All-time favorite videogame?
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. I know, it’s a weird pick. For years, Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation had the title, but when Peace Walker came out and I couldn’t stop playing, things changed. It was just the perfect PSP game, and I loved building out my army, having people over to play co-op, and just living that game. It’s been awesome to see people fall in love with the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain systems that Peace Walker created
If you could have any videogame character on Kinda Funny as a guest, who would it be and why?
Nathan Drake. Our audience is so PlayStation focused that it just makes sense. I want to know why he keeps messing things up with Elena and how he keeps cracking jokes after killing thousands of pirates.
What are you passionate about?
Well, video games are too obvious. So is DC Comics. But more recently, I’ve really fallen in love with cooking. A few years ago, I got sick of not having good wings on demand, so I started making them myself. Slowly, that led to me tweaking the recipe and kind of bending it to my will. That led to me wanting to do more. Now, I’m cooking the majority of nights and doing weird dishes I never would’ve thought to do years ago. It’s relaxing. It’s a break, which is rare when you live where you work. Plus, I have this dope kitchen island that Kristine got me for Christmas, and it’s been a game changer.
If money was no object, and you had unlimited resources and freedom, what would you be doing?
This. When that crazy Powerball was building, Kevin and I talked about what would happen if one of us won. My response was that we’d go make YouTube videos across the country of me surprising friends and family members with millions of dollars. Then, we’d be right back to work on Monday doing Colin & Greg Live on Twitch and making whatever YouTube show we need to after that. This is my life because I chose for it to be. All the money in the world wouldn’t change that -- although I’d immediately buy us a better space.
Do you create? If so , what?
Internet videos and podcasts. Mostly about video games. I worked at a website called IGN.com for years, and then in 2015, I broke off with four best friends to found KindaFunny.com and make the content we truly believe in. This year, we’ve launched Kinda Funny: The Animated Series and continue to have more podcasts than I could possibly name. We basically get to record us having fun together and share it with our thousands of best friends online. It’s a blessed life.
What accomplishment or achievements have you had recently that you're proud of?
Whew, man. I think the fact that KindaFunny.com hit it’s one-year anniversary is accomplishment eenough, but on a personal level, I won Trending Gamer of the Year at the Game Awards in December, and that’s nuts. When I found out I was up against PewDiePie, I was like “Well, it’s cool to be nominated.” But my audience stepped up and voted like mad. In the fourth grade, I told my parents I wanted to write about video games, and at no point did I imagine that would lead to be being on a stage accepting a trophy. And the response since “the speech.” Man, it’s insane. The number of developers who have written to me or stopped me at events -- I’m glad I got to speak for gamers and tell devs that they matter to us and we can’t thank them enough.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you've had to overcome in your growth the past few years, and how'd you do it?
Well, I came down with cancer a little more than three years ago, and that sucked. I don’t recommend it. But, much like the Game Awards, my fan base got me through it. Every day there were well wishes and letters. Those were the darkest times for me, and those little nudges to the light were worth more than people will ever know.
What have you been doing for fun lately?
I just got LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, which I’m actually in as my first VO role, and I’ve been trekking along on my way to Platinuming it. I’m something like 18 hours in right now. There’s just something so satisfying about knocking out Trophies one by one.
Who or what inspires you?
The Kinda Funny team -- Nick, Tim, Kevin, and Colin. There are days where things just don’t go right; I’m having one right now as I write this, but I can lean on them. I’m not alone in this. We’re all together. So to watch Tim work business deals, Colin host, Kevin build the set, and Nick be the adult, it’s inspiring to see how five people are running an Internet business that seems to be doing so well.
What is Filthy Casual to you? Why do you wear our stuff?
Even before we all became friends, it was you two that I saw wearing the shirts in pictures and videos. When I wear my shirt, I’m supporting you the same way you support all of your friends. When I see the shirt on someone else, I see you guys succeeding. It’s love, man.
Lastly, what would you like to say to anyone reading this?
You’re on the Internet. Good. Be the Internet you want to see. Comments suck, people are mean, and it can be a depressing place. The sad truth is that we let that happen. Edmund Burke said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” That applies here. When you’re done reading this, Tweet someone who created something that you dig. You might think that they’ll never see it, but I assure you they will and it will matter to them. The good people think no one will ever see it, don’t comment, and the vocal minority appears to be even bigger. Be good to each other.