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Comedian Charlie Berens talks about a origination of Manitowoc Minute series.
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FOND DU LAC – If fabrication is a sincerest form of flattery, Grandpa Bob contingency be feeling flattering gosh damn good right about now.

His grandson, Charlie Berens, has turn a domicile name in many tools of a Badger State, and even outward Wisconsin, for his weekly video “Manitowoc Minute.”

For those not profitable attention, “Manitowoc Minute” is a two-minute YouTube video Berens posts any Monday. The Elm Grove-born, Los Angeles-based Berens said he struggled with his Wisconsin accent as a broadcaster before holding on “Minute,” that offers a satirical news segment, pressed with Wisconsin-inspired phrases.

“Manitowoc Minute” has turn such a strike Berens has branched out to live, sell-out shows via Wisconsin and beyond.

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    Hanging out with Berens and his grandparents, Sue and Bob, on a new Sunday during their Fond du Lac home on Lake Winnebago, it’s transparent to see where Charlie gets his clarity of humor.

    After charity a contributor and photographer coffee and homemade cookies, Grandma Sue sits down in a comfy vital room chair.

    “Let me tell ya,” she begins. “Charlie comes from a family of BS’ers. His family is unequivocally funny. He has a present of comedy, and his grandpa is never during a detriment for words. I’m so blissful Charlie took it and done something of it.”

    Charlie is a second of 12 children, and Grandma Sue pronounced his relatives did a good pursuit lifting a crew.

    “None of them went to jail,” she pronounced (although that hasn’t been verified.)

    “There were a lot of kids in a family,” Charlie acknowledged, joking, “That means usually one chairman gets a duck wing, everybody else gets a black eye.”

    That jokingly led to a behind and onward with Grandma Sue about his welfare for white or dim duck beef — information a grandma wants to know.

    Charlie credits Grandpa Bob for providing him with many of his Wisconsin-flavored element such as “Keep ‘er movin.” A new “Manitowoc Minute” shows Charlie and Grandpa Bob musky fishing in a brook of Green Bay. And to be clear, a elder Berens steals a show.

    The span tilt in an considerable 51-inch fish, to copiousness of “Oh my gosh’s.” (I saw photos, it was impressive.) When Charlie annals this musky is about 45 inches longer than a final fish he caught, Grandpa Bob replies, “That one was a minnow.”

    His grandparents, who had seen Charlie’s live uncover a night before Sunday’s visit, beamed with pride.

    “When people compensate income to see my grandson, it creates me utterly proud,” Bob said, adding with a grin, “I wouldn’t.”

    He says it’s peculiar when people come adult to him and ask if he’s associated to the Charlie Berens, formed on their final name.

    “I say, ‘That’s my grandson,’” Bob said. “It’s utterly new and unbelievable.”

    It’s substantially satisfactory to contend many of us vital in “Canada South” have during slightest one Grandpa Bob in a family. And examination Charlie correlate with his charming, no-nonsense, justified grandparents, one can maybe know a recognition of “Manitowoc Minute.”

    It’s transparent a amusement comes from a place of love and fondness, not meanness.

    Charlie says many of a sayings a “Minute” man uses are phrases he pronounced though realizing he pronounced them. “It’s that Wisconsin abruptness that Grandpa Bob has,” he said. “He taught me ‘Som, a-bitch,’ for example. He says it a approach he sees it.”

    Even a camo coupler with a too-short sleeves has a history, apparently going by several “borrowing” situations among family members before Charlie acquired it from his dad’s closet.

    He gladly puts it on for a print fire and immediately transforms into a “Minute” character, whom Charlie describes as someone vital in his mom’s basement, who likes to review a news and go fishin’, all kinds of fishin’.

    Although a impression seems like a healthy fit, Charlie didn’t set out with a idea of building “Manitowoc Minute.”

    He graduated from a University of Wisconsin-Madison with a grade in broadcasting and environmentalism.

    While in college, Berens worked on MTV’s 2008 “Choose or Lose” project, and suspicion about ways to promulgate with people outward normal news formats. He worked several normal news programs, though pronounced “It wasn’t resonating with me. The news is so important, though people aren’t always meddlesome in it. Comedy is a approach to strech people.”

    He worked some red-carpet gigs, and got into stand-up and blueprint comedy in California. As he auditioned for work, Charlie pronounced he was done wakeful his Wisconsin accent and hometown phrases someday took over though him being aware.

    Then, he constructed some YouTube videos, in which he dubbed over “Titanic’s” cursed Jack Dawson with an ultra-thick Wisconsin accent.

    “I saw it unequivocally resonated with people,” he said. “I watched it get a hundred views, afterwards a thousand views, afterwards 13 million. we could see we was on to something. You hear southern accents, though when they do Wisconsin accents in a cliché way, they do it wrong. we suspicion maybe we should do news with a Wisconsin accent.”

    He worked on a bit for a uncover during a Comedy Store in L.A. in June, and afterwards launched a YouTube video.

    “Manitowoc Minute,” alas, doesn’t have a clever tie to a Lakeshore community, other than it has a good ring to it.

    And, interjection to a Netflix array “Making a Murderer,” about Steven Avery, people via a U.S. and universe are wakeful of a village and a location.

    Although Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels isn’t a fan of “Making a Murderer,” he pronounced he’s blissful Charlie is bringing something fun to a name. He gave Charlie a pivotal to a city after dual sold-out shows during a Capitol Civic Centre in late December.

    “We’re Wisconsinites,” Nickels said. “We get it. It’s fun. we consider a fact he filled dual sold-out shows during a Civic Centre shows people suffer it.”

    The mayor pronounced he hands out a pivotal to a city about dual or 3 times a year, noticing folks who make a difference.

    “What we (told) Charlie is that now that he has a pivotal to a city, he’s always acquire back,” Nickels said.

    Charlie welcomes that, usurpation both a extended support of Cheeseheads and those who live in other states. He remarkable 60 percent of his Facebook fans are from Wisconsin, and 40 percent from areas such as Colorado, Tennessee, Flordia, Minnesota, Michigan and even Los Angeles.

    “It’s flattering fun to see how distant a tentacles reach,” he said. “If you’re going to be pigeonholed, this is a flattering good approach for that to happen. I’m unapproachable of it.”

    He writes a material, annals and produces on his own, and travels around a nation doing his shows, with about 6 some-more designed in Wisconsin in entrance weeks. Charlie reads headlines to rise ideas, and his recognition now brings tips and suggestions from fans.

    “I only wish to keep formulating content,” he said. “I wish to keep anticipating ways to bond with my audience.”

    The talk lasted prolonged adequate that Bob and Sue competence have missed church, though Grandma Sue pronounced they would attend a Sunday night services.

    And while Charlie and a photographer headed outward to take pictures, Grandma Sue common stories of her grandkids, observant they were “off a record.” (For a record, they were desirable and harmless.)

    But she told a story of Charlie, his siblings and cousins as kids using outward after a sleet to puncture adult worms, offered them for income if they upheld inspection.

    Digging for worms seems a geez-Louise good instance of how practical Charlie Berens — now a Wisconsin luminary — unequivocally is.

    This story is partial of a Making Manitowoc array of stories that prominence a people, places and things that make a Manitowoc region one of a kind. If we know of an engaging person, place or thing done in Manitowoc that we consider could be featured, contact Patti Zarling at pzarling@gannett.com, by phone at 920-686-2152 or on Twitter at @PGPattiZarling.

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