I clicked, and the let video autoplay. What I began to experience was one of the funniest and most unique "television" experiences I have ever had.
The set was elegantly unkempt. There was a shirtless hairy man wearing goggles. All the audience members were sitting on the floor. The house band sounded like something I would have found on a mixed CD that I made when I was 13. Scheer and Mantzoukas seemingly hijacked the show from a somewhat timid host that seemed both annoyed, yet aware of how brilliant and beautiful this disaster was.
The premise of the episode was simple: there was a dumpster, and something was in it, and people could call or Skype in with their guesses. That was it, but I loved every minute of it.
The call-ins reminded me of MTV's TRL or various talk radio shows. The humor felt like Upright Citizens Brigade, which makes sense, being that the show began as a live show at UCB in New York City. This would be enough to make a pretty interesting television show, but there is something else that makes this show truly special.
After watching a few more episodes, I landed on "The Diddy Episode." I had quickly grown to feel a connection with Gethard as a host, and began to understand the almost cult-like community. With that being said, it wasn't until I saw "The Diddy Episode" that I truly understood this show.
Opening up the episode, Gethard announces that there really isn't a plan for the episode, and that no guests have been booked. Gethard then proceeded to go to the phones/Skype in order to connect with fans of the show. A young lady named "Grace" Skyped in. Grace is in the transition into university, and at this point in her life, has never "kissed a guy." She, in such a vulnerable and real moment, asked Chris how to get guys interested in her. Gethard began to praise her for her honesty, openness, confidence, and grace, and that with all of those things "why would they not want to be with a person of [her] caliber."