Ian catches you up on what quarantine life has been like for him, from the Netflix reality shows he’s been bingeing to getting nostalgic about old-school YouTube.
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I had a little bit of a crisis.
If you take spicy or acidic
foods out of my life,
do I even have a life?
Lately on Twitter I've been
a part of several nostalgia memes.
A hundred thousand likes
and people would be like,
"Oh my God, I remember that."
I'm literally nostalgia.
I know Charlie Puth was
a fan back in the day.
That name is very unique.
And I think we might've
sort of made fun of him,
like, Charlie Pooth.
Nashville style hot chicken is the best.
It's so good guys and they
put it on these sweet rolls.
– Hey, I'm not seeing this
on the topic list at all.
What's happening?
– (exhales slowly) Ohh.
It's so funny. I was thinking
about that movie, Contagion.
Shut Up!
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Smoshcast.
Today I'm joined by nobody.
It's just me, baby.
So actually this is the first
time that I've been back,
that I'm back in the podcast studio.
So this is kind of weird.
And I'm joined by nobody else
because we had a heck of a week, man.
So today we're recording this on Friday.
On the Wednesday, we did our
first ever Twitch live stream
for our new Smosh Games, Twitch channel.
It all went very well.
Everything went off
without a hitch, except…
for this part, when we thought
it would be really funny
if everyone drink some apple cider vinegar
and pretended like they
were drinking water,
like it was no big d.
Everyone was going around taking turns.
We all got a giant cup of it.
Maybe about, I would
say four to six ounces.
Is that, you'd say it's
about that amount, Kevin?
– Yeah.
– And each one was poured.
And we went around the table, each having,
each taking our turns,
taking a little sip.
Just a little sip.
Everyone was taking just a little sip.
Damien sipped, and then he sipped,
and then he sipped, and then he slipped,
and he slipped, and he
sipped most of it down.
He just like, little by little.
And I was like, well,
if he's gonna sip it,
then I'm just going to
chug the whole dang thing.
Disclaimer, what I found out later
is that Damien, for some
reason, was given water.
So that didn't affect him at all.
And which gave me kind of
a false sense of security.
So I chug the whole dang cup
of apple cider vinegar,
which turned out to not
actually be apple cider vinegar.
I guess there was some kind of,
there's something that
was lost in translation
and we just drank
straight up white vinegar.
Yeah, it turns out that you're
not supposed to do that.
I didn't know. How was
I supposed to know that?
So I chugged it and experienced
a pretty terrible time,
(chuckles) but I trucked through it.
I was okay by the end,
sort of.
And then I had burns in
my throat for about a day.
So I took a breather yesterday,
tried to recover in time for this podcast.
I was supposed to do a podcast
with Courtney and Noah.
But Courtney was so was so
tired from all the streaming.
And we've been on two
weeks straight of filming.
So everyone's pretty worn out.
And I was just like,
you know what, frick it.
I'll just do a single person pod.
I'll just do, we'll call it Ian rambles.
I actually didn't say,
let's call Ian rambles.
I think I just, I made that up.
So yeah, I'm okay now.
Stomach not so bad.
Everyone was very supportive.
Got some yogis, yogurt.
Sorry, I'm using my baby talk right now.
But I guess that's just what
I do when I'm uncomfortable.
Got some yogurt, got some bread.
Olivia frickin ordered me porridge.
She had porridge delivered to my house,
from this Korean place, it
was like this chicken porridge
and it was so fricking good.
So I ate that for dinner
and then I ate the rest for brekkie.
I got to just stop shortening
every word, this is dumb.
– No, no, keep doing it. It's great.
– Okay. All right.
So I ate some porri for brekkie.
No, I won't shorten porridge
to porri, that's stupid.
Yeah. So then I woke up the next day
after burning the crap out
of my throat and esophagus.
And I was like, okay, I
need to avoid spicy foods,.
Anything acidic, spicy food,
coffee, sort of, maybe?
– Yeah, that's got acid in it.
– I should have, but I still drink some.
But I drank it with stuff.
I drink it with oat milk
and stuff, that wasn't.
I was like that, that won't be,
that'll cut down on the acidity of it.
Yeah. Literally, I went one
day having to avoid acidic food
and I was like, I was having a crisis.
I feel like a part of my
personality was stripped away
because I'm a spicy boy.
I like spicy foods.
And without spicy foods, what am I?
I had a little, a bit of a
crisis there, where I'm like,
if you take spicy or acidic
foods out of my life,
do I even have a life?
How much value have I put
into myself as a spicy boy?
Too much, I guess.
So I'm better now though.
I'm better now. As I'm
drinking this coffee.
It's got oat milk in it, so I
feel like that cuts it down.
Yeah. It's been an interesting time.
It's been an interesting
time for everybody, I guess.
I hear a couple of things
have happened in 2020.
I hear a few things have happened.
I feel like on the podcast
we generally try to avoid just
talking about 2020 things.
'Cause we all heard it enough.
I'll just talk about things
that are personal to me in 2020.
I don't want to talk about the events
'cause could go on Twitter
if you want to know that.
Everybody's handling
it in a different way.
The big thing obviously
is we're all shut inside
or you should be, or at least
being outdoors away from people is fine.
But for the most part, we're
all getting shut inside.
A lot of people have roommates
that are probably driving them crazy.
