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"South Park," I think the one thing

that kind of like broke my love for it a little bit

was when somebody pointed out that "South Park's"

point of view is just that everything new sucks.

- I'm gonna go old school internet.

Up until then there was kind of framework for comedy.

And then the internet kinda just destroyed that,

and was like, anything can be funny.

- I ask those stupid questions all the times.

It's okay.

Sometimes we just don't know stuff.

And sometimes people just love to laugh at people

because they feel smarter.

They had castaways, which is funny,

'cause it's very similar to that one Smosh sketch.

Remember, when you were stranded on the beach?

- Yeah, did we rip it off? - Castaways.

- I don't know. - Probably.


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- Dude, I put butter.

I put butter in my coffee this morning.

- Oh, you doing the Bulletproof coffee?

Is that what you're doing?

- Yeah, doing a Bulletproof coffee situation?

- Is that what it is?

- Yeah. - You gonna get,

you got that MCT oil in there?

Joe Rogan.

- I'm making sure to stir it up

so that the oil does build up at the top.

- Did you just do that randomly

or did you know that that was a thing?

- I was like, oh, I figure it's a thing.

I'll try it.

Little salted butter in my coffee.

- Dang.

Well, guess what- - Am I just naturally

a legend?

- Behind the curve, yeah. - Oh god.

- Hello, welcome to another SmoshCast today.

I am joined by the people that are known

none other than by Shayne Top and Courtney Miller.

- Hi. - Hello.

- I hate my background today.

I feel so like, I feel like it's ugly behind me.

I'm a mad. - Courtney, have you

never seen what I filmed?

- At least it's just empty and light.

- It's an empty room.

It is my murder room.

- Yeah, but at least it's like a cute murder room.

You know?

Mine's like a cluttered weird dark.

- Ian finds an abandoned office building

to record the pod in every day.

- Every day.

Every single day. - There's a lot of

abandoned offices in Sedona, California.

- So we're basically "Last of Us."

- Well, it's actually set walls.

So right now I'm recording at the Grand Canyon.

The wifi reception here is great.

- That's awesome, man.

- Lucky you. - Great work.

- An Eagle just flew by the camera.

You can't see it, it's on the other side.

- Fun.

- Well for those listening or watching

or pretty much watching,

the reason I'm in this weird setup is because

my microphones hate me and they are possessed.

I don't know if my apartment is haunted,

but these microphones are

because the microphone on my camera for sketch

and my microphone for podcasts

are just deciding to go like this.


Like that. - That's what they sound like.

- Maybe it's something to do with your voice.

They just heard your voice and then they killed themselves.

- Maybe your techno cursed.

- Techno cursed. - Oh, that's a cool name.

- Techno cursed.

- That's definitely the next like Blumhouse movie.

- What's a Blumhouse movie? - Like it's the next

"Happy Death Day."

Happy death day techno cursed.

Paranormal activity, techno cursed.

- It's a purge, it's a purge sequel.

I'm ready for this.

Who wants to go first with their

top five comedic inspirations.

- Top five comedic inspirations.

Number five.

- You were really good at that.

- Thank you.

Maybe I'm the voice of that guy.

- Twist. - You're epic how to.

- My number, I'll start.

- Okay, number five.

Are we starting with like number five and counting down?

- I didn't really order mine.

So don't take this by any sort of-

- Mine's kind of a loose order, too, anyway.

- We'll just kind of instinctually pick.

- For number five, the Lonely Island.

- What?

- Andy Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva-

- Akiva, I don't know his last name

right off the top of my head,

but he does Akiva- - Sheefer, Schaffer.

Shriver. - Yeah,

I think it's one of those. - Schaffer.

- Yeah, he, dude.

'Cause he's in my list.

- So yeah, the Lonely Island.

- They're in my list. - I mean, they,

they got started on the internet.

They had a couple failed TV pilots.

- Yeah, "Awesometown." - Which were actually

really funny.

- Yeah, you can actually track it down and watch 'em.

They're pretty funny.

Just (voice muffled) - If you want a sandwich

come roll with me.

- Yeah, but you can, it's funny.

'Cause you see little pieces

that they took from like "Awesometown"

and put it into later things

because it didn't get picked up.

- Yeah, dude.

- Dude, I watched "Hot Rod" the other day,

and do you remember- - So good.

- Do you remember Chester?

There's a guy named Chester.

He's like a tall Asian dude.

- The guy who dances around? - Oh, he's awesome.

He's in so much of their stuff.

Like he's closely associated with them.

He's awesome. - Yeah, I feel like,

he was in all the old Lonely Island stuff.

And was he in "Popstar?"

Did he ever a part

in "Popstar?" - I haven't seen "Popstar"

from start to finish.

- Oooohhh. - I know.

- Dude, "Popstar" is actually legit good.

- Okay, 'cause I, for some reason,

the marketing didn't do it for me.

So I was like, mmmm,

I don't want a bad taste. - It was bad.

Yeah, it was, the marketing was bad.

And also just like the whole,

because it was like,

it looked like a big Justin Bieber parody

it seemed like three years too late,

but it is like legit a funny movie.

- Okay, cool.

- But yeah, Lonely Island,

when they were doing their shorts on YouTube, I guess.

- "Two Guys in a Pool."

- "Just 2 Guyz."

- Do you know what their name Lonely Island comes from?

- No.

- Those three guys lived in an apartment.

and that's what they called their apartment.

- Awww. - Awww.

- (voice muffled) I'm obsessed with them, dude.

- They're great, man.

- They are really funny.

- And they do seem to stick together

when they do these other projects like "Hot Rod."

- Yeah, they all have their own individual talents.

- It's impressive that they've stayed

making stuff together so long.

I feel like that never happens.

- And when I got to see their practice tour, dude,

they did all the things,

all the iconic things.

Like even Lazy Sunday from

the "SNL" digital shorts and stuff.

I can't even tell you how much they've changed my life.

- Are they in your list somewhere?

- Oh yeah.

- They have to be.

- Well then don't talk about it too much.

- All right.

- Until we get to your Lonely Island.

I wanna hear from you.

- Shayne, number five.

- So, okay, I'm switching my number four and number five,

'cause I've just decided.

My number five is the internet.

Particularly- - Very specific.

- I'm gonna go old school internet.

With a lot of the stuff that

would just show up on eBaum's World.

Early internet stuff like Bo Burnham and Barats and Bereta.

The problem was it would be a different video all the time

that would make me laugh.

And I loved how chaotic internet comedy was

compared to everything I had seen before.

So I wanna say it was around 2005, 2006,

where I just became obsessed with it.

The thing is back then,

it was so different

because I think it's similar to walking down the beach

looking for driftwood.

