The Oscar’s pizza guy, deliveryman Edgar Martirosyan, is capturing more attention than some of the stars that took home Academy Awards Sunday night. But the “pizza guy,” who is also the restaurant’s owner, is taking it all in. Pocketing a grand from Ellen DeGeneres the following day wasn’t too bad either.
According to MSN Entertainment on Monday, the Burbank-based pizza chain Big Mama's & Papa's has seen a huge sales surge since they were called on to deliver a total of 20 pizzas to Hollywood's Dolby Theatre during Sunday night's Academy Awards.
Edgar thought he was bringing dinner to a bunch of hungry producers and writers. But after arriving, he found himself whisked onto the stage with host Ellen DeGeneres, talking with some of Hollywood’s biggest actors, while 43 million of us watched from home.
On Monday’s Ellen DeGeneres show, Edgar finally got his tip, and it was a whopper. Edgar came on stage, pizza pie in hand, and chatted with Ellen for a bit before she handed him $600 that she had collected Sunday night from the Hollywood A-listers in Pharrell’s hat, then pulled another $400 out of her pocket. Later, everyone in the audience got a slice of pizza.
“I was shocked,” Edgar told Ellen of her yanking him on to the Oscars stage. “It was really crazy.”
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence all were shown taking a piece of pie, but the one person that Edgar was particularly pleased to serve a slice to was Best Supporting Actress nominee Julia Roberts.
“The woman in my dreams,” Edgar told Ellen. “I was always watching her movies in Moscow, 'Pretty Woman,' so it was something crazy to me.”
Ararat Agakhanyan, Big Mama's & Papa's franchise owner, said Edgar's few minutes of pizza fame has yielded a sales explosion for all of his locations.
“All of our locations are crazy busy right now,” Ararat told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Monday. “We had no idea that our pizzas were going to be on TV. We’re ordering supplies like mad, stocking up on cheese, pepperoni, sausage and boxes and shipping them out to the different stores.”