A lot of you guys are probably married,
or you have a boyfriend, or a girlfriend,
or something, someone
that you're intimate with
that you're just shut in
with, for hours on end.
For myself, I'm completely, I live alone.
It's just me and the dawg.
And the dog doesn't make
for great conversations.
She's actually pretty annoying.
It's funny, 'cause I
talked to a lot of friends
that are with significant others
and some people are just like, done.
They're just so done.
Then there's other people that are like,
oh this has actually forced us to have
very important conversations
about our relationship.
And it's actually brought
us closer together.
And then there's some
people with roommates
that are like, oh, I don't
want to do this anymore.
And then I was actually talking
with our content manager,
Kiana, and she was like, there's actually,
I actually know a lot of
people that are living alone
that are trying to,
that have either moved
in with other people
or they're trying to move
in with other people.
'Cause they just can't stand being alone.
And I'm like, oh, is there
something wrong with me?
'Cause I haven't for
once thought about that.
I mean, if I don't need
another human being,
I don't need another
human being walking around
all up in my stuff.
I mean, if it's a significant
other then, yeah, that's fine.
I'd like that.
But I'm not starved for another
human body walking around.
Does that mean that I
don't get lonely sometimes?
No, of course.
We all lonely up in
here from time to time.
Living alone in COVID
has been interesting.
It's just kind of like, it's changed
a lot of my
daily behaviors,
as far as like, what do
I do with all this time?
'Cause I'm not going out as much.
I'm just kind of shut inside.
I thought I would be reading more.
I was like, I bought a bunch of books
when I was up in Portland
and Powel's book, shout out.
I bought a bunch of books and I was like,
I'm going to read these,
and then COVID gets bad
and then I'm getting, and I'm shut inside.
And I thought this is going to be the time
when I finally sit down and read a book.
I've read, I've made it
through like a half a book.
So not bad, not bad.
Actually it's pretty bad.
Reading is important, kids.
So yeah, will I get better
at reading? I hope so.
I think I just haven't
found the right thing.
Like I have these books that I'm like,
no, I need to read this.
But it's like, I don't want to though.
Like, eh…
Also think I just have
some attention problems.
Of course it's undiagnosed.
So I shouldn't say that.
But I for sure have attention problems.
Whether I should be medicated for that.
I mean, I'm sure it would
help. I'm sure it would.
Yeah, I got these books that I know
I would probably be a better human
if I actually finished
reading them, but I haven't.
Instead I've fallen into the habit,
and it's something that I enjoy doing,
which is watching movies, watching shows.
I enjoy watching movies more.
'Cause you can just get through
it and then be done with it.
Like I'm not gonna pick up frickin bleach
and watch 1500 episodes.
Nah, bro, nah.
However, I have stumbled across
something that I thought
I would never get into.
And I've discovered a little
something about myself.
During this lockdown I
have started watching
trashy reality TV.
This is my confession.
It started as a joke, okay.
It started as just as a ha,
ha, ha, I'll watch this.
This is silly. This is stupid.
At the very beginning of lockdown
or roughly the beginning.
You know when it was like
two weeks into lockdown
and we're all like, oh this is so crazy.
We're doing all this stuff.
And it's like so weird
that we're in lockdown
and we all thought it was going
to go for like two months.
Well, I mean, I didn't.
I knew it was going to go on forever.
I mean, we're stuck. We're
stuck in this forever.
I was like, Oh ha ha. I'm
going to watch Love is Blind,
'cause this is stupid.
And I got hooked, man.
I mean the show is bad.
No doubt. Like Jessica, oh man.
So for those of you that
haven't seen Love is Blind.
It's a, the whole premise of the show
is that people are locked in these pods,
well not locked in them.
It sounds like they're prisoners.
They go into these pods
and they talk to somebody
that's on the other side of this wall.
And they have, what I assume is
like hours long conversations
for multiple sessions.
And then they have to
decide, at some point,
if they're going to propose to the person
without seeing them to prove if,
to see if love truly is blind.
Come on.
So then they propose
with the absolute cheesiest,
(beep) romantic lines,
where it just, it made me want to barf.
I hope those lines are written,
'cause I don't want to believe
that people are that fricking cheesy.
Or maybe I just have a cold, cold heart.
But it's like, bro, come on.
What was the worst one?
Cameron's was pretty bad
from what I remembered.
Gosh, they were all bad.
There's this one girl, Gigi. Ugh.
So this guy proposes
to her and she's like,
"No, no I will no accept,
because I am proposing to you,
"and you are my love of
my life for ever and ever.
"And I cannot wait to
spend eternity with you."
Flash forward, like 30 days later.
And it's an absolute nightmare
because of course you're
not going to actually know
if you love the person from
talking him through a wall,
aided by lots and lots of alcohol.
That's like the thing about this show,
and actually with most reality TV shows,
now that I'm deep into them,
there's so much alcohol
involved in these shows.
It's like to a dangerous amount.
There is not really any part,
aside from like the driving scenes,
where these people
aren't fueled by alcohol.
Which makes sense,
'cause I mean it pulls
the crazy out of people.
Not crazy.
That's not okay to say.
It makes people say some stupid (beep).
Yeah, just absolute, just vomit inducing,
romantic line proposals.
And then they see each other and,
oh my gosh, you're attractive.
Because of course you
were selected for a show
and we can't have people
that aren't conventionally
attractive on a show.