You're just kinda like, all right,

I'm gonna check the internet today

and see if there's anything funny,

and you'd look for like an hour

and some days you'd just be like,

there's nothing on the internet today.

There's nothing new.

There's nothing funny.

I'm gonna check tomorrow.

- Well there was websites on the internet

at some point. - Right, but they would only,

like eBaum's World would just have like upwards

of 10 new things a day. - Yeah, there'd be like

no new videos for, yeah.

- And so you just kinda be like,

all right, nothing today.

Maybe I'll rewatch something.

Like maybe I'll rewatch one of those

GI Joe dubs or something.

That early stuff I just loved.

It made me laugh so hard.

It was so weird.

And, like I said, chaotic is like the best word

I can describe it as. - Absurdist.

- Absurd, oh man, I was obsessed with it.

Barats and Bereta,

I watched all of their stuff back then.

Bo Burnham, whenever he came out with something new,

I was like, hell yeah.

But a lot of the times for me,

I was not a subscriber of anything.

It would just be whatever turned up.

All of that back then was such a huge inspiration.

And I think it really got me

comedically thinking outside the box.

Up until then, there was kind of framework for comedy.

And then the internet kinda just destroyed that

and was like anything can be funny.

And so that was,

that was kind of inspiring.

- Because it also destroyed the gatekeeping for comedy.

Like anybody can create something online.

Like on TV you had to go through a huge process.

You had to go through censors,

you had to go through everybody.

And now all of a sudden you had just insane people,

like teenagers, Egoraptor, Arin Hanson,

creating Flash cartoons by himself.

- But I think that's a big thing is like,

for the most part back then,

you never saw people your age doing funny stuff.

It was all adults doing comedy.

- The internet and YouTube,

I feel like influenced editing style

in feature films, for sure.

Like comedic cuts, there was

a whole new world of that on YouTube.

It was cool when you finally started

seeing those incorporated.

- It changed everything.

- Number five.

- Okay, so it's kind of a tie for me,

at number five, between YouTube channels,

which if I mentioned these channels already

on our top of YouTubers list, I'm sorry,

but I will go into like the comedy aspect this time.

So it's a tie between the channel

BalloonShop and Liam Kyle Sullivan.

BalloonShop is sketches that don't make sense.

It's crazy 'cause they were making videos

around the same time as Smosh was,

but they were so different.

The sketches were an entirely different world

in terms of like arc and meaning and any kind of sense,

and a lot, it's crazy 'cause, what's his name?

- Owen?

- Is it Owen? - Owen Rogers.

- Olin, Olin. - Olin, that's,

I knew it was.

Olin Rogers is really the only one

who's seriously still in the digital space.

But those other guys that were a part of that,

they were some seriously funny people, dude.

And they were kind of, they seemed like a Lonely Island

minus the music aspect.

And then Liam Kyle Sullivan,

his character work I loved so much.

And I think it definitely influenced

when I was doing YouTube videos

and did No Vacancy and stuff.

I did the similar thing where it's like,

oh, this part of the room is this character.

And just like, it for sure influenced

how I edited my videos.

And it's crazy, 'cause Liam Kyle Sullivan,

if people don't know who I'm talking about,

he's the guy who made "Shoes."

But what's cool is that guy,

that incredible sketch comedian,

he edited Smosh Pit videos for like a year or two, right?

- Mmhmm. - At Defy.

I remember we- - Yeah, couple years ago.

- We were walking through the editing bay

that was this super dark room in the Smosh,

in the building, and just walking past,

and seeing our video being edited,

and then looking down and Liam Kyle Sullivan turns around.

He's like, " Hey guys."

I was like, huh, you're my dad.

- (laughing) You're my dad. - It was so shocking.

- He's such a chill guy.

Such a chill, laid back, quiet dude.

- So crazy.

- His videos were next level.

I mean they ruled the world for periods of time back then.

- He kind of owned the MySpace era.

- Yes, yes. - Of comedy.

- And then BalloonShop I feel was super underrated.

They didn't blow up as much, it seemed.

- I never heard about them until

you showed me them. - It's like a cult following.

- But I would have loved their stuff

if I had seen it back in the day.

But there was a lot of

people like them. - My favorite sketch,

Derek, the roommate, whips,

just the weirdest stuff.

- Sketch comedy back then- - BriTANick.

- BriTANick was,

I think BriTANick is the best one.

Like some of them are so smart.

- David Blaine Street Magic.

- Yes, God.

- And one of those guys is in "SNL" right now.

BriTANick went to "SNL" as well.

- Well that was, the David Blaine sketch

came out of Groundlings.

That was the Groundlings.

They were all Groundlings people.

So they're all pretty well connected in that world.

- But yeah, one of those guys,

I mean as of maybe what, four years ago

or something, five years ago?

- Yeah, what's his name?

What's his name?

I forget.

I've seen. - Mickey?

Is it Mickey something?

- Think so. - I don't know,

I don't watch "SNL." - I had seen him.

I had seen him live at Groundlings, though.

- It's so crazy how you can go from

religiously watching "SNL" to not even being aware.

- That's how it's always looked.

- It's the lifecycle of "SNL." - "SNL" has five years on,

five years off.

It's always been that way.

- Ian. - Ian.

- Number four "South Park."

Yeah, I feel like, yeah.

"South Park," for me, which I wasn't,

when it first came out I wasn't allowed to watch.

- "South Park?"

- Yeah.

- It came out, I mean, dude, yeah.

How old were you when it started?

You were probably like six.

- I was in, I think sixth grade when it first came out,

maybe fifth grade.

Like same time as Pokemon. - Really?

- Pokemon.

- I wanna say that's

(voice muffled) - 'Cause it was the nineties.

- Yeah, I remember one of my friends had,

he had cool parents, which meant he had bad parents.

We watched "South Park" over it at his house once or twice.

And I was like, oh my god, this is so bad.

We can't be watching this.

- Especially those first seasons.

- Bro, they're so crude.

- Those first seasons are so crude.

Like ridiculously crude.

- Yeah, the issue, I mean I guess nowadays

I have certain issues with "South Park,"

but there was a time when they really hit their stride.

They hit their stride so well

and did like a multi-part series

where it was like Cartman wanted the Wii

and he froze himself.

- He goes to the future.

Well, there was the one where he wanted the DS

for Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars,

and he goes to the future and it's like,

there's no more religion,

but there's like the Atheists League

and the Atheists Federation and they hate each other

or something like that.

They always have like stuff like, there's several-

- I like the Make Love Not Warcraft episode,

it was incredible. - Oh my God.

I watched that episode while playing Warcraft.

- Oh yeah.

- That was back when I was into playing World of Warcraft.

