Web Video / commodoreHUSTLE
A Web sit-com that updates approximately once a month starring the cast and crew of LoadingReadyRun
as exaggerated versions of themselves in their everyday lives doing odd geeky things in geeky ways.
Season 1 had a plot about an artist scorned and a myriad of subplots. Episodes ranged from 13 to almost 20 minutes long. They also got on the Jay Leno show
Season 2 and Season 3 have shorter episodes and no overarching plot but the characterizations are still the same and they maintain continuity.
In 2012 it got its own Spin-Off
, Friday Nights
, which is based around the group's love of Magic: The Gathering
and is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast
This Web Original contains examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Geoff says this almost verbatim after being kicked in the balls by Paul's ball-kicking robot.
- Adorkable: Kathleen finds Graham's roleplaying past "adorable" and later gets into it herself. Most of the crew count to some degree or another.
- Adult Fear: Kathleen's suggestion for Halloween decorations is the entire summary of the UN Summit on climate change.
Have you read it? Its horrifying!
- Begging the Question: The reason Graham trusts Wikipedia.
Graham: Studies have shown that it's just as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica, sometimes more so.
Jer: And where did you read that?
Wikiped... Oh my god
, that's insidious
- Book Ends: The first episode of Friday Nights original run starts off almost instantly with Paul asking how to play Magic: the Gathering, with Jer running into the room out of nowhere to help out, much to Graham's confusion. The season finale ends similarly, only difference being that Paul asks how to draft.
- Bottom of the Barrel Joke: In-universe. While the show itself rarely reaches for Toilet Humour and the like (despite the ongoing Groin Attack plotline in Season 1), the 'Hustle version of LoadingReadyRun is heavily implied to resort to low-brow humour way too quickly and easily.
- Buxom Is Better: After her failed attempt at viral fame, Kathleen discovers that D-cups aren't big enough for YouTube.
- Call-Back: Practically every punchline in the second half of "Mustache You a Question" is a callback to the first half. The biggest stinger is probably the one about Your Mom.
- Christmas Episode: "Santa Secrets".
- Comedic Sociopathy: The huge creepy doll Tally made for Graham as James' Secret Santa present, as Graham is terrified by it.
- Convenience Store Gift Shopping: A very specific kind in Santa Secrets, where everybody except James and Morgan buys everybody else a Magic: The Gathering booster pack. Hilariously, Morgan's gift, the only one which was bought from a convenience store (some glass baubles to use as Magic counters), was the only gift which was appreciated by its recipient (James). Further played with in that James hadn't bought it himself because he could only find it at the card shop at a huge markup; Morgan got the same thing for a dollar.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When the crew gets back into Magic, we get a montage of Jer, Graham, Matt, and James trying to play against Alex.
Alex: Swing for 37...
Alex: And I mill your whole deck...
Alex: Six makes ten poison counters...
Alex: Now you can't cast spells, ever.
- Cute Kitten: Subverted. Kathleen's plan to make money of her cats didn't work out. They are still cute.
- Credits Gag: Occasionally, such as with "Sir James von Landlord" in "The Arms Race", and Kathleen as "Anchor-Wrangling Technician" in "Sickness", both referencing events from the episode.
- Deus ex Machina: In the "Giving Up" episode, after a string of episodes about how the crew is desperate for money and can't afford rent on the moonbase, it turns out Beej is independently wealthy and offers them an unused office in one of his properties. Even Graham calls this out.
- Did Not Think This Through:
- The fictional version of the crew stopped making sketches the same time the real crew did. Then they realized that unlike the real crew they didn't do any other shows and had no other marketable skills.
- In "Workplace" the crew pulls off pretending to be a group of super-consultants hired to help IBS, only to realize that the only fake part was their qualifications - now they have to actually complete the task of bringing a new paradigm to beige.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Graham's explanation of LARPers.
Graham: It's like what Jer does with the dice and the bits of paper, except that the people Jer hangs out with look down on these guys.
- Five-Man Band: When the "Gang" of Loading Ready Runners join a different gang, their new leader Kate assigns them Five Man Band-esque roles, though this barely lasts an episode:
- For Science!: Why did Paul invent the ball-kicking robot? "Because I could".
Jer: Isn't that the kind of thinking that lead to the nuclear bomb?
