Columbia’s ‘Wingmen’ to take flight to primetime TV Saturday

08/14/2014 4:11 PM

08/14/2014 4:12 PM

Two Columbia men will bring their unique flavor to primetime television Saturday night.

“Wingmen” follows Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they try to get their food truck, 2 Fat 2 Fly – and their revolutionary “stuffed chicken wings” -- off the ground. The show premiers at 10 p.m. Saturday during a one-hour special on the Oprah Winfrey Network (channel 72 or 173 in HD for Time Warner Cable customers).

“It is a surreal feeling, and I’m not sure it will be a true reality till it airs,” said Simmons, 29.

The longtime best friends aim to “make regular chicken wings obsolete” by loading the inside of their wings with anything and everything imaginable. The 35 available stuffings range from the intriguing to the weird -- and weird is exactly what they’re going for. There’s the more traditional mac ‘n’ cheese, jambalaya or mashed potato options. Then there’s the strawberry cream cheese or even the s’more filling.

“We’re trying to get people to break out of their comfort zone, to try something they’re not familiar with -- yet super familiar with,” said Dickerson, 34.

According to Simmons, this idea changes everything. “It could easily be related to Thomas Edison’s light bulb.”

Each flavor is brought back down to earth with a sprinkle of their “magic seasoning” – a sweet and savory combo that makes even a marshmallow feel at home in a chicken wing – but the idea to “put the mess on the inside” was something out of this world.

“Aliens exist and sometimes they put their own agendas into people’s minds on earth,” Simmons joked. He refused to reveal how they stuff their extra-terrestrial-inspired concoctions, self-proclaimed to be “un-clucking-believable.”

The never-boring and always-slightly-off personalities of the duo are what promise to make “Wingmen” take off. Producers say the one-hour show is a test, and if it does well, the show could become a series.

Simmons says his and Dickerson’s chemistry combines the best aspects of the most iconic wingmen.

“If you infuse Jules and Vincent from (the movie) ‘Pulp Fiction,’ Mike and Marcus from (the movie) ‘Bad Boys,’ and (popular TV duo) Laverne and Shirley, add a sprinkle of Maverick and Goose (from the movie ‘Top Gun’), and put that in a witch’s brew – that’s pretty much it,” he said.

While the food truck can often be found at events and set up in locales around Columbia, the show chronicles the duo’s fight to take the crown at Wingfest on Hilton Head Island and comes at a time when small-time businesses are more of an underdog than ever – a fact that only adds to the appeal of the series.

“We’re just two guys that took something we believe in wholeheartedly and followed it,” Simmons said. “That’s something everyone can get behind, especially today when everyone’s so bogged down with the rigors of trying to make it.”

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