Extended Interview - The LARPer's Web Redemption

  • Season 2, Ep 10
  • 06/02/2010
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Tosh learns what it takes to throw lightning bolts in the world of live action role playing. (8:21)

>> WHAT IS LARPING?

>> UH...

LARPING ACTUALLY STANDS

FOR "LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAYING."

UM...

>> THAT MAKES SENSE.

>> NO, IT DOESN'T.

>> OH, IT DOESN'T?

>> WELL, PEOPLE HEAR THAT,

AND THEY ACTUALLY THINK OF

THAT VIDEO, AND THAT'S REALLY

NOT WHAT LARPING IS.

LARPING IS A, UM...

>> IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.

>> NO.

>> OH.

>> [laughs]

IMMERSIVE INTERACT--

ACTUALLY, YES, IT IS

A WAY OF LIFE.

[laughing] I'VE BEEN DOING IT

FOR 16 YEARS, SO...

UM...

>> I'M SORRY.

DO YOU HAVE ANY HONEY?

>> [laughs]

YOU--YOU...

WOULD HAVE A MISERABLE TIME

DRESSED AS THAT.

>> GOTCHA.

[laughter]

UNDERSTOOD.

I THINK I'M--I THINK I CAN

RELATE.

THIS THING IS PRETTY ITCHY.

>> YEAH.

>> HOW OLD ARE YOU?

>> UH, I'M ACTUALLY 35.

>> BECAUSE WHEN I WATCH

THE VIDEO, I THOUGHT A CHILD

WAS COMING TODAY.

>> UH, THAT VIDEO WAS SHOT

2000, 2001.

>> HOW MANY VIEWS HAS THAT VIDEO

SEEN?

>> IT'S ABOUT 1.7 BILLION HITS.

>> WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S SO

POPULAR?

>> [laughing] BECAUSE IT'S

SO ASININE.

>> BUT IT REALLY IS THE PERFECT

SCENE FROM THAT WORLD.

JUST...

>> UH, IT IS, IT IS.

AND--AND, UM, LOOKING AT IT

FROM THE OUTSIDE, UM,

LOOKING IN, I WAS UTTERLY

AMAZED AT HOW INANE IT LOOKED.

[laughs]

I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE THERE

AND YOU'RE IN THE WORLD

AND YOU'RE SURROUNDED

BY OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE--

THAT ARE IN THE SAME WORLD,

DOING THE SAME THING,

SEEING THE SAME THING YOU ARE,

IT BECOMES AN EXPERIENCE.

IT'S--IT ACTUALLY BECOMES REAL.

>> YOU SHOULD TRY SEX.

>> I--I'VE HAD SEX.

>> ALSO A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.

>> NUMEROUS TIMES.

>> I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU.

>> OKAY.

>> ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S

SOMEBODY ELSE IN THE ROOM

WITH YOU.

>> AGREED.

MAKES IT SO MUCH BETTER.

>> [laughs]

>> SO YOU'VE BEEN LARPING

FOR 16 YEARS.

>> YEP.

SINCE I WAS 19.

WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY,

I ACTUALLY--

YEP.

[laughs]

I GET THAT LOOK A LOT.

[laughs]

UM...

>> NOT EXACTLY WHAT I WANT

MY BOYS TO BE DOING

OVER THERE, BUT ALL RIGHT.

>> NO, UM...

>> "HEY, WHEN WE FINISH

REAL KILLING, LET'S GO PRETEND

KILL."

>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

KEEPS YOU SANE.

I'VE KNOWN A FEDERAL JUDGE

THAT'S--THAT'S PLAYED.

DOCTORS, LAWYERS, UM...

ENGINEERS.

IT'S--IT'S A...

>> THIS DOESN'T MAKE ME

FEEL BETTER ABOUT IT.

DID YOU WIN THAT DAY?

>> THAT WAS ACTUALLY STAGED,

SO, YES, I DID WIN THAT DAY.

>> HOW DO YOU DETERMINE

WHO DIES FIRST?

>> UH, THERE'S ACTUALLY--

FOR ALL OF THESE GAMES,

THERE IS A, UM,

RULE SYSTEM.

LIGHTNING BOLT ACTUALLY DOES

THREE POINTS OF DAMAGE.

>> THAT'S A LOT?

>> YES.

>> OKAY.

>> THAT OGRE THAT I WAS ACTUALLY

THROWING LIGHTNING BOLTS

PROBABLY HAD 20 OR SO VITALITY,

SO THERE WERE PEOPLE BEATING

ON HIM AS WELL SPELLS

BEING THROWN.

>> ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN KNOWN TO CHEAT?

>> OH, ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND, UM,

THEY CAN ACTUALLY GET BANNED

OR, UM--OR SUSPENDED.

>> IS--IS STEROIDS A PROBLEM

IN YOUR SPORT?

>> SOMETIMES.

>> I DON'T THINK THAT COULD

HELP.

COULD IT?

HOW MUCH WOULD YOU SAY YOU'VE

SPENT IN YOUR ENTIRE...

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW.

>> 16-YEAR CAREER ON LARPING?

>> OVER $10,000.

>> HMM.

>> GIVE OR TAKE.

>> WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU'LL

STOP LARPING?

>> WHEN I STOP HAVING FUN.

>> DO YOU TRAIN?

>> UH, NOT FOR LARPING.

>> DID YOU MAKE YOUR OWN

COSTUME?

>> NO, I STOPPED MAKING MY

COSTUMES ABOUT, UM...

SEVEN, EIGHT YEARS AGO.

UH, IT JUST--I GOT LAZY

AND HAD TOO MANY FRIENDS

THAT WOULD DO IT CHEAPER, SO...

>> WOULD YOU SAY EAST COAST

LARPERS ARE BETTER THAN

WEST COAST LARPERS?

>> I'VE NEVER DONE A WEST COAST

LARP, BUT EAST COAST ALL THE

WAY.

>> OH, REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> I MEAN, IS THERE A--

IS THERE AN AREA OF THE COUNTRY

THAT'S LIKE, OH, TALK ABOUT

YOUR BEST LARPING WEEKEND.

THIS PLACE THROWS IT.

>> LARPING ACTUALLY STARTED

IN NEW ENGLAND.

NEW ENGLAND, I CAN GET A LARP

ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND

IF I WANTED ONE.

>> WOULD YOU WANT THAT?

>> HELL, NO.

>> THAT'S TOO MUCH LARPING.

>> OH, YEAH.

>> LARPING SEEMS TO BE

A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE SPORT.

>> THIS IS TRUE.

>> AND BY SPORT, I MEAN...

>> WELL...

>> NOT A SPORT AT ALL.

>> IT'S NOT A SPORT AT ALL.

>> BUT IT DOES--I MEAN,

IT'S PRETTY MUCH WHITE.

>> MM.

>> IS THAT TRUE?

ARE THERE BLACK LARPERS OUT

THERE?

>> I KNOW OF TWO.

>> I ASSUME, UH...

BLACK PEOPLE AREN'T TOO INTO

GOING BACK INTO TIME.

UH, THEIR PAST

WASN'T AS, UH, FUN-FILLED.

>> THAT'S A POSSIBILITY.

[laughs]

NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF IT

THAT WAY, BUT HEY.

>> THAT'S JUST--THAT'S JUST

A HUNCH.

HOW DO YOU MEET OTHER LARPERS?

>> UM, PRETTY MUCH ONLINE

OR CONVENTIONS.

>> CAN YOU LOOK AT SOMEBODY

AND TELL IF THEY'RE A LARPER?

>> NOT REALLY.

>> WHAT'S YOUR DAY JOB?

>> UH, I AM ACTUALLY A

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER.

>> OKAY.

I WAS JUST HOPING THAT YOU WERE

LIKE, "WELL, I'M UNEMPLOYED."

>> NO.

>> THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT.

>> [laughing] YEAH.

I DO NOT LIVE IN MY MOM'S

BASEMENT.

>> OH, WHAT IS THE RATIO

BETWEEN GIRL, GUY

FOR LARPERS?

>> UH, PROBABLY ABOUT 70/30.

>> OKAY.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE ALASKA.

>> [laughs] YEAH.

>> DO YOU THINK LARPING

WILL EVER BE AN OLYMPICS GAME?

>> NO.

[laughs]

>> WHY NOT?

>> UM...

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID

ABOUT SNOWBOARDING?

>> SNOWBOARDING'S AN ACTUAL

SPORT.

>> YEAH, WELL, OKAY,

WELL, SNOWBOARDING,

IT'S STILL JUDGED.

IT'S STILL LIKE IT'S YOUR

PREFERENCE TO LIKE,

OH, THAT WAS MORE BEAUTIFUL.

IT'S NOT LIKE WHO'S--

>> NOT ON THE SNOWBOARD CROSS.

>> OKAY, THERE'S--THERE'S TIME.

I DON'T NEED TO BE CORRECTED.

>> [laughs]

>> ICE-SKATING.

>> ALL RIGHT, FAIR ENOUGH.

