one of my favorite moments from PAX East

This is what happens when Paul and Storm and I Get Excited And Make Things:

I forget precisely how this whole thing came together, but I remember Paul showing me the video, which prompted some sort of "this is the most amazing thing I've seen since the last time I said that" response from me. He and Storm and I ended up talking about how we wanted to do something like this for w00tstock, then realizing that, duh, PAX was just around the corner.

Storm wrote up the choreography, Paul did the graphics and bought the suits (for a total of $18), and I picked up the wigs. We rehearsed the whole thing about four times in the hour before we went out on stage, and I was really worried that I would screw it up, because I am not so much with the "staying on time when you're dancing" thing.

I love that you can hear the people around the cameraman in this video sort of go through stages from WTF to OMG to LOL. When we finished it, I got the sense that half the audience got the reference, half didn't, but they were all entertained by it.

I don't know if we'll ever do this again, because a huge part of it being amusing is not knowing that it's coming, but it was insanely fun, and I'm glad we took the risk. I don't know how we'll top this at Prime, so I guess I'll be down in the lab working on something.

69 thoughts on “one of my favorite moments from PAX East”

  1. I knew you’d get the reference because you tweeted the link to the orginal which was creepy as hell! This version however is HI-larious and made entirely of win :)

  2. OMG!! What a great way to start off the day! Thanks for posting that…while I don’t really understand the geekness joke of it, it’s still funny as hell and my first through when you twirled on stage and spead your hands wide was…”Holy Crap! IT’s Alan Partridge!” I think it was the hair/suit combo. I kept expecting you to step up and go “Ah Ha!”
    …or maybe it was just me….thanks tho!

  3. Off topic, but I had to share. I watched the video of the keynote yesterday, and it is stick-to-your-ribs excellent. So much so that in my spin class this morning, the instructor played the theme from Mortal Combat. I found myself while pedaling the bike full speed doing Sub-Zero’s special moves and combos with my thumbs on the handlebars. Pavlovian much, Amy? ^_^

  4. Lol! I definitely didn’t get the reference at all, but I laughed at the antics and very much enjoyed it for the entertainment value of seeing you ‘singing’ and dancing in that wig Wil. 😀

  5. Phil Phil Phil Phil Phil Phil.
    A twitter-friend of mine made a tribute video, ended up being interviewed by russian TV and being on videocall with the original guy himself! The world’s more weird and wonderful with the internet in it, don’t you think?

  6. I think that Trolololo is going to be the next RickRoll… you, Paul & Storm did great with that bit. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to go, but I have the chance to meet up with you at Phoenix Comicon.
    That bit was truly, truly epic :)
    Ashes to ashes,
    DJ Pheonyx

  7. How fortuitous is it that your keynote about coming home coincides with a video meme about… coming home! And performed in such wtfomglol fashion! epic win.

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