Monday, June 29, 2009

Superstar of the Week is the Late Billy Mays

RIP July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer of Dubb

I decided to shoot a quick video yesterday as sort of a followup to my last post, Summer 09.

It seems like I just wrote my post about the new year. In that post I wrote how it seemed like I had just written my post about the previous new year. Now it's summer all of a sudden? Time to call upon Summer Dubb.

The irony of this video is that, for the most part, it's a pretty lame summer so far weather-wise. I was lucky to be able to catch some sunlight for this video. It's like Fall with green trees. Anyways...

Watch Summer of Dubb

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer 09

Well, it's that time again...

Hold on a sec! It's that time again!? Really!? Can't I do any better than that? That's got to be one of the most over-used phrases in the history of life, the universe, and well... everything. Alright now, let's see if I can come up with something a little more original than It's that time again...

It is now summer...

Well, direct and to the point always works too. I suppose I'll go with that. So anywho...

As of this past weekend, it is now summer. So what does this mean? Outdoor parties? Barbecues? Swimming pools?

No Way!! This means you'll be sitting at your computer reading J-Dubb's Theatre. J-Dubb's Theatre tops these "fun" summer activities any day... right?

Okay, maybe not. But either way, the summer/ fall agenda for J-Dubb's Theatre is back. Honestly, I really don't know what all that means this time around. In years past, I had a tendency to let this blog sort of wilter away into near nothingness during the winter and spring and then pick it back up in the summer and fall. This year, however, I've pretty much kept this blog up during the winter and spring. So there won't be a huge resurgence after next to nothing.

This does mean the return of Superstar of the Week as well as other weekly features throughout the week, eg. moral of the week, legend of the week, ect.

I don't have any plans to continue The Network series this summer just because the last season ran so long and I still feel like I'm just getting back to my regular videos. I do have a lot of ideas for the next season, however, so you can expect it at some point. Hopefully that's a good thing.

As far as videos go; I plan on making more interactive videos like I started to do last summer but didn't get to do very many of because I was stuck in the woods in the middle of my mind for The Network series, which lasted almost into the next spring.

And so, without further adieu, J-Dubb's Theatre presents:

SUMMER 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Superstar of the Week is The Fonze

Ehhh! Superstar of the Week is Back!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Al Roker Pwns Two Nobodies

Who the Hell are Hedi and Spencer?Listening to the Rick Emerson show yesterday morning I heard some soundbites of a couple of kids, a boy and a girl, who seemed none too pleased with Al Roker. I had no idea who they were, but listening to the boy speak, I envisioned a white boy with a sideways hat, baggy jeans, and a few scraggly hairs on his upper lip where a mustache would be. I was right as far as the scraggly lip hairs, no sideways cap or baggy jeans though. But then if it weren't for Hollywood stylists, who knows.

According to the duo, during an interview with Al Roker on the Today Show, Al Roker attacked them and acted all mean and nasty. One thing that stood out in particular from these sound bites was when the boy commented, "I had no idea that the weatherman (Roker) was even allowed to ask questions to superstars."

Wait a tic... superstars? I've never even heard of these people before. Just how super can they be? What exactly is the definition of a superstar? You'd think I'd have heard of them somewhere before.

Turns out they're both from a reality show. Ordinarily, that would be enough of an explanation as to why I was unaware of their existence. A reality show is, after all, the lowest possible form of entertainment. I generally don't pay them any attention. But then, this particular reality show is called; "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!", a title which implies that these people were already celebrities prior to their appearance on this show.

I know of Al Pacino. I know of Tom Cruise. I know of Jerry Seinfeld. I know of Ellen Degenerece. I know of Tim Allen. I know of Alex Rodriguez. I know of Sean "P Diddy" Combs. I know of Susan freakin Boyle. I certainly know of Al Roker "the weatherman." But who the hell are you?

Their names are Spencer and Heidi. Or as media enthusiasts and tabloidiers have so cleverly dubbed them... groan... Speidi!? Yay human race. I'm so proud of you in this moment.