>> IS LARPING WORLDWIDE?

>> YEAH, IT IS, ACTUALLY.

ENGLAND HAS A VERY RICH

LARP COMMUNITY.

AND THEY ACTUALLY HOLD

SOME REALLY NEAT EVENTS--

>> I ASSUME THEY CURRENTLY

LIVE IN THE LARP WORLD.

>> YEAH.

>> I DON'T THINK THEY'RE EVER

OUT OF LARPING.

>> YEAH.

>> DO YOU EVER THINK OF YELLING

"BULLETS, BULLETS"?

>> NO.

>> HAVE YOU EVER USED

YOUR MAGIC FOR EVIL?

>> I CAN NEITHER CONFIRM

NOR DENY.

>> I DON'T WANT YOU TO BREAK

OR OATH.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

I MIGHT BE SUCKED DOWN INTO,

LIKE, THE NINTH CIRCLE OF HELL.

>> DO YOU THINK THERE'S

LARPING IN HEAVEN?

>> I SHOULD HOPE NOT.

>> WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGH POINT

OF YOUR LARPING CAREER?

>> WE'VE COMPLETED A THREE-YEAR

STORY ARC, AND AT THE END,

WE SAVED THE WORLD,

AND, UH...

>> BY THE WAY...

>> GOT THE KING, SO...

>> THANK YOU.

>> OH, HEY, MY PLEASURE.

>> DID YOU EVER THINK

THAT THAT VIDEO WOULD BECOME

SO POPULAR?

>> NOT--NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.

[laughs]

>> ARE YOU FAMOUS IN THE LARPING

WORLD BECAUSE OF IT?

>> YES.

YEAH, ACTUALLY EITHER I AM

INTRODUCED AS THE MOST FAMOUS

GEEK YOU WILL EVER MEET,

OR I INTRODUCE MYSELF

AS THE MOST FAMOUS GEEK

YOU'LL EVER MEET.

>> DOES THAT GET YOU LAID?

>> UH, IT HAS, ACTUALLY.

>> [laughing] NICE.

>> [laughing]

>> WHEN PEOPLE MEET YOU,

DO THEY WANT YOU TO KILL THEM

WITH A LIGHTNING BOLT?

>> I'VE NEVER HAD ANYBODY

ASK ME TO KILL THEM

WITH A LIGHTNING BOLT.

WE ACTUALLY THROW WHAT'S CALLED

SPELL PACKETS.

IT'S A 6X6 SQUARE OF--

OF, UM, CLOTH...

>> YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME

WHAT IT IS, BUT THE VIEWERS.

>> [laughs]

WITH, UM, BIRDSEED IN IT.

>> HAVE YOU MADE A LITTLE, UH--

THAT'S MONEY.

>> MONEY, UM--

>> HAVE YOU MADE A LITTLE MONEY

OFF THIS VIDEO?

>> I HAVE MADE A LITTLE BIT

OF MONEY OFF OF IT.

I WAS AT A CONVENTION ONCE,

AND THESE KIDS WERE OUT THERE,

LIKE, WADDING UP NAPKINS

AND THROWING THEM AT EACH OTHER,

GOING, "LIGHTNING BOLT,

LIGHTNING BOLT."

MY BUDDY STOPS, STOPS ME.

HE'S LIKE, "HEY, YOU GUYS

WANT TO MEET THAT GUY?"

"OH, MY GOD, NO WAY.

CAN YOU SIGN ONE?

CAN YOU SIGN ONE?"

I'M LIKE, "YEAH, FOR FIVE

BUCKS."

SO I ACTUALLY ENDED UP

SIGNING--SIGNING 11 OF THEM.

>> WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

YOU CHARGE THESE KIDS?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> YOU'RE THE PETE ROSE

OF LARPING.

>> [laughing] APPARENTLY.

>> WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE

TO SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF

THAT'S TRYING TO BREAK

INTO LARPING?

>> WHEN YOU BUILD A CHARACTER,

DON'T USE NAMES THAT ARE--

THAT ARE WELL KNOWN WITHIN

THE GENRE.

JUST BE ORIGINAL AND HAVE FUN.

>> WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO

WHEN YOU GROW UP?

>> I DON'T THINK I'M EVER

GONNA GROW UP.

[laughs]

>> HI, KETTLE.

>> [laughs]

>> I HAVE A DEGREE IN FINANCE.

>> I SEE IT'S PAYING OFF

FOR YOU.

[laughter]

>> LIFE IS SO RIDICULOUS.

THIS IS--THIS IS...

[laughs]

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I'D

LIKE TO BE DOING.

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