LA – VHS Style


Here we go with a little bit more info about what’s going to be happening on at The Duke on Friday and also how it all came about.

So of course the night is going to start with a brand new dose of Trailer Trash that I’ve cut together, all new super obscure finds just for you, don’t turn up late and miss it. Next up Evrim is going to host a special mini-VHS Experiment, now we do the experiments once in a while, it’s where we’ll take a chance on a bunch of tapes and just see what’s on them with you live on the night. There’s no pre-checking if it’s good material, no checking if the tapes are funny, no checking if that tapes even work, and that’s why it’s an experiment, it can go right or it can go wrong!

Tonight’s tapes are 8 different VHS titles that I picked up while I was in LA recently, I spent a lot of time in second hand stores and remarkably there’s still a lot of VHS to be picked up that way. Unlike here in the UK, or at least London, where even just finding a few VHS tapes is hard work.

Now the stuff I picked up isn’t movies, it’s instructional tapes, religious tapes and even some ones I’m not sure what they are, but they all looked at least funny. What’s great is that Evrim hasn’t seen them and he’ll only get to see them on the night, he’ll have to pick what we watch and how much of it we’ll see! That picture at the top of the page is one of the tapes for the night; now that could have anything on it!

After that we’ll be watching two very special VHS tapes in their entirety, both acquired while I was in LA and carried back in my hand luggage as they’re both so precious! The first is something kind of new and old at the same time, the second is a title we’ve been trying to find for years and I finally managed to lay my hands on it in LA. Come down and take a chance on these tapes, we’ll fill you in on the story behind them on the night and I can guarantee you that you’ll never see these anywhere else.

Also on the night we’ll be playing the clip that brought the house down at Everything Is Festival, it won the Everything Is Festival Found Footage Battle Royale and not only got the biggest response of the show, but got the biggest cheers and laughs of the entire festival, just wait until you see it, I’ve no idea how you’ll react to it!

So come and join us, it’s FREE ENTRY all night as always, so take a chance on something different, it’s also the first Duke night ever on a Friday!

Kyle Mooney & Nathan Fielder’s YouTube Treasures

One of the highlights from the recent LA visit to Everything Is Festival was Kyle Mooney & Nathan Fielder’s YouTube Treasures show! Which featured the two comedians screening their favourite YouTube finds infront of a live audience. There were some hilarious clips in here and even though I spend hours on YouTube each week I’d never seen any of these before. Sadly they’ve not released the playlist from the night, but I was there taking notes and I’ve done my best to reconstruct the playlist for you all out there, there’s a few clips missing so if anyone can add any of those then let me and I’ll update the playlist. Otherwise sit back and take a deep dive in YouTube with the playlist below!

Everything Is Terrible – Found Footage Battle Royale

Here’s all 6 clips that I created for the Everything Is Festival Found Footage Battle Royale 2014, sadly my first clip didn’t play well and I went out in the first round. I think if I’d have played my clips in reverse order I’d have done much better, but I had a great time there so it’s all good. Enjoy the clips!

Everything Is Holiday – The Epilogue


And so it’s all over, after 11 days of LA fun I’m back home in London now, I was originally going to write this yesterday but I couldn’t think straight or keep my eyes open so I’m sitting down today to write up my final day and to sum up the whole experience in one go. 

The final full day on Friday was great fun, spent the day with my friend James, who lives out there now, we headed out to The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA, which is a huge second hand store that’s housed in an old bank building, complete with vaults packed with amazing vintage books. The best part though is the huge $1 per book section, which stretched for what seemed liked miles and miles, we barely scratched the surface of the place. But what we did take out time to look through fully was the VHS section we found, not huge but a good dig revealed a few choice finds and all for only $1 each. We also stuck our heads into the Bradbury Building, which is probably most famous for being featured in Blade Runner, the lobby area is open to the public and you’re free to walk around, though you can’t go up to any of the floors, it’s well worth a visit to see this iconic location in person. 

Now I thought I had something very cool planned for the evening, but sadly it turned into an unexpected disaster, it’s far too long of a story to write here, but do feel free to ask if you see me in person. 

Then that was it, Saturday morning was here and it was time to pack and wrap everything up for my time in LA. I always get the blues at the end of any holiday, things always go too quickly and I never want to come home, but there’s always next time. The flight back was simple and I got home really quickly, it felt very strange being back home on the Sunday. 

To put it simply I had such an amazing time over in LA and at Everything Is Festival, it was worth all the planning and saving that had gone into getting there. Finally getting to step inside Cinefamily was such a treat, it’s got such a great atmosphere and all the staff and volunteers there were so great and helpful. Also all of the Everything Is Terrible guys that I met were so welcoming to me, Dimitri did everything possible to make me feel at home, Scott and Nick couldn’t have been nice as well, they all made me feel like I was a real part of the festival. Also a huge thanks to Nate (The Sadist) for being such a great friend out there and showing me around one night! 

One of the reasons I’d wanted to head over to the festival was just to see how something like this ran in comparison to what we do here as The Duke, it was fantastic to see the similarities and also to pick up on a few things that I thought worked really well there. It really made me feel like we’re doing the right thing with all our screenings and events, it also really inspired me to try and do more, to track down funnier footage and to hopefully make our audience enjoy out nights as much as I enjoyed Everything Is Festival!