If you’ve ever walked more than half-a-block through downtown Colorado Springs in the past decade, you’ve likely been approached (or accosted) by one of Colorado Springs’ greatest characters: Brian Nemeth. A self-styled poet and aspiring news anchor, Nemeth relentlessly peddles his raunchy and frequently belligerent poems and opinions as one-sheet photocopied handouts for a dollar or two “to buy school supplies” for his classes at Pikes Peak Community College. He’s got a style and swagger (well, march) all his own: sport coat and tie with tight jeans and white basketball shoes, wire-frame glasses, a bulbous afro and a scraggly goatee. He often pulls a backpack on wheels behind him as he canvasses the downtown faster than most runners could.

While many are often put off by Brian’s seeming ubiquity and his nasal, hard-sell delivery, it’s hard not to admire his unflagging commitment to his craft and his desire to become the host of his own show on Fox News, however unlikely that dream may be. On top of that, few who’ve encountered Brian on the streets are aware that he suffers from both autism and schizophrenia. And amazingly, after almost a decade at Pikes Peak Community College, Brian is finally about to graduate with an associate’s degree.

Sadly for us, Brian plans to move to Denver soon; with his characteristic tenacity, he hopes to get his journalism degree and continue to pursue his dreams. Luckily for us, local filmmaker Christopher Chaos has a documentary about Brian in the works.

Tentatively titled “The Scoop,” the film is scheduled for completion next Fall. Until then, you can check out the trailer above and visit the Chaos Productionz website HERE for more.


8 Responses to The Scoop on Brian Nemeth

  1. Sandra says:

    Brian’s cool. My kids have known him (and enjoyed some of his raunchy writings) through going to Palmer High School. A real part of the downtown community–we’ll miss him when he moves to Denver.

  2. Josh Carr says:

    It will be a devastating loss to the cultural diversity of the Springs when Brian exits. I’ve known about his abilities and diagnosis for many years and respect his resolve and above all his views.
    Most valuable is the lens through which Brian sees the world. While it may often qualify as vulgar to many, the subject matter is often more vile than the commentary itself. Politics, cultural essays, and more recently politically graphic designs comment with the outrage and irreverence they deserve. Brian is more than FOX “news” deserves and more rational than Hannity, O’Reilly, and Beck. He deserves his own platform.

  3. adam degraff says:

    I remember being fascinated and drawn to Brian’s poetry in NewSpeak. At first they seemed like a joke, but then, as I realized they were for real they took on a transcendent quality, an aura. They were full of ego and id impulses impossibly, but seemlessly, working together. I could relate, on a deep level. I was even envious. Looking forward to the documentary.

  4. Brian says:

    I agree, Adam…….the depth of Brian’s poetry is incredible…..for we should all aspire to licking more clits in the future!

  5. Brian says:

    PS…no offense meant to Brian as he is an incredible and strong perservering soul who I wish finds great success and happiness in life, yet let’s not get the “Boulder Syndrome” here. Get real! Envious?!! Relate on a deep level?!!! Oh come on, the poetry was about getting some booty and was most likely not meant to convey some sort of deep meaning. Folks like Brian need to have their marketable strengths encouraged, not his dirty “poetry.” I feel like alot of folks in town used Brian as entertainment in the same way as that kid in high school was urged on by the cool kids to make comments to the lunch lady regarding the size of her breasts.

  6. Brian is amazing he can do anything he puts his mind to. Brian may have a long journey but it is all worth it. Good luck Brian i will be praying for you. By the way Congratulations on the AA

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  8. tOkKa says:

    –>> Brian’s always meant well no matter how “strange” he came across to people.

    When i went to school with hims h him and even worked with him for a time at Pikes Peak, it was always “colorful” to say the least the past near 15 years or .

    i always threw a bit of caution out every time he was in print or online and was crossing my fingers and hoping he wasn’t being used. But the more i read of his stuff in like NEWSSPEAK and his live appearances – i started to see that people in some form or fashion appreciated his frame of mind, writing, and humour.

    So i just hoped for the best – as the years went on and i myself managed to get out of the System with a degree.. my personal contact with Brian waned as i slowly developed a predominantly night schedule. Still Brian’s exploits made news and i would encounter him on odd occasions on the times i was out in day time.

    Brian’s case is much more complex of coarse than just his “writing”. His plight and aspirations i hope are seeing light in some regard. He has worked hard for his degree and even made rounds at local and actual news rooms even just on visits to educate himself.

    Um .. “He did his homework.”..

    There’s gotta be a place for Brian somewhere out there. things like this documentary and the support from friends who he made thru’ like NEWSSPEAK i see as encouraging and hopeful.

    Yeh i’m pretty sure he’s gonna get the “strange” tag and there’s prolly going to be more “colourful” writing in the future.

    Sorry if people are solely focused on Brian “trying to get a piece of ass” part of his writing. Brian does have a unique take and intelligence, interesting observation, and a pretty uncanny memory. Prolly the only person too i know that can recall specific, obscure but prolific newscasters from East Coast on a specific news cast at a certain time slot- and the time frame or when they were still on the air within the past 4 or 5 decades or what have you. i know i couldn’t do that.

    Brian at times could downright political.

    He’s had it rough like anyone else and his childhood was not in anyway what one would call “Rosie” . But he too in his own way has sought normalcy in this chaotic existence like anyone else. How can that not be applauded he remained on the right path focusing on these things and relatively independent in spite of the adversity he faces. Especially in Southern Colorado ??

    I dunno – i’d prolly see Brian more as an artist than anything. If he’s expressing himself: ideology, philosophy, sexual identity/frustrations, interesting political readings, and just every day life through his unique was that he does – more power to him.

    Brian is alot of things, but i never saw him as a bad person. Again it’s encouraging in a way to see him maintain. in spite of his struggles.

    It ain’t easy to do that in any capacity here ( perhaps anywhere – i know ). But as a diagnosed schizophrenic myself.. how can you not look at Brian in a way as to not give you a little bit of hope in these rather dark times ??

    Anyway –

    ~ t


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