Scott Siepker is the man who, in the character of the now-famous Iowa Nice Guy, memorably told America, “So I hear you think you know something about Iowa? Fuck you.” And then goes on to admonish viewers that the state of Iowa voted democratic in five out of the last six presidential elections, was one of the first to legalize gay marriage, feeds the world, invented the computer, and a host of other facts that most of the world doesn’t know about us.
That was during the last presidential election cycle’s Iowa Caucus.
Scott is an Iowa State grad, and I met him several years ago while working on a magazine story about one of his Iowa Filmmakers partners. He’s a very talented guy. And he’s everywhere these days, it seems: The Murph and Andy radio show, Soundoff on Channel 13, on stage – most recently as Macbeth – hosting Iowa Outdoors on Iowa Public Television, and in speaking engagements all over the state.
But the Iowa Nice Guy character made him famous and spun off Cyclone Nice, Hawkeye Nice, Love Letters to Fred Hoiberg, and a gig on ESPN. That original expletive-filled Iowa Nice video generated 1.4 million views on YouTube. I’ve watched it a dozen times myself, and it still makes me laugh. It also makes me proud to be an Iowan.
I’m now working on a story about Scott for the summer issue of the magazine, and photographer Jim Heemstra and I met up with him a couple of weeks ago in the East Village. I just had to share this picture of us together.