And I remember I was watching it.

I had like head set up and everything

with the entire Guild I was playing with,

and we were all watching it

while playing

World of Warcraft. - Awwww, that's so cute.

- And we were all laughing our asses off.

- It was so good.

And I feel like, yeah, I mean,

"South Park" is great.

The issue isn't so much with the content

as it is some of the people that watch it

that don't understand the point.

With like Cartman always yelling,

"Oh, you fat (bleep) Jew."

He's a bad character, not to be emulated.

But some people took the really racist stuff.

- Well that's the issue probably

when a bunch of little kids,

little kids watch it, and they don't understand.

So they just start repeating what Cartman says.

- Yeah, 'cause that's the tough thing

with creating a character that's supposed to be unlikable

is that it's tough that it,

it does put that stuff out in the world.

- Yeah, it's the same kind of thing with "Always Sunny."

And the weird thing is, dude,

there is a section of people that watch "Always Sunny,"

and they are not good people.

'Cause I went- - Oh god.

- Dude, I went into,

'cause I watched, and this is getting off track,

but I watched, I was catching up on "Always Sunny,"

and I watched the Mack Finds His Pride episode,

where they do that beautiful dance number.

And I went to the reviews on IMDB

and I was reading some of like the one star reviews,

and I was like, holy crap.

There are just a lot of really bad people.

- Dude, there were people,

there were people who thought "The Colbert Report"

was actually a conservative show.

- Yeah, 'cause usually a lot of shows

when they have like that (bleep) person show up,

they usually come and go pretty fast

or they are very clearly losing

in every way. - Yeah, they're not

a main character.

- Yeah.

- It's a fine line to walk and they trip up.

- I mean like "South Park,"

they just had so many good things about it.

I think the one thing that kinda broke my love for it

a little bit was when somebody pointed out,

they're like, oh, "South Park's" point of view

is just that everything new sucks.

And I'm like, they're kinda right.

It's just like that is kind of the point of view,

of oh this thing it sucks.

- I feel like also a lot of,

and I'm gonna use the term faux intellectual.

If you just take the stance of I hate everything

and I'm gonna make fun of everything,

that's not a free pass necessarily

to just say whatever you want

and be smart because you hate everything.

But that is what a lot of shows take on.

It's what a lot of people take on, too.

- They try and have that- - They just be like

oh I hate everything

so it's fine. - Commentary.

- I'm smart because I hate everything and everything's bad.

It's kinda like, all right, man, like, okay.

Yeah. - Yeah.

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Shayne, number four.

- All right, number four, I'm gonna go back to my childhood

and I'm gonna go to the things

that made me laugh the hardest when I was a little kid

and what I think got the ball rolling.

And it's a tie because I would switch between

two different channels when I was a little kid.

I would switch between Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

And there were two shows that I essentially

was always waiting for and wanted to watch.

And if they were on, I'm watching it, no matter what.

And those shows are "Johnny Bravo" and "All That."

"Johnny Bravo-"

- Oh yeah, "All That."

- "Johnny Bravo" was my, "Johnny Bravo" was my poop dude.


Johnny Bravo was

so good, dude. - It was my poop, dude.

That can be your slogan.

- It was probably my first impression.

I wanted to, I was always trying to do the voice.

I loved that it was just like here's,

I think the character of someone who thinks they're awesome,

even though they're a complete loser

is still my favorite character type.

And I do it all the time.

I love that trope.

And Johnny Bravo sums it up so perfectly.

The way they made him such a dumb ass is so great.

I still quote it sometimes.

Some of my favorite quotes are,

there was like, oh, it's like,

"Yeah, we gotta go in 45 minutes."

He was like, "45 minutes?

"That's almost 46 minutes."

And I was just like, that's so dumb.

It's so dumb.


And I just love stuff like that.

And then "All That"

was just ridiculous. - Yeah, dude,

I forgot about them.

- It was so good.

Especially that first iteration was incredible.

And I mean, the cast was nuts.

I mean Amanda Bynes and Keenan Thompson

and so many others that were so good.

Obviously I'm sure if I rewatched it now

it's designed for little kids, I would think it's dumb.

That's why I got so mad when "All That" came back recently

and people were like,

this is nowhere near as good as the original.

I'm like you're 30 years old now.

Of course it's not as funny to you.

Like, let it-

- Are you gonna find a

Keenan Thompson sitting in a bathtub

with a French accent funny?

- Yeah, exactly.

I'm like stop watching kids shows as an adult

and judging it as an adult.

I thought it was so great.

I think it's,

I mean, I say this, I'm a little biased

'cause of "So Random!"

But I do wish there was more sketch comedy,

and I mean, with TikTok and everything it is available,

but sketch comedy was just so fun,

and I think it's- - Yeah, dude.

- It can be such a good way of

pointing out absurdities in life.

- Absolutely.

I should've had Amanda Bynes on this list, man.

- Oh man, I, you know what's crazy is

I guess the last run of it was "Sam and Cat."

But, so there's "Sam and Cat"

was with Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.

"Sam and Cat" is technically a spinoff of "All That."

Because "Sam and Cat" is a spinoff of

"iCarly" 'cause Jennette McCurdy,

I don't know if it's the same character, but like.

- It's "Victorious" and "iCarly" put together.

- Right, but, okay, so let's,

well then let's just go back one and say

"iCarly" is a spinoff of "All That"

because "iCarly" had Miranda Cosgrove,

who was in "Drake and Josh,"

"Drake and Josh" was a spinoff of "The Amanda Show,"

'cause "Drake and Josh" were on "The Amanda Show,"

and "The Amanda Show" is a spinoff of "All That"

'cause they took, literally Dan Schneider

from all that would just take an actor from that show

and make a new show about them.

And that's what he did for over 20 years.

And it worked.

- So all that was like the UCB of Nickelodeon?

- I guess so.

- That's crazy, dude.

- Courtney, number four. - Number four.

Number four, my number four,

and it's kinda similar to Shayne's of

back to my younger years of what I always watched,

Smosh. (laughing)

(beep) Smosh baby, dude.

Sketch comedy.

Like I have a sketch on my old YouTube channel called Panda.

That is definitely because I was watching a lot of Smosh

and just really wanted to make a sketch with my friends.

It was not a sketch at all.

It was literally like the weirdest thing

where I was just like, oh my god, we have Panda Express

and we're so excited.

I watched Smosh so much.

I remember my friend Marissa and I

would come home from school.

I would make us our special snack of Ritz crackers,

ham, cheddar cheese, and a Flavor Blasted Goldfish,

and we would do our homework,

but we would watch,

we would alternate between watching Smosh sketches

and also recording ourselves on the laptop webcam,

just being dumb.

