On top of spending my weekends surfing the airwaves on 100.5 Fresh Radio and our brother station The Wolf 101.5, I’ve also been a pizza boy since just after I finished high school. It’s been a nice steady job since then, and I must have a good rapport with my managers because they brought me back multiple times after leaving for college then coming back for a summer or two. Not only does it help me pay my bills, but it’s also given me plenty of memorable experiences in our fair town too.
Back before online ordering was a thing that was available around here, we would get the odd request over the phone to do something interesting on the delivery – “Write a joke in the box,” for example. Since online ordering became the easiest way for introverts to order a pizza without having to interact with anyone, there definitely has been a bit of an uptick in interesting delivery instructions.
If you’ve never ordered a pizza online, there is an area where you can enter whatever special instructions you may have for the driver. Most often, people just write in their buzzer number if at an apartment building, or something along the lines of “Come to the side door or back yard.” But, occasionally you’ll get jokesters trying to be funny. Sometimes they’ll ask for a drawing of a T-Rex, or a joke to be written inside the box.
Once, when I was asked to write an inspirational message for some stressed-out students, this is what I responded with:
When students ask for inspirational messages in their pizza box, I’m there with marker in hand. pic.twitter.com/4XKeofkCH6
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) September 30, 2016
Another time in the past, I managed to score myself a hefty tip by stopping by a convenience store on my way to a delivery and buying a package each of regular Oreos and Golden Oreos. The customer had instructed me to do so in those delivery instructions, and was blown away when I actually did it.
Through all the experiences I’ve had while delivering pizzas (including a few naked guys here and there – thanks for that, dudes), I have yet to have a customer invite me in to jam or collaborate musically with them. In fact, I didn’t even realize that was something I actually wanted until I came across these videos from Mashd N Kutcher, an Australian musical duo who have collaborated with now numerous pizza delivery guys.
The first collab came a couple years ago. Have a look:
I don’t know about you folks, but after seeing what that guy recorded, I wasn’t expecting much of a song… But then again, Mashd N Kutcher are professionals for a reason. Well, that and making electronica can actually be pretty easy depending on the software you’re using – which is why I’m not overly impressed by a lot of electronica music. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still shake my ass to it, but I’m more likely to be impressed by some guy strumming away on an acoustic guitar than someone pushing a couple buttons on a computer. But I digress…
Then again, if not for that ease of creation, we would probably never get to experience these collaborations and witness these delivery guys realize the dream of becoming a recording artist.
Just a couple days ago, the sequel was uploaded, recorded with a different pizza guy:
Again, it blows my mind at how little actual instrumental input is required to make a bangin’ jam.
They’ve brought their Collab show on the road too, with some Subway employees taking part:
I especially like the sample of the pop fountain. They’ve also brought it on the road in another way… Literally ON the road with Mario Kart:
Speaking of karts – well, actually carts – they also seem to like to collab with random people at the supermarket. You can tell this wasn’t filmed in the United States because people seem surprisingly chill with some random dude with a camera coming up to their carts and touching their groceries.
I just had an idea… Maybe I’ll start asking anyone I deliver a pizza to if they want to collab!