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|Created by||Graham Stark and Paul Saunders|
|Launched||13 October 2003|
LoadingReadyRun, often abbreviated to LRR, is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe and video production team, based in Victoria, British Columbia, founded by Graham Stark and Paul Saunders. Starting from its launch in October 2003, a new piece of sketch comedy was posted to the site every week, without fail; all of them were written, performed and edited by members of the "LoadingReadyRun crew", consisting of Graham, Paul, their friends and guests. On December 30, 2014, the final sketch in the long-running series was posted. Since then, LoadingReadyRun has continued other video series, including CommodoreHUSTLE, Checkpoint, Friday Nights, Feed Dump, and more. While LoadingReadyRun has produced content independently, they have also produced content in conjunction with other people and sites under the name Bionic Trousers Media.
The group was heavily influenced by video games, even basing the theme of their website off the Commodore 64. Much of their comedy is influenced by features of video game, nerd, internet and popular culture. Some of their videos have been featured in film festivals such as the Comic-Con International Film  in San Diego, and shown on major television networks, including G4 Canada and CNN. From January 2010 to April 2015 their weekly content was hosted on The Escapist Magazine. In September 2013 LRR launched their "Last Season of Sketches" Kickstarter campaign to fund their final season of weekly sketches, which were becoming too difficult and time-consuming to produce. Following the conclusion of this season in December 2014, the group focused on producing other types of content, including podcasts, talk shows and livestreaming via Twitch.tv in addition to non-weekly sketch-based comedy.
- 1 Cast
- 2 Current Work
- 3 Prior Work
- 3.1 LoadingReadyRun Sketches
- 3.2 Unskippable
- 3.3 Daily Drop
- 3.4 The Whatever Thing
- 3.5 Phailhaus
- 3.6 Iron Stomach Challenge
- 3.7 Corrector's Commentary
- 3.8 LRRCast
- 3.9 Fight The Future
- 3.10 Temple Of The Lava Bears
- 3.11 Strip Search
- 3.12 Tabletop Deathmatch
- 3.13 Escapist News Network
- 4 LoadingReadyRun Streams
- 5 Desert Bus For Hope
- 6 Selected awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The main crew of LoadingReadyRun consists of members who have regular shows on their Twitch.tv channel, and/or are frequently involved with video production. Currently, these members include:
Friday Nights was originally a four-episode commodoreHUSTLE spin-off miniseries, detailing the crew's growing obsession with Magic: The Gathering, created in association with Wizards of the Coast.
The series has since returned as part of a regular monthly installment. Additionally, LRR has hosted a number of other Magic related videos, including visual spoilers for new Magic cards and special "pre-prerelease" livestreams, all in association with Wizards of the Coast.
commodoreHUSTLE is a series of videos created by the crew dramatizing their personal lives, officially described as "A web series about the creators of a web series". In these videos, Paul Saunders is often portrayed as a technical genius without common sense; Graham Stark is abusive to his roommate Matt Wiggins; and Morgan VanHumbeck is an egotistical buffoon. The series had its own channel on YouTube, but now publishes its videos on their YouTube channel. A running theme in the series is the group's dysfunctional nature and infighting. The series continues to follow the crew in Moonbase Delta, but has changed drastically, with Jeremy Petter, Matt Wiggins, Morgan Vanhumbeck, and others having left, but also adding people such as Ian Horner in recent episodes.
On 9 May 2011, LoadingReadyRun premiered CheckPoint, a successor to ENN, on Penny-Arcade's PATV. The show is similar in format to ENN, with Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere as news presenters discussing the previous week's video gaming news.
On 6 December 2013, Penny Arcade announced that due to some restructuring they would no longer host 3rd party content on their PATV site. Shortly thereafter Graham announced that due to time constraints the show would be put on indefinite hiatus and LRR would invest the effort which was committed to the show for other projects. However, shortly after, Checkpoint Plus was added to the new LoadingReadyRun livestreaming schedule on twitchTV.
Crapshots is a series of short, usually less than a minute, comedic blurbs. The episodes are labelled with miscellaneous redundant words relating to the video. Crapshots was started in April 2009, and can be found on YouTube. The first "season" of about 100 episodes was largely the work of Graham, Alex, and Kathleen, filmed in their home at the time. The second season, created as a stretch goal during LRR's 2014 Kickstarter, is a joint effort of the entire crew.
Feed Dump, Originally on The Escapist, premiered 25 May 2011. The show is hosted by either Graham or Kathleen, and consists of a host and a group of co-hosts, typically two, riffing on various bizarre and/or humorous but true recent news stories. It is a spiritual successor to "The Phailhaüs", an irregularly updated series of bonus videos that had been running on the LRR site since 2008. The Phailhaüs in turn was based on Morgan vanHumbeck's 2006-2007 series "The Whatever Thing". As mentioned on "The Whatever Thing" DVD, that, in turn, was inspired by the show with zefrank.
