To prep for a barbecue they’re hosting on June 17th, a bunch of 20-something dudes bought a bunch of food to feed a bunch of mouths. But they’re still missing something—since none of them live near their fathers anymore, they took to Craigslist to seek a “substitute generic father figure” to be the “BBQ Dad.”
That’s right, Dane Anderson, one of “The Boys” living in Spokane, Washington, said he and his friends all know how to work the grill but they’re not totally comfortable fulfilling the role of BBQ Dad. They’re adamant about finding a paternal figure with a little more experience. Specifically, candidates should have a minimum of 18 years experience as a father, a minimum of 10 years grilling experience and “an appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day.” Preference will be given to applicants named Bill, Randy or Dave.
The ad, which has since been removed, asked that BBQ Dad takes on the following duties:
“Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)
Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)
Refer to all attendees as “Big Guy’, “Chief”, “Sport”, “Champ” etc. (whilst drinking beer)
Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc.
Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.”
This is real:
While The Boys can’t pay BBQ Dad, they’re promising “all the food and cold beer [his] heart desires.” And, as it turns out, there are many men willing to do the job for free. In fact, fathers from Virginia to Germany are sending in selfies and resumes vying for the position. One man in Montana even offered to bring the equivalent of a whole cow in beef as well as five kegs.
A dad named Stan was one of their first legitimate prospects, but Stan stopped replying to their messages. That said, Stan and the rest of ’em are probably out for the count anyway—now that The Boys have picked up some viral momentum, they’ve decided that the only candidate they really want to consider is… Bill Murray.
“With all the publicity, we’ve decided to ‘Go Bill or Go Home.’ Bill Murray that is,” Anderson told HuffPost. “We are dead-set on getting Bill to be our father figure #BillOrBust.”
Though their own fathers were not originally invited to the barbecue, they may fly out now that word of the party is making rounds.
“Even our own dads will never be the perfect barbecue dad because that’s Bill Murray,” Travis Rybarski, another member of The Boys who is acting as the group’s “press secretary,” told Spokesman.
They’re hoping Bill Murray is just as interested in cracking open a cold one with the boys. Check out the interview with KHQ below for more on their quest.