Paul: Gee, I hope so.
- Gilligan Cut: Many times.
Matt: I think that's the trick with customer service. You just need to know what to say.
James: Screw you too! Asshole!
- Groin Attack: Played straight and played with during the first season, where Geoff's objection to LoadingReadyRun is their reliance on this in their comedy.
- Halloween Episode: "Roll For Treats" and "Free Candy".
- Hammer Space: Paul has goggles and cookies in hammerspace.
- James apparently keeps a copy of Bad Dudes for the NES... in his collar.
- Alex apparently keeps a bunch of magic cards concealed on his person, and a bandoleer or two of soda cans.
- Heavy Sleeper: Both Bill and Morgan. The only reliable way to wake Morgan is to uncap a sharpie in his presence. The only non-ninja-related way to wake Bill is to hold his nose.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: Testicular trauma. Scrotal assault. Reproductive carnage. Wang misery. Dong distress.
Bill: You put way too much thought into this!
Oh no, it just comes naturally. Ha. Comes
- Imagined Innuendo: Alex invokes this in "Bros Clubbing Bros".
Alex: Hey James, you wanna play Bros Twisting Bros?
James: (backs away) Is this another trick question?
- Immune to Mind Control: After being cured of his Paul-induced compulsion to speak only in memes Beej is the only one able to resist Cameron's mind-control app in "Improvements".
- Insane Troll Logic: The Friday Nights episode Jeskai Mysteries has Kathleen try to find Cam's missing deck by, after first making sure he hasn't left it in his bag again, following a series of "clues" that start with looking for it at the Victoria Bug Zoo because it had Mantis Riders in it. Somehow this does lead her to the "culprit" who's been calling Cam all day - but he left his phone in the bag.
- Lower-Deck Episode: "The Bee Team" mainly stars Tally, Kate, and Cameron (the latter having not even appeared in the series yet and the former two only appearing occasionally as minor roles) while the rest of the crew is away. The only main crew members to actually appear are Graham, James, and Matt, and Matt doesn't even have any lines.
- Mistaken for Gay: Graham, apparently: in "Street", he explains that Matt won't give him a lift anywhere in his car, because when he does, people mistake them for a gay couple. He uses the same rationale for why he won't take Morgan to the hospital anymore.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Pretty much played straight. Almost all are in stable relationships. It helps that their partners are often just as nerdy as they are.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Played for Laughs when Paul crosses the room, presents a slideshow in a labcoat and goggles, then reappears next to Kathleen in his normal clothing with no transition or explanation.
- Reappears in "Pony Time" and similar videos where Paul's manic energy allows him to shatter physical laws.
- One-Hour Work Week: Beej makes his money by renting out properties, which explicitly doesn't take up much of his time and is why he can hang around with the crew instead of working. Presumably he does his actual work during Friday Nights episodes, since he doesn't play magic and never appears in them. Ian's storyline is based on this; his job is nebulous and leaves him a lot of free time during the day (it apparently mostly involves presenting at industry conventions), but by his third appearance it's a plot point that he's been neglecting his job to hang around with the crew.
- One Steve Limit: Used in The Arms Race:
Graham: Oh, hey, Landlord James.
Paul: We already have a James, so...
Landlord: Well, how about "Sir James von Landlord"?
- Only Sane Man: Most often applies to James, who is variously credited as "The Fixer" and "A sensible guy".
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Several times, always exaggerated for laughs.
- Matt really was actually moving out at the time they filmed "Matt Gets His Groove".
- They really had to change offices.
- Geoff used to work at Yo!Video.
- Graham moved out of Bill's and Morgan's because of an... incident.
- Graham and Morgan actually had to go to the hospital, and the doctors thought they were a couple.
- The entire "Fallout" episode was inspired by the results of their viral videos.
- They are now heavily into Magic: The Gathering.
- Tim really had to leave the group, though it was to get married, not due to realizing how terrible they were.
- During a LRRcast, Graham revealed that the episode probably most based on real life was "The Gay Chicken". Virtually everything in that episode really happened at some point, with the exception of Tally being led to believe that "gay chicken" was Bill's D&D character. Including how Bill eventually won.