Turns out they're both best known for starring on an MTV show called The Hills. Now that explains my lack of awareness quite adequately. Who watches MTV these days? In fact, they're not even famous for starring in TV shows. They're famous, as it's been said, for being infamous, not unlike Paris Hilton. Who knew or cared who she was before her sex tape? They have gotten attention recently on their reality show for being whiny, eccentric, and belligerent; basically for acting like jackasses. You know, typical reality show contestants.

So, as I listened to these Superstars share their tales of woe regarding the brute, Al Roker, several other comments stood out.

For instance, Spencer shared his feelings of how, "I wanted to just leap across and just... rip his (Roker's) head off, but ever since I got saved I'm working on not wanting to kill people on TV."

And of course, Heidi shared her two cents. "I really would advise women especially to be careful around him because I feel like he definitely came and attacked me and I did not appreciate that at all."

What's worse here? Is it the fact that she's pulling a Palin on Roker, trying to make him out to be the evil woman oppressing bad guy? Or is it that she's relegating her entire gender to a class of weaklings, unable to deal with a strong and cunning male?

So, here's the interview in question. Here, you can clearly see how Al Roker gets angry and yells, you know, in that completely not angry and yelling sort of way. In this interview, it seems that the two Superstars are generally clueless that they are famous for being a couple of boobs.


After Spencer admits, in a smug tone, that his favorite scenes are the ones where he's being a little bitch, you can see Al Roker try to hide his disdain. He then asks Heidi if she's proud of it all. I mean, what else are you gonna ask after that? When she doesn't answer the question, he asks it again, and then again a third time, you know, directing the interview as is the interviewer's job to do. Then he calls them on their contradictions. But then, people who are full of shit don't like having their contradictions exposed, so of course Al Roker must be the bad guy.

It also cracks me up when Spencer says, "In a television show that has a one winner, like a champion, I wanna be the bad guy, but in real life I wanna be the hero." So basically you're saying that you want to be the villain when it benefits you to get yourself on top and then play the hero the rest of the time to make yourself look good. Yeah... that's called the villain.

It's also interesting how Spencer's proudest moments seem to be him yelling at people and generally acting like a douche, but then these two cry about their horrible treatment during this interview.

So anyways, now you know who these people are and it's all my fault. Mwahahaha!! J-Dubb out.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My First YouTube Video

This was my intro video that I posted on YouTube in February of 2007. Things sure have come a long way. I look like I have an Abe Lincoln beard or something.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Sponsored Video


This past week, several YouTubers made videos which were sponsored by Carl's Jr. Turns out I have a sponsor too. Watch this video to see who it is.

Sponsored Video

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

YouTubers Eat Carl's Jr.'s Portabello Six Dollar Burger

Sponsored videos are not new to YouTube. From Levi's viral web commercial to the notorious Nalts, ever since the coinage of the term, "YouTube celebrity", companies have sought out ways to capitalize on this new potential for publicity. Even J-Dubb's Theatre is sponsored by Jack Daniel's... Well maybe not yet... but I'm sure they'll catch on sooner or later.

This past week, several prominent YouTubers have produced commercials for Carl's Jr.'s portabello six dollar burger on their YouTube accounts, including Smosh, iJustine, sxePhil, Cory Mr. Safety, and several others. Overall, I'd say it's an interesting way to see these video producers put their talent to use.

Of course we'll be seeing the proverbial, "they've sold out" response. But personally, I find it interesting to see these independent content creators, whom I've watched from their beginnings, creating this sponsored content in their own unique styles. Of course, I'm generally more interested in observing how things develop over time than in freaking out over changes.

I think my personal favorite is Smosh's video. I was watching Smosh before I even had a YouTube channel (and JDubbsTheatre wasn't my first channel). It was also interesting to see sxePhil inject his commercial into the middle of his vlog the way he would any other topic. It reminds me of when a radio personality will break into a commercial during their show, giving it their own familiar personality. Overall, I can honestly say I am now hungry for a Carl's Jr. portabello six dollar burger. (For payment, I can be contacted via my YouTube channel, wink wink.)

You can find each of these videos featured on Carl's Jr.'s channel.

And keep an eye out for the eventual sponsorship of J-Dubb's Theatre by Jack Daniel's. Mmm, Jack Daniel's original Tennessee sour mash whiskey. Enjoy the adventure of trying to figure out, "How in the hell did I get here?"