A bi-weekly live variety show broadcast on Twitch.tv. Described initially as a hybrid comedy/talent/panel show, LoadingReadyLIVE begins with a cold open, and then continues with a selection of short game-show segments, prerecorded events filmed on the day of broadcast, and an AskLRR viewer-mail panel. LoadingReadyLIVE's tagline is 'This is/it's live, so something's gonna happen!'.
A Magic: The Gathering Podcast. Hosted by various members of the crew This is a series that the team speaks on the high and low points of Magic: The Gathering. Featuring new set release reviews, crack a pack (where one of the hosts or co-hosts, rolls a large 20 sided dice and opens a Magic The Gathering Booster pack and they talk about the cards), and also features different Magic: The Gathering News Headlines.
A Wrestling Podcast, dealing mainly with the WWE and its Pay-Per Views. Hosted by Graham and Adam Savidan.
A parody of a typical 'morning radio' show, recorded by Graham, Alex, Beej, Ian, and Kathleen. Set in the fictional town of Nsburg, Qwerpline is largely unscripted; similar in concept to shows such as Reno 911, each episode is written with only a rough outline, recorded live and then edited for broadcast. Each episode opens and closes with a promotional spot for that week's 'Qwerpline sponsor', which is conceived and performed by Beej.
Available in Video and Podcast formats.
A podcast revolving around Anime. Hosted by Beej, Heather, Ian, and Cori.
A Podcast by Graham and Kathleen, discussing episodes of Magnum P.I..
Let's Play Content
In addition to livestreaming gameplay footage, several members of the crew also produce "Let's Play" style videos. These videos feature gameplay alongside of humorous commentary.
Documentary-style videos that illustrate the creative and production processes undergone by LoadingReadyRun. In the past, these Loading Time videos would feature behind the scenes footage for the creation of a specific sketch. After the launch of their Patreon in 2014, LoadingReadyRun offered a "Loading Time digest" featuring insider footage of "everything that goes on in a month of LRR" provided a milestone was reached. After reaching that milestone, Loading Time videos shifted focus from specific sketches or types of content to a summarization of the work the team does on a monthly basis.
Loading Ready Run began as a series of short one- to two-minute short films, posted to the LRR website on a weekly basis; the Crew has never been known to miss that weekly deadline, even while traveling. In 2013, Loading Ready Run announced that the Weekly Videos were becoming too labor- and time-intensive to produce on a weekly basis without impacting other projects, and began a Kickstarter campaign to fund one final year before retiring the videos in 2015.
How to Talk like a Pirate
Part of a fictional 1970s-style language-learning series, this video teaches the nuances of pirate speech. It was released for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 2006. Subsequent Talk Like a Pirate Days have led to the video being recirculated once a year.
Posted around the release of the comparatively scarce and expensive PlayStation 3, this video features Paul brazenly claiming to own "three PS3s". The video spread quickly when it was posted to YouTube, with viewers (many of whom didn't recognize the intended ironic tone) posting death threats and incensed comments as well as video parody responses. In truth, the entire crew owned zero PS3s; they borrowed two of them and the third was a hollow display model. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2013, Paul recorded another video, in which he now claims to have four PlayStation 4 consoles. Otherwise, the theme and tone are the same in both videos.
Halo: The Future of Gaming
In preparation for the release of Halo 3, LoadingReadyRun produced Halo: The Future of Gaming, providing a "look back" at the impact of the Halo video game series, and extrapolating into the future. The video was one of LoadingReadyRun's most popular videos for several years.
In December 2008 Graham and Paul tied for first place in The Escapist's Second Annual Film with Unskippable, a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style take of the introduction cinematic to Lost Planet. For winning the contest they were rewarded with a contract to produce a weekly video for The Escapist. The series airs every Monday and has satirized cinematics to games like Eternal Sonata, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and The Darkness. It has received heavy promotion on the site, including crossovers with Zero Punctuation where Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw joined the Star Ocean: The Last Hope episode and Graham produced a ZP-style review of X-Blades, which soon switched over to Yahtzee's review of Halo Wars. The ending credits included the message: "People confused about Graham Stark's appearance at the start of this video obviously don't watch Unskippable and for that I pity them." They have also broadcast a one-off live special of Unskippable on The Escapist where they did a "Let's Play" of Legaia 2 in the humorous and critical style of the show. The two also appeared in episode 21 of Arcade as themselves. On 25 March 2015, Stark announced on their blog that they would be leaving The Escapist and subsequently ending Unskippable. Unskippable, with a tenure of six years, will not and could not be continued, as The Escapist owns 'Unskippable' property. Their second show on The Escapist, Feed Dump, continues on their personal YouTube channel.