Yeah, and it got to the point where,

I've said this so many times, I feel like,

but where I would,

I found the and would watch all the BTS

because I loved the BTS just as much,

if not more, than the sketches themselves,

because I was also just so

interested in the world of making this stuff.

So it just blew my mind to see you guys

clearly successful in making these silly sketches.

And I still have it etched in my memory.

I think it's, if video games were real one

of Ian going aah aah waahh, aah,

and I can't tell you the first time

I heard you do that in real life,

I went ho, ho, ho, ho,

because it was so crazy to me.

And it's like, yeah,

I mean, it was years and years of that.

I didn't watch you guys for a long time.

Then I started watching you a little bit again

when Olivia joined,

because I went to hang out with her in LA

at that one studio where Viners would hang out,

and she was like, guys, I'm auditioning for Smosh,

and here's these bits I'm gonna do.

And we all thought it was super funny,

even though she was just like, it was,

she was the same person that she is today

during Try Not To Laugh.

But when she joined, I was like, cool.

And I started watching them again.

But yeah, I'd very much grown from it,

but it felt so cool to now be a part of it.

And I feel like we've kind of aged it up in a way.

And now we're like, it's stuff that we find funny,

not just what Defy claimed as 14 year olds

just figuring life out.

- Well, that was their interpretation of it.

We never. - Of our demographic.

- I mean, we never made anything specifically.

- No, it was raunchy humor. - For younger audiences.

- But for young people.

It was kind of almost on that plane of "South Park"

where it's like, this is very young looking,

but it's (beep) raunchy.

- I mean, "South Park" was a big influence for me.

So yeah, there was a lot of violence,

a lot of blood, a lot of-

- I mean it was just all absurd.

It was like cartoonish absurdity.

- Like "South Park." - A lotta blood,

a lotta boobs, yep. - Yeah,

"South Park" had a big part in shaping how-

- Makes sense.

So in a way, "South Park" - How dirty we got.

- Inspired me as well.

I can't have this list and act like Smosh

didn't influence me before I started working here.

- Good, good. - There you go.

Now my job is even more secure 'cause I love Smosh.

- Yeah, Shayne, so it better be on your list too, bitch.


- I need to go back in time.

- Yeah, all right, Ian, number three.

- I literally just put this on here

as we were talking, "SNL."

- Aaahhhh. - Hey.

- I mean, yeah.

I think "SNL" inspired "All That," right?

- Well, I mean, "SNL" was the first televised.

No, it wasn't the first televised sketch comedy,

but it was just the first time it became

nationally huge. - Mainstream.

- Yeah. - Yeah.

- It was the first cultural hit.

It also was like counterculturey.

- Very much so. - Like sketch comedy

never had really gone for the throat like it did,

very quickly.

I mean those seventies ones,

I think the first one had George Carlin as the host,

like the first episode. - I think so, yeah.

- And it was just him doing stand up, like going hard.

They went for it.

- Yeah, the first season of "Saturday Night Live"

is nothing like the "Saturday Night Live"

that we grew up on.

Like it was insane and it was just counterculture.

It was a way of saying, oh (bleep) you,

'cause it was a time of you had the suits

and then you had the hippies,

and it was very much like their way of standing up to.

- Holding up a mirror to society.

- That's what's funny when people are like,

"Oh, I hate "SNL."

"It's so political now."

I'm like, it's always been political.

It literally always has been.

- You've been more involved in it I guess when you say that.

- Yeah. I mean, for me, I mean, like I said,

I didn't have cable growing up.

So when I was old enough like that was

one of the things that I looked forward to on Saturday night

was I was able to like stay up late

and watch "Saturday Night Live,"

and I would go to the Blockbuster,

and I would rent the best of.

- Oh yeah, dude. - Nice.

- We have "The Best of Will Farrell" one in my house.

- They're so good.

The best ofs are so great. - We'd get like

"Best of Tim Robbins", "Best of"-

- Chris Kattan was one of my favorites.

- Chris Kattan, Will Farrell.

And I grew up in the Will Farrell, Darrell Hammond,

Chris Kattan, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler kind of era.

- It's a good era.

It's a good era. - So that's the era

that I know and that I thought was funny.

But obviously at that, even at that time,

of course, there's people that were like,

eh, it's, no, this doesn't compare to the,

the eighties,

and people in the eighties, like-

- Well, yeah.

- People hated the eighties one.

Like everyone loved the very first "Saturday Night Live,"

and then when the second season

of "Saturday Night Live" came out

was done without what's his face, the guy that runs it.

- The guy who owns "SNL?"

- Yeah, aw, this is gonna bug me.

- Wow, I referenced him all the time.

And I just can't

think of him right now. - I know.

- Who's the creator of "SNL?"

I know he's not necessarily the creator, but-

- [Siri] Lauren Michaels created "Saturday Night Live."

- Lauren Michaels. - Yeah, Lauren Michaels.

- God dang it.

- Lauren Michaels. - Lauren Michaels.

- So he left after the first one, I think.

And then a different person came in

and people destroyed her.

Like, they said that she's responsible

for all of it being bad and it was all terrible.

- Which one?

- The second season of "Saturday Night Live."

- What was her name?

Sorry, sorry.

- I don't remember her name, but she didn't last.

He came back and then they reorganized it

and whatever, but yeah.

Anyway, "Saturday Night Live,

whether you like it or hate it,

it changed so many generations with-

- Yeah, absolutely.

- Oh dude. - Its comedy.

- It's had so many like insanely good casts.

- It's also partially what got

Lonely Island to be so fricking huge

because they were the "SNL" digital shorts all the time.

- Yeah, I think for a short amount of time,

when we started making YouTube videos,

that was an aspiration.

That sounded like a dream to be-

- I mean, that's how I've,

I've explained Smosh as kind of like

a stepping stone for,

'cause back when Defy was all about young teens

and teens figuring themselves out, I was like,

well, this is kind of a way of introducing

those young viewers to sketch comedy

in this format of,

so then we eventually lead those people to then watch

shows like "SNL," like we are a stepping stone.

- Yeah, that's, yeah, I've always kind of felt like

Smosh was never on the same level of "Saturday Night Live."

- No, not quite.

- Not the same-

- Smosh Live was dope, though. - Viewer audience.

- Smosh Live was dope,

but it was obviously above Nickelodeon.

- Well dope.

- Number three. - Number three.

- So my number three,

this is actually very specific.

So in the late nineties "Family Guy" started

and it got canceled after a few seasons,

and there was this long period of time, or not that long,

but this period of time where "Family Guy"

was not on the air, but the DVD box sets for it

were available for the first,

I think it was the first five seasons,

and my brother got them and he was like, hey,

you would think this is really funny.