- Penelope (Graham and Kathleen's daughter) was added to the show a few months after her birth. As a prop. Yes, that's right, a prop baby.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Paul and Graham respectively; Graham, while not completely sane, is much more down-to-earth than Paul, who is very separated from reality.
- Other pairs that form during the course of the first season: Kathleen and Jer, Morgan and Bill, Matt and James. Only the last one transitions into future seasons, as Morgan and Bill stop appearing and Kathleen and Jer don't interact nearly as much.
- Scooby Stack: At the beginning of "The Gay Chicken", Kathleen, Alex and Kathleen's cat do it to prove that there is no room in Graham's house for another guest.
- Later, in "The Bee Team", this is done by Tally, Kate, Cameron, and Dale to check on the moonbase to see if the bees are dead.
- Serial Escalation: Alex's sleight of hand in "It's Magic" starts out realistic (using real card tricks), then gets increasingly ridiculous until he is somehow able to replace his entire MtG deck with a red one.
Graham: I need you to be straight with me. Is magic real, and are you a wizard.
Graham: Well, you still cheated at Magic. The game.
Alex: (reading a book; all cards have vanished from the table) Did I?
- James pulls some similar maneuvers in his conversation with Jer about the spending limit, opening a large pile of boosters and sending a text message to Matt, each in the space of a few seconds while the camera is pointed at Jer.
- Friday Nights: Speechless opens with Graham losing his voice across several back-and-forth cuts in less than a minute, with his problem worsening with each cut.
- Serious Business: One Friday Nights episode has a woman none of them have met before come in and give them a Magic version of Blake's speech from Glengarry Glen Ross about them not preparing enough for an upcoming prerelease (which is about as non-competitive as Magic gets).
- Seven Minute Lull: During the gang's fight in the episode Street where we get this interesting line from
Matt: "And just because Rodamus Prime got the matrix of leadership doesn't make him the best leader they've ever had!"
- Shout-Out: In "The Bee Team", Graham's sister Kate remarks that "there must always be a Stark in the Moonbase"
- Stylistic Suck: Graham Stark himself mentions on the DVD commentary that the LoadingReadyRun of the commodoreHUSTLE universe seems to be mostly comprised of fart, poop and ball kick jokes with added pelvic thrusts. Probably also doubles as self-deprecation. However, they seem to be slightly less obsessed with hats.
- Take That!:
"I'm watching all the good Next Gen
- Eternal Sonata has horribly paced cutscenes.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Episode 10: Judgment does this with Geoff's ransom note on the computer.
- Troll: Jer during the Bros Clubbing Bros episode, complete with Troll Face just to drive the point home.
- Twisted Echo Cut: "Mustache You a Question" has a few of these.
Kathleen: James! Why are you wearing a scarf?
(cut to Matt playing with his cell phone, and Paul scolding him for it)
Matt: I'm not!
Paul: Yes you are! You're doing it right now!
Graham: K2 is a harder climb.
(cut to Kathleen talking to James, who is reading a magazine)
Kathleen: Is it?
Kathleen: Really? Your favorite magazine?
- Two Lines, No Waiting: "Mustache You a Question" features two different subplots woven together: one about Matt's Reddit addiction, one about James' mustache.
- Understatement: When Bill and Morgan discover Jer's "acid pit", their response is uncharacteristic.
Morgan: The landlord lives in the basement, by the way.
Bill: He's not thrilled.
- Very Special Episode: Discussed; proposed as a way to explain how Paul's character in their Warriors of Darkness videos lost his beard.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2, this is the nature of 95% of James and Matt's interactions with each other to the point where James threatens to kill Matt for visiting his home and Matt haunting James's nightmares.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Beej doesn't seem to have a job in the crew; originally he explicitly wasn't a member, just some guy who hung out at the Moon base, but later he started doing odd jobs around the place. After they were driven out of the third base he took the role of The Team Benefactor by setting them up in a building he owns.
- Wrote the Book:
Morgan: James, please. When it comes to gay chicken, I practically wrote the book. Remember the groundbreaking assault that was International Cup Bill's Balls Week?
- Your Mom: Kate's gang called the "West Coast Mother Lovin' G's" not because they love their mothers, but because they love your mothers.
- X Called; They Want Their Y Back: Graham spent $130 on a gadget that makes his cell phone ring just so he can make this joke.