So lucky me.
I want love is blind
to come in next season
with some real curve balls,
like some people
that aren't considered
conventionally attractive.
To really see if love is blind.
Come on guys.
All those people look like
rejected soap opera stars.
That's not really putting it to the test.
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So I don't want to spoil
too much about the show,
but I'm sure anyone that
had cared to watch it
has probably already seen it.
But Jessica and Mark,
Jessica is 35 and Mark is 24, guys.
And in case you forgot that,
Jessica will remind you
every five minutes in the
show that she doesn't know
if it'll work because
she's 35 and he's 24.
That's the funny thing
about these reality shows
is like you can see that they
really try to pound narratives
into your frickin face when they're like,
just so you know, she's 35 and he's 24.
So it's probably not gonna work.
She's hella old and he's hella young.
It's probably not going to
work. Surprise, it doesn't
Oh wait, that's a spoiler.
But it's pretty clear.
It's pretty freaking
clear from the get go,
'cause she was in love with
another guy on the show. Uh oh.
– So I've got a question for you, Ian.
– What's that?
– What got you into
watching reality shows?
Nobody just starts watching them.
What was the catalyst?
– I mean, I heard some people
talking about Love is Blind
and I needed a break
from all the very dark,
I feel like there's so
many shows out right now.
Really good written shows, movies,
but they're all dark and dramatic.
And I needed something that
was just a little bit light
'cause we're obviously
going through something
that nobody has ever gone through before,
except for some really,
really, really old people
that went through the 1918 pandemic.
You know what?
I was, I'm not going to
say, I told you all so.
But I've been preaching
about the 1918 pandemic for years, bro.
I was ready for this.
It's so funny, I was thinking
about that movie, Contagion.
(Shouting) Shut up!
– They're in the game studio there,
I think they're just being loud in that.
– I shouldn't scream like that.
– Yeah. Be careful on your voice, Ian.
Sounds like it comes so naturally to you.
– It does. It's nice to scream at people.
It's good to scream every once in a while.
I don't get the scream that much.
I'm a pretty mellow, chill dude.
But yeah, I was,
I kept thinking about
that movie, Contagion,
towards the end, when there's people
that are free and clear
of the virus or whatever.
And they're going to the mall or something
and then they get their
like thing checked.
And I was saying at the beginning,
like when this virus was
just like kicking up,
I was like, I think that
could possibly happen.
And now that seems totally reasonable.
That seems like a totally possible thing.
People getting checked to
be normal people of society.
– I guess I want to go deeper into this.
'Cause you had strong
opinions, it sounded like,
about trash TV prior to watching trash TV.
What was your opinions
of people who watch trash TV before this?
Like Jersey Shore, or The Circle,
or going into stuff like that?
– I will say I did watch
the first season of Jersey.
I, okay, I hadn't never
watched trash TV before, okay.
I knew I sort of liked it to a degree,
but I felt bad about watching it.
Like I watched the first
season of Jersey Shore,
had some great moments.
I watched, I think it was
called the Shahs of Sunset,
which followed a group of
Persians living in Beverly Hills.
And that was interesting.
That had some just
properly bad people in it.
And that's the funny thing
that you find out about
a lot of these shows
is like the worst behavior is rewarded.
If you think you're going
to get on a reality show
and get airtime being the good guy.
Nah, uh, uh.
Maybe one person is like the good guy,
the sort of protagonist of the group.
The person that keeps everyone together
because they're the diplomat, right?
If you want airtime on a reality show,
you have to be dramatic.
And you have to be, you know,
which usually means that
you just have to just
be an ass to everyone.
One trash show, that I
just finished recently,
Selling Sunset, oh my goodness.
Oh my goodness. I watched
all three seasons. Woo baby.
That's about a group of people
that work at a high
end real estate company
in West Hollywood.
And they only, well they
typically only sell houses
in the Hollywood Hills.
It's basically all women except for
the two twins that run the brokerage.
I have to say, my favorite
thing about the show
is the fashion, I like fashion.
I like when somebody throws
together a nice outfit.
I'm not just saying, not
saying like men's fashion,
any kind of fashion.
So there's ladies come through
with some with some really,
really nice outfits.
And I appreciate that.
I'm like, wow, that's very nice.
You color coordinated. I see that.
I respect that. Good job.
But this one person on the
show, Christine, oh man.
If she didn't, if she wasn't on the show,
this show wouldn't exist.
She's the worst. And she knows it.
And she takes, she
fully capitalizes on it.
She was pretty bad in first season.
And I think second season,
she engages this guy
who is just stupid wealthy.
He's like, I think he was
like a software developer,
whatever, he made a ton of money.
So when she comes back to
the show in season two,
she lands in a private jet,
gets in her Bentley, shows up to the thing
in some $30,000 wardrobe.
And she's like, yes, I am that bitch.
I dig it. She's so bad.
There's a lot of people that
aspire to be reality stars.
I know somebody that, know of somebody,
I am not friends with
them, but that they said,
they want to be a reality star.
– That's actually a really
good question though.
Is like, what's the
separation would you say
between YouTubers and reality stars?
Obviously there's many
degrees of YouTubers.
But have you met
YouTubers who could easily
slot within that concept
of being a reality star?
– Oh, Tana Mongeau would
be a great reality star.