You should watch this.

I was like 11 at the time.

- Oh Perfect. - Awwww.

- 10 or 11.

I watched the (bleep) out of those box sets.

I watched,

the first four seasons of "Family Guy"

I watched over and over and over again.

And I, until that point, had never laughed so hard,

and I didn't even understand a lot of the jokes.

What I think "Family Guy" really taught me was timing.

The timing on that show was so unique, especially for then.

You never had the stuttering or pausing

that was in "Family Guy."

You never saw that in other type of

sketch comedy or in comedic shows,

it's strange to say that it's revolutionary,

but Stewie doing his whole,

so you gonna write that novel?

You gonna put in those nice characters?

You gonna have that (voice muffled)?

You gonna do that?

You can't find a joke told like that

in a show before that, or especially not in an animated.

I mean, and I understand like Simpsons

obviously started it all,

but the way they would sometimes tell jokes,

I just thought it was so good.

And also was the rapid fire nature,

similar to internet comedy and Adult Swim stuff.

A joke can not be funny,

like the actual context of the joke and the subject matter,

but if you give the right type of pausing

or spacing- - Yeah,

the art of a pregnant pause.

- Yeah, I mean so many characters

and so many jokes I've done on Try Not to Laugh

are not funny jokes at all.

I just, I'm just like, how will I tell this

is all that matters? - Timing helps.

- Number three.

- Number three.

I thought of another one.

So I guess he'll have to be an honorable mention,

but whatever.

My number three is Bo Burnham.

- Ayyy. - Nice.

- Excellent human being.

I think that, he's obviously a comedian,

his shows were stand up comedy,

but they've kind of evolved to being

honestly like a one man show,

but something that he taught me was

obviously he's funny.

But then he would hit you with a message

that would just punch you in the gut.

He would all of a sudden just have

this deeper meaning to his songs or just,

if you've ever been to a Bo Burnham show,

you know what I mean.

But his specials definitely touch on it.

Then he had that "Zack Stone is Gonna be Famous" TV show

that lasted a first season.

- Yeah, how was that?

- It was okay.

If it were to come out this year, I think it would,

it might do better than it did back then,

'cause it was- - Interesting.

- Way ahead of its time.

'Cause now are in this age where internet influencers

and people trying to be famous on the internet

is literally everyone.

But yeah, his songs and obviously a lot of the people

I've been influenced, Liam Kyler Sullivan, Lonely Island,

they have this article using music and I love music.

It's been a huge part of my life, growing up.

Helped me find who I was as a teenager.

So when you have someone who's funny

and you love comedy and then uses your favorite thing

to also just really make you feel,

and it's crazy in comedy when all of a sudden

when they hit you with something

that makes you feel something,

it hits you that much harder.

'Cause you aren't expecting it,

you aren't expecting to be like, Oh my heart,

what the (bleep)?

And he does that, dude.

I love it.

I love it so much.

When I first saw his special Words, Words, Words,

my brain was never the same again, blew my mind.

And I didn't even know he was on YouTube.

I didn't know he existed.

- Yeah, bro.

- But then after that I did.

- Yeah, I mean, he's, he's one of, I mean,

he was probably the first, aside from Lonely Island,

he was probably the first YouTube success story.

He had plenty of success on YouTube.

He could've stayed on YouTube

and just continued doing funny songs.

But he was like, no, I wanna be a real comedian

and do shows and work on material

that I then do for a special.

And then he went out and (bleep) did it,

and he was (bleep)- - He did.

He was on Vine, too.

- He just shows up every now and then,

and just crushes the industry.

- I'm convinced that when he left Vine,

that's when Vine went to (bleep).

'Cause he left, he just up and peaced out a few years in.

I'm convinced that's why-

- I mean, I have no doubt that he's probably

a very sad person

'cause being that smart. - He carries a lot

on his shoulders, yeah. - Being that smart

has got to be a bummer.

if you've ever listened to a podcast with him,

like yeah.

I mean, I think he kinda has the curse of knowledge.

- I feel like I've heard someone talk about

on a podcast somewhere or an interview

that he mentions channels like Smosh,

but he didn't mention our name specifically,

but how he kind of really disliked

everything that they're about.

- He really appreciates somebody that works on material,

that works on it for a good amount of time

and then puts it out into the world,

where that doesn't. - Yeah, I mean his style

is to come out every five years.

- Yeah, yeah.

So that doesn't exactly work on YouTube.

You have to be consistent with your content.

You can't work on something for two years and put it out.

- Well, there's also a difference between

people who are an individual and they

only have to worry about paying their own bills.

And when you work with a big team,

and everyone you have to put out content

in order for everyone to keep staying afloat.

- Well, and also he's just a really funny person.

So yeah, there's probably stuff that he just doesn't like.

And that probably makes him angry.

- I'm sure. (laughing)

- I don't hold anything against, against Bo, if he doesn't.

- But didn't he invite you

to the premiere of "Eighth Grade?"

Remember we couldn't go because of VidCon?

- Yeah, yeah. - Oh my dream.

- I have a feeling Bo Burnham doesn't hate much.

I think he's just,

I think it's more like he has a way of

just going about things.

- All right, shall we move on?

- Yeah. - Yeah.

- Ian, number two.

- Number two.

So this is kind of close, I mean I was,

I'm ballparking what Shayne already did,

but I made it kind of a little bit more specific,

but not quite.

It's the same general internet, old internet.

I wrote, on here, I wrote Newgrounds cartoons,

like (voice muffled) - Yeah.

Newgrounds, man.

But it goes beyond Newgrounds.

It's like Albino Black Sheep and eBaums.

Obviously this is before YouTube

and what people were creating was Flash animations,

just like little cartoons.

- They were so funny.

- So good.

Like obviously "Homestar Runner" was a thing.

- "Homestar Runner."

- Which only resonates to a very specific

group of people that existed on the internet

during that time.

- Those first Egoraptor Flash animations

are still my favorite thing he's ever done.

- The Ninja Gaiden one, oh my God.

- There was this creator, Ed Atlin.

And he made several little cartoon series,

but he made this one series that was ongoing

called "Space Tree," the space tree in space,

which was incredible.

And that was heavily inspirational

for both Anthony and myself

when we were starting to create sketches.

So big ups, big ups to Ed.

There was a lot of those series that

you just find an animated series online

and you would just watch all of it.

And there was one that we can cut this, if we want.

But there was one that I thought was so funny back then,

and it was called "House of Cosbys."

And it was about a guy who cloned Bill Cosby

and had a million and every clone

would be a different Cosby.

So it'd be like this one's dancing Cosby

and this one's science Cosby.

