Still Open #30

Always Open: Still Open #30

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Burnie Burns, Bethany Feinstein, and Mariel Salcedo as they discuss their worst first impressions.

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  • CitySelby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    @burnie totally forgot about the couple he matched up at a panel because the guy wanted him to say hi to the girl- they got engaged at least, thought married too.

  • ZeroNEXUS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    I mean ... shouldn't Burnie technically take credit for every RoosterTeeth relationship? 

  • rosedevil1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    Same Bethany.

  • ChinaIs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cpal-Sage

    5 days ago

    Can't wait for the RT Doc of Burnie helping introverts find love haha

  • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    I think the way Burnie would ask out someone on the street is fine and not considered catcalling because he would treat them like a person and not like an object.

  • BenKT88 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    So we've had Gus and Burnie, Joel next?

  • AggroAndy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Andy Heath

    5 days ago

    Ya know what? Shout out to Burnie's dope jacket!

  • Burning_Zero FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gunpla is Freedom!

    5 days ago

    The total time for this episode last till 13:37 or = leet

  • ASHxINFLAMES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    Love Barbs dress, tbh i'd like that design on a pair of boardshorts too!

  • AH_Justicar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pirate Captain

    6 days ago

    Can Burnie be my wingman please? :P

  • Chewy77 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chewy77

    6 days ago

    so i think Burnie should be on Always Open like 1nce a month? the contrast in perspectives is pretty interesting, and i want more. 

  • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

    6 days ago

    Bethany FTW!  heart_eyes

    No means No. But when the one who said 'NO' to you, talks to you later,.. that means 'no sex, but lets talk about interests'. Still not a bad deal; unless you are the 'bed-notch' personality.

    'Wing-person' is a bit more political than you may think,.. they/we do the detail work you can't think of in the moment, & that's why you've asked them to back you up.

    Cheers to those who have had, and those who've helped! beers


  • Kindyno FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    There is a meatboy letsplay with Meg and Burnie where Meg flat out says that it was Burnie and Monty that set them up. It is a really great story.

  • RandyKyleMci FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I met my wife when she was on a date with another man. The guy left such a shitty first impression on her that she actually ended up going home with me that night

  • TooMargo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Margo

    6 days ago

    When are Barbara and Michael going to switch hosts. 

    • Chewy77 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chewy77

      6 days ago

      that would be interesting

    • DizzyTiger FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      Just imagining Michael going "Hey guys, welcome to Always Open. I'm your host YAAANG"

  • Wadcroft FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Nonono. The reason "I got a boyfriend" works, is not that the girl is already "owned" by someone you respect more than her or anything like that. It's that we're applying for the position of Companion for the Unspecified Time Period, and you're already provided. Simple as that.


    "I have a boyfriend and I'm Lesbian" is reaching a bit, though.

    • ams0510 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Either way, it still feels pretty shitty when a guy will listen to "I have a boyfriend" instead of "I'm not interested". I get that people can view unavailability differently than disinterest, but continually pushing when someone says they're not interested and only backing off if they say they're unavailable feels pretty disrespectful.

    • nerowski FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      It reminds me of online dating where no matter how many times a person's profile says that they won't respond to unsubstantial messages, they will still receive many meaningless few-word messages because sending them doesn't take much effort and the people who send them are too often rewarded (often by people who claim that they won't respond to them). And contradictions like that lead to people thinking that others aren't always sure what they want, so many people decide to play the odds and be overly persistent. It seems like a problem that will never improve since someone will always reward the behavior :/

    • Da_Oberst FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Not saying I am happy this is how male minds works, however the psychology behind the guy's thinking is: The boyfriend will kill or maim me, the interest comment is a challenge to win. Guys are no better than Elk or Peacocks in that regard.

  • qureshhk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    So Roosterteeth could totally do a match making game with the community and it would work, right?

    • Capaneus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Fuchman

      6 days ago

      That would be interesting!

    • Jiazzz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      (VIP) event for RTX? 

    • Chewy77 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chewy77

      6 days ago

      I'm positive there have been stories of people who met because of RT events

  • Velric FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Gavin impressions are always funny.

    • PolygonByte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Y 'avin' a laugh?

  • BluntObjekt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I think that worst first impressions linger with us as we mature.  Whether I or person I know has been regarded as a little weird. I've heard "When I first saw you, I first thought that you were a mean, person.  But, after meeting you and talking with you, I guess there's a little more to you than I thought."  Other times I head that "You know what, I think you're a hypocrite"  In life we get the most chances to change the way others think of us or relate to us, and vice-versa.  Hey,  I've got my little quirks and ticks that make me who I am.  I might want to stay in my comfy little bubble and not go out of my way to meet people.  Or  I may want to nonchalantly shift my attention to the next person.  "What do they think of me?"   "Am I coming on too strong?"  "Do I really want to talk to this person?"  Those awkward moments cause me to tense up, and think about what magic words I want say to smooth things out, or make matters worse.  For instance outside of social settings, more often than not I'd rather spend time by myself in a restaurant left with a moment's peace, as opposed to sitting with a group, overlooked and taken for granted.  I understand that sometimes I don't always come across as upbeat, and personable.  I feel the need to say to myself "Look man, you were mean to that person."  and "You know you just made a big deal over nothing, right?"   Thankfully, after that's been established we move on and enjoy our lives.   We've all got rough edges, and it's not my responsibility to keep it 100 with someone I don't know.   But, I do appreciate the times when someone more often than not (in authority)  can pull me to the side, and say "Hey man, that was uncalled for.  You're sounding like a jerk".  Open rebuke is better than unconfessed love. 