'Cause you have to kind
of embrace a character.
Nobody in reality TV shows, I hope,
is really playing themselves.
I hope they're playing a
heightened version of themselves.
And I think that's, in a large way,
that a lot of YouTubers do that as well.
Obviously like five or more years ago,
I was playing an extremely
heightened version of myself.
And then when people
would meet me in person,
they'd be like, "You're like
different. You're normal."
Like, yeah.
Yeah, I'm not always
screaming and running around
and calling people, dick biscuit.
I think, yeah. I mean, in a way,
a lot of vloggers are reality stars.
People like David Doebrick,
it's not like all that
stuff would happen to them
if a camera wasn't rolling.
He wouldn't just be throwing
Teslas out left and right
just as part of his regular daily life
if he wasn't doing it all on camera.
No, he'd just be chilling at home,
playing some COD, ordering some Postmates.
Yeah, I don't know like, yeah,
YouTubers are almost like
another like incarnation,
or not all YouTubers, but the vloggers
are sort of like another
incarnation of reality TV
except they control it completely.
With reality TV, it's controlled
by a producer and an editor.
And they shoot so much stuff.
And then they base, a lot of times
they just pieced together
a storyline afterwards.
So you might think that
you had this whole thing
that was going to end up on the show.
And they're like, "Eh,
sucks, Let's do this thing."
– Well, so I don't know
if you know this, Ian,
but my wife actually was
on a reality TV show.
It was a cake competition one.
So it wasn't this overly dramatic.
But when she was explaining the process,
they had her for hours
just saying a bunch of different
lines during the interview.
And they would just create scenarios like,
well, what about this? What about that?
Just for the edit.
– Yeah.
– So then when the edit
came out, she's like,
"Oh, they told me they
weren't gonna use that line.
"That was a wild line.
"That was just me saying
something like randomly.
"And they used it."
So, and I told her, I was like,
"Once the camera starts
rolling on a reality show,
"anything you say the
editors are gonna use.", so.
– Yeah. Yeah, that's the thing.
I always get so lost when
I'm watching a reality show
because I'm thinking half my time
is spent watching what's going on.
And then the other half is me wondering
how they got that soundbite, or like how,
like were they just sitting there all day
and then that thing happened,
or did a producer tell
that woman to walk over
and ask that person that question.
Because there's these times in the show,
when it just looks like they're working.
And then one of them looks
over to the other person
and said, "Oh my God,
"did you hear what
Christine did last night?
"Did you hear what she said?"
And then the person
goes, "(beep) you bitch."
They never said that.
Were they just rolling all day?
Or did a producer say," Hey, ask her
"if she heard what
Christine said last night."
"Hey, did you hear what
Christine said last night?"
It's hard to know. I don't
really know how much is.
I mean, it depends on
what reality show it is.
Some are very scripted
and very orchestrated.
And then I'm sure some
are just purely orchestrated by alcohol.
Love is Blind, Indian Matchmaking.
Oh, by the way, (beep) Aparna. Ugh.
I was going to just list the
things I've been watching,
but I have to stop, hard stop, right here.
Aparna, that's not okay. All right.
It's not okay. Mm mm.
This is just turning into a
full reality TV breakdown.
– It really is, yeah.
– Aparna in Indian
Matchmaking is a person.
She's looking for love, guys.
I don't know what she's looking for
because there's not a single person
that fits what she wants.
She's like, "Oh, I travel all
the time. I love traveling.
"If I'm not traveling, I hate
everything.", or whatever.
But she's like, "I hate
the outdoors. I hate 'em".
Like, what are you doing then?
You're traveling, but
you hate the outdoors.
And she's like, "Oh, I love
South Africa. I love it."
So you go to South Africa
and like chill in a hotel?
I don't get it.
And then this guy was like, "Oh yeah.
"Oh, I love the beach."
And she's like, "I hate the beach.
"I hate it. I hate the
beach. The beach sucks."
And he's like, "Oh, you
just don't like the ocean?"
She's like, "No, I love the ocean.
"I love the ocean. I spent
two weeks out in the ocean.
"I love the ocean. I
hate the beach though".
And he's like, "Oh, where
would you relax for 10 days?"
She's like, "Why would you
need to relax for 10 days?
"Anything more than three is ridiculous.
"What do you need that much
time to relax for? Ugh."
And then he's like, "Oh,
do you like your work?"
She like, "Oh, I hate my work. I hate it.
"Being a lawyer is weird and it sucks."
And he's like, this other guy's a lawyer.
And he's like, "Oh, I love being a lawyer.
"I love law. And like helping people."
"I hate it. I hate being a lawyer."
Oh, unhappy people are so draining, man.
They're so draining.
If somebody is really draining you
and they're just being angry and mean
for reasons that don't make any sense,
maybe they're just unhappy.
You know, maybe you can
help them. Maybe you can't.
But acknowledge that they're
probably just unhappy
and it's not your fault.
Boom. That's one life lesson.
– Life lesson from
reality TV. That's great.
One reality show that I did very much like
and made me feel warm and
fuzzy was Love on the Spectrum.
Following a group of people with autism
or, well this is the debate.
People with autism or autistic
people, it's a flip flop.
So I'm sorry if I offended you.
If I said autistic people
or people with autism.
You know what I mean? Thank you.
I'm open to hearing it. I really am.
'cause I need to learn,
I don't know everything.
