PAX East 2010: The Awesome LoadingReadyRun Panel

John Funk

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PAX East 2010: The Awesome LoadingReadyRun Panel



At the Loading Ready Run panel here at PAX East '10, the team behind Unskippable, the Escapist News Network, and their seven-year-running sketch comedy series showed us how they work their magic.

It's no secret that the LRR crew is widely known to be made of "win" and "awesome," and they proved it during the hour they spent up in front of the crowd as panelists Saturday night at PAX East 2010. (And yes, they proved that they were further-super-awesome by letting us sneak in to the panel along with them without having to wait in line).

Beyond being generally cheerful, charming, witty and Canadian for the hour-long panel, the seven members of the LRR team also demonstrated how well they do what they do by shooting part of an upcoming LRR episode at the panel itself. Most of the episode had been shot in their hotel room, but the grand touch needed to be shot live in front of the proverbial studio audience.

It was easy enough for the audience - without giving too much away, all we had to do was act flabbergasted and bored, and then angry and bored (respectively) while the professionals did all the work. When it came for the LRR crew to get in front of the camera, it was like clockwork: One shot, one take, done. It was easy to see that this is a group that has been doing this for seven years running.

After showing off some never-before-seen videos to the crowd (like, for instance, next week's LRR sketch), the panelists opened themselves up to taking questions from the audience.

The answers were alternately humorous and enlightening (where do you get all the other characters for ENN? "We find homeless people are really reliable"), shedding some light on how things work over on Vancouver Island.

Given that you've been producing at least one video per week for almost seven years - and more now with Unskippable and ENN, came one question, what do you do when you run into a dry spell? The key, as it turns out, is collaboration: If any one of them has a dry spell, there are six other talented writers to pick up the slack, or to throw in ideas to help flesh out unfinished pieces.

Though most scripts were written by one person, it really was a group effort through things like little moments of improvisation to make dialogue sound more natural than what was written on paper. Of course, it helps that they can do multiple takes thanks to their established home on the internet - they'd considered doing live performances, and in fact had done a half-hour show at a local comedy night a few weeks prior. But it had been just a half-hour set, and it had taken them three and a half weeks to prepare for, at two rehearsal nights a week. That's a lot of time that could be spent doing hilarious internet videos.

And speaking of hilarious videos, the LRR crew assured all those in assemblance that there were more Phailhaüs and Iron Stomach challenge installments coming down the line.

After taking questions for almost forty minutes from the crowd (including some people who had no understanding of "ask one question" panel etiquette), they closed the panel with next week's Escapist News Network installment, which was, of course, hilarious. But you all have to wait until Wednesday to see it, so ha!

Thanks, guys, for an awesome panel!

(Image [http://loadingreadyrun.com/info/about])

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Onyx Oblivion

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*posts before Furburt*

They were Canadian for the ENTIRE panel? That's hard to do.

And they're not taking off for PAX? Work-a-holics...Good for us, though!
 

AvsJoe

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That is by far my biggest regret not going to the convention. I would've loved to have been part of the audience for the sketch!
 

Eric the Orange

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Thoughts on the picture,

Aw, Paul shaved his beard.

Black on black, hard to pull off but I think Graham did a good job.

Morgans' hat looks fuzzy.
 

Jared

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Gotta love LRR. I cant wait to see the video!

I am so glad they got a panel, they do deserve it, as, mentioned above. They are full of epic, win and awesome-sauce!
 

Swaki

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wow they all looks great, grahams suit is sorta boring, but it sounds like a awesome panel.
 

Digikid

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There was no need for the bold IMHO.

Glad that you enjoyed their little...."skit".

Personally I find that only SOME of their skits are funny. The best one being the Toilet Paper one.
 

Ed.

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Digikid said:
There was no need for the bold IMHO.

Glad that you enjoyed their little...."skit".

Personally I find that only SOME of their skits are funny. The best one being the Toilet Paper one.
you should see the archive its awesome over at their site
 

Bobkat1252

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I couldn't get into PAX but I went to their meeting outside of the convention, and "win" and "awesome" are the proper words to describe it.
 

Cpt. Red

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Digikid said:
There was no need for the bold IMHO.

Glad that you enjoyed their little...."skit".

Personally I find that only SOME of their skits are funny. The best one being the Toilet Paper one.
I laughed at this. Thanks to "skit" meaning poo in swedish.
 

MNRA

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Kathleen, that is one superbly cool dress you're wearing. Good taste. Also I agree that Grahams black on black makes him look dangerous :)
 

Eric the Orange

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Megacherv said:
wow...Kathleen is eff-in' hot...

...where was I? Oh yeah. I learnt the other that Paul has a Youtube channel called 'Thingsonmyhead' where he balances objects on his head for about 2 or 3 minutes.
You probably didn't see this so just so you know,

Kuliani said:
As of now, anyone that makes comments similar to what is taking over this thread, will be punished as the Posting Guidelines have been amended:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/jump/9.116827.5464306

(talk about her appearance again, and you'll get banned)
 

Digikid

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Cpt. Red said:
Digikid said:
There was no need for the bold IMHO.

Glad that you enjoyed their little...."skit".

Personally I find that only SOME of their skits are funny. The best one being the Toilet Paper one.
I laughed at this. Thanks to "skit" meaning poo in swedish.
LOL!!!!! Gotta love Cultural barriers like that! LOL!!!!!!!!!
 

Megacherv

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Eric the Orange said:
Megacherv said:
wow...Kathleen is eff-in' hot...

...where was I? Oh yeah. I learnt the other that Paul has a Youtube channel called 'Thingsonmyhead' where he balances objects on his head for about 2 or 3 minutes.
You probably didn't see this so just so you know,

Kuliani said:
As of now, anyone that makes comments similar to what is taking over this thread, will be punished as the Posting Guidelines have been amended:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/jump/9.116827.5464306

(talk about her appearance again, and you'll get banned)
Ahh, sorry, I'll edit my post (it was in a seperate post, not the original post guidelines).

Besides, how can I say it to her face if she lives all the way in Canadia?