Mad Chad McDealy in his latest work with Big Sky Resort
MAD CHAD McDealy is not a national household name. Yet. It’s really only a matter of time. This local celebrity is already known for his fast-talking, brown-tuxedo-wearing ways around Montana, and with his Big Sky Resort Season Pass Sale videos sweeping across cyberspace, there’s no question he’s the next big thing, riding on the heels of Bieber fever and jeggings.
With his 1970’s used car salesman persona, some have called him the next Billy Mays, the next Richard Nixon. Most recently, he’s even been likened to Kathy Griffin on her Bravo TV show My Life on the D-List. But when you take a closer look, it’s clear that this man is a beast all his own, turning conventional fame on its head.
Sitting in Whiskey Jack’s in Big Sky, Montana, I got a chance to catch up with McDealy himself, in between takes for his next commercial. Over a PBR and a heaping plate of spicy nachos, Mad Chad McDealy opened up to me about his past, his passions, and how he stays so stylish.
Greer Schott: So you’re back for a second season pass sale at Big Sky Resort. How does it feel to be the face of a major ski area?
Mad Chad McDealy: It’s great! I started snowlerblading at three years old, and I’ve always known the importance of a good deal, so this is a dream come true. And this is a great deal. Would a face like this lie to you?
GS: Speaking of your face, what happened to last season’s giant pork chops?
MCM: You’ve got to keep up with the times, Larry, stay fashionable and stay good-looking. It was time to fill in the Chops.
GS: Um, my name is Greer, not Larry. Stay with the times? What about the brown tuxedo, then?
MCM: Great question, Larry! The brown tuxedo is a classic. I knew that if I wore it long enough it would come back in high fashion, and here we are today. Plus, as a salesman I’ve gotta look sharp. Who can say no to a man in a tux?
GS: Ahem, it’s Greer, actually, not Larry. Speaking of your role as a salesman, is selling Big Sky’s season passes your full-time job?
MCM: It’s my main focus. But I’ve got other smaller contracts as well. I do infomercials for a tween telephone dating service called Vanilla Gorilla, but my heart’s not really into it. I’ve also been asked to model for the Shake Weight infomercials, but had to turn it down due to my busy schedule.
GS: With all of these big gigs, I have to wonder if you ever had a period of struggle at the beginning of your career. How did you get your start in sales?
MCM: I started at age five selling forever-seal tupperware door-to-door. One day I came to the door of a major producer and that’s when I really hit it big. He saw my talent, hired me to head up the original dust buster campaign, and the rest is history.
GS: Is that how you got the name Mad Chad McDealy?
MCM: Well McDealy is a family name, of course. The “Mad” part came when people started asking me if I was out of my mind. The answer? Yes I am!
GS: You must be if you’re offering such low pass prices, especially to college students. Is it seriously $589 for college students this year?
MCM: You’re darn right it is! That’s $589 plus tax! Plus you can ski April 1st-24th when you pay for a gold pass in full! I pity the fool who doesn’t take advantage of this deal! I… ???? (indistinguishable fast-talk) ???…This is the best deal ever!
Watch Mad Chad's latest Big Sky Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Awjd56J1c
Mad Chad's season pass picture