So it follows a group of people
with autism in Australia,
which makes the show instantly better,
'cause Australian accents are so adorable.
And some people that are looking for love
and other people that have found love
and they're in a relationship.
And I thought it was really nice.
It was really nice.
There was no bad people.
It was just people just honestly,
just looking for a connection.
Some people had never
been on a date before,
because it's hard.
What I liked the most
about the show is it,
and this seems like a crazy thing to say,
'cause it's like, well obviously
this shouldn't be a stretch.
But what I did like about the show
is that it humanized people with autism.
It was like, no, they
have the same struggles
as the rest of us.
Some parts where a little infantilizing,
is that the right word?
– What are you trying to go on about?
– Like they just kinda, they
treated some people just like,
yeah, I think infantilizing,
I think that's the right word.
They treated them like they
were children sometimes.
– Yeah.
– And it's like, no.
Yes, they're not neuro-typical.
But they're not children.
But I get it. Like, I'm certainly,
I'm not trained in that area.
I think some people in the community
might not completely enjoy it,
but I think it does a really good job of
humanizing their expense.
– So any final thoughts on reality TV
for you during the coronavirus period?
– I'd say give it a shot.
I'd say, yeah.
If you're, if you're
looking to watch some trash.
You know, watching trash, isn't all bad.
Every once in a while we gotta
unplugged. Especially now.
I'd much rather talk
(beep)about some random person
that's in a reality TV show
than a person that's going
through a real struggle
and in real life.
Yeah. I think we can't
just always be watching
just intense, horrible stuff.
Like, yeah, maybe every once in a while
we gotta have our comfort food.
We can't always be eating salad.
We gotta have some barbecue sometimes.
– I like that. Reality
TV show is barbecue.
That's great.
– It is. It's fatty, fatty brisket.
– There was one in here I really liked.
And I don't know if you'd
be willing to talk about it.
It was the keeping your
friendships in your thirties.
I think it's an interesting
topic. I'm also in my thirties.
So I would like, I don't know
if that's something that
you'd be willing to discuss.
– Yeah. We kind of wrote down some topics
that I thought I could talk about.
And it's something that I've
been thinking about lately,
keeping or managing
friendships and your thirties.
'Cause I was just kinda
thinking about it the other day.
I was like, man.
I feel like my friend
circle in my twenties
was much more vast, was much more varied.
But when you get into your thirties,
like a lot of people are,
they're getting deep into a
relationship or a marriage.
They got kids. They have
a professional life.
So now they're living in some other city.
Everybody's just kinda just more busy.
Having just a general
friendship with somebody
does, I think, get harder.
It doesn't mean it's impossible,
but it takes a lot more
to manage a friendship.
That's what I'm finding that I'm bad at.
'Cause I'm bad at keeping up with people.
Like I'm totally chill
to just sit on my TV,
sit in front of my TV,
play video games, and
watch movies for days.
And I'm just not very good at
keeping up with my friends,
and people that I know, and acquaintances,
and building relationships.
A lot of times I just kind of
let that stuff come to me.
Everyone at Smosh, that is a friendship,
but it's also a work relationship.
You have to put that in one box.
The people that you
work with, it's not that
you can't be friends with the
people that you work with.
Having friendships
with the people that
you work with is great.
And it's people that you see every day
and that you spend a lot
of your time with them.
So having a relationship
with that person is awesome.
But you need friendships outside of that.
You need somebody that's not
already all up in your (beep).
And that's something that I realized.
I was like, oh, there's
not a lot of people
that I talk to on a regular basis
that aren't involved in what I do.
And especially in Los Angeles,
where everyone here is, I mean, everyone,
basically everyone that I know
is working in YouTube
stuff or digital stuff.
Streaming, yeah, gaming, YouTube.
And man, I want some
friends that don't do that.
I want like people I talked to,
that I'm like, "Oh man, you
see this YouTube video?"
And they're like, "No."
And I'm like, "Great.
We don't need to talk about YouTube.
Because talking about
YouTube with everybody,
it gets old, man.
I mean Los Angeles, and generally,
I feel like I came to
the perfect city because
what I do talk about a lot in
general with friends and stuff
is TV shows, video games,
movies, pop culture.
And I think that confused
a lot of my friends from Sacramento
'cause they weren't just
all sucked into that.
So I did come to the right city for that,
but it's nice to have people
that don't have any
involvement in your industry.
Yeah, I got some work to do, man.
I gotta make some more friends.
Or I mean, I got, I have friends,
but I just, I need to reconnect.
Actually, I had a friend
actually reach out yesterday
and they were like, "Hey, sorry,
I pushed you away when…"
'Cause this person was friends
with both me and my ex.
And when we split that person, I guess,
I didn't, I wasn't even aware,
'cause I don't keep up with my friends.
I guess he sort of sided with her
or not really sided, but
just decided to like,
oh, I'm just going to be
friends with that person.
That happens so often, where
you're friends with a couple,
they break up and you're like,
oh, well I got to choose one.
So they actually reached
out to me and they're like,
"Yeah, I just realized I did that.
"And I don't know why because
you've always been cool to me.
"So I just wanted to apologize."
And I was like, "Whoa, that's cool. Yeah."
I don't know, that also
made me think like,
yeah, I do just need to
like reach out more often
and establish relationships
a little bit better.
