Bearded 'Whisker Wars' Star Talks Tips, Tricks and Favorite Famous Facial Hair

A beard isn't just facial hair -- if it's good enough, it's a living. Just ask the stars of 'Whisker Wars' (Fridays, 11PM ET on IFC). From the guys behind 'Deadliest Catch' comes this new kind of reality TV competition, all about the fine art of competitive facial hair growth. I caught up with Jack Passion, a feisty man with a fiery red beard who's also a multiple time world facial hair champ and author of 'The Facial Hair Handbook.' If you haven't caught the show yet, it won't take you long to realize that Passion is part of the new school of Beard Team USA, spreading the good news of good growth all over the world. Passion talked all about what made him decide to grow two feet of red hair on his chin, and his Rapunzel-like view of how to make a career out of being a whisker warrior. He also dished helpful hair tips, talked Movember and other non-profits that heighten the cool factor of facial hair and named his celebrity facial hair idols.

Myk Proposes to His Girlfriend on Stage at a Competition on 'Whisker Wars' (VIDEO)

It's not all competitive facial hair-growing on 'Whisker Wars' (Fri., 11PM ET on IFC). Myk, who sports a rather impressive beard of his own, was hosting a competition when he suddenly pulled his long-time girlfriend, Karolina, on to the stage. At first it was fairly standard thanks for all the hard work she does for the competitions and all of her support, but then he surprised her and the crowd. "All I got is one question for you, and one quesetion alone," Myk told her. But then, perhaps because he believes actions speak louder than words, he simply pulled out a ring and got down on one knee without any words. Her response was just as silent, but it was a positive one.

Jack Passion Compares Himself to Muhammad Ali on 'Whisker Wars' (VIDEO)

Introducing Jack Passion: The self-proclaimed "Muhammad Ali of beards!" That's right. Of beards! On the premiere of Whisker Wars (Fri., 8PM on IFC), the new (and only) show about competitive facial hair growing(!), wooly contestant Jack Passion tried hard to nab the spotlight early with some serious boasting and braggadocio ... about his beard. Needless to say, Jack has a lot of haters. Depending on whom you ask, the bristly-faced boys who make up the Austin Facial Hair Club are either jealous of all the attention Jack's bushy beard is getting, or they're rightfully annoyed by his arrogant attitude (and not so big mustache!).