- Dude, that one was crazy. - And it was ridiculous.

And I didn't know until like recently

that that was Justin Roiland. - Mmhmm.

- I had no clue.

I was obsessed with it,

and I look back and I'm like,

oh, it was totally "Rick and Morty" style comedy.

But this is back in like 2005.

I mean, this was forever ago.

- Dude, the frickin, well,

I guess it wasn't really on the internet first,

but that's where I saw the rejected cartoon.

- Oh yeah.

- So good.

- I feel like this is way familiar.

- Rick and Morty probably is- - Our spoon is too big.

- Yes, Don Hertzfeld,

Don Hertzfeld, man.

- My anus is bleeding. - Oh, Courtney,

you need to watch it.

It's- - I think I have,

it's just not quite

coming to mind. - It is like a,

it's an Oscar level short.

It's so perfect.

You've definitely seen it.

- It sounds, like those things are ringing a bell-

- I am a banana.

- Oh yeah, I've definitely seen them.

I just can't remember it in my head right now.

Like those sounds so familiar.

- So good, so good.

- Nice. All right.

My number two.

- Number two.

- So my number two, I put my family, ha ha.

- Awwww. - Awwww.

- I was gonna have my family on,

literally my number five was my family

until I switched it to BalloonShop.

- Damn, I didn't even think of that.

Oh, damn.

- My family, laughing is such a big component.

In my family telling jokes is such our instinct.

My Grandma and Papa, my mom's parents,

I think they're probably what started it off.

My grandpa wasn't funny.

He wasn't a funny guy.

He wouldn't tell jokes.

He would tell jokes,

but they'd be the dumbest jokes you've ever heard,

but what made him so great is

he was the best audience you could ever get

'cause he was constantly laughing.

He just thought everything was funny.

If you, told a joke, he would just be laughing.

Best thing about my grandfather is I would legitimately,

when I was staying with them over the summers,

I would come down to the basement

and there's some times where he would watch "Tom and Jerry,"

himself, by himself, for,

he could watch it for hours and he'd be

dying laughing at "Tom and Jerry."

Like dying, laughing. - That's so cute.

- My grandma, though, was really funny.

She just had that really sharp wit,

would say really sarcastic things.

I think even when she got,

when her cancer came back,

and they were like, yeah,

you've got a couple of months to live,

I think she was even like,

as my mom and her were walking out to the parking lot,

I forget what she said.

She made some dark joke,

and it was so funny that my mom and her

just burst out.

Like that was her,

that was just her way of handling everything.

And so my brothers are that way.

I'm that way.

And who are probably,

just as a kid that I saw and was inspired by the most

is my uncles are really funny.

My Uncle Kelly does a ton of accents and impressions.

And my Uncle Danny really can make

really funny facial expressions.

And so when we were all together,

they would end up entertaining,

and they would essentially be doing

a family version of standup.

- Try Not to Laugh.

- Everyone was just,

was just watching,

they would. - You should

give 'em some props and film it.

- Yeah, they'd probably be really great.

They're really funny guys.

There's a different world where I think

they could have had a,

if they'd have been a sketch duo,

they would have done, gone far.

- We should definitely send you a couple of cameras

and do a Top family reunion Try Not to Laugh.

- Oh God. - Bro.

- But yeah, my family in general,

just a lot of really funny people.

- I totally get that.

I can relate.

My family, especially when my dad got remarried,

we had these two new step siblings

that were actually named Courtney and Conrad.

So at the time we had two Courtneys and two Conrads,

but they were off the walls crazy funny.

And my sister, Carrie,

was already friends with Courtney at the time.

And our family just unhinged,

especially, well, the divorce,

obviously unhinged us in a way,

but we all loved the same funny stuff.

We all watched "Napoleon Dynamite" three million times.

So I totally relate to just being silly,

like specifically my sister, Carrie, too.

- All right, Courtney, number two.

- Number two, my number two is Lonely Island.

So we can kind of breeze through this, but yeah,

I mean, when I was super obsessed with "SNL,"

they blew my mind and I absorbed everything

that they had on their YouTube channel.

I listened to, I listened to all their albums all the time,

even the weird stuff that nobody knows.

- Wait, do you know about The Party Andersons?

- Party Andersons.

- It's possible. - Not a real fan.

- It's possible

I've watched them. - You're not a real fan.

- Hello, don't be rude.

I literally forget things.

So please don't be mean.

It's possible I've watched them

and just haven't and can't recall them,

but "Awesometown" was like so great to me.

They had castaways, which is funny,

'cause it's very similar to that one Smosh sketch

that you guys had.

Remember when you're stranded on the beach?

- Yeah, did we rip it off? - Castaways.

- I don't know. - Probably.


But yeah.

And using music and just making comedy cool.

It's so awesome.

Jorma, I used to be obsessed with Jorma

'cause I thought he was the cutest,

but honestly I think Andy Samberg,

I almost said Adam Sandler,

Andy Sandberg has influenced like every part of my being,

I feel like.

He was just the coolest person in the world to me.

His acting in movies.

Like "Hot Rod," it's a top five movie for me, for sure.

- So good. - I just rewatched it finally.

It's so good.

- It holds up, it's funny.

- They're the best.

They're just the best.

And I hope to see them still keep doing dope (bleep)

'cause they've been kinda quiet for awhile,

but I'm hoping a new album- (muffled voice)

I want a new album so bad.

They keep me going.

- Yeah, the Lonely Island guys did a,

they had this fake music group called The Party Andersons.

I don't- It rings a bell.

- I think they only made like a couple songs,

but they did one song that's just about doing cocaine,

which they lifted a bunch of lyrics from that

and put it into "The Bash Bros Experience."

What was that thing called?

What was it called "The Bash Bros Experience,"

something like that?

- Something like that.

- That Netflix (voice muffled) - That Netflix special,

that was crazy.

Mike Diva did all of that.

- Yeah, that was dope.

All right.

Finally onto

number one. - Number one.

- Do we wanna- - Oh, actually let's do a,

let's do our honorable- - Honorable mentions.

- Mentions. - Yeah, you can just

quickly go by the honorable mentions.

- Amanda Bynes, for sure.

Michael Cera.

- Hm, interesting.

- That's an interesting one.

- Him just as an actor and everything he's done,

like his comedic timing and his delivery is so unique.

- For me, like "Always Sunny," when I was talking about it,

I was like, oh yeah, (bleep).

"Always Sunny" is incredible.

I think they're on the same vein of,

it's just the dialogue is just so snappy,

which is why I really enjoy "Letterkenny" as well.

"Simpsons," I mean, I grew up watching "The Simpsons."

It was again, one of the only sort of,

kind of raunchy things I was allowed to watch.

