Trivia: Red Letter Media

  • Colbert Bump: Roger Ebert, who gave both The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith three and a half stars (out of four) and couldn't have missed Plinkett's jab at his credibility, posted a link to the Revenge of the Sith review.
    • Simon Pegg also tweeted his approval of the reviews.
  • The Danza:
    • Mike and Jay, the protagonists from Half in the Bag, are played by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman, respectively.
    • Officer Rich Klasowski and Comic Book Guy Rich Evans are played by Rich Evans.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • In the comments for Half in the Bag, Mike and Jay are often (affectionally) referred to as "hack frauds", which stems from one of the Couch Gags of the show.
    Plinkett: Mike and Jay are frauds!
    • On /tv/, Josh "The Wizard" and Jack are referred to respectively as Beardfat and AIDS Moby. Mike is also refered to with a huge list of racism-based nicknames, because the Internet is terrible.
  • Missing Episode: The first Pre Rec stream was believed to be lost until a fan uploaded a nearly complete version. Seen here.
  • No Budget: Many of the early shorts. While some of their newer stuff is a bit better backed by the bank, it is still pretty bare-bones.
    • Increasingly averted. They have their own studio space, construct dedicated sets, and are able to hire consultants to build costumes, choreograph their fight scenes, and design visual effects. Their Patreon page has helped with that - they receive over $9,000 per month (or over $100,000 per year) in donations now, making them one of the most successful creators on that site.
  • The Other Darrin: Sorta. The Plinkett character originated in a couple of short films, where he was portrayed by Rich Evans. Mike Stokasa, the main writer of those shorts, decided to use the character for the reviews, and performed the voice himself. Evans portrays the character in a full-length movie that came out well after the reviews started, but was produced earlier. Unlike other examples of this trope, the two versions of Plinkett are not in canon with each other, and it's possible that Evans will continue to portray the character in the future.
    • The line between the two different Plinketts (described by Stoklasa as "Plinkett A" and "Plinkett B") was blurred in "The Revenge of Nadine" short and the Half in the Bag series. In them, Plinkett (as played by Evans) is the same Plinkett that made the Star Wars reviews and became an internet sensation (and who was, of course, voiced by Stoklasa); essentially they seem to have become a kind of The Other Darrin tag team; this was Lampshaded in a Half in the Bag intro which has Plinkett shouting "I don't even know who I am anymore!!!" at the top of his lungs.
    • The teaser trailer for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review seems to establish the two Plinketts as two different people who just happen to be very similar to one another, even though this blatantly contradicts "The Revenge Of Nadine". This may be because of Villain Decay on the part of Evans!Plinkett, given his portrayal in Half in the Bag as docile and incredibly senile. The mysteriously revived Palpatine, an established Straw Fan, naturally refers to Evans!Plinkett as "Fake Plinkett" and Stoklasa!Plinkett as "the real Lord Plinkett", and at the end of the teaser, attacks "Fake Plinkett" with Force lightning in an attempt to kill him.
      • Lampshaded in the Half in the Bag review of The Dark Knight Rises, where Mike is forced to do an impression of Mr. Plinkett. Jay tells him that's the worst Plinkett impression he'd ever heard, and no one would believe it's the real Plinkett.
      • And then there's this.
  • Production Posse: Mike, Jay, Jack, Josh/"Wizard", Jessi, Jocelyn Ridgely, and Rich Evans form the "core" of the posse.
  • Promoted Fanboy: A fan who created a number of animations about Plinkett (using sound collage from various sources for the voice work) was officially invited to create further episodes under the Red Letter Media banner, complete with newly-recorded Plinkett dialogue specifically for the cartoons.
  • Throw It In: Occasionally invoked.
    • In Half in the Bag Episode 45 Mike suddenly bursts out laughing, which was kept because it's so unexpected.
    • A sudden loud and hard sneeze by Mike that caught everyone in the discussion off guard was apparently too good to leave out of "Wheel of the Worst #3".
    • The entirety of the second part of "Wheel of the Worst #5". The second video discussion, "The Osteoporosis Dance", is twelve minutes, and consists of everyone trying desperately not to burst out laughing and failing horribly.