It was the single most creative thing I’d come across in some time, especially when you consider that it was something produced by one of us and for us here in KC. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the link.
It opens with self-appointed tour director, Emerson Rapp stopping two “tourists” – a young-looking couple with a child - on 39th Street across the street from D’Bronx. Rapp, clad in a black leather jacket and white tee (the kind that might keep him from getting into Power and Light District “where the douche bags go”) asks if they’d like to see the real Kansas City?
The couple look at each other, shrug, then nod yes. Neither seem very moved by Rapp’s offer, but despite their disinterest Rapp says, “Let’s Fucking DO THIS!”
Whereupon the video rapidly takes us to multiple KC BBQ joints, one after another, and after about the 5th “This is where we get barbeque” Rapp says, “We like a lot of barbecue.”
Rapp stands in front of LIVESTRONG - I mean Sporting Kansas City stadium – saying, “This is where a sports team wins.” Then in the next scene, with the Chiefs and Royals stadiums in the background, he says, “This is where our team loses.”
“Which one?” the dude asks. “Doesn’t matter,” Rapp says dryly.
In one of the funnier snippets, they drive down a city street and Rapp tells his passengers, “This is Troost.”
“We gonna stop?” the dude asks. “No,” Rapp says forebodingly.
“This is where you see horses,” Rapp says by Kemper Arena. “This is where you see whores…and douchbags,” he says by a Power & Light District sign.
“This is where you see relics from a time past,” he says in front of Liberty Memorial. “This is also where you see relics from a time past,” he says in front of the Kansas City Star printing pavilion.
I liked the video so much I looked over the credits and tracked down Rapp, the star, and Drew Martin, the man behind the camera and head cheese at MadCap Studios. Both were delightful and shared their thoughts about the shoot and the unexpected level of attention its gotten – well over 130,000 YouTube views to date.
Martin said one of the most unusual things about this video was the time spent on location. He’s used to setting up, getting things just right, being in the groove for 3-5 hours and shooting for maybe two of those hours.
“This was very, very different.” Martin says.
The entire video was shot in a day and a half. It involved 15-20 minutes in the car going to the next location, parking, unloading equipment, setting up, doing 5-10 takes of the single line in roughly two minutes, then tearing down and heading on to the next location.
Martin loves what he does and his excitement over this video is impossible to miss.
Next I then reached out to Emerson Rapp.
For those of you not familiar with Rapp, he’s the brains behind the Bottoms Up sketch comedy troupe and what an interesting guy. He’s a degreed Industrial Engineer which I found amusing as he doesn’t fit the stereotype of someone who’d leave a successful career at Honeywell to do…wait for it…sketch comedy.
Rapp seems totally blown away by the video’s success, his opening words to me were, “Hey, I’m just the guy who wrote it and showed up!” I couldn’t believe his level of humility and I assured him I was happy to know that’s all he contributed. You know, just writing it and showing up.
His only intent in making the video was to do something to help promote the Kansas City Fringe Festival and said he would have been elated with 600-1000 views of the video.
Interesting aside, I’ll bet 90% of its viewers knowing nothing about the Fringe Fest but are loving the video.
I asked both Rapp and Martin the obvious question: “Do you guys have to have a sequel in mind?” To which they quickly said they have no intention of parodying themselves with a BBQ Part II.
“There’s no need to beat a dead horse,” Rapp says.
He’s more likely going to focus on a sketch comedy video next.
Rapp has more Fringe Fest shows this week, all at Westport Coffee Shop.
One is Thursday at 9:00pm, the other at 10:30pm Saturday.
I’ll be there Saturday. Stop by and enjoy this unusual KC talent and say hello to your Well Coiffed Scribe.