Dirty Sanchez

Dirty Sanchez

Dirty Sanchez

Last updated: 24 November 2008

Pain, mutilation and a sick love of skateboarding: Newport's sickest foursome unleashed.

Known as Team Sanchez in the USA (possibly due to the dubious connotations of their name), these four sick and fearless men made a name for themselves in MTV's British version of the Jackass series.

Dirty Sanchez is made up of three Welshmen - Matt Pritchard, Lee Dainton and Pancho - plus a Cornishman, Dan Joyce. They met through a love of skateboarding and wanton disregard for personal safety, and began performing crazy stunts for their own amusement years before MTV came sniffing.

At first Pritchard and Dainton filmed themselves larking around with skateboards. When the resulting videos called Pritchard Vs Dainton were underground successes, MTV came calling. They recruited friends Pancho and Joycey, and an extended cast which sometimes featured friends, family members and workmates.

Mostly filmed in Newport, the show first aired on MTV in 2002. Reactions were mixed, with some claiming it was merely a pale imitation of Jackass. However, it soon demonstrated a rawer edge to its American counterpart, with segments containing more extreme stunts and male nudity. Indeed, Jackass felt rather tame in the wake of Dirty Sanchez, and the Newport boys quickly became stars.

The first series contained eight episodes. The follow-up, dubbed Jobs For The Boyos, was just six episodes long, and documented visits to various institutions including a commando training camp, an Arizona ranch and a martial arts school.

Series three, which aired in 2005, was titled European Invasion. It comprised visits to six countries - Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and Spain - in which increasingly daring stunts were recorded during a live show. During one sequence, Pritchard was shot in a shooting range.

Continuing the live theme, they appeared at the 2005 Reading and Leeds festivals between 2004 and 2006, where they performed stunts onstage including having their bare buttocks dragged across sandpaper.

Dirty Sanchez: The Movie was released on 22 September 2006. It had its world premiere in Cardiff. The stunts featured were extended and more extreme than many in the TV productions, with a plot involving a trip to hell and a challenge from the devil to enact the seven deadly sins.

So, what's the fuss all about? Well, relaying some of the more extreme stunts here would probably get us sacked. But here's a taste of what they've done over the years: eating body hair, drinking bodily fluids, being pelted with golf balls, an endurance test involving a freezer, naked paintball, ear and tongue stapling, nostril supergluing, drunken pranks (often involving a comatose Pancho) and Pritchard's penis being nailed to a plank of wood.

Needless to say, don't even think about trying this at home, school, the office or anywhere else.


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