weekend's Final Four).
The New York Cosmos have a video of Takeru Kobayashi competing (as "Busboy Kevin") against midfielder Peri Marošević in a chicken wing eating contest. More April 1 links: Buffalo, NY awarded competitive eating expansion team | Florida food truck to take over Nathan's Coney Island location and eating contestupdate April 2 Yahoo! has a blog entry with more about the prank
In Sunday's episode of The Simpsons (Luca$) Zach Galifianakis will guest star as an aspiring competitive eater that Lisa will date. Her family will encourage her to look for other potential boyfriends.
The bratwurst eating contest episode of MTV's Beavis & Butthead is currently available on youtube.
Huffington Post has a blog entry titled "Black Hole's Appetite Awes Competitive Hot Dog Eaters"  about George Shea's request for use of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. has a list of Oscar picks and mini movie reviews reportedly by Joey Chestnut.  
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