- I have here Adult Swim, MadTV, and Jim Carey.

- Jim Carey. - Jim Carey was

just a huge one. - Absolutely.

- Dude, Jim Carey was so good physically

that I remember Mari was telling me that

her mom loved watching Jim Carrey,

and she didn't even know what he was saying.

But he was just so physically funny

that it just crossed language barriers.

- He's probably the most unique actor

to be able to say lines as wacky as he does

and it still comes across genuine.

All right, you wanna go to number one?

- Finally, number one. ♪ Number one

I gotta give it to "Spaceballs," man.

I gotta give

it to "Spaceballs." - Wow.


- "Spaceballs." - "Spaceballs."

- "Spaceballs."

- Okay.

- Whoa.

That came out of left field, "Spaceballs."

- Did it?

- Yeah, I wasn't expecting "Spaceballs."

- I wasn't expecting "Spaceballs."

- It's so good.

And the funny thing is like, as a kid,

it's the only Mel Brooks movie that I had seen.

I think later on I saw "Robin Hood Men In Tights,"

but, "Spaceballs" was the one that I saw.

I don't even know if I saw "Star Wars" at that point,

but I understood all the references.

'Cause it was so just in the culture,

just making fun of "Star Wars"

and all the fourth wall breaks and everything,

I had never seen that before.

The part where they're,

they're trying to find out where they crashed,

and they're like, oh, I know how we could do this.

Bring me a copy of "Spaceballs" the movie.

And then they pull the movie out and they fast forward

to the part where- - Oh yeah.

- They're in the movie.

But then they stop the movie at the exact time

that they're in right now.

And it's just like, dude. - I do remember that.

- There's so many good bits in that movie.

Obviously some of the stuff hasn't aged great.

- Most movies like that don't.

- But Holy crap, dude.

- Well, with Mel Brooks,

they say a million jokes a minute.

So some are gonna age well and some are not,

but every single one of those Mel Brooks movies

has jokes that are still laugh out loud funny.

- And obviously some of the things when I was a kid,

I didn't understand.

And then, and then when I got older, I was like,

oh, okay, that's funny.

- Yeah, man.

That's probably me with like

"Airplane" and "Blazing Saddles" and everything.

Great stuff. - Yeah, I love.

Okay, another honorable mention is "Charlie's Angels,"

the 90s era movie.

Because it's comedy,

those first two, it's like comedy bad action.

And I love it because it's so corny,

but there's something,

and it's a common theme in all my inspirations

is comedy, but make it cool.

That's what it is, man.

- Is that why "Grease 2" was good?

- No.

- Is that why "Xanadu" is good?

- They're not funny at all, but.

Okay, sorry.

- So I just wanna point out real quick,

how good this new Smosh shirt

matches with the Smosh sweat pants.

- Really?

Whoa, I never made that connection.

- It's pretty good.

- That's pretty good. - Oh yeah, you like that?

- That's a good combo.

- Teal matches right there.

- For those that can't see,

Ian is showing off the sweat pants

and the shirt.

- The groovy line. - The new groovy line.

- Yeah, the new groovy. - The retro,

or retro groovy line. - Matches excellently

with the formal Smosh pants.

- Yeah, and you can get it at

- You got it.

All right. - Okay, Shayne.

- Shayne, number one. - Number one.

- My number one was the only one

that I knew for sure where it was gonna be.

So my number one is "SNL,"

but it is very specifically two cast members on "SNL."

- Oh god, here we go.

- It's Phil Hartman and Chris Farley.

- Okay.

- They are hands down my favorite.

I laugh just seeing them on camera.

And it's interesting 'cause they're both

very opposite styles.

Phil Hartman, his whole thing was always being contained.

It was always about keeping calm.

It was always, now I'm not here

to come down on you or anything.

Or just like his caveman lawyer thing.

There's so many bits that I do

that are essentially caveman lawyer,

but just a different costume,

where it's just like, he's dressed as a caveman,

he looks ridiculous, but he comes out

and he's just like ladies and gentlemen of the jury,

I'm just a caveman.

Your technology frightens and scares me.

Like I just love the way

he delivers everything. - Oh yeah,

he's in "Jingle All the Way."

- And then Chris,

that's yes.

- Oh that famous actor

from that great- - From "Jingle All the Way."

- Oscar nominated movie.

- And dude his fiber,

what's his,

the fiber cereal commercial.

Fibernol or what is it?

Colon Blow.

Oh god, it's just a commercial for him

advertising a cereal called Colon Blow.

And it's so good.

And Troy McClure was like

one of the best characters in "The Simpsons."

- And see, I never watched "The Simpsons."

- Phil Hartman's all over the place.

He was just so, so good.

And then Chris Farley, I mean it's the opposite.

Chris Farley would always, always go 150% in a sketch.

And I know sometimes it might've been drugs, but-

- Most of the time.

- But it was so fun to watch him

because it was always just,

there was so much energy there.

I would say the motivational speaker sketch on "SNL"

is probably just one of the most well-known ones.

And on paper, it's a really funny sketch,

but it would have, it's not like, on paper,

it's not funnier than a lot of other sketches.

Chris Farley brought so much energy to that sketch

that it took it to another level.

And you saw that with everything that he did.

He would show up in movies throughout the nineties,

just about every Adam Sandler

has Chris Farley in it for like five minutes.

And it's always the best five minutes of the movie,

just because he shows up and he's,

the bus driver in "Billy Madison."

And it's just immediately so funny.

- So you're telling me your favorite part

of Adam Sandler movies isn't Rob Schneider

showing up as different races in every movie?

- No, it's not Rob Schneider showing up as different races.

It's Chris Farley always showing up as a pissed off guy.

He's just Chris Farley plays a pissed off man

in every single one of those movies.

And it's always great.

I love him.

I love those two actors so much.

And I love, like "SNL" in general,

there's a million like Dana Carvey, Mike Myers,

Cheri Oteri, there's a million people that I love

from that era.

But specifically those two,

I think anytime you watch one of my jokes

in Try Not to Laugh,

you can find an element of Phil Hartman

or Chris Farley in it.

There is always something in how I tell a joke

that is literally their voices in my head

helping say the joke.

- Hell to the yeah.

- Courtney, finally, number one.

- Thank you.

I actually was,

I knew this person was the first one I thought of.

And I was so certain that they are my number one.

They've always been there.

It's in my core.

I still admire them today.

Kristen Wiig.

- Oh.

- Obviously I watched a lot of "SNL."

Her commitment and just,

she's not afraid to just be ugly

and just go all the way weird,

like that one sketch like,

"and I'm Dooneese," where she's like that fourth sister.

