COMIC SPADE TRIED, FAILED TO BE SKI BUM
Before he broke out in stand-up and on “Saturday Night Live,” comic David Spade attempted to join the ranks of Aspen ski bums.
When Spade was in high school, his older brother and two friends did a few winter tours of duty working on the mountains and in a ski shop downtown. When Spade graduated in 1982, he attempted to follow them. It didn’t go so well.
He and a friend tried to hitchhike to Aspen from San Diego, failed, called Dial-aRide (“It was like the Uber of its time”) and rolled into town.
The pair had a brief gig installing sprinklers, then tried to scrape together cash as strippers through the Strip-O-Gram service.
“Obviously, this was back when I was more ripped,” Spade said. “He was actually ripped. So I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll just tag along.’ That didn’t work, shockingly, so we had to go home.”