This is an MTV viral video compilation show… Basically a televised best of version of fail army, each time 30 minutes long (although if you take our the breaks etc you’re looking at about a 20 minute show. Each viral video, clustered in with a few others from the same sort of category are individually discussed briefly by the host, Rob Dyrdek and his 2 main co-stars Steelo Brim and Chanel West Coast.
One thing which amazes me about this show, and I’d heard them say a few times on the show that they’d done their 200th, 300th and 400th episodes etc and thought that they might be joking – they do like to exaggerate on this show, but no! They’ve actually made (at the time of writing this) 453 individual episodes!
They do also have special guests on now and again and I often joked that they can’t always afford them, but at 450+ episodes, I actually don’t blame them! They have a really diverse range of guests which shows just how universal the joy of watching people do one of two thing; get hurt or do something amazing, really is. Guests have included (and this is by no means an exhaustive list and is just from memory):
Chris Pfaff, Machine Gun Kelly, Dana White, Bam Margera, Ne-Yo, Mark Hoppus, Dave England, Jessie J, Stix Zadinia, Rick Ross, Guy Fieri, Trey Songz, Post Malone, Christina Milian, Kelly Rowland, Mike Tyson, Cesar Millan, Chris Pontius, Josh Ostrovsky, 50 Cent, Carmen Electra, Rampage Jackson, Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and SO many more!
It doesn’t always get the best critical reception, but then most critics aren’t your average MTV viewers, and for those (kids, students and people who haven’t quite forgotten how to have a bit of fun) the show is just that – some fun! I for one thoroughly enjoy this show, and recommend watching it.
It’s a chance to switch off for 20 minutes of your day and watch people do a variety of things which often involves one or more of the following (sometimes several in a single clip); falling over, falling off stuff, crashing in to stuff, getting chased, falling over, spilling stuff, breaking things, kids with attitude, waking up from anesthesia and falling over… I know I mentioned that 3 times, but a lot of people fall over in this show. There’s a reason why their logo is someone who, you guessed it, has fallen over.
I do agree that if you take yourself a little too seriously and have literally no sense of humor then this show isn’t for you.
It is pretty repetitive in its delivery to be honest but in how many different ways can you deliver a show about viral videos? The good thing about this is that if you like the first episode you watch, you’re gonna love this show. If you don’t, then don’t worry about watching any more.
As for the presenters (and they’ve picked the 3 main hosts of this show perfectly – the chemistry between them is out of this world, I think we are watching 3 genuine friends here – you can’t script of act what they have), you have Rob Dyrdek, who I’ve liked for a long time from when I was in to skate boarding, and a big fan of the fantasy factory. He’s a genuinely funny guy who knows how to work an audience… I imagine that seeing them record this live is a very fun experience! I also like that sometimes he messes up, and they leave that in the show. This just goes to show that you don’t need to take yourself to seriously with this show… the host certainly doesn’t!
Then you have Steelo Brim who is Rob’s main male co-host and he is in charge of the little rewind machine. I don’t know if that’s an actual thing or if it’s just a prop for the sake of making him look more involved, but either way the fact that they rewind stuff makes it funnier, especially as they pick up on stuff you might miss, and whether the box is real or not, Steelo doesn’t need it because he too is genuinely funny.
Finally there is Rob’s main female co-host Chanel West Coast, who you might remember as Rob’s receptionist at the fantasy factory. However since those days she has reached some of her goals in modelling and as a rapper, so I have to tip my hat to her for that. In this show she adds a lot of comic relief, often I’d say by sacrificing her intelligence (I think that’s the kindest way to say she come’s across a bit ditsy… She’s too successful to be stupid, I’d never claim that, but she’s definitely a ditsy one). In all seriousness though, I think the show wouldn’t be the same without her.
Her attitude just helps to make the show what it is (you just need to do a little search on YouTube to find out more about her attitude), even when she has a temper tantrum when she disagrees with one of the guests – especially when she goes off on one to Charlamagne The God:
You just don’t get that kind of action from other shows doing this same kind of thing… Ever heard Harry Hill get in to an argument with a Jack Russel on You’ve Been Framed… Hell no you haven’t!
But bringing it back to all seriousness, I’ve got respect for Chanel for doing her thing and I’ve got a lot of love for the show as a whole… I wouldn’t want it any other way and hope that they somehow… god knows how… continue to make it 1,000 episodes one day. It’s going to be incredible enough when they make it 500 and I’d love to be there when they do – what an achievement!