It never hurts to reach
out to a friend and say,
"Hey, I'm thinking about
you. How are you doing?
"Do you want to catch up over zoom,
"or in a park?"
– Do you find that you're
now that you're a little bit older,
friends that you would
make in your thirties
versus friends that you
made in your twenties.
– Would you, do you find
there's going to be a different,
I guess the question I'm trying to ask is
like a different level or
caliber you're looking for now?
Kind of like one would
going into relationships
after many years of dating.
'Cause you were saying
how you're trying to look
for friends outside of work.
And that in and of itself is
a pretty tough thing to do.
I guess my question is around
like, you know, being older,
finding people in our
age group to relate with,
but at the same time, do you find yourself
as a choosier individual
because of experience?
– I think also I spent so
much time in relationships,
so many of my friendships
were built around like,
this person gets along
with the both of us.
A lot of friendships were
formed where it's like
I'm with somebody and then we
make friends with this couple.
It's sometimes harder to make friends
when it's just yourself trying to hang out
with another couple or something.
Not everyone could do that.
We can't be, you know,
Damien going to Japan
with you and your wife.
– The perfect third wheel. Let's be real.
I mean, it was Damien and I,
and Lacey was the third
wheel in that one, so.
– Okay. That's fair, that's fair.
I think, yeah, it's really funny.
I don't, because when you're a couple,
you kind of have this sort of in,
where it's like, oh we'll
go on a double date,
or like, oh, let's get
dinner, like, let's do this.
But when you're a single guy,
some of those doors aren't open.
It's like, oh okay,
well we'll be able to get
together in a group setting.
Or if your wife, or
girlfriend, or boyfriend
is off doing something
else, then we hang out.
I mean, although in Los Angeles,
everyone's basically the same.
Everyone's pretty politically aligned.
But I guess nowadays
I would hold my friends a
little bit more accountable
to certain political things,
like certain social issues for sure.
Cause, yeah, I mean like,
I got a couple of friends up in Sacramento
that are more of the,
shall we say redneck type.
I shouldn't say redneck,
'cause that's not fair.
That's not fair to the rednecks out there.
But they have certain thing.
They have certain, you know, viewpoints
that I believe are a little bit ignorant,
that I think I would hold them to now.
And when I go back for
Christmas, well, no,
'cause I probably can't see
them even for Christmas.
– Yeah, with the 'rona,
– Damn you, 'rona.
I'm comfortable to speak
my mind to my friend
and have a more open conversation
rather than just go along with something
and not call them out
because I'm uncomfortable.
I think a relationship with
a friend, is a relationship,
is just like a relationship
with a significant other.
Where if you want to
grow with that person,
you have to have those
uncomfortable conversations.
I don't think I did that back in the day.
I think if somebody said
something that I didn't like,
I just kinda like, (groans)
– That's actually really,
that's very adult of you too.
Being in our thirties and making friends,
it comes down to being willing to have
those really tough conversations
to make true friends.
Versus as kids, we just
had the circle of friends
and we just kind of dealt
with the people that we had.
– Yeah, exactly.
Especially if it's somebody
that's not treating you well.
If they're they're treating you like dirt,
there's no reason to be
friends with that person.
Not worth your time.
Or if they're treating you like dirt,
at least call it out and be like,
"Hey, why are you treating me like this?"
And then maybe they'll realize,
and then maybe they'll change.
You know, it's been really
funny lately on Twitter.
I've been a part of
several nostalgia memes
that have like really popped off.
There'll just be like a random person.
That'll make a food battle meme
and it'll get like a
hundred thousand likes
and people will be like, "Oh
my God, I remember that."
It's so funny that now I'm now I'm like,
I'm literally nostalgia for people.
That's so weird. It
wasn't even that long ago.
And it's like, we're still killing it.
Some people will talk
about it like I'm dead.
They're like, "Oh man, memories."
Yeah. Food battle's a really funny one
just cause it was such a stupid concept.
Not that we wouldn't bring it back,
but it's just so funny
that people are like,
people are looking back on that fondly.
It was like some meme with
a guy from breaking bad,
having a freak out.
And it was like, when I see
the pink frosted, sprinkled
donut won food battle again.
It's like, what?
So yeah, it's really funny.
I mean obviously the internet
moves a million miles an hour.
So something that was made five years ago
just feels ancient.
Like I pulled,
somebody liked a tweet of mine from 2012
and that's how it popped
back up into my feed.
And so I retweeted it
'cause it was really cringe.
It was a tweet of mine
from 2012 that said,
"I was at a club last night
and they played Gangnam style
"and almost everyone did the dance.
"It was awesome."
– That is so 2012.
– It was super cringe.
But I have to say that wasn't a lie.
I wasn't making that up.
I was, yes, I went to a club,
not really by my own volition,
but I was at a club and
they did play Gangnam style.
And a lot of people did the,
you know, the horse thing,
where they're like riding the horse
and they do the little lasso move.
That actually happened. No lie.
And it was pretty awesome.
It was a good moment.
– How does that make you feel though?
So people are making
nostalgia memes about you.
How does that directly make you feel?
I mean, obviously Smosh still exists
and it seems more
reflective upon a past era,
but what does Ian Hecox think?
– I mean, when people make
those nostalgia memes,
I enjoy it, I think it's funny.
If people tied that as something good
from their childhood,
then that's really cool.