Daily Drop was a feature on The Escapist, made by the LoadingReadyRun crew. It was filmed in the basement of the Victoria Event Centre. It consists of approximately 2-minute-long clips of objects falling in, as recorded by a high-speed camera, and impacting the test area floor. A new installment was released every weekday between 7 October 2010 and 25 May 2011.
The Whatever Thing
The predecessor to Feed Dump, Phailhaus likewise focused on reporting 'offbeat' news events, but also featured recurring segments involving rarely-used or obscure words, viewer-submitted photographs, or unusual things to celebrate on a given day. Unlike Feed Dump, which is filmed in a studio, Phailhaus was usually filmed on-location, whenever and wherever the crew and host happened to have a camera handy.
Iron Stomach Challenge
Iron Stomach Challenge was a cooking show, in which the Crew would blend together random ingredients (usually suggested by their viewers), and attempt to eat or drink the usually-putrid concoction. Viewer suggestions were governed by several rules: it had to be safe to eat (i.e., it couldn't be poisonous or otherwise inedible), it had to be a genuine food item (i.e., not something that is safe to eat but otherwise not considered 'food'), and it had to be relatively easy to obtain in a typical North American city.
Fight The Future
Temple Of The Lava Bears
A DnD 5e Campaign created and DM'd by Jer.
Escapist News Network
In September 2009 the LoadingReadyRun crew began a second series, Escapist News Network (ENN), for The Escapist, which was a parody newscast about video games similar to This Hour Has 22 Minutes. ENN was written and produced by Kathleen De Vere, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, and Graham Stark, who also form the backbone of its cast. On 13 February 2011 the site announced that it would no longer be producing new episodes of ENN.
A series of various streams from the crew, streamed on Twitch.tv
- Tinker Tailor Solder Fry
- Matters of Import
- New Day Tuesday
- Let's NOPE
- Watch + Play
- Crossing The Streams
- 18 Games And Counting
- Talking Simuator
- The Crapshoot
- Adam's Gamehaus
- Rhythm Cafe
Desert Bus For Hope
Loading Ready Run is perhaps best known for its Annual "Desert Bus For Hope" event. On November 23, 2007, the group started a marathon game session of Desert Bus (a minigame from 'Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors') called Desert Bus for Hope to raise money for the charity Child's Play. The four-man team took turns playing the game continuously, with more hours added as more donations were made. The event was broadcast live via webcam, and garnered attention both from the media, and Penn & Teller, who called in, sent pizza, and made donations. By the end of the event, $22,805 had been raised, including donations from Penn and Teller themselves.
On 18 November 2008, LoadingReadyRun officially announced that it planned a second marathon run of Desert Bus which began on 28 November. The second Desert Bus lasted slightly more than five days and raised over $70,000. The crew later produced a music video entitled Desert Bus Killed the Internet Star (a parody of Video Killed the Radio Star) describing the events of the marathon.
On 25 August 2009, the third marathon run was announced, set to start on 20 November 2009. At 18:42 GMT-0 on 26 November 2009 the marathon completed, raising over $140,000 (after all e-cheques had cleared) for Child's Play. One notable donor, going by the alias "Octopimp", donated nearly $10,000 alone, becoming a mascot of sorts in the event's live chatroom and in turn inspiring many other high-number donations and auction bids.
The fourth marathon run was announced on 4 May 2010, and began on 19 November 2010 at 6:00 p.m. PST. Penn & Teller auctioned off an "Ultimate Desert Bus Experience Pack" which included a bus ticket and sand from the Las Vegas desert, signed by Penn & Teller themselves. The fourth run concluded after 5 days and 21 hours, with $208,249.82 raised. A fifth marathon run began on 18 November 2011 and went for six days and six hours, raising a total of $383,075.10.
|2007||Desert Bus for Hope||$22,805.00|
|2008||Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder||$70,423.79|
|2009||Desert Bus for Hope 3: It's Desert Bus 6 in Japan||$140,449.68|
|2010||Desert Bus for Hope 4: A New Hope||$208,250.00|
|2011||Desert Bus for Hope 5: De5ert Bus||$383,125.10|
|2012||Desert Bus for Hope 6: Desert Bus 3 in America||$443,165.29|
|2013||Desert Bus for Hope 007||$521,450.00|
|2014||Desert Bus for Hope 8||$643,242.58|
|2015||Desert Bus for Hope 9: The Joy of Bussing||$680,119.00|
|2016||Desert Bus X||$695,152.57|
|2017||Desert Bus 2017||$650,250.00|
|The Pair||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2015||People's choice|
|The Secret of the Sauce||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2010||Best writing|
|Right to the Source||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2009||Best writing|
|Eyewitness Accounts||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2008||Best writing|
|How to Talk Like a Pirate||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2007||Best writing|
|Suspend Your Disbelief||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2006||Audience Choice|
Best Male Performance (Andrew Cownden)
|University of Victoria Student Film 2005||Audience Choice|
|30 Minutes or Less||Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2006||Best writing|
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