Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Announcing the Hulu Award for "Worst Web Original"

(Please welcome guest presenter Tamara Brooks, a regular contributor to the excellent site Zap2It)

And the Hulie goes to....

Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show!

This parody talk show bases all of its comedy around fictional Japanese host Kiko and her wonky attempts at interviewing confused guests while guiding them through odd activities. Purposely a little off-putting and full of weirdness, it just wasn't working for the majority of the voting panel.

GTCMS got its start as a viral video on YouTube in 2007 and quickly became a sensation. Two episodes were produced independently by creators Greg Benson and Kim Evey (who plays "Kiko") until Sony optioned the quirky creation to anchor the company's own YouTube channel and website Crackle. But not everyone is repulsed by the Chicken Machine - they've had guests including Wil Wheaton and Adam Arkin appear in the mostly improvised shorts.

After 20,000 votes, the audience's least favorite is..."Dating Brad Garret," with 59% of the vote.

Brad Garrett is one of those comedians that either you love or don't. Well, most of the audience falls on the less fuzzy end of that spectrum when it comes to these webisodes. Fairly fresh off a divorce, 6-foot-8 Garrett teamed with Sony's Crackle (dubious owner of both "winners" in this category) to go on a series of ten blind dates and boil them down to five-or-so minute adventures. His goal was to present a slice of real dating, what he calls the "Anti-Bachelor", free of the pretense of one glossy dude handing out roses to 35 hot women. I guess the audience prefers glossy un-reality.

The Tiny Chicken folks were less tolerable than "Barely Political", "Comedy Gumbo", and "Destination X".

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