I think it's cool that
our content, as silly as it was,
meant something to somebody.
If somebody says your stuff sucks now
compared to food battle,
that's a little ridiculous.
If you like food battle
more than that's fine,
that's your own damn thing.
But yeah, people are,
if people are just like,
"Oh man, I miss that."
I was like, well then that
means something to you.
Or at least you enjoyed it.
Or at the very least,
you wasted your time with it
and thank you for the ad rev.
It's very silly.
But to see that kind of
response to a nostalgia meme
about food bottle to see
like a hundred thousand likes
from just one random ass tweet on Twitter,
I mean, it's cool.
It's like, Whoa, that's nuts.
– Because Smosh has been,
it's been 15 years now right, of Smosh?
– It's been about 15 years.
– And so if you were to
just pulling numbers out of the air,
but let's imagine 15
years ago you had viewers
who were within the age range of 10 to 15.
So those are now 25 to 30 year old.
– Full ass, grown ass adults.
– With families and jobs.
How does it make you feel?
– I know Charlie Puth was
a fan back in the day.
– Really?
– Yeah.
He entered a contest that we did one time.
I want to say it was
like a box man dance contest or something.
I don't have the video, but yeah.
I remember he entered,
we remembered his name
'cause that name is very unique.
And I think we might've
sort of made of like him,
like, Charlie Pooth.
So yeah, it's very strange to think
that there's like somebody
that might've been a kid,
now they're like an adult
with responsibilities
and then, like power.
I hope one day there's the president
of the United States was like,
"I remember when food
battle was happening.
"There was crazy."
There's one food battle where
I ended up by saying cat dick.
And I don't know why.
"It was crazy when Anthony tried to use
a celery as a Pogo stick
and broke both his legs."
I really hope that happens.
I want, yeah, I hope that some
people that are Smosh fans,
or Smosh viewers, grow up
and get into really powerful positions.
Hit me up.
I'm ready to join the Illuminati.
Like if you, yeah,
if you get into a high
government position,
I'll do whatever it takes.
All I want is power. I don't
care about anything else.
I just want power and control.
I'll do whatever it takes. I'll do it.
I'll steamroll over anybody.
– I feel really uncomfortable
back here suddenly
– Good.
– Okay.
Yeah, it's wild.
It's wild, full grown adults
that were kids when
they watched our stuff.
Or I mean full grown adults,
that were full grown adults
when they watched our
stuff, are now hella old.
Well this is actually kind of ties in,
Maybe I'll talk about two things.
'Cause this one, I mean, I hope
it doesn't sound depressing.
Quick disclaimer, before I
get into this next thing,
I just want to say, I'm gonna
be talking about alcohol.
So anything I'm saying is
just coming from my brain,
my opinion, please be safe.
One interesting thing with
the sorta COVID of everything,
all the adults that I talked
to about this whole situation,
it seems like everyone is drinking more.
Everyone I talk to is like,
"Yeah, I've been drinking more."
Well I guess, disclaimer,
alcohol is poison.
Yeah, I don't know.
I just kinda like alcohol.
Some, I don't like it all.
I'm not, I'm never drinking to get drunk.
– Huge disclaimer, for anybody listening,
if you're under the age of
21, please do not drink.
– Or if you live in somewhere like the UK,
there's other laws.
Just obey the law.
Obey the law and don't
drink too much, baby.
– Drink responsibly.
– I mean there's no amount of-
All right, let's put it out.
I just want to put that
out here right now.
There's no amount of alcohol that's safe.
I don't care about these
stupid reports that are like,
"You know drinking one glass of red wine
will actually reduce
your… hrm, mm, mm, mm."
No, bro. It's alcohol, it's poison.
Yeah. It's ingrained in a lot of cultures
and people drink it and
live long lives, sure.
But when it comes down to it, it's poison.
I think it's now it's more
like people are just like,
"Yeah, I don't know, there's
nothing going on tonight.
"I guess I'll have a drink."
So that's been an interesting thing.
I've been talking with a
lot of friends about that
and I've just kind of had to
reevaluate my relationship with alcohol
because I like it.
And I like to drink it.
And I like it in a social situation.
But right now I'm living alone.
So I'm not drinking it
in a social situation.
I'm like, oh, I just need to
get through Love is Blind.
Also it's so hard when you're watching
all these reality shows
and they're having a drink
every single frickin moment.
And you're like, well, they seem fine.
I guess I can have one. I don't know.
– What would you surmise is
the reason why you think people
are increasing their consumption
during the coronavirus?
– 'Cause they've got nothing better to do.
– There is it (laughing)
– We have so much time on our hands.
Like I get done with work,
it's six or something.
And I'm like, well I have
like five hours to kill
before I want to go to sleep.
I don't know, I'll have dinner
and maybe I'll have like a beer
or maybe I'll pour myself
a little glass at tequila.
Although I couldn't
drink these last two days
'cause I burned the
(beep) out of my esophagus
and I wasn't rolling around on the floor
having a conniption.
So I don't think I'm an alcoholic.
But I would say, it's safe to say,
there's probably a small level,
I have some level of dependency.
Could I go a month without drinking? Yeah.
Do I go a month without drinking? No.
That's something that I need to evaluate.
And I think more just like keeping an eye
on your relationship with substances.
It's anything, like doing anything
on a regular basis that's
not good for you is bad.
