World’s Dumbest (and other Meetinghouse Productions projects)

TruTV PRESENTS: WORLD’S DUMBEST

In 2012 and 2013, I was a staff writer on the television series TruTV PRESENTS: WORLD’S DUMBEST. If you’ve never seen it, the premise was simple: people would send us video clips of themselves, their friends, or random people on the street doing stupid things. We (the staff writers) would write comedy sketches and jokes making fun of the clips. Those sketches and jokes were then performed by the cast, which included such comedy heavyweights as Gilbert Gottfried (THE ARISTOCRATS), Mike O’Gorman (VICE PRINCIPALS), Mike Britt (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT), Judy Gold (I’M DYING UP HERE), Jared Logan (BEST WEEK EVER), and Rachel Feinstein (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER).

I have a writing credit on 15 episodes of the show. Each episode of the show was “themed,” which means that the clips we received would be bunched together by theme. Each episode that involved clips of bar fights and street brawls was titled (in the opening credits for that episode) WORLD’S DUMBEST BRAWLERS. Each episode that contained clips of racing enthusiasts and biker gangs was called WORLD’S DUMBEST MOTORHEADS. Each episode that involved clips of late-night infomercials for terrible, barely-marketable inventions and gadgets was called WORLD’S DUMBEST INVENTIONS. And so on.

This is a WORLD’S DUMBEST INVENTIONS sketch that I wrote (and ACTED in!) which lampoons an actual, real-life invention called the “Ostrich Pillow,” supposedly created to help people take naps. I figured that the mafia might use the Ostrich Pillow to make it LOOK like people were taking naps, when in reality they were taking DIRT naps. Hence this sketch:

 

REAL MALE ESCORTS OF MANHATTAN

WORLD’S DUMBEST was produced (and packaged) by Meetinghouse Productions. So I was a staff writer on WORLD’S DUMBEST, but also I was a staff writer for Meetinghouse in general. While at Meetinghouse, I also developed programming for other TV- and web-based series. For example, in 2013 I co-wrote and co-directed the pilot episode of the comedic webseries THE REAL MALE ESCORTS OF MANHATTAN (a parody of reality shows like REAL HOUSEWIVES), which you can see via the following link. My fellow WORLD’S DUMBEST writer Jonathan Blitt was my co-writer and co-director on the REAL MALE ESCORTS pilot. Just FYI, the RME pilot is probably NSFW. (Wow, did I put enough acronyms in that last sentence?) The music video at the end is inspired by my love of pop music. Enjoy:

When the REAL MALE ESCORTS pilot launched, Jonathan Blitt and I were interviewed by FORCES OF GEEK, and we talked about what it was like to shoot the pilot, as well as our respective careers. You can check out the interview here:

FOG! Chats With ‘World’s Dumbest…” Writers ARIE KAPLAN and JONATHAN BLITT