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Web Video: Glove and Boots

Glove and Boots is a Video Blog focusing on two puppets, Mario and Fafa the Groundhog. They often discuss things that are going on, in both their lives and in the world, from the Zombie Apocalypse to Time Travel to Twinkies.

The show was created by Damien Eckhardt-Jacobi (Mario) and Vincent Bova (Fafa), two street performers who used puppets to entertain people on the New York City subway. Met with variable success, they began posting videos in 2004 with a style that was reminiscent of a pastiche of early edutainment shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company, complete with some music videos. The show was on hiatus until 2010, at which time the format received some changes in technology and switched to a slightly older demographic, with more references to pop culture and the like.

In 2012, Glove and Boots won a Twitter Shorty Award for Best Videoblogger.

Their youtube channel can be found here. Their posts are often on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and occasionally make it onto Reddit. They also have separate Twitter accounts for Mario and for Fafa.


This work provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Several of their videos are these, such as "Jigsaw Puzzle", "The Pee-wee Herman Blog", "An Ode to Seuss", and the music videos featuring Gorilla, like "Gorillage People",
  • Ax-Crazy: Jack Woods, full stop. Armed with a shotgun loaded with holy wafers and sunshine.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Zombie is a nice guy who adores puppies and singing, but by virtue of being a brain-eating zombie, is not really accepted by Fafa or Mario.
  • Corpsing: Oftentimes the puppeteers will won't hold their laughter during blogs, and they won't try to hide it in the final product.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Fafa's cousin, Johnny T, has all the qualities, from the accent to the attitude.
  • Catch Phrase: Johnny T.: "Boom. Done."
    • As shown on the reddit question series, Stewart can only say, "I LOVE vertical videos!"
  • Celeb Crush: Mario has one on Katy Perry.
  • Christmas Episode: "Carol of the Mehs", featuring Gorilla.
  • Chromosome Casting: To the chagrin of many a YouTube commentator, there has never been a female character on the blog.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • Fafa becomes a huge one in "The Pee-wee Herman Blog", which kind of comes as expected considering he's playing... well, Pee-wee Herman.
  • A Dog Named Dog: Gorilla. No points for guessing his species.
  • Edutainment Show: Early videos tended to be similar to Sesame Street in that there would be a lesson about certain words like Mario's "Word of the Day" (cyanoacrylate). Now they've moved on to explaining pop culture.
  • Epic Fail: When playing Rock Band, Mario, Fafa, and Gorilla manage to lose both after the song was already over and before they even started playing!
    • Mario was so taken in by Hanzi's commercial in "Amazing Product Commercial" that he bought seven boxes of Amazing Product when he and Fafa were supposed to be selling it in the first place. What drives this into Epic Fail territory is the fact that we never find out what Product is.
  • Furry Confusion: Mario is very hairy, but what he's supposed to be is anyone's guess.
  • The Ghost: Apparently Fafa has a sister, but she's never seen and mentioned only once.
  • New Media Are Evil: In "Ten Reasons Why We Hate Facebook"; but in this case, rather than the media itself, it's mostly the people that use said media.
    • "Candy Crush Saga is Evil" is a straighter example, with Fafa outright saying it wants your brains.
  • Oh Crap: Mario's reaction to a number of potential disasters, ranging from Temporal destruction to Doomsday!
  • Puppet Show: Of course... right?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mario, a loud guy very prone to being overly emotional, is the red oni to the calmer and more rational (most of the time) Fafa's blue.
  • Relax-o-Vision: Used liberally during “Jigsaw Puzzle'
  • Running Gag: Mario getting bored with the blog and going off to make a sandwich.
  • Shout-Out: There are tons of references to various bits of pop culture from over the years, ranging from Top Gun to Shaun of the Dead.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With DJTayJames, the official DJ of Justin Bieber, during their competition for Twitter's 2012 Shorty awards.
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