Many of Wing Bowl 24’s participants — like 2016 champ Molly Schuyler — are fierce competitive eaters. But only one was “eat a cactus at 7 a.m.” fierce this year: YouTube Star the L.A. Beast, aka Kevin Strahle.
Strahle, a New Jersey native, is a competitive and novelty eater out of Santa Monica who has become known for crazy eating stunts like downing wooden pencils, or the infamous “Banana-Sprite challenge.”
To get into Wing Bowl 24, Strahle downed 24 raw eggs with the shell on in just 4 minutes:
Beyond that, though, Strahle’s made a mainstay of eating cacti on his hit YouTube channel, so fans may not be surprised by his stunt Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Center.
Either way, though, pretty much everyone else was:
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) February 5, 2016
— Jenny DeHuff (@RuffTuffDH) February 5, 2016
— Wing Bowl 24 (@WIPWingBowl) February 5, 2016
Sadly, Strahle’s cactus stunt didn’t help very much with the wing eating competition itself. Despite putting up a valiant effort, he was disqualified at the conclusion of the first round due to vomiting — a violation of Wing Bowl’s “if you heave, you leave” rule.
— Nick Vadala (@njvadala) February 5, 2016
I was "ejected" right at the end of round 1 at WingBowl. Had 100 wings gone & on the last swallow I coughed hurling some food from my mouth.
— L.A. Beast (@KevLAbeast) February 5, 2016
Strahle, for his part, said he was “disappointed” with going out over the vomit rule, as it seemed like a typical way to face disqualification. And, hey, if you were the guy known for downing various raw organ meats with relatively little trouble, you might be a little disappointed, too.
The crowd, however, didn’t seem to see it that way exactly:
LA Beast is an animal!
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) February 5, 2016
— Carl Hawkins (@SprintCarl) February 5, 2016
@Hegelbon I hear LA Beast is there this year so wing bowl is good actually
— Ian Williams (@Brock_toon) February 5, 2016
So, Beast, better luck next year — and maybe save the cactus eating for after the competition. You gotta make room somehow.