Charlie Behrens, Midwest Storyteller Extraordinaire

Check it out! Charlie Behrens filmed his “2 Types of People in the Parking Lot” video at the grocery store where I often shop.

Did you notice the yellow-green awnings from these photos I took a few months ago. Behrens lives kind of near me, and it’s fun to recognize familiar locations in his videos.

And who is Charlie Behrens, you may ask if you’re not from the Midwest? Well, that’s hard to explain. But basically he’s a guy who stumbled into creating a fabulous Wisconsin character who embodies all the oddities about ourselves that were never completely on our radar until he noticed them and turned them into comedy.

“Husbands of Target” was the first video of his that I ever saw. This is a couple years old now.

And here is one of my favorites, “Midwest Siri.” It’s pretty self-explanatory and definitely has enough of a Midwest flavor to communicate what so endears him to everyone with ties to Wisconsin! ❤️

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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