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    • YouTube History: Donald Glover's WILD Comedy Days

      6 months ago

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      YouTube is my jam.  I’ve worked with YouTube creators since 2012 and love sharing different YouTube creators with my friends and family. I’m now at the point where I have a full set of “OG” YouTubers that I go back to and watch their content and now there is no one more mind blowing than our boy Donald Glover, aka This is America, aka Mr Atlanta, aka Lando, aka Mr taking over the culture...

      Donald Glover is everywhere, everything, and all consuming. I can’t remember an artist in recent memory who seemingly has dominated TV (Atlanta), music (Childish Gambino), and movies (Lando, I mean Solo) all at one time. Some people would mention Justin Timberlake but he’s not making prestige TV shows like our boy Donald. It’s fantastic, good for him - but it’s also mind-blowing because he has A WILD YouTube history - that I’m pretty most people don’t know about. Note - I've talked to lots of employees and only @ebregman and Donnie knew about this content, which isn't surprising cause Evan is a internet Jedi and Donnie is one of the coolest dudes at RT (check out his band)!

      Glover was part of comedy sketch group called Derrick Comedy, which was made up of a bunch of folks but the heavy hitters were Glover, Dominic Dierkes, and D.C. Pierson. Their sketches ran the gamut from average to hilarious but it’s clear that Donald is the star (I think he got cast in Community off this). What is also clear is that Glover’s eye for ultra sharp social commentary, absurdism, and fearlessness shines through even in this early work. Let’s go ahead and check out some of the work and if you’ve never seen this before - buckle up, because this shit is pretty crazy.

      Bro Rape feels like something from a forgotten time, and not in a good way. Damn, what a different world 2006 was and I’m frankly surprised that a sketch like this is still on YouTube, let alone starring the Golden Boy himself. The message it sends about sexual violence, sexual preferences, and overall campus life is a little too far when viewed at in 2018 lense. However, perhaps that is what they were going for? I don’t think it was.

      I always just loved this concept: two DJ’s getting hunted by a wolf they unleashed through a magical text. Not that much social commentary here - just a good laugh.

      And here we are again, long before Donald was demonstrating America’s massive problems with race and culture in his now classic “This is America” video - he was learning how to crudely push the buttons here. Watching this video now, I’m struck how I still feel as uncomfortable as I did in 2006 when I first saw it, an emotion that I feel during part of the “This America Video.”

      There are lots more hilarious videos on the YouTube channel, I encourage you to check them out. There even are more in the archives on College Humor. They’re a fascinating public chronicle of Mr. Glover, someone who I think will be around blowing our minds for a very long time. That is unless he goes full Kanye - but I don’t think he’ll do it that, at least I hope he wont.

    • To Witcher Or Not To Witcher....That Is The Question

      10 months ago

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      Can I really be a gamer if I haven't played/worshipped/beat The Witcher 3. As of late I find myself asking this question all the time. I grew up on a steady diet of Half Life, Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, and a dash of Age Of Empires - open world games or RPG's were never really my jam (except KOTOR which is the business, shoutout DRevan!). But my shooter ways came to halt in 2017 when I got deep into Horizon Zero Dawn. Got dayuuum, that game was amazing. I would play it  all night and then come in give Gus updates on my progress - truly a fun way to play a game. 

      Of course when I beat that game I knew that there was only way I could go: The Witcher 3. Everyone knows of it, seemingly everyone has played it, but alas I didn't think I was ready to take the plunge. My buddy @ebregman told me he put in at least 20 hours and wasn't sure if the story "started" and I was spooked. Did I want to invest that much time into a game if I wasn't get pulled in right away? That's a question that keeps me up at night. 

      So if you think I should dive into the Northern Kingdoms let me know. Until then I'll be trying to level up my hidden blade in Assassin's Creed Origin's.

    • Couple Things I'm Thankful For Based Off A Year Of Watching Movies

      1 year ago

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      With Thanksgiving on the horizon I'm super thankful to be surrounded by fantastic family, great friends, and co-workers and community from the best company in the world! 

      However, I"m also super thankful for all the epic moments in movies this year. I call these moments OSM's aka "Oh Shit Moments" where you're just like  --- hell yeah - take my money - this is what I'm talking about.

      So off the cuff here are some moments I'm thankful for:

      1. When Logan Gets The Green Stuff & Beasts - He lets that roar rip and then you know that everything that you've ever wanted to happen since the X2 mansion scene is going to pay off.

      2. Led Zep in Thor - Anytime it happens it's F-U-E-G-O.

      3. Batman At Justice League Party - This scene from Lego Batman was hilarious but also spot on for the character.

      4. That Villain Reveal In Homecoming - I don't want to spoil this part but it was one of the more unexpected twists in a Marvel movie ever.

      5. Blade Runner 2049 Opening Scene - When the the red text hits and the synth blasts I think I lost my mind in a good way.

      6. The Final Shot Of Lost City Of Z - Jungleland baybeee

      7. Roman Shootout In John Wick 2 - Take the night club shoot out in the first movie and add three more waves of enemies and a different weapon each time. Caught this movie with @ebregman and we had a blast!

      8. SPLIT Ending - 2 of the 5 people I saw this movie with had no idea what it meant but the other 3 were geeked!

      9. Dunkirk Air Battles - Saw this bad boy in true IMAX and wow I have never been more hyped to see Tom Hardy shoot down planes in my life. 

      10. Caesar's Humanity In War For The Planet - I worked really hard with lots of people in RT to get this movie to RTX and ended up missing the screening cause I was in the mix on some other stuff. When I finally caught the movie on Sunday night on a lil solo voyage it totally caught me off guard. Caesar! What a fantastic character and what a journey he's been on since the first movie!

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