Monday, March 16, 2020

Things We Like To Stream: Best of the Worst, Internet Comment Etiquette, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend & How Did This Get Played?

Here's some of our favorite YouTube shows and Podcasts you can check out if bored.


One of the funniest shows on the net. RedLetterMedia's core is Mike, Jay and Rich with Jack and Josh. These middle-age white man will grow on you as their minds break down watching utter crap in Best of the Worst or when they brutally make fun of the latest films from Hollywood in Half in the Bag. Best of the Worst has the crew sitting through and then reviewing random or well known terrible movies. Half in the Bag has Mike and Jay acting as VCR repairmen lazily and half-assedly working for the worst old man ever, Mr. Plinkett, played by Rich Evans.

Every episode is just great commentary on why some movies are worst, not that they're just the worst, but a break down on why with the crew who are filmmakers themselves. Mike and Jay play-off of each other with two different perspectives, but episodes when Rich is added to the mix are the best as the put-downs towards him never stop. Rich is the sacrificial lamb of the group, the butt of all jokes, the beta...max?

Internet Comment Etiquette

Trying to teach the Internet the right way to treat each other never gets old with Erik, writing the worst comments on posts ever. Erik aka Salvia teaches the viewer a lesson each episode, which is usually just him finding misinformation from unreliable sources online and coming up with intricate comments to leave on their social media that are almost a new wave of insult. His insults are an art. And usually at the same time Erik has a story unfolding with his lesson, even though he mostly stays at his computer desk.

What will happen this time will Erik's robot join him our his past self that predicts the future. Our will he just shoot his own team in Counter-Strike?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Though it airs every Sunday night on HBO, we get a free version of the show covering the main topic on YouTube the next day. They cut off the top segments and just give us the main course. An alum from The Daily Show, spreading the word on the latest news and making it funny comes easy to John Oliver. But the show we get on YouTube usually covers a certain topic where John breaks it down to it's most basic form and rips in to how stupid it's still going on. His style of both worry and being pissed-off makes for a delightfully well made news program.

And a reminder, this is an HBO show, so, John has a ton of cash to flash on utter nonsense. Be it renting downtown New York to insult a coal baron with a musical number to making horrible, horrible mascots of brands people don't need to exist.

Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

Conan is a very funny man and he just isn't given enough time to talk with someone in his new format 22-minute episode TV show. Conan can really sit down with a guest, insult them and insult the rest of his crew Matt Gourley, podcast king and Conan's real-life assistant, Sona Movsesian. And in good turn his guest, a number of great comedians and actors can insult him.

Each episode feature a new guest that really has a fun and thoughtful convo with Conan and depending on the energy of the guest it can go anywhere and to any topic. They're are no network restrictions, so they can bring up whatever they want.

Our favorite part might be that Conan constantly talks like an old-timer and we mean someone from the 1800's, not an old man.

How Did This Get Played?

Heather Anne Campbell and Nick Wiger stole the name and concept from another Earwolf podcast, How Did This Get Made?, which is about movies. But, theirs is about the worst and weirdest video games. These two are great co-hosts as they play well off of each other with their disgust and hatred of some of the worst games ever made. Little touches like Heather bringing her horrible traumatic life (the loneliness) or Nick's utter frustration with some games controls fuels the show to keep moving forward. Comedian guests come on and question why they had to play the game and spout heir hatred of it.

A November episode put Nick and Heather in hot seat as they called in a guest who was an Indian only because they were an Indian to review the awful Custard's Revenge. The episode stopped about gaming and how Nick and Heather didn't even know they were being racist. Then it was never spoken of again.

Other than that one special episode, the show stays in format and draws you in with its theme song that changes each week to match the game being discussed.