Do I eat a hamburger every day? No.
Do I eat hamburger sometimes? Yeah.
Do I go a month without
eating a hamburger? Sometimes.
Do I go a month without eating
Nashville hot chicken? No.
Nashville style hot chicken
is the best. I'm drooling.
It's so good guys.
I mean, I don't know
if it's really like
everywhere, everywhere,
but it's like this really
spicy fried chicken.
It's so good guys.
And they put it on these sweet rolls
with pickles and coleslaw.
– Hey, Ian, I'm not seeing
this on the topic list at all.
What's happening?
– Oh, I want some of that right now.
– That does sound really good.
I think I have an addiction to
Nashville style hot chicken.
– And people have been consuming
more Nashville hot chicken
during the coronavirus.
– (laughing) I'm
contributing to that mostly.
So I just want to say, adults out there,
if you're drinking,
just keep an eye on it.
Really think about your
relationship with alcohol
and the effects that it has on you,
your friends, your family.
If you think you might have
a certain dependence on it,
or if you think you
might have an addiction,
there are resources out there.
And I highly encourage you to seek it out.
There's nothing, there's no shame in that.
I don't know guys.
I hope you're being safe out there.
That's the most important thing.
It's crazy time,
but this is the most important time
that we take care of ourselves.
All right, that's the most important thing
that I've come to in this time,
is that there's so many things that are
happening outside of our control.
It's very easy to feel like
there's nothing you can control.
There's a lot of things that
you can control in your life,
whether it's your health, or
the place you're living in,
or the relationships you have.
Maybe you get involved with a charity.
Maybe you go outside,
you go into your community
and you pick up trash.
There are things that you
can control in this world.
And I think that's more
important than ever right now
because it feels like
everything is out of control
and that's just not true.
So think about the things that
you can control in your life.
All right, with that said,
we're going to cap this bad
boy off with a shoot dood
– Shoot dood.
– (Shoot dood intro music)
– [Voice Over] Shoot dood.
– All right, this one comes from Emma.
In seventh grade, my ELA class,
that's English and language arts class,
had a big project called
person of the 20th century.
Everyone had to dress up like someone
who impacted the 1900s the most,
and give presentations on their life,
and prove why they had the biggest impact.
One of my classmates had chosen
Walt Disney as his person.
I had noticed that my classmate
was stuttering as he spoke.
I thought this was part
of his presentation
because someone had told me
that Walt Disney had a stutter.
I cannot find if that was true or not.
I asked him if the stutter
was part of his imitation,
the whole class turned to look at me
and the teacher in my
classmate were telling me no.
And to stop, I immediately knew
that what I said was wrong.
And I didn't mean for it to
be said the way I said it.
I was so embarrassed that
I wish I was invisible.
To this day, it is my biggest regret.
Thankfully it's forgotten.
And I am friends with the classmate.
Shoot, dood.
– That is a shoot dood.
– Oh, no. Oh.
– He's friends though. It's okay.
– Yeah, I feel that in my bones.
I've said some really dumb things.
Well you were there when
I, when we did Olive Garden
and there's this item on the menu called,
the way it's said is pasta fagioli.
I said it the wrong way, very
loudly and crumbled inside.
'Cause I felt bad, man.
I was like, I don't want
to make anyone feel bad.
I don't want to, you know, it sounds like
when you say it not the Italian way,
it sounds like you're saying a slur.
Yeah, I've apologized to some
of the people in the crew.
I felt bad.
That was a serious shoot dood.
– It was a mild shoot dood.
It was just one of those shoot dood
that definitely like, I get
where you're coming from.
But I don't think anybody held
it against you in the moment.
Yeah, just doesn't feel good.
– Right.
– That was a shoot dood for me.
But I think the thing is,
it's all about the intention
and if you think somebody was hurt
and it wasn't your intention
to hurt that person
still make sure they're
okay, and apologize.
– How do you think Emma
did about it though?
'Cause obviously it seems afterwards
everything was rectified, but.
Yeah. I mean, I'm sure she
explained it to that person
and said, I didn't know that
you actually had a stutter.
Like, you know, a stutter
it's a pretty common speech impediment.
It's not, I mean like fricking
Joe Biden has a stutter.
It's not like she was trying
to make fun of this guy.
So, I mean, in those
cases, what can you do?
You just apologize. Say
that wasn't my intention.
Well guys that's it for
this wonderful Ian rambles.
What did you guys think? Did you like it?
I don't know how much, I don't know.
I mean, I don't think I can make
a whole ass podcast about me rambling.
'Cause there's only so many
thoughts that are in my brain.
But I hope you guys enjoyed this.
As you can see I'm wearing
this sweet Twitch sweater
you probably can't really see it,
especially if you're just listening.
Big shout outs to Twitch.
We just launched on there,
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I believe it's
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Like we're going to be
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We're going to be doing
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Going to be doing a lot of
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And on Fridays we're
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I think that'll be really, really fun.
So this has been a ride.
Thank you guys. Stay safe out there.
Keep wearing your masks.
Sanitize, wash your hands. Drink water.
Don't drink too much
alcohol if you're an adult.
Don't drink any alcohol if you're a kid.
And we'll see you next time.
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Okay. Enough of this (beep).
I'm out of here, baby.
Oh, wait, wait, hold on.
(lip smacking)

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