Just that type of person, God,

I don't know where it's like

that type of weird humor that makes you uncomfortable.

For a long time, when I first got to know someone

and I knew I liked them,

I wanted to be weird and funny and just like make them

have to be uncomfortable with me

to the point where it will get them comfortable with me.

I don't know.

- How'd that work out for you?

- I've had my heart broken a lot of times.

- You know what I think it is with Kristen Wiig

is there's such an element of silliness.

Like it's silly.

- I mean, it's funny,

'cause on my little resume or whatever,

when I auditioned for Smosh in my description

was something I took pride in was unafraid to be ugly,

which is interesting because I feel like

over the years I got super insecure about my skin

and kind of in a way I was afraid in a certain way.

So dude, sexual sun, what the (bleep) was that.

Just like being those weird characters,

Joey bananas, is that what you guys called him?

That that first time that you guys ever put me

in that curly brown wig and a pencil stash,

just brought me to life in a way

I'd never really realized before.

And she is incredible.

She's a powerhouse of a human,

has done so many different kinds of content

in the last decade alone.

And the fact that she's in the new

"Wonder Woman" movie coming out, like.

- I'm really excited

to see it. - Hell yeah.

- She's in "MacGruber" isn't she?

- Yes.

- And she's also been a huge part of

a lot of my favorite movies of all time,

"Adventureland", "Whip It", "Bridesmaids,"

one of the best female comedies of all time.

She's so well versed.

And God, when she has that one character,

the jazz girl who's turns off the lights on "SNL,"

she was a queen.

She's a literal comedy queen.

- The one upper character that she does,

where she's just like actually

I know Oprah and she's my best friend.

(voice muffled)

She was so good at original characters.

She's probably, I would say, of all of "SNL"

she is the best that they've had at original characters.

'Cause she had a few,

there's a lot of famous "SNL" people who it's like,

oh they did that one character that's so good.

Kristen Wiig had like five.

She had Target lady.

She had the one upper character.

She had the weird hands.

She would always bring to life more things.

- Oh yeah, the little hands.

- I could impersonate all of those.

- She had tons, it was great.

And hers were really different.

Like Will Ferrell had a lot,

but Will Farrell's were always a version of Will Farrell,

'cause Will Farrell just as himself was so funny.

But Kristen Wiig changed.

- I definitely held her close to my heart

for as long as I was just dying and dreaming

to be a part of something that was the level of,

like, man, if I could just at least feel like her,

that'd be awesome.

- Well, this is a very wonderful list.

- Yeah, it's crazy how we all came

from very different lives,

didn't meet each other 'til mid twenties,

or I was 18 when I met you guys,

we all have very similar things that brought us up.

Like even Monty Python,

all those things.

I mean they're very popular things, granted,

but it's cool that ultimately we have very similar tastes,

and yeah, for those listening or watching

if you haven't seen or checked out a lot of these people,

I seriously recommend it.

It's gonna help your life.

- Yes.

- Ye.

Oh and just when you thought this whole train

had come to a stop, too toot, guess what?

No, we got one more stop and that stop is the shoot dude.

- Shoot dude.

- [Courtney] Shoot dude.

- [Shayne] Shoot dude.

- [Sarah] Shoot dude.

- Shoot dude. - Shoot dude.

- Shoot dude. - Shoot dude.

- Shoot dude. - Shoot dude.

- [Man] Shoot dude.

- Get ready for this one.

This one is from Taylor.

She starts with all caps.

All right, when I was about 12 to 13,

my family and I went to this museum

and they have a section based on Chinese architecture

and we stopped to look at this big piece

resembling a Chinese Imperial palace building.

We're all looking at it.

It's big and red with yellow roof tiles and it's beautiful,

and I'm looking at it and I'm wondering what exactly it is.

So I turned to my family,

dead ass serious expression on my face, and I ask,

"Is this the Great Wall of China?"

Keep in mind, I'm like 12 to 13.

So I'm still a big dumb ass.

My entire family starts laughing at me

and I'm sitting there like huh?

I asked the genuine question and then my sister goes,

"No, you idiot the Great Wall of China is in China."

- Oh my goodness.

- Needless to say I was incredibly embarrassed.

And still to this day they bring it up constantly.

- Oh, that's sad. - When the whole family

gets together. - That's sad.

That's a sad shoot dude.

I'm sorry.

- That's a bummer shoot, dude.

- Can I just say, I relate to this so hard.

Growing up and still sometimes

I'm the queen of dumb questions.

I remember in middle school,

in middle school, I was like,

do we have to arrest the descendants of John Wilkes Booth

because he killed Abraham Lincoln?

So is his great, great grandkids under arrest.

And they're like, no, no.


I ask- - No, but they are canceled.

Those stupid questions all the time.

All the time.

So I relate, and it's okay.

It's okay.

Sometimes we just don't know stuff.

And sometimes people just love to laugh at people

because they feel smarter.

- We shouldn't ever punish people for asking a question.

I mean, if you ask a dumb ass question,

I might make a joke about it

'cause it's funny. - We can laugh lovingly.

- But I don't think anyone should feel

ashamed of asking a question.

That's something that I've had had to get better at

is not, is accepting that I don't know everything.

- Well, yeah, fear of asking dumb questions,

leads to not asking questions, which is not good.

That's worse.

- Yeah, I told myself when I was young,

because I felt like I was asking stupid questions

and people would laugh at me and not in a loving way,

and I told myself that I would say that

there's no such thing as dumb questions.

Because yeah, it sucks.

You just wanna know.

Sometimes you gotta push through that.

Just ask the dumb questions.

- Yeah man, just ask it.

- Have that safe space of people.

- That person now knows the Great Wall of China is in China.

- Otherwise, they woulda told somebody else

that they went and saw the Great Wall of China.

- They would've lived their whole life

thinking the Great Wall of China could be anywhere.

- Yeah, so, it's a good thing they asked.

- And also though, let's be fair.

There's some things out there in the world

that are confusing as shit like that.

Like, there's a Kansas City,

the Kansas City Chiefs, the football team,

that's Kansas City, Missouri.

That's confusing as shit.


- the London Bridge, not in London anymore.

- Yeah. - Yeah.

That's an Arizona, right?

- I think so.

- There's tons of rivers that are like,

they're named a specific state river,

but most of it is in a different state.

- Yeah, the Colorado River is in Arizona as well.

- Yeah, the Grand Canyon is the Colorado,

it's confusing, so I get it.

I get it.

- Yeah, it's okay.

People be, people it's okay.

- "Sex and the City,"

It wasn't "Sex and the City,"

it was four women in the city.

- Exactly.

- Bear and stinky bears.

- Yeah, well thank you guys so much for another

wonderful SmashCast.

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