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Vidiots features pairs of comedians watching and commenting on some of today's hottest music videos and even the occasional throwback. Everything's a target as they take hilarious shots at the videos, the artists and each other... in a fun-loving way, of course.
The Vidiots watch Ariana Grande spin out in "Side to Side", go "Downtown" with Macklemore, enter the virtual world of Calvin Harris, swoon to Taylor Swift's You Belong to Me, throwback to the Spice Girls' Wannabe, and get weird with Massive Attack.
Vidiots see Flo Rida's "My House", Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone", Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill's "Gecko (Overdrive)", Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby", and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What".
Katy Perry "Chained to the Rhythm"; Skrillex "Bangarang"; Ariana Grande "Everyday"; Mark Ronson "Feel Right"; Sia "Elastic Heart"; N'Sync "Bye Bye Bye"
The ViDiOTS were invited to the Bethesda offices in Lyon, France (Arkane Studios) to hang out with the team and get some pointers on Dishonored 2. A little sightseeing, some existential scares, and great gaming!
This episode is in Richmond, VA where we both try to "blend in" by experiencing our beautiful South. Maybe our accents got in the way, but James gets to go to one of his favorite destinations that turns out to be something completely different than what he expected, while Mark gets to see one of his biggest (weirdest) dreams come true! Maybe we should have gotten a tour guide for this one because we get, well… very lost.
"Storming the Castle" finds us in Edinburgh, Scotland attempting what generations of English Kings failed to do; gain entrance to Edinburgh Castle. We had no horse or cannon, just a sweaty map that I kept in my back pocket. Historically, Scotland has been very particular about who they let inside these fortified stone walls, (English, no way in Hell. Irish, fat chance. Everyone else, maybe but probably not), and very strict about what happens if you try to enter without permission (death by sword, death by flame, death by prolonged humiliation). Nevertheless, armed only with charming American ignorance, we set out. We are happy to report that we were not executed.
This episode finds us kicking around Plano, Texas. We went there to visit our friend Chris Sabat (director, Dragonball Z). James had asked him for help in recording a voice-over reel, but really came hoping to impress him enough to score a part in his new project 'Dragonball Super'. James thought that even a small role in the new series could help redeem him for the disastrous live action 'Dragonball Evolution' movie he inflicted on the world in 2009. Chris saw right through him...
While we were there we found ourselves at the Magic Time Machine Restaurant and Bar which is kind of a dark, mysterious combination of Chuck E Cheese and peyote. Mark had an hallucinogenic allergic reaction to what was called an 'Ugly Drink', and may or may not have caused the death of a Jack Sparrow look alike who worked there. Blinded by desperation, James was hoping against hope that the children's restaurant was an actual time machine that he could use to go back to 2009 and tell his agent to get him out of his 'Dragonball Evolution' contract.
Our next episode is one of our greatest adventures yet! James and I were invited to Cyan Worlds to play the spiritual successor to one of the most iconic games of the 90's… Myst! For those of you who've played it, do you remember all those Zombies you had to kill? Me neither. Don't tell James! (More about that later…)
We got to try Cyan's VR masterpiece called OBDUCTION (James just threw up again…still struggling with that VR!) and to meet none other than the one and only Rand Miller (Co-creator of Myst) and Chris Doyle (Director of New Experiences) as they walk us through this incredible game… hoping we don't break it. Being such a huge fan, I NEEDED to play this game. I knew my best bet would be to "fabricate a plausible reason why James would need to take us to Spokane. Hence, the shooting of the zombie! (As they say, "reality eventually catches up to you… virtually".) So I learned a very valuable lesson about friendship (and getting thrown up on).
James was then kind enough to challenge me in a racing game called FORZA (being that racing is kind of my "forte"). Unfortunately this was an XBOX game and just as I'd gotten used to the shapes on PS4 I suddenly had to memorize the alphabet. I think there should be another way of saying "YOU LOSE". We actually discuss this more in a "therapy session".
James has set a lofty resolution for himself in our New Orleans episode which forces him to summon a Voodoo Priestess for help. Mark discovers he has an insatiable appetite for alligator jerky, dancing like Bono, and drinking large red concoctions from Pat O'Brien's. Once again, Mark's parents will be ashamed of him for this episode. So… we're just going to release it to the universe!
This month we have the first of a series of "Very Special Episodes" for you! With the 20th anniversary of Buffy coming up in March, it seemed only appropriate to create an multi-episode arc recorded right here in our home city of Sunnydale (well... Los Angeles!).
The first episode finds James reminiscing about his time on Buffy and offering to show Mark around the old sets and introduce him to some of the cast and crew. As usual, things don't go as planned and to say that James is disappointed is an understatement. Once back in LA, Mark decides to take the opportunity to invite James to see his new house. James has a chance to admire the view, check out the pool, and meet a special guest. The adventure continues around town where James experiences the joy of fame and Mark the agony of obscurity.
How will it end? Find out in the next episode of…ViDiOTS!
Part 1 ended with our intrepid heroes having a bit of a stroll through memory lane. James is still enjoying some of the benefits of his Buffy success; while on the other hand, Mark is struggling a bit with his career choices. The second part of our epic adventure finds Mark and James exploring a bit of Mark's background. However, James is letting some of his diva show and the tension starts to rise.
Will James & Mark overcome this latest wrinkle in their friendship? Find out in the next episode of…ViDiOTS!
This next episode shows a bit of change and conflict between me and James. Maybe my old friend feels a little threatened by what I now possess? Mostly he still wants to play video games...
Hope everyone has enjoyed this little interlude. We'll soon return to our regularly scheduled travel and gaming hilarity. But now... the exciting conclusion to our EPIC four-part Hollywood adventure!
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