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Lance Dowds is a supporting character in Clerks II.

Lance Dowds
Series: View Askewniverse
Occupation: Internet multi-millionaire
First seen: Clerks II
Last seen: Clerks II
Created By: Kevin Smith
Actor: Jason Lee


Life before Clerks II[]

Lance Dowds was friends with Dante and Randal in high school where he was taunted frequently, earning the nickname "Pickle Fucker" after taking part in a high school hazing which involved the seniors shoving a pickle up his rear end. After graduating, he founded a search engine called and sold it to for $20 million, making him an Internet multi-millionaire.

Clerks II[]

He appears in just one scene where he taunts Dante and Randal, who are still working in dead-end minimum wage jobs, before ordering food from them. In response to Lance's taunts, Randal prepares his food by secretly placing dead flies on the hamburger and using ice from a urinal for the drink. Lance, however, gives the meal to Jay. Jay and Silent Bob are seen eating the meal outside, with Jay asking Silent Bob, "This tastes like piss and flies don't it?"

Ultimate Fate[]

Before leaving, Dowds is asked by Elias if he has any interest in making a fan-site about LOTR and The Transformers. Elias also volunteers to moderate it for free. Lance then gives him his email address so that he can give him some ideas for the site.


Randal Graves[]

As shown by their scenes together. Randal has a clear hatred for Lance. After Lance leaves the joint, Randal makes several comments about Lance.


  • Originally Matt Damon was supposed to play the role of Lance Dowds. However, Damon was also filming The Good Shepherd at the same time and couldn't make it. So Jason Lee took over the role during a day off from My Name Is Earl.
  • The character of Lance Dowds was based on a character named Hal that Kevin Smith created for a sitcom pilot titled "Hating Hal".
  • This is Jason Lee's fourth role in the View Askewniverse. He had previously played Brodie Bruce, Banky Edwards and Azrael.