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You know the drill. Pick a random Yelp review, choose a veteran actor, and have that actor read the entire text of the review. Roll the camera. Add some dramatic music. Voila! You have a smash video series on YouTube.
At least that’s what New York actor and YouTube filmmaker Joe Plummer did to generate a total of over 1.2 million views for his series, “Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews.” Banking on the popularity of online ratings tracker and review aggregator Yelp – which has over 30 million reviews of local businesses – Plummer took these slices of today’s Internet experience and presented them in a lighter, funnier way.
In an interview with Digital Journal, Plummer said, “I have been fascinated for a very long time by the phenomenon of people posting long winded screeds about whatever it is they feel like writing about online. It seemed to me that people were actually revealing much more about themselves in these diatribes than they realized. As an actor, I learned to find my way into a character through the language they use – looking at much of the material out there on the Internet, I realized it was such fertile ground for creation.”
So create he did. And create he continues to do. Plummer added that he hopes the comedic series somehow makes people think over what their online interactions really mean – and how these interactions affect them personally.
Without further ado, here are the four latest “Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews” YouTube videos. Enjoy!
Broadway actor Marsha Stephanie Blake reads a one-star Yelp review of the Outback Steakhouse on W. 23rd Street in New York.
Chris Kipiniak returns to read the words of a heart-broken Jorge G., who wrote a 3-star review of East Village restaurant Esperanto.
In one of the funniest videos yet (in our humble opinion, at least), veteran TV actor Darren Goldstein conjures the full range of his thespian talents to read a 5-star Yelp review of the Schnitzel Queen in Toronto.
Soap opera actress Tina Sloan displays her superb acting skills in reading (and viciously) a two-star Yelp review of Four Points by Sheraton of Long Island, as written by Yelper Matthew F.
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