Friday, October 2, 2009

Tosh.0.1.2

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM

As I noted yesterday, Daniel Tosh, star of the Comedy Central show Tosh.0, called to chat about the world of the Interwebs and how new episodes of the show begin airing on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Tosh.0 is a clip show in which the acerbic comedian pokes fun at the folks (both famous and infamous) whose foibles captured on film have been spread across the Internet like extra crunchy peanut butter.

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One of the best segments of the show is Web Redemption, in which Tosh invites some of these viral video stars—Miss Teen South Carolina and such—on the show to help redeem themselves. And these people need redeeming because, face it, if they hadn't been caught in some horrifically embarrassing moment, they probably wouldn't have gone viral in the first place.

But not all viral videos are worth Tosh's time.

I asked him about the "Ima let you speak, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time" heard 'round the world.

"I don't really have an opinion on that," Tosh said. "I could care less. It's a fake award show as opposed to a real award show which are [all] also meaningless ... I think whoever was sitting next to Kanye got a nudge, 'Hey, do you think it would be funny if I went up there and grabbed the microphone?' That person should be held accountable."

Working on new shows when he called, Tosh said that Thursday's episode isn't the mark of a second season.

"I want it to be season two," Tosh said. "But it's not. It's an extension of season one. That's just so they don't have to pay us season two money."

The last episode aired near the end of August, but the interim hasn't been a hiatus for Tosh. Comedy Central let him know that they had ordered more episodes before he went off the air, so he and the rest of the staff at Tosh HQ breathed a sigh of relief and started the search for more viral videos. Tosh also spent his time updating his own blog—with videos, natch—including one showing what he spent some of his newfound network wealth on: an official arm wrestling table. Asking him about the table led to three exclusive revelations.

1. Tosh has never performed stand-up in Boise, but really wants to. He said (and I believe him) that he meets with his agent a couple of times each year to specifically talk tour dates. "I always say I want to play Boise," Tosh said. "Always."

2. Tosh has eschewed hoodies. He's moved on to cardigans. It works for him.

3. The arm wrestling table plays a huge part the Tosh.0 season finale.

Tosh and his staff used to have arm wrestling tournaments. Accusations of cheating became so heated, he purchased the table to quell any further infighting.

"After we bought the table, we of course started watching arm wrestling videos," Tosh said. "And we saw people getting their arms broken. And these weren't professionals. They were people like us, inexperienced idiots, arm wrestling and getting their elbows dislocated. So now everyone is terrified to really commit to a match."

"Do you ever invite any of the Web Redemption people to arm wrestle?" I asked.

"Yes. Currently I have arm wrestled four of the six. We are going to put that in an episode. We haven't told anyone we're going to do that."

"Oh. Do I have to keep that off the record?" I asked.

"No," he said.

"Great! I have breaking Tosh.0 news," I chirped.

"Whatever that's worth," Tosh laughed.

Whatever indeed.

Catch Tosh.0 Thursday nights on Comedy Central.

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