Web Video / Pittsburgh Dad

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Pittsburgh Dad is a web-based Domestic Comedy about a dad from Pittsburgh. The series was created by Curt Wootton and Chris Preksta, and stars Wootton as the eponymous dad.

Episodes vary in length from one to five minutes, and feature a situation in which the dad reacts to the minutia of life, be it breakfast cereal, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Christmas decorations, even spoiler-laden movie reviews. Episodes are full of local color.

The creators state that the show is an Homage to classic sitcoms such as All in the Family.

Episodes can be viewed here.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Jeffy's (Dad's son Brandon's best friend) are implied to be borderline abusive/neglectful parents. The inordinate amount of time he spends at Pittsburgh Dad's house (Even when Brandon isn't home) seems to confirm this.
    • It's also been implied that Dad had a rather strict and negligent upbringing himself by 'Paps', although Dad is prone to exaggeration.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Dad has an elaborate system of arbitrary rituals and superstitions that he believes directly influence the performance of the Pittsburgh Steelers while he watches them on television.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done on rare occasions for humorous effect.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "3...2...1...win."
    • "Ah, jeez!"
    • "You know what's next right? X." Usually X is a bug Dad hates.
  • Caustic Critic: Rips the first Twilight movie and The Hunger Games to shreds. Is a little more charitable with The Avengers.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Anytime Pittsburgh Dad talks about religion, you can expect to hear about priests, nuns, fish frys, altar boys, and such.
  • Corpsing: Although not appearing in the final cuts, Outtake videos posted on the channel reveal that Wooten and Preska frequently have to reshoot scenes many times due to breaking into fits of laughter.
  • The Ghost: All other characters are people off-screen the dad reacts to.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • From the episode "Little League":
    Pittsburgh Dad: Hey Simmons, quit that trash-talkin'! They's just kids out there! I remember in high school, you struck out in kickball. Loser!
    • From the episode "Dad Reacts to the Dr. Phil Show"
    "Cash me ousside" Girl: Cash me ousside, how bout dat?
    Pittsburgh Dad: "Cash me ousside, how bout dat?" Well, that ain't proper English. Her language needs fixed.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the recent episode Jeffy, Dad notices Jeffy, who has been outside wandering around after being left home alone by his parents. He offers him some ice cream and seems to genuinely care about him (Though he tells him to come in through the garage).
  • Laugh Track: Added for stylistic reasons. According to Word of God, they tried it without a laugh track and the dialogue just came across as mean-spirited. Still, some episodes (like the movie reviews) are done with no laugh track. Dropped in later episodes.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: From the the episode "Pittsburgh Dad on the Incline"
    Pittsburgh Dad: Only time I ever come down the Southside is to go to Hoo-'s pitching for the Buccos tonight?
  • No Name Given: Thus far, the main character hasn't been given a name.Lampshaded in several episodes.
  • Only Sane Man: The main character certainly considers himself to be this, and may very well be.
    • Frequently averted since he once took his rivalry with Tom so far that he even trash talked him over the phone during a holiday, and his refusal to quit bothering Michael Keaton at Hoss' certainly is an aversion.
  • Overprotective Dad: Gives his 14-year-old daughter the third degree when he finds out that she's going on a date.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Product Placement: There are a number of themed episodes showcasing regional businesses, such as Eat 'n' Park, Giant Eagle, and Kennywood, as well as iconic national chains such as Mc Donald's
  • Running Gag: The family's church is always raising money to get air conditioning installed, but never actually gets it.
  • Serious Business: The Steelers. God help you if you're a Ravens fan.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ravens fan next-door neighbor Tom.
  • The Unreveal: Dad's real name is never revealed, even in situations where it would logically come up. This is occasionally played for laughs.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In Pittsburgh vernacular, Dad is a bit of a jagoff.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Discussed. Dad comments on how Magic Mike's underwear is, in his opinion, a desecration of the American flag.


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