Attempting to Make a “Viral Video”
We all love watching viral videos, anything from a cat playing with dolphins, or a slingshot backfiring and hitting a woman in the face with a watermelon, or just some poor slob falling off a motorcycle and onto his face. What seems to be most common about these videos is they aren’t staged, meaning their popularity is somewhat of an “accident”. Then there are the other type of viral videos–the ones made purposely like that atrocious Rebecca Black “Friday” video. Many times when videos go viral, people make parodies of them in hopes that the popularity of the original video will rub off onto their own creations. This is what me and a few of my comedy friends tried to pull off with our parody of “Twin Baby Boys Talking to Each Other.”
My friend Edie Katz saw the original video and decided to write up a parody, with some help from Lou Stone Borenstein (you might recognize him from our parodies of “The Sopranos” and “The Big Lebowski”) and they needed to find two male comics willing to be in the video…while wearing diapers, of course. Their first call was to me (big surprise), and their second call was to Paul Murdock (“The Dude” from our “Big Lebowski” parody). After some scheduling conflicts, we found some time last Saturday and a friend to lend us her apartment for a few hours (thanks Jessica!) and we were off to work. The first little stumbling block was seeing that parodies of the original video had already been done, notably by Patton Oswalt and Michael Chiklis.
“Damn professionals with their big budgets and resources”, I said.
“Damn real comedians with their ability to do things in real time”, remarked Paul.
“Damn famous people with actual talent and name recognition”, sighed Lou.
Oh, well–we had come this far (all the way up to 74th street) so we had to figure something out. Paul and I changed into our diapers, which were surprisingly comfortable and chic, and went to work. Edie supplied the scripts, and Lou manned the camera. We decided on making our “babies” British, as (apparently) that hadn’t been done yet. After many takes, and much laughing in the middle of the whole thing requiring us to start again and again, this is what we came up with.
The things we do for a laugh…. enjoy!
Twin Baby Boys Having a Conversation–30 years later (British Version)