It’s hopefully become clear by now that we enjoy making comical videos for you. But what good is that if we can’t promote the hell out of them on a talk show? For so long, we’ve had to suck on the fact that Lopez Tonight seems completely unwilling to fly us down for the guest shot we’ve dreamt of. But luckily, we got the next best thing.
Last month, the opportunity arose for Aaron and myself to represent Fun Time Internet on a student-produced Internet talk show called Friday Night Live. It meant we would get to travel back to our alma mater, Ryerson University, for a jubilant trip down memory lane. The show’s host Mike seemed like an alright guy, and after watching previous episodes we were awed by monologues that frequently chased an abortion joke with an AIDS joke. That’s edgy stuff! We had found our kindred couch.
We taped the show on March 12th, had a great time, and patiently waited for our episode to make its appearance on the web. But when it was finally uploaded, we were nowhere to be found! Our segments were gone, replaced with a Triscuit-dry interview with the school’s athletic director, and all mention of Fun Time Internet had been snipped from the broadcast. Our appearance’s disappearance even got a special advisory.
We thought a lack of restriction was the point of the internet.
There had to be some mistake. So we contacted the host to get the scoop. Mike told us that because they didn’t feel they had full control of the broadcast, and because they didn’t care for our surprises, they had to cut us from the show.
That was it. Our appearance was lost forever. Only… not, because we brought our own camera in case they got cheesed off. Speakers up!
We began by regaling Mike with a story about something that totally happened on the way to the show that day. If we’d known they were going to try and hustle us off the set later, we probably wouldn’t have killed this much time.
Then we invited our friendly neighbourhood intern, Mikey, who still attends the university, to pop onto the set and say hello to the nice folks. Of course, Mikey screwed it up like he always does. The more we whip him with an extension cord, the less he learns.
From there, we decided that we’d make good use of the live FNL audience and test-drive a new character (or two). I’m not sure if either is going to be getting their own sketch any time soon, but we are extremely tempted.
By this point, the Friday Night Live gang was getting pretty peeved. They wanted us gone. During the commercial break (wait, why are there commercials?), we pleaded for one more minute to present Mike with something very special we’d brought him. We’re not sure if he got a bite, but we definitely think we warmed his heart, and at least, like Lopez Tonight, we got to bring the party back to late night.
Apparently what we did was so tastless that they decided to completely re-do the interview segment with a new guest. We were all… really? Is Nazi Baby too extreme for Friday Night AIDS Joke? We thought that would be right up their alley. Could the reason they killed our bit been that Mike was sore he wasn’t the one bringing the funny?
The sad truth is that we’re not that interesting of an interview. And if we had just gone with the original plan, which was to field questions like “Do you guys have any comedy rituals?” (what?), then we would have stunk up the joint. But no hard feelings, Friday Night Live. If you’d like to have us back, we bought a twenty-pack of diapers, so we’re set.
Update: further internet comedy dramz! We have the clips back up on Funny or Die after FNL filed an erroneous copyright claim to have them removed from YouTube. You’re wily ones, you are.