    Worst impressions come at inopportune times.  In some sense, maybe we don't remember in great detail how flamboyant or ridiculous we first looked or sounded when we introduced ourselves.  But as we grew closer to our family and friends.  We grew more accustomed to our way of doing things.  I admit to my inconsistencies and lack of focus on ways to build up others.  Because I might personally need a dose of my own medicine.  Encouragement from others can allow us to pursue the things we want most out of life.  Personally, I believe that God gives us that reason and joy and ability to accomplish a great deal of challenges, like overcoming addiction, social anxiety, sexual health and other taboo topics.  By helping others to grow to upon witnessing triumph over tragedy. We are graced the opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and be used in a positive way, rather than selfishly making light of those same chances.   The person around the corner might be going through the same things that you and I have had to deal with.   I really like how this show allows each person to share your personal beliefs, work and life experiences.  When it comes down to it, everyone can't be so honest especially on camera.    


    I think that putting on a façade and trying to fit the mold to become the one who stands out in the middle of the crowd, can sometimes lead to heartbreak and a lost sense of identity. 


      I do know that when I was much younger, I was more apt to shy away from social circles and go out & introduce myself to others. In some ways, I still experience that shyness, and don't always exude self confidence in a social setting.   Ex:: at party, in a restaurant, or church or at work.  There have been times when I might have wanted to break the ice, but I just might want afraid of coming across as unapproachable, belligerent, unhinged,    However, in less than normal circumstances,  I  would hate to hear the unspoken words after a conference call or group meeting.  Like, "What did you think of him?" " Is it just me, or is that guy way too high strung"  Or, I don't know guys, he doesn't sound qualified to lead us"   Or worse, "Yeah, that guy's a real douche."  Even though those same people might not personally know me.  Clearing the air is much better way to discover more about yourself and how you're viewed.  


    When it comes down to it, I shouldn't always need to express myself in order to bring attention to myself. "Because I'm so wrapped up in myself, and I feel unstoppable.'  It doesn't always work that way. I am now beginning to understand that I don't  have to warrant the approval or disapproval from complete strangers to say in the least.,  Although I would like to have the confidence to politely say No, to certain things, and not be viewed as cynical or vain. 


     I really enjoyed this post episode for Still Open.   And I really appreciate the work that you all do here Rooster Teeth.  Barbara, thank you for creating Always Open and for bouncing the variety of ideas and opinions shared on this show. It is so freeing to know that there countless others who may or may not have gone through the exact same scenarios in life, but are afraid to open themselves up to the world around them.   You, Mariel, Texas, your guests plus the viewer submitted questions/topics keep me returning to this show.     smiley


  • eggbagel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Thara

    6 days ago

    I feel like being approached by someone on the street can be really flattering and memorable in a good way-- what makes it a catcall is when the approach is like, an attempt at someone trying to assert dominance in the approach.  Like, getting real close, making stupid lewd gestures or being really suggestive, laughing as he does it, clearly playing up to their friends who are around them, telling someone she should wear shorter shorts or smile pretty, etc.  That's when it's definitely a horrific first (hopefully last) impression.  Unfortunately, the normal complimentary type of approach is a lot, lot rarer than the catcall.  

  • Burner2121 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    The weirdest thing is that i'm 20 and Burnie's method is the same one I've had since I was 15 I thought I was crazy the way I was doing it. oh and to be clear 95% of the time they say no but the rare yes stays with you a lot longer than the no.

  • demonseaweed FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Princess Hannah

    6 days ago

    I never know if I make good first impressions. Like, I don't know if I had a bad first impression when I started to meet everyone from Rooster Teeth last May. And I don't know if I showed to Burnie last RTX, that I'm actually a shitlord now that I'm not in the hospital bed and responsive. He still follows me on Twitter, so I hope that's a good sign. Otherwise I try to make good first impressions with compliments and gifts.

  • Wheelz08 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I get really anxious when meeting people. So whenever I meet someone, I always feel like I made a "bad impression" on whoever I was talking/meeting with after the fact because of that anxiousness. Admittedly, I've had this feeling at the 2 RTX's I've attended.

    • josoi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      I'm the same way. I'm an absolute mess of anxiety when meeting someone new. I'm going to NYCC this year and I am both super excited and absolutely terrified to meet new people there.

  • itoa5t FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I don't know why Barbara thinks she gives bad first impressions. Literally the day before this episode  was shot I ran into Barbara at a bar and introduced my sister to her. Later that night my sister said that it was the nicest encounter she's ever had at a bar with a stranger  barbara

  • ResidualKibbles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Obligatory L33T joke.  Also, great post show. :)